I got good news this week: I don't have Lupus, MS, an Auto-Immune Disease, or Neuropathy. Awesome!!! So you might be asking yourself - then what's the problem with you? Gooooood question. Next week will bring more doctor appointments. I feel like I'm living in a really boring mystery novel where the stakes are really low and all the clues are drawn out over weeks separated by boring low-functioning days in bed.
Regardless, I feel like we've had a good week. Russell's taken the kids to Thanksgiving point a few times to see the baby animals at the farm. Gwen watched Star Trek for the first time and liked it. Tess has figured out how to open the back door. And then how to move the heavy chair we pushed up against the back door. She says "uh-oh" all the time and it's adorable. Jonas drew smiley faces all over his pants with pen. He felt bad about it. I found it kinda funny, but managed to play it straight - which turns out to be a pretty valuable parenting skill that I never would have considered necessary before spawning these funny mischievous kids.
Here are my favorites from the Internet this week:
Willa Cather on the struggle between autonomy and conformity. Being an individual and part of a group in a family can be tough. I've thought a lot about this quote this week: ...Every individual in that household (even the children) is clinging passionately to his individual soul, is in terror of losing it in the general family flavor.
Russell and I have been watching X-Files together and he likes it. I feel like all of my expectations for marriage have now finally been fulfilled. It's really been fun to watch together. I liked this blogger's list of must-see episodes from the first two seasons.
I've been thinking a lot about this article - and how I have such a hard time with the discrepancy of value between "home" work and "work" work. What it comes down to is somebody's gotta do the dishes, and it ain't gonna be me. But seriously, Russell is so great at contributing to the housework. We've talked a lot this week about how to divide things up to get my feminist defensiveness to simmer down already. Potentially groundbreaking stuff here for me. We'll talk more about it later. Related: Why do we teach girls it's cute to be scared and The Gutsy Girl.
John Oliver on Donald Trump - I mean Donald Drumpf.
I could watch cookie decorating videos all day. This guy building stuff with primitive techniques is Russell's corresponding equivalent.
Cool Rocket Cutaway. These kind of books were always my favorite growing up. Such the best.
This comic has already helped me say things in a more positive way this week. It's not enough to just say "stop apologizing so much". This helped me figure out how to change those "Sorry"s into "Thank you"s.
Yes to these future zoos without the animal guilt. I can't bear to see the gorillas at the Hogle Zoo. I feel guilt, man. On a similar note - I will never go to the circus again.
Before 2012 Pizza Hut was the largest buyer of kale - and it was used purely for decoration. This is where the little brothers of the world chime in "That's as it should be".
My sister sent me these cool cinematic lesson videos: Visual Comedy, Coen Brothers, and Jackie Chan. Thanks Abby