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Here's what's got our attention this week.
“You ever wonder why Silicon Valley even exists? I have always wondered, why do these people all live and work in that location? They have all this insane technology; why don’t they all just spread out wherever they want to be and connect with their devices? Because it doesn’t work, that’s why.” And a few more thoughts on why New York is not dead from the brilliant and always well-put Jerry Seinfeld.
I know it’s TOO hot to talk about wool clothing, but remember last week? I’m getting physically prepared in lieu of being mentally prepared! Which apparently includes purchasing wool clothing in August. This cute little base layer number was too good to pass up for Louise, who I am hoping will have lots of outdoor play dates this fall + winter. (Leggings to match, too, which I did not see until now–boo.) We wear wool base layers when we go skiing which are first + foremost the warmest, but also, because wool is naturally odor resistant, it’s great for wearing a couple days in a row, which, as undergarments, is easier to do. And less wash for me!
The stress of not knowing what this school year brings has hit a boiling point for me lately. Working from home has its benefits, but I’d kill for some flow state. A friend shared with me the advice of Dr. Becky At Home, and I’ve really appreciated her tips, especially on how to manage anxiety while your kids are home. Acknowledging, validating and giving permission to the anxiety are her three necessary stepping stones to even begin managing it–may seem obvious to you; it wasn’t to me. And then from there, she offers 8 strategies for managing stress, some that kids can do too, like tips #3 and #4 which I’ve used with them several times this week. Bookmarking this for quick reference. And following her on Insta too of course.
My in-laws just had their 50th (50th!!) wedding anniversary this month. Obviously in Covid time there was not the huge people-filled celebration they deserve. Instead, to make it easy for people near and far to reach out to them, our family gave them a Boom Box. This allowed anyone to upload a photo and a digital note that was printed on a card stock and presented to my in-laws in one box. One HUNDRED friends and family wrote them love notes !! This was such a simple way to gather people’s love with no middle man or complicated steps. If you’re trying to “gather” people and love at a time when we largely can’t, try this!
I have found myself making this beet salad on repeat from Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good cookbook. It’s a little tangy for kids, but the sweetness of the beet with the softness of the avocado, and the kick from mustard and vinegar is a real (healthy) party of flavor. I knew it was a keeper when I found myself searching the internet for the recipe while away from home and my cookbooks this year.
- I know I’m a broken record with Armchair Expert, but he just interviewed Bill Gates, and it’s so good!
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