As some of you know, last week I tried out a new feature on the blog called The Friday Five (Things I Love This Week). I’ve determined, based on zero actual data, that the first ever installment of the feature was a “dazzling success” (my words).
As you’re reading this weekly feature, I believe it helps if you imagine Oprah’s “Favorite Things” extravaganzas and pretend that I, like the Big O herself, am giving away cars and other assorted items of great value. Now to be clear I’m not actually giving out anything (of value or otherwise). I just want you to imagine that I am for the sake of creating a festive reading environment in your head.
Now, you may recall that I had hopes of achieving riches beyond all imagining from last week’s post. I’ve checked my bank account, and I did NOT secure great wealth over the course of the past 7 days as was my aim. I certainly did not achieve “upper class” status, nor was I able to finance expensive home renovation projects off of this blog. This comes as a huge surprise to all of us, I think.
If you enjoy reading these posts and/or would like to help me achieve a lavish lifestyle, the best way you can do that is to send me cash. But short of that, the best thing you can do is “share” and “like” posts on Facebook or Twitter or whatnot to keep traffic flowing this way. But again, cash is great.
And now, onto the main event.
The Friday Five
1. Boyhood – The Movie
I haven’t been to the movies in ages, which is Nolan’s fault, but I’m not here to point fingers. (I’m pointing at Nolan’s baby monitor right now). But this movie I had to see. Amazingly, Richard Linklater had the patience to film over a 12 year period, creating a portrait of childhood unlike anything I’ve seen before. It’s realer than real. Realer, even, than The Real Housewives.
Also, the whole thing impresses me since I don’t even have the patience to hard boil an egg.
Never before have foam and the alphabet come together in such a magnificent partnership. I’m not in marketing, but I’ve just now come up with a tagline for this product:
It’s a play mat. It’s a puzzle. It’s a revelation.
Let me be clear: We bought this mat out of desperation. Last week on Facebook I noticed that Nolan’s friend, baby Theo, was on a foam mat in his internet debut as a crawler. It occurred to me that perhaps lacking this mat in our home is what’s holding Nolan back from movement. That, and his pervasive sloth. Also, on the rug Nolan gets very distracted by lint and it slows him down. He seems to have a penchant for textiles, this kid.
Enter the foam mat. While it’s true that Nolan still has yet to crawl (the mat’s a revelation, not a miracle worker) – it has made a significant difference in his ability to maneuver himself round and round in circles, which is a good start to a career as a whirling dervish. So we have that going for us, which is nice.
Anyway, I’m loving this mat -it’s surprisingly cute in place of a rug, and I like having it to designate a play space for Nolan.
3. The Overprotected Kid article in The Atlantic
This article takes a really interesting look at how (and why) society has changed in one generation regarding the safety and protection of our children. I read it after I wrote a post a few weeks ago (Child Safety, Then and Now) on this same topic. I wish I had read it earlier, as that would make me a writer who uses ‘research’ and ‘references’ in her work instead of relying on wild impulse. But I digress.
You should read it if you’re curious as to why today’s kids are handled so cautiously, never out from under the gaze of adult supervision for long. As a parent I think it’s a question worth considering.
As an aside, this reminded me of the fact that I’ve only broken two bones in my entire life (my arm and my rib) and both bones were broken on the very same dinky slide in a playground near my parents’ house. The incidents were 12 years apart. What are the chances of that? Maybe if I was playing in a junkyard laden with saws and fires I would have fared better.
I love this little chair. It takes up minimal space, and more importantly it gives babies a sense of how to comport oneself on a bar stool early on in life. And obviously I want nothing more for my baby than to someday grow up to become a beloved fixture in his local pub. I can practically hear people yelling “Norm!” as I look at this picture.
Oh, and also, using this chair made it really easy to give Nolan dinner while also keeping him entertained during dinner prep, because he felt in on the action. I’ve mentioned before that he has serious FOMO (fear of missing out). If your baby has FOMO and you don’t want a chair the size of a forklift in your kitchen, this little number might be for you.
Another plus: it’s really portable and convenient for road trips.
Negatives: You have to make sure it will fit over the lip of your table if you don’t have an island or peninsula to attach it to. And your counter will get really messy, assuming your kid is gross like my kid.
You may have caught wind of the fact that I’m pumping myself up for home renovations. And nobody is more pumped up about home renovations (more specifically, about renovations and the accompanying treasures that you can find to make your house fancy) than Victoria Elizabeth Barnes. This girl is a riot. Check her out, and if you want a stellar post to start with, start here: The Kingdom Mirror.
There you have it folks, this week’s Friday Five. If you have thoughts on these items or others, let me know in the comments. And in the words of Jerry Springer: “Take care of yourself, and each other.”