Sunday, April 29, 2012

All Around Awesome

Well, I planned to write a big, ol' bossy post on Friday or Saturday, giving you a list of things that you *must* read/ponder/watch over your weekend. Because, you know, we all need more to-do lists on the weekends.

But then I found myself at my parents' house in Ohio and the usual spell came over me. I only had the will to eat, sleep, and read. You understand.

So now it's almost Monday and what we all need less than a Saturday to-do list is a Monday to-do list. But trust me on this one. I've been collecting these treasures for a little while and it's time to share.

Tell me in the comments which item resonated with you the most and you'll be entered into a drawing for my undying, unabashed, unapologetic love, forever and ever, amen.

1: Depraved Indifference video.
I found this via Sarah's blog. It shook me to my core and I cannot stop thinking about it. This business about caring for the poor, loving the orphans, it's starting to seem more and more like serious, life-tipping business. Please watch.

2: I Was Olivia. A beautiful, personal response to my Olivia* post. I can't even tell you the ways Olivia* continues to bang around in my heart...

3: A Long, Rambling Post In Which I Talk About Attachment. I stumbled on this weeks ago and stayed up past bedtime digging around on her blog because I crave input from adoptive parents who understand. (Precisely why I continue to write about our own challenges.)

4. Peanut Butter Sheet Cake. This revolutionized last week, and by "revolutionized", I mean it completely transfixed me. I walked around with greasy fingers and sugar teeth. And I'm not even that peanut buttery. **WARNING: You probably have all of these ingredients on hand as we speak.**

5. In a twist of irony, we will jump straight from Peanut Butter Sheet Cake to bathing suits, because life just isn't always fair. I'm on the hunt for a cute one-piece bathing suit this year.

6. These two marriage posts made me want to smooch my hubs on the spot. Read Jen's and Nic's.

7. Speaking of Nic, she's moving to Kenya next year with her Honey and their brood of 5. Nicki lived next door to me in college, but I don't think we ever spoke. Hello, regret. We (re)connected a few years ago. She probably knows this (do you know it, Nic?) but she is the person who indirectly introduced us to Radical, thus tipping the domino (in the words of Jennie Allen*) toward the impending  upheaval of life as we knew it. For that, I will love her forever and always.
(*More on Jennie Allen very soon.)

8. You probably already know of my friend Katie. Her very existence is artful. She could spin sugar-dusted whimsy from two sticks and a ball of twine. She's currently sporting the best-dressed baby bump in the history of the world and you have to check out the peony wall her and her Honey painted for baby girl's nursery.

9. I love my friend Nici's take on growing adventurous eaters. (She shares our philosophy but somehow tells it in a much more interesting, vegetarianish way.)

10. Our words really matter. This post made my heart ache and swell.

11. Emily's take on art and loving too much and balance and surrender. I read this shaking my head, (or "smh", as Haven would say.) I haven't spent that much time with Emily in real life, but she managed to crawl inside my head. (She's the best kind of company.)

There. Hate me. Love me. You decide.

To Monday! {clink}