my week: kindness is for boys, too

It's been one of those weeks, now that it's Friday, that seems to have gone by really quicky but at the same time Monday feels like it was ages ago. Do you ever have weeks like that? And I was thinking I didn't have much to share, but looking back over my photos and twitter feed, I've collected a few things to archive here.


Weekend reading that I didn't exactly read last weekend. But Lisa Congdon's Art Inc. is next in line, just as soon as I finish Rebecca Solnit's Field Guide to Getting Lost.

Some California schools are using art to get students engaged. I dig it.

Earlier this week I spent an evening going through a few pre-grad school portfolios. You can check out my Instagram account for more samples from my undergrad days.

CRAFT (and design and stuff)

I created save-the-dates for my brother's 20th wedding anniversary vow renewal ceremony and party this summer. Did I mention my shop is still open? Subject to change at a moment's notice. I'm obviously still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

How to become a designer without going to design school. I'm skeptical but there are some good tips here, nonetheless.

DANCE (and all the other things)

This is super cool. I love StoryCorps. And Maria Popova, aka Brain Picker, is the source for a lot of stuff I'm digging lately.

Finally, "have courage and be kind." I took my 6 year old son to see Cinderella this past weekend. The trailer looked pretty good and the dreamboat from Game of Thrones plays the prince. And seeing matinees with my older kid is the only way I see movies in a movie theater these days. I've been pretty bummed, however, to hear my son tell me, all week long, about how his buddies have been telling him it's a girl's movie. I thought about writing a separate post about this, and maybe I will one day, but in a nutshell, let me hop on my soap box for a moment to suggest that this gender equality thing is not just about encouraging our daughters to get into coding and play with engineering toys. We should also be taking our sons to see Disney princess movies and buying them Dora the Explorer potty seats if they want and painting their toenails red every once in awhile. Let them grow their hair long and if they want a glittery St. Patrick's Day shirt like their little sister, that's okay, too. You know?

Speaking of luck, I'll need it this weekend. I'm running leg one (just 6.2 miles - three friends are running the other 20) of the Oakland Marathon on Sunday. I had a good 6 mile run last weekend but I've run very little since, fighting off the cold my daughter likely passed along to me after coughing in my face for a week. I'll let you know how I fare in next week's update.

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