2. Speaking of, thanks to everyone who sent me sweet birthday wishes! Jeron took me out for what might be my favorite local restaurant meal, the Vegetarian Heaven at Kate’s Pizza Amore. I was a little hesitant the first time I tried “spinach pudding” (which they stuff in a portobello mushroom and serve on top of the best mashed potatoes and grilled squash), but its way better than it sounds. Also they now sell portobello fries which might be the greatest idea ever.
3. I have a new favorite movie! Swiss Army Man. Now, before you go watching it and thinking its going to be amazing, let me warn you – I like weird movies. And this one is weird. Like, farting corpse weird. I want to talk about it completely in depth but I won’t ruin it for you in case you do end up watching it (you should). Let me just say it hit on so many emotional and artistic levels for me. I also really reminded me of The Beach, which is also one of my favorite movies of all times.
4. Also a great movie I watched recently was Captain Fantastic. It really brought up some hot topics on homeschooling (specifically how my kids are both weird and awesome at the same time).
5. Can we just talk about entertainment this whole time? The Westworld season finale is tonight and I’m excited to see what they do with it. So far the show has had a good mix of mystery and answers, but I still have to read a million articles after every episode to understand what happened. I’m feeling pretty meh about The Walking Dead any more, and I hate when they scatter everyone like this because there’s no real continual storyline.
7. For Thanksgiving I made two versions of Courtney’s Baked Mushrooms with Red Wine and Parmesan Crumbs, one just like the recipe and one without the breadcrumbs since several family members at our Thanksgiving are gluten-free. They were both an incredible hit, I think I’ll be making that recipe all year round!
8. I’m almost completely done with my Christmas shopping, which is totally unheard of for me. I usually wait until the last possible minute (like literally, I’m that idiot out on Christmas Eve), but this year I knew I needed to get my ducks in a row. Now if I can just get everything wrapped before Christmas Eve I might actually enjoy the holiday this year instead of staying up until midnight in a flurry of paper and bows.
9. Lola lost her seventh tooth and called it her Golden Tooth Day (since she’s seven years old). Seriously, she’s amazing.
10. She also asked if she could ask Google if the tooth fairy is real since “Your computer knows everything, Mom.” I cried a little on the inside both for her loss of innocence and the fact that this generation can google stuff like that. I told her no, she couldn’t google it because I wanted her to hear the truth from me, and laid out how it really works under strict orders to not ruin this magic for the other children in the house. So far no questions about Santa, but we’ll see when we get closer to the holiday.
11. I’m thinking about starting an Instagram account for Lola’s art because it is seriously the best. I know everyone probably says that about their child’s art, but she comes up with the most amazing ideas and is doing it all day long. It would be fun even to have it as a record of some of it. Is it too grotesque to have an Instagram account for a seven year old though? It’s not like I would let her do it by herself, it would be heavily, heavily monitored and basically done by me or only when she’s with me. I also like the idea of teaching her that social media is more of a business/social sharing tool than an outlet for selfies and personal validation. Help me be a parent in this digital age please, it is rough!