There is lots of cool fun things going on this weekend so I'm glad last week was full of restful evenings and quiet chill time with my knitting.
Last night my sister and I went to Deb Perelman's cook book release. A knitter I had met through the blogosphere and Lettuce Knit almost 10 years ago (!) recommended the Smitten Kitchen to me. Jill Taylor are you still out there?
I still love it and her story. Making beautiful things in a tiny space in Manhattan, doesn't know how to use photoshop, has a lovely three year old, has help to look after him because she works but sometimes she still naps with him in the afternoon....
It's all so normal and moderate. I am immediately in love with any woman who tells the world that her family and her job are so important that she hires someone to make sure her family is safe while she focuses on her job but is still at home with them.
I worked from home after Fenner was born and always had someone to take care of her while I worked, it was an amazing luxury that she never felt that she was less of a priority because I had split focus. I could eat with Fenner and play with her and on the lucky days nap in the afternoon with her and she never felt like she was my second priority because there was someone to play and go adventuring with her while I had to work.
[Edited for clarification: I do not in any way believe that my work is as important as the health and welfare of my family but it does pay for our basic needs; food, roof, clothing and so establishes itself in my triage calculations. My family and my work are so important to our overall well being that I refuse to do them at the same time. I just can't parent and work at the same time and meet my own high expectations....]