Toxic Air

Today, the Oakland School District announced that school is cancelled tomorrow because the air is so dangerous. It’s been bad for a week. It got worse today. And it’s supposed to be even worse tomorrow. Why is the air so bad? Because California is on fire.

The nearest fire — called Camp Fire — is over 100 miles away. This seems like a long way away in my head, and in some ways it is. For example, it’s far enough away that my home is not currently at risk of burning down. But it’s still close enough to have a major impact on the air.

This is the first time I’ve had to get to know air quality numbers and what they mean. If you’re curious here’s a couple of key numbers (and a chart):

How’s the air in your town? I’ve got links to find out. Keep reading.

Living With Kids: Lindsay Howerton-Hastings

Friends, I would love to introduce you to Lindsay and her happy home in Greenville, South Carolina. While you read this interview, keep in mind that Lindsay had a baby last week. As we were communicating via email I knew she had a baby due and was trying to get everything wrapped up before the little one arrived, but he made his appearance between taking the photos and answering the interview questions. Huge congrats to Lindsay!

After getting to know her, I’m guessing you are going to wish she lived on your street. She works as a Perinatal therapist, which means she deals with all types of people in various stages of starting and creating families, and the advice she shares is smart and thoughtful and usable. She’s the kind of friend who’s house you want to swing by when you had a rough day and you just need someone to listen. Welcome, Lindsay!

A lovely home and lots of great parenting advice. Keep reading!

Holiday Pjs in 100% Cotton

Are you planning to pick out pjs this year? I’m shopping for ours this week. I always look for 100% cotton holiday pjs that aren’t explicitly Christmas-themed — because we end up wearing ours all winter long. I’ve found some great options so far. In fact, I found twenty! Eight are in red, and there are cute options in blues, greens, and yellows too. Five of them are organic, and most options are under $20.

Lots of 100% cotton holiday pjs options when you click through. Come take a peek!

A Few Things

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Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? I arrived home from Australia on Monday, which seems like a long time ago, but I feel like I’m still not quite sorted on my jet lag. Though it’s getting better! I’m sure I’ll be all caught-up sleep-wise this weekend. 

To commemorate Veteran’s Day, my kids have no school on Monday. You too? Our French friends are here until Tuesday. They’ve seen almost everything they want to see, but still have Yosemite on their list, so we thought a weekend road trip to the national park would be perfect. Yosemite in every season is delightful, but Yosemite in the fall might be my favorite. Our kids have Scrooge rehearsal on Saturday morning  — we’re only two weeks away from opening night! So our crew will head out Saturday afternoon and come back on Monday.

I’m going to stay behind and put in some intensive work hours. Don’t feel sorry for me — I’m glad for the chance to catch up! Big trips (like Australia) generally put me far behind on my work, so I’m happy about the opportunity for distraction-free at my desk.

How about you? Any plans for the long-weekend? Any traditions for marking Veteran’s Day?

Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

Fourteen fabulous links. Come see.

An Open Thread On This Week’s News

Holy moly. There’s so much going on that I want to talk with you about:

1) The midterms!

So HAPPY that more than 100 women were elected to congress. So HAPPY to see more representatives that look like our actual population. So many wonderful firsts! First Native American Woman in Congress, First Muslim Woman in Congress, First Lesbian Mother in Congress — click through for more. I heard someone call it a Rainbow Wave and I loved that.

This headline made me happy: All 19 Black Women Running for Judge in a Texas Race Won Tuesday Night.

Lots more to talk about. Keep reading.



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