Five Things Friday #243
So it has snowed the past two days here and I am not here for it. I'M NOT READY. I don't think it's going to stick around for too long, so let's just keep our fingers crossed. This weekend is low key and if it stays cold then I just want to bundle on the couch and watch Harry Potter movies -- who's with me?
This week has been a good mix of work and baby time and we are working on his sitting, which he's almost able to do. SOON. He also realized that when I feed him food I'm not trying to kill him, so it's been really fun to start experimenting with different foods this week. It's like a whole new baby level has been unlocked. I enjoy this baby video game we seem to be living.
I hope your weather is a little better than ours, unless you like snow and rain. 🙂 Here's a look at what I've been loving this week to add some fun to your day.
1. Baby Scarves
I found myself browsing the baby section of H&M as I tend to do periodically and saw that they had baby-sized scarves for sale. I didn't know that these existed, but once I found out I bought them immediately. I only have two for now, but I'm sure my collection will grow since winter is 75% of the year here in Chicago.
Sidenote: why is it that I have such good fashion sense for my child but not for myself?
2. Family Halloween Costumes
Before I met Neil, and even a year or two after, I was the same thing for Halloween -- a princess. I had a ridiculous blue 80's prom dress with sequins and puffy sleeves and I loved wearing it, but obviously Halloween was my only choice. Neil finally convinced me to let it go because it was old and falling apart from years of drunken escapades. After that, I never really felt like putting any effort into Halloween - UNTIL NOW.
If you've seen the animated Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, then you'll get our costume. If you haven't, you should because it's a really cool movie. The main character's name is also Miles and when we saw it in the theater I was pregnant and he was crazy kicking the whole time!
3. Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter
I used to to sell this magical almond butter when I lived in VA, and I think making it so much kind of burnt me out on it. I made some cashew butter yesterday and realized that I have a TON of almonds in the pantry, so I decided to whip some up again. It's been a long enough time since I last made it that I really enjoy it again, especially with apple slices. I realized that I don't have this exact recipe on here, although I do have a ton of other nut butters if you're interested. I might put this one up as a blog post soon so keep an eye out!
4. I'm Just Happy to Be Here by Janelle Hanchett
I'm back to reading now that it's cold and gross out this week. After my best addiction books post went live, a reader commented that they really enjoyed this one, so of course I bought it immediately (I'm easily influenced).
It's another addiction memoir, this time by a mother whose addiction issues didn't start until after she found out she was pregnant at 21. Now that I have a son of my own, I'm interested to see her experience (I'm still reading it). It's funny and direct and I look forward to finishing it.
5. A Blue Moon & Other Murmurs of the Heart by Anne Anthony
I'm slightly biased on this one because this book is by my aunt, but I've enjoyed her writing for some time. You may remember when I shared about her book Flash Fiction for Flash Memory, which was a collection of different flash fiction stories inspired by my grandmother's love for reading but failing memory. Flash fiction stories are very short, usually only a couple hundred words, and are very useful for people with memory issues caused by age, dementia, Alzheimer's, or other causes. I HIGHLY recommend that book if you know of someone who could benefit from it.
A Blue Moon is a collection of slightly longer fiction stories and a quick read if you're looking to read but don't want to commit to a whole novel. You can find the link to the book here and her website here.
That's all for this week friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!