Last Friday in Asheville.
1. I stopped watching Parenthood. It was stressing me out more than it was entertaining me and I don’t need to watch TV for that nonsense. I just read funny recaps and I regret nothing (though I might start watching again if it stops being so darn soap opera-like). I have no problem giving up TV shows or books if they aren’t enjoyable anymore. Maybe I even drop things too easily (see: Veronica Mars, The West Wing, New Girl).
2. I’ve been wanting a laptop for work since…forever. I use a 27-inch iMac, which I adore and works great, but sometimes I want to go work somewhere else. I usually use Mike’s laptop (a 2009 MacBook), but it’s getting too old to run my design programs or even work. Which means he needs a new laptop, too. We cannot afford two laptops. We need at least one though, since Mike’s is useless. I’m trying to figure out if there’s some way we can have just one laptop and one desktop but all our files and programs in the cloud and both of us can just work on whatever computer is available. But that hurts my head. It seems silly to have three computers between two people, but we both do all of our work digitally!
To Pro or to Air?
3. Speaking of things we want, we’d like a new couch. Our Craigslist-purchased Ikea couch from 6 years ago is some fake leather stuff that is flaking off. We have our eyes on the Karlstad from Ikea after much research. This one, specifically:
It’s so much comfier and bigger than our tiny couch (the only picture I can seem to find of it is here)! Plus, the covers are washable and it’s not fake leather and it’s less than $800! But every time we buy something, I just think, “Someday we’ll have to move this piece of furniture…” I’m a killjoy.
4. Today I am home alone for an entire! day! since Mike is at work and Gabe is at my parents. I made a to do list twice as long as usual and a giant French press of coffee, fired up alternating NPR and music, I’m just super happy. I love my boys, but I also love being alone and productive.
5. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how many kids I want to have. Mostly because I’m wondering if this will be my last pregnancy, I suppose. I love how simple and manageable and peaceful our life is with one kid, so the idea of having, say, 3 or 4 kids, seems overwhelming. I love how much one-on-one time we get with Gabe and how I don’t feel resentful or overwhelmed by parenting (most days). But! I loved having several siblings myself. It’s too bad we can’t try both options out and see what we prefer – big family or small family? Heh. I can’t do this conversation justice in 100 words and there are obviously more factors (finances, history of pregnancy loss) to consider and we’ll see how two kids goes before making the final decision, I imagine. I can’t believe I get to/have to make grownup decisions about my life like this. It’s so weird. When did I stop being 16 years old?
And now, a few links. Because I still miss Google Reader. Yep. Still.
Links I’ve enjoy lately:
Why Culs-de-Sacs are Bad for Your Health – Slate // “most people do not walk in American cities because cities have designed destinations out of reach. But they have also corroded the experience of walking.” Urban development and city design is so intriguing to me! I know I like to live somewhere that’s walkable, and articles like this (and this book) help me understand why (and how).
List Your Prices (THE RIGHT WAY) – The Middle Finger Project // A must read for anyone who sells things on the internet, particularly services. A straightforward and easy read about how your structure your site.
BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice – Zen Pencils // “To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy…and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble” I found this several months ago and love it so very much. It really speaks to Mike and I and our choices.
Interview with Sarah Von Bargen of Yes & Yes – heatherthorkelson.com // Really great blogging and business advice. Sarah is just so fun to listen to, as well!