What I Love This Week

This week James started swim lessons. It would be an understatement to say he enjoyed himself, when the guy was screeching with joy—kicking, splashing, drinking 2 liters of chlorinated water. We had such a good time (maybe with the exception of getting him out of his swimsuit after class and into dry clothes since he’s at the stage where changing him looks a lot like wrangling an alligator.) The very next day we went to my sister-in-law’s house to swim for the afternoon. As Daniel tells me, “look he’s obviously a summer guy,” which of course.

And in other, related news, James SAID HIS FIRST WORD. “Hi,” he says, waving his whole arm back and forth. And now, “hi dad.” Just the way he throws dadddd on the end there (rather than dada) is so sweet I could die. Daniel and I were pushing him in a cart through Target and for twenty minutes, he kept waving and saying “hi dad!” to everyone.

READ

How a Bad Night’s Sleep Birthed the Sound Conditioner
I sleep much better with white noise and we even have a white noise machine in the nursery, which seems to help James stay asleep. This is “the story of how noise was converted from an industrial by-product to a technology of self-care—the first entry in a now-bustling marketplace of devices attempting to free people from one din by creating a different one.”

His Mood Changed and Our Marriage Imploded. Then He Took a Blood Test.
A woman thought her marriage was falling apart. After a lot of fighting, heartbreak, and counseling, she found out it was because her husband had developed a rare medical condition, which changed his mood. Then he had a simple surgery, and he was back to normal.

WATCH

Enlightened (HBO)
Last Summer while I was pregnant, I watched the show Enlightened for the first time, and fell completely in love. One-of-my-favorite-shows in love. It’s about a woman who has a mental breakdown from working in the corporate world. After she gets back from treatment, she’s determined to change the world for the better. Laura Dern, who co-created the show with Mike White, gives the performance of her career. Her character is undoubtedly a flawed narcissist but her earnest desire to help change things for the better makes her someone you can root for, while at times rolling your eyes, or laughing. It’s endearing, enlightening. The supporting cast is amazing, too—Diane Ladd, Dern’s real mom, plays her mother. Luke Wilson is fantastic as her ex, who struggles with addiction, and Mike White is so lovable as her meek coworker (who she manipulates into helping her and then also genuinely befriends). It has a tone unlike any show I’ve seen; it’s funny, sad, sweet, and genuinely makes you feel good.

FIND

Cash App
(Note that this is not sponsored, I just love it) Cash App is a financial app from Square where you can send money person to person and also load money onto a debit card. I use it because when you load the debit card, you can choose one “cash boost” for a once a day discount at coffee shops or specific chain restaurants like Shake Shack or Chipotle. The coffee boost gives you 1 dollar off a purchase at any coffee shop. So I usually go to Dunkin’ Donuts during the afternoon window when a medium cold brew is only $2 and with the cash app I get it for one dollar.

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