roses at the treehouse

Photo and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends. How are you? I woke up today with the It’s Friday song going through my head. Hah! It wasn’t a particularly challenging week, but nevertheless, I couldn’t be happier that the weekend has arrived! You too?

Compared to last weekend, we barely have anything on our schedule, which is fine by me. I think the biggest thing I’d like to do this weekend is sketch out built in shelf options for the family room and office. How about you? What are your plans? Will you be watching the big game on Sunday? It’s happening just across the Bay!

Also, I really appreciate all the contractor advice from yesterday’s post. After I sign off here, I’m going to make a bunch of phone calls and see if I can figure something out. But before I do that, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

– Oh wow! This made me catch my breath. Can you imagine the joy in the room?

– Something new. The DuVernay Test is like the Bechdel Test, but for race.

– In Oakland, this big-hearted and super-inspiring man is building tiny houses for the homeless.

– Save this link. A searchable catalog of the best kids’ books from the last 8 years.

– What it was like when women were not allowed to have their own credit cards.

America’s oldest mall was turned into 48 charming, low-cost, micro apartments. Does your town have an empty mall?

– What Frida Kahlo wore.

– I came across this short history of Japan on Twitter, and now I want to watch one for every country in the world.

– Cool DIY laundry folding tool for kids (or adults!).

Do our schools lack joy?

– My friend Kristen Howerton, has been the target of white supremacists over the last few weeks. The brutality is hard to comprehend. We like to think this doesn’t happen in our “post racial” society, but that’s not true. She writes about the experience here.

– Related, I’ve been thinking about this article putting forth the idea we need to make publishers more accountable for the comments on their sites. And this is where I also need to say HIGH FIVE to Design Mom Readers, because you manage to have big discussions and share diverse opinions, while also being both civil and responsible. Having to delete a comment is a rare thing for me. Thank you!

– Lastly, turns out trees have social networks too.

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