A few things happening in the Osberg household lately.
I’ve been reading The Vegetarian, which is a shock to my system after so many romance novels. It’s a look at what happens when one South Korean housewife decides to stop eating meat. There’s some pretty vivid imagery that is hard to read, and I can’t say I’m necessarily enjoying the book, but it’s also very compelling. It remains to be seen if I’d recommend it or not.
Not really a book, but I’ve also been making my way through this article from the NYTimes which really should be required reading.
If you can believe it, I recently wrote Annie’s 3.5 year baby book entry. Every few months I try to write the girls a quick snapshot in time of what they’re up to and what their personality is like. Who knows if they’ll ever read them, but I really enjoy writing them and also find them useful for reference. Our Annie is such a loving, sweet little girl and I want to make sure to remember that during her teenage years 🙂
Here’s a quick excerpt (the entire thing was probably 2500 words, which I realize is quite ridiculous).
I still owe Claire a 16-month write-up. She’s such a second child.
We’ve been planning some trips! Heading to Nashville as a family in February (anyone have any recommendations?) We are staying at an Airbnb in East Nashville and I can’t wait to try good food and take the girls to new places. A few fun activities on my list:
This Science Adventure Center looks like it should be good for a full morning of fun.
If the weather is good, I definitely want to try out the Bicentennial Mall that looks beautiful.
And there’s always the Nashville Zoo. Kangaroos really are stupid animals (I learned this in my time living in Australia), but we read about them a lot in one of Annie’s favorite books.
And then there’s the restaurants, which I’m still researching. Luckily, I can look at what Cup of Jo, Design*Sponge, and Hither & Thither have to say on Nashville. It’s always nice to feel like I’m getting personal recommendations, even if they’re from people I’ve never met.
Interior design blogs are by far my favorite blog genre, and I love all the homes that Cup of Jo posts, especially this Fort Greene home from yesterday. Such a compelling combination of antiques, art, and beautiful light. Nicole from Making it Lovely has done such a wonderful job with her home. Her library is the stuff dreams are made of.
Two years ago we moved into our home and it FINALLY feels like it’s coming together. We have now renovated our kitchen, two bathrooms, mudroom, and master bedroom. It’s been quite the slog, but it finally feels homey and cozy. This chair (in the marine heathered tweed) was delivered yesterday and I think it might be the last addition we need for our family room to be *almost* complete. So exciting!
And lastly, Obama’s speech last night was so moving and thoughtful. I truly will miss him.