Flecks #8

As in flecks of reflection from the week: what I'm learning and celebrating.

Things I learned this week:

  • I can make mashed potatoes from scratch. Every year I do this for Thanksgiving, and every year after boiling the potatoes I remember I don't know how to make mashed potatoes. So I search for a recipe, realize it's not that hard if you have the right ingredients (which itself is a challenge), and mash away. And every year they come out fine. Maybe next year I'll remember how to do it. (Or maybe I'll even make them from scratch before next year.)

Things I'm celebrating this week:

  • For the first time in months, I remembered to bring the dry-cleaning into the house on the same day I picked it up from the dry cleaner. (Seriously, I usually remember the next time I go to put something in my trunk. "Oh... there's dry-cleaning in here.")

  • Thanksgiving. Here in the United States, we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday with family and feasting. It was nice. Today many people have already hit the stores to find "great deals." I will be celebrating my home, by staying in it.

Things that are resonating with me this week:

I'm really drawn to stories about women at the moment. I'm reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamont and loving it so far. I've also started The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood by Lucy H. Pearce and it's spurring a lot of thoughts and ideas and all-round wonderstruckness.

Then there's these articles that caught my attention...

why I think that we should listen more carefully to our grandmothers at Kind Over Matter

Feminism, According to Stock Photography - I found this one through Facebook. It is brilliantly filled with women wearing boxing gloves, wielding power tools, stepping on tiny men, and more. Worth the trip. Be sure to read the captions.

Unrelated to femininity in particular, I also liked these posts...

How Many Clouds Are in Your Sky? by Sara McClellan

The History of Blanket Friday by Havi Brooks, a little known holiday I think I'll celebrate today.


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