We made it to Friday! Hope yours is going well. Let me tell you about the sparkle in this past week. Here is my top five:
1. I saw a bald eagle when my family was out for a walk, and even though we live near a nature preserve, it is only the second bald eagle I have ever seen. Nothing inspires me like nature, especially seeing a symbol of freedom flying across the sky.
2. I discovered a new book that I adore. My Brilliant Friend was a hit in Italian first, and then it was translated to English. Elena Ferrante is a wonderful storyteller. She doesn’t hold back when she describes the childhood of the two main characters, Elena and Lila, and she portrays a female friendship between those two characters that has a ton of complexity and competition. I know this book is part of a trilogy, so I’m looking forward to continuing to get to know these two characters. One of my other favorite books is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, and I was thinking about how the female friendship between Anne and Diana is so pure and supportive, in contrast with the ups and downs between Elena and Lila. Seriously, if you like to read, pick up this book ASAP! It is captivating and holds nothing back when it describes the girls’ adolescence.
3. I took my son to the indoor jumping gym in my county this week, with trampolines, foam boxes to tumble in, hula hoops, and parachute time at the end of the session. When everyone walked into the rec center, a woman said, “Hi Carson!” to my son. Considering that I’m a full time mom, I know most people who recognize my son, so I was surprised. I asked her how she knows Carson. Ends up she’s his Sunday School teacher at a new church we’ve been attending. I thought that was so neat. We talked most of the time that our kids played, and I got to know my son’s Sunday School teacher! That was a highlight of my week.
4. My husband and I have been following Mad Men since the beginning, so we spent a lot of this week talking and thinking about the series finale that was on Sunday. We will miss the show! I was so glad that Peggy found love, finally, and that it wasn’t with Pete or Don because she could do better than both of them. I felt like I was saying goodbye to characters that I knew well, so it was bittersweet. I liked the 1970s ending of the show, and I hope some of that inspiration resurges and stays in current culture and fashion awhile because it’s fun — disco music, jumpsuits, paisley print, fringe, and the boho look. My husband and I were also talking about how we would like to see a Mad Men spin off that would focus on Peggy and Joan in the 1970s and early1980s. Please pass that idea on to Matthew Weiner if you know him (lol).
5. My summer pedi! I’m wearing a bright, summery blue polish, a temporary henna “love” tattoo, and sandals from Ocean Minded. I’m still in my PJ’s — so an outfit post is out of the question! My husband and I are celebrating our 5th anniversary this weekend; I thought the “love” temporary tattoo was good for that!