If someday the moon calls you by your name don’t be surprised,
Because every night I tell her about you.
US only. I’m sorry. Last time I sent a giveaway package overseas, it cost me like $20. I can’t afford to ship books overseas :(
Two pins, one with an adorable dragon, the other with an adorable owl.
One Reading Girl Cameo pendant. If you already have one of these, you can give this one to a friend.
A small notebook and pen set.
Some cute painted clothespins. Mostly because the colors matched the notebook set and they’re cute.
Three books: Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, and a collection of T.S. Eliot poems. All books are used but in good condition. (Sorry if used books seems weird. I bought these with my own money. FOR YOU.)
HOW TO ENTER
Reblog this on tumblr and add your favorite book of 2014. I will randomly pick a winner on 8/21/14.
Favorite book of 2014 has to be The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks! Well… that and I really enjoyed the Glass Castle and Coming Clean and Brain on Fire. AAAHHHH too many to choose from :)
I need to breathe
I feel like I’m drowning in stress. Drowning in emails. Drowning in incessant instant message dings from co-workers thousands of miles away. Drowning in my inability to be a model employee and mother at the same time because something will suffer. Drowning in my own self pity because I feel like no one else cares. Drowning in shame because how dare I pity myself. Drowning because I feel like I’m overreacting. Drowning because I just can’t BREATHE.
Bought a new lip stain. Don’t know how I feel about it yet. DH thinks I should try a darker shade. Mmmmm
The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library.
Sure the world breeds monsters, but kindness grows just as wild….
What are you reading?
Books!! I love getting books in the mail.
The pop up books were my favorite as a child. I used to play with little paper men IN the books.
Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia - by Marya Hornbacher
Good Morning, Midnight - by Jean Rhys
More Now Again - by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Appetites Why Women Want - by Caroline Knapp
Smile Please - by Jean Rhys
The Things in Mouldy Manor and The Ghosts of Creepy Castle - by Keith Moseley
What are you reading?
I’m thinking of putting Lit by Mary Karr on hold so I can re-read Wasted.
The perfect way to bring the weekend to an end:
An evening dip in the pool, together as a family.
Q:You are such an amazing mommy!
Thank you, love 💜💜💜
I can’t stop buying them.
I am currently waiting on the below books to arrive:
- Wasted - Marya Hornbacher - This is replacing a book I lost during our move to CA, but I fully intend on re-reading it <\em>
- More Now Again - Elizabeth Wurtzel - This is replacing a book I lost during our move to CA, but I fully intend on re-reading <\em>
- The Things in Mouldy Manor - Keith Moseley (pop up book I loved as a child)
- The Ghosts of Creepy Castle - Keith Moseley (pop up book I loved as a child)
- Smile Please - Jean Rhys
- Good Morning, Midnight - Jean Rhys
- Appetites - Caroline Knapp
I also recently purchased the below this past Sunday:
- Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
- Lit - Mary Karr
I have the below on my bookshelf waiting to be read (amongst many others):
- Her - Christa Parravani
- Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
- Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk
- With or Without You - Demonica Ruta
And I’m currently reading
- Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
I’ll never punish my daughter for saying no.
The first time it comes out of her mouth, I’ll smile gleefully. As she repeats “No! No! No!” I’ll laugh, overjoyed. At a young age, she’ll have mastered a wonderful skill. A skill I’m still trying to learn. I know I’ll have to teach her that she has to eat her vegetables, and she has to take a nap. But “No” is not wrong. It is not disobedience.
1. She will know her feelings are valid.
2. She will know that when I no longer guide her, she still has a right to refuse.
The first time a boy pulls her hair after she says no, and the teacher tells her “boys will be boys,” we will go to her together, and explain that my daughter’s body is not a public amenity. That boy isn’t teasing her because he likes her, he is harassing her because it is allowed. I will not reinforce that opinion. If my son can understand that “no means no” so can everyone else’s.
3. She owes no one her silence, her time, or her cooperation.
The first time she tells a teacher, “No, that is wrong,” and proceeds to correct his public school, biased rhetoric, I’ll revel in the fact that she knows her history; that she knows our history. The first time she tells me “No” with the purpose and authority that each adult is entitled, I will stop. I will apologize. I will listen.
4. She is entitled to her feelings and her space. I, even a a parent, have no right to violate them.
5. No one has a right to violate them.
The first time my mother questions why I won’t make her kiss my great aunt at Christmas, I’ll explain that her space isn’t mine to control. That she gains nothing but self doubt when she is forced into unwanted affection. I’ll explain that “no” is a complete sentence. When the rest of my family questions why she is not made to wear a dress to our reunion dinner. I will explain that her expression is her own. It provides no growth to force her into unnecessary and unwanted situation.
6. She is entitled to her expression.
When my daughter leaves my home, and learns that the world is not as open, caring, and supportive as her mother, she will be prepared. She will know that she can return if she wishes, that the real world can wait. She will not want to. She will not need to. I will have prepared her, as much as I can, for a world that will try to push her down at every turn.
7. She is her own person. She is complete as she is.
I will never punish my daughter for saying no. I want “No” to be a familiar friend. I never want her to feel that she cannot say it. She will know how to call on “No” whenever it is needed, or wanted.
Lessons I Will Teach, Because the World Will Not — Y.S.
Itty Bitty’s first word was not No, but it was one of the first and we celebrate(d) it. She is capable of telling us when she doesn’t like or want something. How could we punish that? It makes us happy and proud that she knows the meaning and we respect her wishes.