Last week I traveled to NJ to meet my best friend Sabrina’s two-week-old daughter, Violet, the snuggliest, most precious, perfect baby girl. She’s a clone of her mother—just gorgeous—more hair than I’ve ever had in my life. I couldn’t get over how tiny she was. Wasn’t it yesterday that I had a newborn? I wanted to take her home with me, and very nearly did, until her parents promised they’ll send her to Massachusetts every summer for sleepaway camp at our house (right you guys?).
Back at home, we resumed our normal routine (Target) and I impulse-purchased an inflatable pool. On Saturday, Daniel and I tried to heat up half of the ice-cold water from the spigot outside and as you might imagine, that was the first and last time we will ever do that HA! James didn’t even seem to mind the freezing water on Sunday, proving yet again that we’re the ones who complicate things. The only challenge now is keeping him all greased up in head-to-toe sunscreen (also without getting it in *my* eyes like I did, oh, 5 times?, yesterday).
Reading the news very often means reading bad news—devastating, frightening, maddening news. Sometimes we need some good news, which is exactly what Reddit’s r/UpliftingNews provides. It’s “a place to read and share positive and uplifting, feel-good news stories.”
What If What’s Missing From Your Life Is…Boredom?
“It’s a privilege to have a world of knowledge and Beyoncé’s back-catalogue in our pockets at all times, but our own minds are just as powerful as the devices we distract them with. And while out thoughts might not always be comfortable or happy, retreating to our screens the moment we so much as suspect a second of downtime might be over-protecting us. Processing the complex places our minds take us to—challenging, joyous, and everything in-between—might well mean missing out on one of the most fundamental aspects of what it means to be human.”
I thought I knew all about the catastrophe at Chernobyl (yes, from reading the Wikipedia page) but this 5-part HBO miniseries is full of fascinating, gripping details. I can’t recommend it enough.
On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Chernobyl, a five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky, dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Kids Inflatable Pool (affiliate link)
We’ve had this pool since Friday and have already spent hours using it. It’s $20, available online or in-store at Target! One note: blowing it up with air from your own lungs is tough (speaking from experience), so I would recommend using an electric pump (affiliate link) to inflate it—but not a high-pressure tire air pump!