Stuff We Like :: 6.17.16

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We are definitely getting into our summer groove here! Jason was off on his big annual fishing trip last week, so the kids and I had a little staycation fun (lots of baking, a Back to Future marathon, many hours of Mario, and daily kung fu parades). Now we’re basically just trying to squeeze in every possible minute of pool time.

around the web

Apparently I am not the only person who thinks this election season feels a lot like an 80s wrestling match. (Of course, now I'm going around making everyone read "The World of Wrestling.")

This: It’s nice to be polite, it’s fine to be a good sport sometimes, but it’s also perfectly, 100 percent, totally okay to get angry, daughters of the world.

I really love stories about snarky writers. Is it wrong that this article totally made me wish I could have been friends with D.H. Lawrence?

Every single writer who has ever tried to make a living writing should read this.

If someone writes a piece on the awesomeness of Wayside School, I’m going to share it.


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on the website: A few people have asked about getting email notifications when a new blog post goes up. (You guys are so nice!) We have added a Bloglovin’ sign-up in the right-hand sidebar—if you put in your email address, you’ll get an email whenever there’s a new post.

on the blog: The answer to the question I get asked the most: How do you work full-time and homeschool your kids?

on the podcast: Tune in Monday for our new episode—Suzanne and I are talking about summer homeschooling, dropping your kids off for a week on a college campus, Hamilton, baby knitting, Greensleeves by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, and more.

in the magazine: Everything’s starting to come together with the summer issue, and I know I say this every time, but I think it may be my favorite issue yet.


reading list

on my night table: Basically everything that was on it last week, plus The New Yorker’s fiction issue

on my 14-year-old’s night table: Bloomability, Seraphina, A Royal Pain (I was so excited to see this Ellen Conford book at the library—I’m hoping it holds up well because I loved it as a kid)

on my 6-year-old’s night table: Comet in Moominland, Karlson on the Roof (this one was a surprise hit from the library—he's already read it twice)

together: The Lost Hero (still), Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics


at home

watching: Overly Sarcastic’s Classics Summarized, which are possibly my new most favorite thing ever

knitting: Tell me your favorite baby knitting patterns because I’m going to be an aunt! There are many, many reasons to be excited about this, but baby knitting is pretty high on the list.

playing: The Adventure Time version of Munchkin, which has a lot of weird rules that I can’t seem to keep up with but which my children love

eating: no-churn salted caramel bourbon ice cream on the front porch

listening: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (This is keeping me moving during physical therapy, which is starting to feel like it will never end)