I just love this picture posted to UNC's instagram.
Beyond Work/Life Balance - Living the Life You Want. I think this post speaks to my thoughts about the word "balance". There is no such thing. There's no right amount of time you're supposed to spend at home versus at work. No set time guidelines on playing with your kids or achieving a personal goal. I don't want to think about it that way any more. I just spent two years at home, and it was wonderful and great for us as a family. I'm back at work, and even though I'm spending less time with my boys, I believe it's good for us as a family too. And I'm working to make sure that the time I do spend with my boys is quality time, that they still know that I will always be there.
Bill Murray is doing a Christmas special. This news just made me smile.
I've always been a little conflicted about GMOs. I mean, since the beginning of farming, humans have cross-bred species and come up with ways of making crops stronger. I remember learning about the guy who won a Nobel Prize for coming up with a new species of wheat - it was shorter, so they could grow more of it in a smaller space and therefore feed more people. Brilliant! So when all the uproar began about GMOs, I didn't understand at first. I get it now. I found this report to be especially interesting. Bill Nye the Science Guy summed it up very reasonably in this short video.
25 Feminist Lessons for My Sons. Yes, yes, yes. I work so hard at this. I know that I am not the only influences in my boys' lives, but I do want to stay the loudest for as long as possible. At least until some of these lessons are firmly ingrained in who they are. They are already influenced by so much at school, and I have to push back. I remind them that girls can like legos and superheroes, and boys can wear purple. And I am certainly making sure they know how to do laundry, cook, and put the toilet seat down.
I saw Gone Girl last weekend. It was just as good as the book - creepy, twisted, strangely captivating, and ultimately disappointing. I do adore Ben Affleck, and this clip on The Ellen Show made me laugh. Oh and speaking of Ben, did you see Jennifer Garner confirm her baby bump on Ellen? I have had a huge girl crush on Jennifer since she was Sydney Bristow on Alias. This just made it stronger.
I loved hearing Ryan Adams' cover of Alice in Chains. Such a great song.
A Cure For Hyper Parenting. Another good article reminding all us parents to calm down. Let's just do the best we can. It's all good.