A Few Things

May 30, 2014

swimming hole at Sequoia National Park

Image and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends! How are you? Are you ready for the weekend? With the exception of a BBQ on Saturday, I’m going to be on the couch all weekend — doctor’s orders. My poison oak situation has become infected and my foot has swollen to twice it’s normal size. Blech. But I have medicine and cream and I’m going to keep my foot elevated, and I know I’ll be on the mend soon enough. While I hang out, Ben Blair is taking 3 of the kids to this. How about you? Any good plans?

While I get started doing not-much-of-anything (actually, I hope to catch up on email!), here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

- Solar Roadways – the narrator is obnoxious, but these seem amazing!

- Like everyone on the planet, I’ve been thinking about Maya Angelou. NPR ran a 1986 interview with her on Wednesday and so many parts of it stuck with me. She recites poetry and sings. She talks about being influenced by Shakespeare and understanding that if a white man from centuries ago could write the way she felt, then she too could write the way a Chinese man felt, or how a Jewish boy from Brooklyn felt. She talks about how her muteness became an addiction. So good.

- The response to the Reading Rainbow kickstarter made me happy.

- Have you heard of Manhattanhenge?

- Dark walls in a nursery.

- I didn’t discover the #yesallwomen stream until mid-week and my heart breaks every time I read it. I could add a dozen of my own experiences to the stream. Every female I know could. Not sure what #yesallwomen is? Start here for a good explanation.

- Related, I think this article, titled Your Princess Is In Another Castle, is excellent.

- Also related, if dads want to raise ambitious daughters, they need to do half the housework.

- A fun elephant lamp that children can build by themselves.

DIY indigo dyed blanket.

- Yay for gardening with kids!

- The Monied — a lifestyle blog through a financial lens.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy3 May 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Those solar roadways do look amazing! Wouldn’t it be incredible if those were really implemented?

I read ‘Your Princess Is In Another Castle’ while I waited for the train this morning. So well said. Changing the way we socialize our boys (and girls) is something we really need to work on in the US (maybe the world?). I haven’t read it yet, but I already sent the dads-doing-housework article to my husband! :)


2 Amy3 May 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Oh, and feel better! Poison oak … doesn’t sound fun.


3 Rachel May 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I love this!! #Manhattanhendge


4 Elizabeth Sorenson May 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

As a woman with many great men in my life, another view on yesallwomen… [ link removed ]


5 Design Mom May 30, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Elizabeth, you are totally welcome to comment that you disagree with the #yesallwomen movement, and even share why you personally don’t like it, but it’s not okay to use Design Mom to promote an anti-woman article (an article that was apparently written by a woman. ugh!). I removed the link you shared.

I too am a woman with many great men in my life. And so are the women sharing very painful memories and experiences using the #yesallwomen hashtag.


6 Claire May 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm

thank you, Gabrielle — well said! I always have the greatest admiration for how you make Designmom a safe and inviting space for such a diverse community of readers, but there are quand-même some limits.


7 monica cano May 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm

BB taking 3 kids where?


8 Design Mom May 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Link added! Sorry about that.


9 Christy@SweetandSavoring May 30, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Hope you feel better soon, Gabrielle. Sitting around when sick can be quite frustrating.
I love Manhattanhedge, but have yet to see it in person. Aiming for the next one..in July I think?
Saving that Maya/NPR link- she was incredible! So inspiring and I love seeing her quotes floating around the Internet this week.


10 Amy May 30, 2014 at 6:25 pm

“Ben Blair is taking 3 of the kids to this.” To what??? Was that supposed to be a link? :)


11 Design Mom May 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Yes! Just added it in. Sorry about that. Apparently I didn’t proofread as well as I thought I had.


12 Andrea May 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Thank you for linking to the misogyny articles. I love that I have power over my own choices and consciously try to focus on my own sources of power. I have recently tried to only comment on other peoples bodies to themselves, as an attempt to recognize that another person’s body is their own. It is difficult to draw my own lines of what is appropriate and what isn’t; but I feel comfortable with my current stance:)


13 Liz Moss May 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Thank you for linking to the Reading Rainbow kickstarter. I have contributed and I love seeing the outpouring of support for a great cause as instilling the love of learning and reading to every child, everywhere. Thank you. And I encourage everyone to support this.


14 Kathy Ayers May 31, 2014 at 7:26 am

Hope you feel better soon! Make sure you keep that leg up! So important. Don’t want blood poisoning! Thanks for all the great links! And for so nicely taking the other link down! I don’t think I could blog, because I would take so much personally!


15 JMAC May 31, 2014 at 7:47 am

Hi. I completely agree with the yesallwomen article but wish that woman would also stop using their scantly clad bodies in main stream magazines. I was in the supermarket with my 2 little boys yesterday and was shocked by the bathing suit One top model was wearing on the cover of a woman’s magazine. It was just a bunch of shoestrings. Good for her to have such an amazing body after 4 children but what message does it send. Not one I want my boys to have about woman. Then my husband came home from a work trip to England last night. He always brings me some magazines and said when security checked inside his bag the man thought the Vogue mag was porn mag because of the picture on the front. My husband was completely embarrassed.
I think woman can link just as good with a nice outfit on the cover of these magazines to sell them. It is just giving the wrong message, IMO.


16 Ivy June 1, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Oh Gabby, I wish I had read about your poison oak sooner! My dad has used the hard-core steroid stuff for years to find relief and then recently we discovered the power of myrrh and peppermint essential oils combined. It works even faster to relieve irritation and help the skin heal. If you are interested in trying some, I’ll overnight you a sample from here in Sacramento. Hopefully by now you don’t need it but just in case I thought I’d let you know.


17 Shannon Bradley-Colleary June 2, 2014 at 1:14 am

Kisses to you. Get well soon. If it makes you feel any better I’ve developed a wart on my left thumb. I thought my wart days were over, but alas I was wrong!


18 Jillian L June 2, 2014 at 10:15 am

Wow- that Princess in Another Castle article… that was excellent. Just excellent. Thank you for linking to ut!


19 Jeannie June 2, 2014 at 11:43 am

I agree with the last commenter – the Princess in Another Castle article was so well written. Why, oh why, does it seem that many young men are not happy or fulfilled unless they “get the girl” (euphimism, of course)? Why such anger at women? It’s so sad.


20 Chris June 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

Hey Gabrielle,

A friend recently recommended your blog, and I’m so glad she did :) Hope the poison has gotten better, but if not trying using some VERY diluted chlorine bleach in a spray bottle. It helps dry it out, calms the itching, and is all natural. Just be careful where you spray; we have an unintentionally polka-dotted bathroom rug now


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