Happy Friday! We made it to the weekend. As I write this, I am on a train headed to Boston with a very unruly Maeby and Theo. Usually when I fly with Mae, I drug her and she sleeps on my lap for the entire flight so it's fairly uneventful. But on the Amtrak she has to stay in her carrier bag, which she HATES. She spent the first hour of the train ride whining in her bag, until we plied her with cheese and cracker snacks out of desperation. Luckily this bought us about an hour of her sleeping quietly in her bag, albeit on Theo's lap. (She's supposed to be on the floor, but the conductor has been very kindly lenient.) Somehow over the course of the last half hour she scammed us into taking her out of the bag and she is now placidly sleeping on the seats between us. Luckily she's so small that no one has noticed her. Don't tell on me! There's another dog in our train car that hasn't been in his bag at all, so I don't feel too bad.
My one big plan for this weekend is Boston is to go to Concord to visit Orchard House. Last fall we stopped by for a few minutes but couldn't take the tour because we had Maeby with us. This time I am fully prepared to be dog-free so I can tour the house that inspired Little Women. I will probably cry. A lot. Last time when we walked in I heard the soundtrack from the movie playing in the distance and I started weeping, so, it's gonna happen.
For now, I leave you with some links for your eyeballs and a little ditty for your heart! Hope it's a good one!
I wrote this lil piece on chemical peels for The Klog.
A touch of good news regarding Zika.
If all the terrible things that are happening are leading us to have difficult but necessary conversations with our kids, then there is some light to be found.
All the different kinds of parenthood and what that means and how it can be a way to break down the patriarchy.
Father's Day portraits.
Spanking as sexual assault.
YES YES YES AND DUH. Parents should avoid commenting on their children's weight.
My favorite topic: staying hydrated!!!
I want to eat this please.
How to handle your social media during a tragic event.
Leandra opens up about her infertility on her latest, very moving, podcast.