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}
-FPFG

17 comments:

  1. Your parents house is the best, best, best!
    I would eat an entire peanut butter sheet cake if it was here in front of me now. : )

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  2. So much goodness here. I'm going to be busy for the next hour or so. I may have to start in the morning...

    I repinned those peanut butter bars when you posted them and I'm trying to avoid them like the plague. Why do I do that?

    Happy Monday to you.

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  3. Cheers, to Monday, I suppose. Although I was ready to quit after that first one and just go with the "hating you" option. But I can't. I just love your face too much. And I love that I can come here and find something that makes me uncomfortable, and like it. If that makes any sense. <3 the light and <3 <3 the heavy, thanks for writing!

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  4. Man o' man, Connie/Olivia brought me to tears in the best way!

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  5. okay, i read Emily's post a few days ago and it is right on perfect.

    um, i met my own Olivia this evening. her name is kaylie. she's 10, almost 11 and came to the park with us. i may go to the park everyday now, just to be with her.

    xo!

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  6. Read/watched them all. That video made me mad. I'd rather be comfy, thank you very much. God help me.

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  7. I love link posts . . . New blogs to read and ways to spend my nonexistent free time. But seriously, I love it. And I'm glad you linked to melissa's post because I loved (well, hated but loved that she wrote it) and because Melissa is one of my favorite people. She was one of my first blog-turned-real-life friends and my husband and I invited ourselves to stay in their house for 4 days when we were first starting to consider moving to the hood :-)

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  8. I love link posts . . . New blogs to read and ways to spend my nonexistent free time. But seriously, I love it. And I'm glad you linked to melissa's post because I loved (well, hated but loved that she wrote it) and because Melissa is one of my favorite people. She was one of my first blog-turned-real-life friends and my husband and I invited ourselves to stay in their house for 4 days when we were first starting to consider moving to the hood :-)

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  9. What have you done? I'm so behind on computer time and got on here to have a little catch up and now I have all these extra windows open that I didn't plan on opening. Also? Feeling honored to be on your list Shanny! Love, JJ

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  10. i'm with jen: i now have six tabs at the top of my browser and not nearly enough coffee (or time) to see me through them all. but i shall pop back throughout the day for more shannany linkage.

    (the crying count is already two for two with the video and the olivia response. hopefully i shall catch a break when we hit the tankinis.)

    i pick to love you. oh, do i ever.

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  11. Oh dear, I can see I can't start this until I have some serious time available. Thank you.

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  12. I have taken a shine to Katie's Pencil Box myself. So beautiful! (Katie and her blog, both) It makes me feel like I'm a little too wordy and unartistic, but she's so gentle in spirit that I feel ok about that.

    I AM peanut buttery (times a million) and can't wait to eat that cake.

    I loved all of the awesomeness. You know you're tops on my list, right?

    ps, did I win? ;)

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  13. I definitely love the attachment post. I started reading the rest of her blog too. Love! I'm so grateful our agency has focused on preparing us for attachment issues by requiring us to read The Connected Child and other books and encouraging us to attend the Empowered to Connect conference (which was amazing!!)

    I also want one of those bathing suits. So 'dorable! I think I'm ready to put the bikini behind me, but I'm not ready to look like mum's the word. You know?

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  14. Depraved Indifference...I watched it before...wrecks me everytime. I don't know what to do with what is going on inside of me...it feels impossible, what my heart is feeling and saying...its agonizing.

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  15. oh man. where do i start. i literally adore you. and your blog. i need to tattoo it to my arm goshdangit.

    thanks for being such a constant source of inspiration. can we be friends in real life?!

    mwauh.

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