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{my week in pictures}

March 22, 2011

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Last week was an excellent week. I was on Spring break and it really felt like Spring was not just a distant hope in the future anymore. The sun came out and I was able to revive Fiona (above) from her winter sleep. Although I spent most of the week at home, in sweats, writing away at my current dissertation chapter, I did take a few breaks to enjoy the sunshine and a few much appreciated bike rides.

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I didn’t make it much past the coffeeshop though, where I perused food sites (aka food porn) between writing. At home, T. baked four amazing loafs of bread (Irish soda bread in honor of St. Patty’s), and I binged on them like any pregnant woman would. We didn’t keep all four, although I petitioned for it, but gave two away. I could have easily devoured all four loaves, but I’m practicing restraint.

Also in food news, our little seedlings are continuing to grow and might have to be moved to larger containers soon since it will still be a while until we can transplant them outside. And I finished reading Radical Homemakers and loved it. A must read for anyone turned off by our consumer culture and looking for ways to opt out. I’m now reading The Urban Homestead and My Dirty Life, both of which I’m enjoying very much. Here are some snapshots from last week.

How was your week? What are you currently reading? S.

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Growing a Garden
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28 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2011 06:30

    It all sounds great, but of course I am enamored by the shoes. :)

  2. March 22, 2011 06:42

    I’m envious of the spring weather you are getting; New England doesn’t seem to be quite ready yet. Will you be joining 30 Days of Biking: http://30daysofbiking.com/bike/

    Also, where are your adorable shoes (from the last photo) from?

    • March 22, 2011 07:31

      Oooh, I like the sound of that. Thanks for the link! I’ll be sure to participate in the 30 days of biking challenge! Are you also doing it? And yes, it seems that the weather is taking a turn for the worst here too, with temps going back down into the 40s. Now that I’ve been spoiled with much warmer weather, it’s so hard to go back to that. Hope NE gets Spring weather soon!

      S.

      • March 22, 2011 20:08

        I’m definitely planning on it. I’ve got a couple of trips but they’re local so the goal is to bring the bike along.

  3. March 22, 2011 07:28

    For anyone interested – those shoes are Joseph Seibel brand (The Joseph Seibel “Jody”). I got them as a gift from my mom and they’re wonderful – extremely comfortable and well made.

    S.

    • March 23, 2011 22:51

      Just tried to find those shoes and everywhere is sold out of the cute colors! Well done, Mom.

  4. March 22, 2011 07:41

    Oh dear. You have to be pregnant to want to eat massive amounts of soda bread? No one told me. :) Looks and sounds like a great week! I’ve had a good friend recommend RADICAL HOMEMAKING to me and was intrigued; now with you seconding it I’ll definitely have to check it out.

  5. March 22, 2011 07:41

    I always wonder how you find the time to do all the awesome things you get up to, and even more impressively, while pregnant! Does your day have 48 hours or something? If it does, please do share the recipe because I could certainly use it! ;)

  6. March 22, 2011 08:06

    Such happy photos and I’m getting a kick out of the thought of you scarfing down loaves of bread. Goodness knows you deserve it. :)

    I’ll definitely check out Radical Homemakers. Right now I’m reading a book about wedding photography and re-re-re-re-re-re-reading Franny & Zooey while waiting (impatiently!) for my next Indiespensable shipment

  7. Dave permalink
    March 22, 2011 08:07

    We’ve gotten over double the average rainfall for March, so spring has been a little depressing so far, but yesterday evening the sun was out and it was warmish, so Trina and I walked a bag of CDs we were getting rid of over to the used CD shop in our neighborhood (about a 10 min walk), and stopped by the tea shop on our way and chatted with the owners for a little bit as they were closing up. Coming back, one of our neighbors who is super friendly who we have talked to a number of times but never caught his name was out gardening, so we chatted a little while, and it turns out his name is Dave :)

    It felt so nice to just get outside in a relaxed fashion, rather than a “get where you’re going as fast as possible so you don’t get soaked” fashion :)

    We read The Urban Homestead as well, and I remember really liking it. I’ll have to look for Radical Homemakers, too. I do still have some money to spend at http://www.powells.com from Christmas, and they’re just a 15 min bike ride away :)

    In the meantime though, planning to read The Bell Jar again.

    • March 22, 2011 17:42

      I love the Bell Jar!

      • March 22, 2011 23:45

        It sounds a little bit weird, given who Sylvia Plath was… but I think if there is any writer I might have a little bit of a crush on, it would be her. Her use of language is just incredible – sometimes scary – but always beautiful. Some of her poetry just makes me all tingly. But then, I’m a language nut, so what can I say… :)

        …and what a life she had… The Bell Jar was one of the first things to really get me thinking about what we consider to be mental disorders, how we view them, how we treat them, and how people come about having them.

        Perhaps sometimes we cause them or make them worse by trying to treat an “illness” that is largely just a social abnormality.

  8. March 22, 2011 11:13

    Ok, those shoes! So cute!

    Sounds like a great week.

  9. darlingmakedo permalink
    March 22, 2011 13:43

    we are on spring break as well, (all four of us are students, mama, papa, + 2 kiddos!) and are visiting family right on the coast just south of san francisco. we are enjoying doing nothing but walking to the beach and sharing good food. i just began reading “swamplandia” and LOVE IT! i usually try to get in a fun read between terms too. and some knitting.
    xo,
    brooke
    http://www.pedalandbloom.com

    • March 22, 2011 17:42

      That’s so funny that you would mention “swamplandia” as I just listened to a review of it and interview with the author on my NY Times Book Review podcast. And I thought it sounded interesting based on that. I might have to consider it now after I get through my current reading.

  10. Jennifer permalink
    March 22, 2011 17:08

    I downloaded Radical Homemakers to my Kindle last time you mentioned it in a post. I started reading it last night and am absolutely hooked. I have very rarely if ever consciously thought about the issues it raises in any great depth and yet there is so much about it that resonates with me. I like the fact that it is directed at single people as well as people with partners and families. I can already sense that the book might encourage a few little changes in my outlook. Thanks so much for mentioning it. This is why the Internet is so great!

    • March 22, 2011 17:40

      Jennifer, that’s awesome! I hope you keep enjoying the rest of the book as much as I did!

      • March 22, 2011 17:48

        I found at least the first few chapters on Google Books and was just perusing through a little – really great point that modern America views the family as a unit of consumption – I have no doubt that has been intentionally shaped that way. In the same way that it feels good and empowering to be able to move yourself around on your own power, it feels good and empowering to be able to provide sustenance for yourself, to not rely on others for all of your basic needs, to increase your self-sufficiency. Not for bragging rights, but just simply to have a sense of worth and accomplishment, and independence.

        For all of the talk in America about freedom and independence, there sure is a lot of effort to make the citizens dependent.

  11. March 22, 2011 20:08

    I’m very concerned that your washing is going to get fade marks if you dry it like that. (I am obsessed with laundry! Obsessed, I tell you!)

    I had a shocker last week. This week is a big improvement – so far.

    Your pictures are lovely.

    I’m reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the nine millionth time.

  12. Sarah permalink
    March 22, 2011 22:39

    This is a bit off-topic I suppose, but today I was reading a book on nineteenth century American clothing (I’m a PhD student in History!) and the book mentioned that the April 1896 issue of “Godey’s” was dedicated entirely to the bicycle! It reminded me of the post you wrote last fall about gender and cycling, so I thought you might enjoy checking out that issue if you haven’t already. (It’s available on Google Books, if you’re interested!)

  13. March 23, 2011 19:57

    Great photos! I love the sunny skies chalk drawing! I’m reading kids books right now. But I do look forward to checking out your recommendations soon!

  14. March 25, 2011 03:36

    I have a question about Radical Homemakers – how much is it geared towards the American market? Can a European read it and still get something out of it?
    I just finished “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer (review coming up on my blog soon ;) ) and am hungry for more out of the ethical living department, so if Radical Homemakers is Europe-applicable I might just give it a shot.

    • March 25, 2011 09:33

      Hi Liburuak – the overall ideas can be applied to life in Europe as well but the case studies and examples are pretty American specific. In fact, I think Europeans may not be guilty of some of those things making America such a consumer culture in the past decades. There seems to be less credit card debt and less media pressure to live on borrowed money in EU. If you can get it without paying for the book (from a library), then I would encourage you to give it a shot and read the first chapter. I’m hesitant to recommend it whole heartedly because it is pretty based on US phenomenons.

      S.

      • March 25, 2011 20:55

        Yes, definitely find a good campus spot! That’s one of the perks of working on a college campus, there’s usually no shortage of scenic spots where one could sit outdoors and enjoy a lunch or coffee.

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