Today I went with the girls to one of my favorite stores, Broadbents. It's old and quirky, but cute and unique. They have so many things that you don't see anywhere else. We went to get some cute floral fabric prints for the girls room, which we found, but I couldn't say no to these adorable cowboy costumes. Turns out you can't turn these little outlaws into law abiding kids just by putting on sheriff badges. It's been totally worth the money to foster gender neutral cooperative play. And it's like a dream come true for Gwen to have dress-ups that aren't princess related. As you can see by the picture, Tess did not get anything. Poor youngest child.
Now onto the Internet!
My Dad was in the paper! Yes, he's a drum major in a bag pipe band and marched in the St Patrick's Day Parade. He is as awesome as he sounds.
Groundhog Day is my favorite movie. I liked this article in support of that decision.
Summary of the long-standing classic How to Win Friends and Influence People. Follow up with this episode of This American Life where they talk about the risks of being fake and manipulative in an effort to win friends and influence people.
I thought the Bermuda Triangle was so cool and spooky when I was little. It was one of those mysteries that captured my imagination. Turns out there is a good scientific explanation for it. Awww, dang. Also - I'm glad I'm not a sailor.
If you're ready to poke your eyes out already from reading about the election, then ignore the following - I thought these philospohers' takes on it were interesting.
"I posit that life is better when you possess a sustaining practice that holds your desire, demands your attention, and requires effort; a plot of ground that gratifies the wish to labor and create — and, by so doing, to rule over an imagined world of your own." - Janna Malamud Smith. More great stuff where that came from here. This is referencing any "absorbing errand" you may choose - but gardening is such a great analogy and it sure does make me happy (and frustrated when everything dies due to lack of water). I hope to get some gardening done this year.
Things Organized Neatly. I'm seriously considering getting this book. There is something so calming about bringing ridiculous meticulous order to things.