I didn't get much sleep last week. Even less than normal. I didn't realize the toll that really takes on mental abilities until I made two glaring mistakes in my work here. On Tuesday, the graphic I created on taking responsibility for your energy had energy big fat misspelled. Then Friday's post on loving a mom at home with little ones was missing a word for a few hours until a kind friend pointed it out to me.
At first, I thought it was teething keeping my little men up at night, but as it turns out, it was just a cold.
<insert requisite man-cold joke here>
But speaking of my loving the mom at home with little ones post - THANK YOU for your wonderful support of those words. It has gotten more views than anything I've shared in a long, long time, and I am so humbled that it has landed so strongly with so many of you.
Let's get to this week's feast o' links!
Unfolding the newspaper
It would be significant oversight on my part if I didn't mention the major news story out of Oklahoma this week, the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. (Read Witnesses to a Botched Execution, The New Yorker) Debates surrounding the death penalty have flared once again, voices loud on each side, drowning out the quiet questions of those of us who land somewhere in the middle. In theory, I don't adhere to a philosophy of redemptive violence, but I do know that if it were my sister who was shot and buried alive, all of my idealistic notions would implode. I guess that's why I stay quiet. Because in this moment, I have the luxury of doing so.
Things to think about
"Every day we face our marriage. Tattered or threadbare, broken or mended we stand in the mess of our lives.
We live in the today of our marriage in the midst of the history of our life. Combining the two parts of ourselves, independent and yet inextricably intertwined. We are the product of our past and the author of our future.
The dichotomy of our life merges in the union of two pasts to create one future." -- Use Your Marriage to Make You Better, Grace Uncommon
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"All those annoying productivity people will tell you that the next step is to make a map that goes from here to there.
The map has all the steps you’ll need to take. Those steps are probably broken into sub-steps. Along the way, you’ll identify the resources you’ll need to develop and the avenues that are most likely to get you to your goal. You’ll get a good understanding of the constraints and maybe even start to work out a critical path.
Get real. You are a flake. You are not going to do all that. In fact, just the thought makes you want to go grab an ice cream, doesn’t it?" -- The Complete Flake's Guide to Getting Things Done, Copyblogger (When I read this, I laughed AND cried, it is so spot-on and hope-giving!)
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Catching up with neighbors (posts from y'all!)
I wish I had this list a year ago! I can testify to the helpfulness of fish oil in playing a part in helping my system recover from postpartum depression: 8 Natural Remedies for Postpartum Baby Blues, Live Renewed
With two toddlers who are usually in the bath and heading to bed by the time their biggest sister gets home from her long days of school + orchestra, time to sit down for a family dinner is so rare for us right now. I absolutely LOVE these 12 Activities for Family Meals at Let Why Lead. What a great way to incorporate just a little guided conversation into the moments of family togetherness!
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iPhone Only Photography, David Molnar
Over on Facebook, we compared notes about the pop culture stuff about which we are clueless, and we agreed that quiet kids is usually a really awful thing. Thanks so much for being part of our ever-growing community there! Don't forget that liking, commenting on, and sharing what you see there is the best way to keep SortaCrunchy in your Facebook feed!
This time last week, we walked down to cheer on marathoners in the OKC Memorial Marathon. The route runs right past our neighborhood!
Looking forward to this week
Gosh, if the menfolk in my family (because oh yes, Kyle got this cold, too!) could just recovering from sniffling, coughing, and general misery, I would count the coming week a win! And, of course, there's this: The Simpsons as Legos (tonight!)
Thank you, as always, for joining me for our Sunday brunch!
breakfast tacos, etc from Jun Aviles