History was always one of my favorite subjects, and I especially loved learning about how people lived at different point in time. If I could pick a dream vacation, I would probably say that touring castles, palaces, and grand mansions would be at the very top of the list. One of my favorite Instagram accounts is @interiors_with_history where the author posts photos of beautiful buildings and interiors from his series of lectures and includes a short history of the space. It’s like an art history class, without having to take notes and look at a bunch of old slides in a dark classroom.
Books and magazines are on and around my nightstand, at the foot of, and underneath, my bed. My husband is sometimes mortified at the state of my side of the room with its stacks and stacks of reading material. I just shrug my shoulders and attribute it to never wanting to feel like there is nothing to read. Elizabeth Ellington, an English professor in Nebraska, writes about why readers have plans.
Now regarding my reading plan, I had recently watched BBC’s television broadcast of War and Peace. I have tried several times to read through the book, and it still remains one of my goals to check it off of my “to read” list. Seems like I’m not alone in this quest, this article regarding a poll taken in Britain talks about the a bucket list of 19th century fiction. I think it’s time to give War and Peace another try.
I’ve been talking about capsule wardrobes the past few months. Now that the belly is (mostly) gone, it seems like it’s time to take another look at my closet and see what nursing-friendly-yet-stylish options I have. For the past three weeks I’ve been relying on nursing camis and loose T-shirts that used to belong to my husband, but it’d be nice not to feel frumpy or like I’m in my PJs every day. Erin Boyle has some great suggestions for a minimalist nursing capsule wardrobe that’s given me some ideas on where to start.
People are always surprised when they learn that Mr. D and I asked each other questions like “What household chores do you enjoy? Which do you hate?” or our views on education, kids’ extracurricular activities, before we got married. We always thought it was important to get the big questions (Do you want to have children? If so, how many?) and big-ish questions (How will we handle money? One big joint bank account? Separate bank accounts?) and smaller questions (How much do you spend on clothes/shoes?) out of the way before deciding to spend our lives together. Turns out, we weren’t far off the mark. This article talks about the 13 questions you should ask each other before marriage.
Having a new baby and upgrading Big Sister’s room forced us to clear out a lot of things we didn’t need, especially when we took our guest/extra storage room and made it into a guest room/nursery. When we knew we weren’t having another girl, we rounded up all the pink clothing we had and saved it as hand-me-downs for friends. It’s amazing how much baby girl clothing we’ve amassed in the last four years, many of which still have the tags or have never been worn. It takes some perseverance, but as this article shows, cleaning out the clutter can be life-altering.