Weekly Round-Up: Recent Thoughts, Inspirations, and To-Dos (*ranging from the extremely shallow to pretty darn deep)

  1. The best cookies I’ve ever had in my entire life:unnamed430

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Look no further for the most delicious, crusty on the outside, gooey on the inside cookies and colorful macaroons galore (not to mention a mean cup of coffee) —The Bakeshop by Woops in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is THE SPOT!!! Adorable white tile and distressed brick everywhere are also a major (and highly instagrammable) plus.

2. In with the new; out with the old:

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As hoarding is basically my worst nightmare, I love nothing more than purging my life and the contents of my home and getting rid of any extraneous items– after Christmas, when you acquire lots of new things, Tim and I always make it a point to clean out our closets and get rid of old clothing and accessories  that we don’t wear anymore.  Instead of just donating, my favorite place to bring my (slightly used, good condition, decent brands, current trends) old clothing is to Buffalo Exchange.  Lots of iterations of this kind of used clothing resale store exist; I like Buffalo Exchange because they let you donate any clothing they aren’t going to buy from you, and will pay you cash 30% of what they will resell your items for– we banked $170 this past trip! Call or check out their website before you go to see what they are most interested in buying currently.

3. Currently reading (and LOL-ing to):

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I read Mindy Kaling’s Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? years ago and loved it– so I knew to ask Santa to drop her follow up Why Not Me? in this year’s stocking.  By far, the best of this “kind” of female, semi-autobiographical, comedic non-fiction (sorry Tina, Amy, and Chelsea!)

4. Furry Zara jacket on sale!

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I’m obsessed with adding this unexpected topper to otherwise casual looks like the one above– and this is the best time of year to score a piece like this on major sale! Shop my exact one above here.

5. Coveting (for Valentine’s Day?!!?)

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This Mansur Gavriel simple, candy colored crossbody is just good enough to eat! The designer’s clean, minimalistic designs caught fire with their take on the bucket bags of last season– this crossbody is too good to pass up on!

6. (I usually do 5 items in my “Round-Up”; this time a 6th is pretty justified):

My thoughts on having a BOY:

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I’ve never been one of those women or girls who feel like their purpose in life was to become a mother.  I don’t swoon over my pregnant belly and tear up at the thought of decorating my nursery.  Although I’m a teacher, and a pretty good one at that (in my humble opinion!), I don’t have a very strong maternal instinct– I feel like the sarcasm, tough love and dry humor that work so well on my 8th graders, may be lost on an infant or toddler…

But once I found out that I was pregnant, I did get excited– excited at the thought of having a fashionable little mini-me to hang out with, another girl to watch my sweet, amazing husband dote on.  I looked forward to “us” outnumbering Tim, kindly torturing him with all sorts of girliness. Plus I am a girl (duh) and I know how girls operate pretty darn well– I grew up extremely closely with my younger sister, and had THE BEST TIME with her.  I have lots of close girlfriends, who I treasure.

So when the sonogram technician pointed out a now pretty obvious part of the picture on the screen, I smiled, laughed and showed excitement on the outside, but on the inside, I secretly, (actually not so secretly– I shed a few tears at home to Tim that night!) was really sad that it was a boy–and no amount of hard work, effort, care, wishing or hoping would change that.

I felt disappointment, coupled with the then guilt that followed, because doesn’t it seem like nowadays, more often than not, women have trouble conceiving, lose unborn babies, and bear and raise children with all sorts of physical and mental challenges?? Shouldn’t I just have felt grateful to be carrying a healthy baby– to be carrying one at all??

I’ve always craved honesty– so I’m putting it all out into the open here: I’m still a little sad that I’m not having a girl.  I see pics of mothers and baby girls all the time and think meh! Why do I get to have to block my face from pee while changing a diaper?! But, like most things in life, every day I accept it (and am happy about it) more and more.  Lots of my friends have baby boys– and obviously they are just as in love with them as any mom of a girl would be.  Other comforting thoughts on this subject include:

  • There are so many cute, fashionable options for boys now– not just limited to the typical blues and greens.
  • Boys, according to all the boy moms I’ve come across, “are just easier” (remains to be seen!)
  • I get to still be (for now) the only girl in the house!
  • There are plenty of boys I like and love, who are great role models and examples for my future son- Tim, being the greatest ❤
  • and the best advice, from a good friend who is also expecting- I now have the job of raising a man who I would want for any girl to meet, love and spend her life with– a gentleman who is masculine and sensitive, tough and kind, smart and polite, funny and adorably awkward, athletic and nerdy and rowdy and messy and all of the awesome things that boys just are.  Or whoever, or whatever he turns out to be.  However he turns out, he’ll be our little man, and very, very loved.

Have an awesome week guys!

xo, ❤

Christine

 

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