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As of last week, the one New Year’s resolution I had progressed at was the one that simply involved buying stuff. I wanted to replace our plastic leftover containers with glass. I went and bought some Pyrex. Big whoop. But still, progress.
And then, wouldn’t you know:
Pat and I both heard a *crash* from the cabinet, all of a sudden, with no apparent cause. I can only guess that they dishes were stacked precariously and gravity happened.
I mean, sheesh, can’t I just have one little resolution be easy?
But it reminded me that in the currently-trendy backlash against plastic that maybe some of us (myself included) have forgotten that there was a reason people were so enthusiastic about Tupperware back in the day. Glass breaks, yo?
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I read this article on “humblebragging.” I’ve been thinking about it so much and there’s so much I want to say. For now, though, I observe “humble bragging” a lot from people–mostly women–who aren’t actually being prideful. There’s just so perfectionist that they seem to feel it’s inaccurate to say anything positive about themselves without mentioning something negative as well.
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Speaking of perfectionism, it was bothering me to have my Goodreads lists cluttered with books I read to my girls. Not cluttered in the sense that children’s books aren’t important. But cluttered in the sense that the two categories were all jumbled up together. So I created a Goodreads account just for the books I read to my kids, or plan to read to them someday.
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Speaking of little girls, I loved Ellen’s post here: Little dolls, about the subtle dangers of dressing little girls the way we like to dress ourselves, even if there’s nothing blatantly inappropriate about the outfit.
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I thought this article was really interesting. It’s by a father of 12 who could afford to raise in children in luxury but instead raised them to be so self-sufficient and hard-working that they all could pay for college by themselves.
A lot of it appeals to me. (Like giving each kid a computer, but only in pieces they had to put together themselves: how cool is that?) But on the other hand, there’s a slight whiff of pride about it: “ALL my kids were raised to be exactly the way I wanted them to be, no exceptions.” Can twelve individuals all fit into the same mold that easily? Some people really couldn’t put a computer together to save their lives (like, um, me).
But on the other hand, it would be hard to include all the nuances in a short article. And it seems more like a dad to look at the big picture; the mom probably could detail the different ways the overall system changed depending on the kid.
But on the other hand . . . .
“No, there is no other hand!”
Can you name that quote?
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I was nominated for three Sheenazing Awards! Thank you to whomever nominated me! I am honored.
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