Holidays are so much more enjoyable and special now that I have sweet baby James in my life. And this week we’re celebrating TWO holidays: Passover and Easter. We’ve had the best time dying eggs, learning Passover traditions, and putting together Easter baskets.
In James’ basket: these colorful stacking cups, Where the Wild Things Are, some socks, and a few other inexpensive trinkets (the good stuff—candy—will come next year). Today we’re heading to my parents’ house, 10 minutes away, for brunch and an egg hunt. If you celebrate these holidays, I hope you enjoy the time with your loved ones, and if you don’t, I hope the weekend is treating you well :)
Five Lies Our Culture Tells
My favorite article that I’ve read in a long time.
“I can make myself happy.” This is the lie of self-sufficiency. This is the lie that happiness is an individual accomplishment. If I can have just one more victory, lose 15 pounds or get better at meditation, then I will be happy.
But people looking back on their lives from their deathbeds tell us that happiness is found amid thick and loving relationships. It is found by defeating self-sufficiency for a state of mutual dependence. It is found in the giving and receiving of care.
I’ve listened to Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend for yeeeaaars (I’m particularly fond of the Thursday show, where she chats with friends). It’s the only show I listen to solely for the host. I love Alison. She’s funny, smart, and incredibly compassionate. She’s also a little neurotic and gets stuck in her own head—and that’s part of her charm.
She and friend/co-host/comedian Greg Fitzsimmons have great chemistry and a lot of relatable yet insightful things to say about parenting, marriage, getting older…you name it. And for a parenting podcast, there’s zero sanctimony here, just honest (NSFW) and funny conversation between two friends. I would’ve listened even without the parenting aspect.
The only trouble with wanting to listen to podcasts when I’m out on a walk with James is that I *also* want to be able to hear the sounds around me (my baby, cars, neighbors). My friend Cara introduced me to these “open-ear headphones,” which allow you to hear both!