1 – sunnies – I’ve been searching for the perfect sunnies to replace my last (broken) pair and I knew I wanted some round modern retro cat eyes. I know i know, that’s a mouth full! But take a look below…there are so many options! I ended up snagging a yellow and green Lucite pair at Target for super cheap. Now I don’t have to worry so much about Harriet grabbing them and snapping them in two like my last pair! BTW – I want ALL OF THESE!
3 – a good book – I’ve been trying to read 1Q84 since before it even came out. I even checked out a digital copy for my kindle from the library and I still never even started it! My friend Brad recently loaned me his copy and it’s sitting here next to me taunting me — I suppose it’s time to bust it out and give it a go! I would also like to read Ender’s Game (my favorite book hands down) and The Great Gatsby before I head to the theaters to see their film versions. I like to get a refresher before seeing the film just so I can pick the film apart – haha. No, I don’t really do that. But I do like to feel like I know the story before the film taints my ideas of an already amazing book. I also have a list 20-25 books long that need read for my doula certification. What’s on the top of that pile? Natural Healthy Babies and Children by Aviva Jill Romm and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin. These are required reading for anyone doing the type of (((work))) I plan to do. For me, this is a HUGE list of books and seems terribly daunting and exciting. It’s going to be a great summer for reading!
5 - my new bike and bike trailer – For my birthday I received a new (used) bike from Pat and his parents. We also received a bike trailer for Harriet at the baby shower from our friend Jonah (AWESOME!) and I’ve been getting out and about with Harriet almost every day lately. Harriet LOVES our bike rides and I am getting a major workout pulling Harriet, the trailer and the diaper bag behind me. I can feel my body toning up and becoming leaner and more toned. It had been a very long time (more than two years!) since I had ridden a bike and I missed it so intensely and now that I’m back behind the handlebars I can hardly imagine not riding! There is something new and awesome about riding with Harriet, it feels so celebratory and I get so energized having her with me — I’ve noticed that when I’m pulling that load I am better capable of handling the stress of it. When I’m alone I get worn out so much faster even though I’m pulling less weight. That feels so special to me. I love her energy and the energy she gives me! There is also something very nostalgic about riding along with Pat next to us. When Pat and I were first dating we would ride everywhere together and that all ended shortly before I became pregnant. Now we ride along and it feels new yet totally sentimentality!
***Harriet and I both wear helmets when we ride — SAFETY FIRST!! if you want recommendations for a kid’s helmet please ask!***
6 – a large thick scarf – I seriously can not say enough about how important scarfs are to my every day! I use them for everything! I wrap it around my neck while I ride my bike to protect myself from the wind. Scarfs are the added layer I need once the sun goes down and the Bay Area weather gets intensely chilly even on the hottest summer days. I use scarfs as impromptu picnic blankets, head wraps, makeshift satchels and of course as a fashion accessory! I could hardly live without scarfs in any weather!