Blairs on the dock at Lake Tahoe

Image and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? My family had a terrific time at Lake Tahoe! I promise to tell you all about it next week. We arrived home this afternoon, unpacked, and got right back to real life — track practice and scout assignments and errands and babysitting jobs. Real life is good.

This weekend will involve work catchup, plus some packing too. I’m headed to New York next week for a really cool event with HomeGoods. I always love a trip to New York. The weather apps are predicting temperatures in the 50s next week. The 50s are always a bit mysterious to me clothes-wise — I’m wondering if I should pack with Spring in mind, or Winter? How about you? Any weekend plans you’re looking forward to?

I’m off to make a packing list, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

– Why being unable to stand noisy eaters might make you a genius.

– California has about one year of water left.

– Too early to talk about water-balloon fights? Then bookmark this awesomeness for later.

The Stitch has my attention. Add an orange zigzag to an item of clothing, and let the stitches help reduce the stigma that surrounds talking about being abused as a child.

– An article from Motherlode – “My friend has a son who is autistic.”

– Ben Blair and I just started watching a new series called The Last Man on Earth. It was created by Will Forte. Have you seen it?

– My friend Cathleen Falsani, world-class author and reporter, is using a GoFundMe campaign to finance a reporting trip to Nepal. The trip is with an NGO which is working with at-risk women there. Check it out.

– The Foodnited States. Via Cool Mom Picks.

– Why are some people called expats and others immigrants? Thanks, Logan.

– Heartbreaking — a Stanford neurosurgeons’ parting words about life and time.

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