Week-end: links & life {vol. 24}

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” -Steve Jobs

work date with Kathryn

Last weekend Kathryn and I had a Starbucks work day. I did some blog work while she worked on an essay, then started writing up her own original crochet patterns. I chose the quote above because she was talking about how easy it was to write crochet patterns even though it’s like a nonsense language to me; I told her the reason it comes easy to her is because it’s one of her creative gifts.

Also, isn’t her washi taped keyboard adorable? Suits her creative personality and comes off easily, too, in case you want to try it yourself.

from around the web

on the blog (in case you missed ’em):

right here at home

As usual, our homeschool year isn’t ending with hard stop, but slowly winding down as we finish some subjects but continue on with others through the summer. For the sake of closure and celebratory purposes, I’m calling our upcoming vacation the big finale.

The girls have had colds this week, so we’ve been running helpful essential oils in the diffuser (a few drops each of peppermint, lemon, and lavender) and keeping plenty of Kleenex on hand. The weather, however, has been beautiful and my irises are still blooming and blooming. I also had lunch with Lindsey to catch up on what’s happening.

My exciting moment of the week: doing a handstand for the first time in my life. Previously, wimpy arms made me collapse onto my head: not recommended.


I can only balance briefly without having a foot touching somewhere, but I’ll get there! I’m working on pull-ups, too. Those two things are my current specific fitness goals. Another small victory: when I took Daisy to the vet on Monday, it was easier to heft her 60 pounds into my SUV, and to put her up on the exam table for the very pregnant veterinarian. Hurray for getting stronger!

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Linking up with Kris and Mary.

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Love the washi tape keyboard -very cute idea!

Good job on the hand stand too {pretty sure I’d probably hurt myself if I tried that, I have terrible balance}.


I love that you’re working on pull-ups! I was once working on pull-ups. I am no longer working on pull-ups. Ha! But there is always hope for the future, no? Loved your wrap-up, and I think I’ll be reading up some of those links you posted. Thanks for sharing!


I love the washi taped keyboard, too! Will have to show it to my daughter.

And, congrats for getting stronger! I was doing handstands & cartwheels just a couple of years ago, and then I hurt my wrist. Now, I just can’t put the pressure on it. But, there are plenty of ways to get stronger!

We are back to homeschooling… high school now! So, I was thinking about starting to blog again. It’s great to see you’re still at it!

Congrats on the handstand and getting stronger! I want to be able to do a pull-up, too. It’s one of my weird fitness goals – except you make me feel not so weird, or maybe just not alone in my weirdness. 🙂