Surfing Sunday 04.15

Thank you, everyone, for the love last week. It’s been very hard for me to wrap my head around Maddie being gone for nine years. Grief is so emotionally and physically taxing…I kept myself very busy last weekend, which was what I needed to do. But I’ve been paying the price this week, physically. It’s amazing how grief can manifest in the form of physical ailments. I suppose my body knows that’s the only way to make me slow down. I’m getting back into the swing of things this week. It helps immensely knowing that I won’t have to prepare for the March of Dimes walk at the end of the month – I feel like I can actually heal a little bit instead of holding my breath until the next emotionally taxing event. I still have guilt about not going, but I can tell this has already been the right choice for us.

Around The ‘Net

~Why girls can be boyish but boys can’t be girlish

~How Parkland student journalists covered the shooting they survived and friends they lost

~How Facebook Lets Brands and Politicians Target You

~TV Demonizes the Working Class. Two New Shows Finally Celebrate Them

~Beyoncé Makes History at Coachella: Feminism, Black Lives Matter and a Destiny’s Child Reunion

~South Africa’s embrace of natural hair care illustrates the movement’s power

~The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany

~Workers are climbing wind turbines to the middle class

~The Reasons Why Food Tastes Better in a Bowl Than on a Plate

~Tactic #5 for Avoiding Budget Airline Fees: Wear All of Your Clothes

The World’s Tiniest Player

We got James’ baseball pictures back last week. Besides the fact that they are so cute (his team photo is so adorable I could CRY), I can’t stop laughing at the typo on the baseball card. He’s only three inches tall! LOLOL

Fun Stuff

~My friend Jen turned me on to this all-in-one blow dryer and volumizer and I am a changed woman. HIGHLY recommend this wandy blow dryer thingy, you guys. HIGHLY.
~Did anyone shop the Hunter for Target line? I didn’t go into the store but I got a pair of boots for Annie online that are super cute. I also grabbed her some slides that she can wear in between softball games.
~If you’re looking for a funny book, you must read The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. It’s fantastic!

Happy Sunday, everyone.

Surfing Sunday 04.08

I’m writing this one (mostly) in advance because if the last nine years have taught me anything, it’s that the days after the hard milestones are often harder than the day of the actual milestone. [Edit: Yep. Feel like I got hit by a bus today.] But I’m certain that my friends, family, and all of…

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This April

Well. My least-favorite month of the year is here. April, I hate you so much. It’s nothing personal. The ninth anniversary of Madeline’s death is this Saturday. My friends are wonderful. They text me to check in, send jokes to make me smile, or little notes to let me know they’re thinking of us. I…

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