Guys, I need your help. It's with a basic life skill: zippers.
I bought myself a new rain jacket a few weeks ago, which has come in handy since our heat wave finally broke (praise be, we can sleep again) and we've had a drizzly week. The problem is, I can't zip it up.
It has one of those two-way zippers so that you can unzip the bottom part of the jacket to make it easier to ride a bike or whatever, but try as I might I can not get the dang zipper though. So my question is, is there a trick to engaging these two-way zippers? Any zipper tippers?
The jacket has buttons too, so I can use those when I'm casually walking around, but it's not adequate coverage for a really rainy day or a bike ride in the rain.
Help me! I wanna be dry!
This coming week is my last week of work before summer vacation, and in spite of not being able to go on any big trips, I am so ready for it.
Originally I had booked five weeks off (a combination of vacation and some saved parental leave days) but when we realized we wouldn't be able to travel back to Canada I adjusted it to only the three weeks that the kids' schools are closed.
Having thought it over the past few weeks, I think I'm going to adjust it again, to four weeks this time, so that we don't have to send Odin back to his janky daycare for one week before he transfers to the same school as Niko.
I'm also just really tired, and the thought of four weeks off is really appealing. Having said that, the thought of having my kids at home for four weeks is less appealing, so, I dunno. We'll see how it plays out.
We have rented a summer house in the Stockholm archipelago for a week (rain is in the forecast for the entire time), but other than that we don't really have any plans. I'm debating whether I'm comfortable taking the kids on the train to go visit some friends in the south of Sweden, with enough hand sanitizer and potentially a mask for the train ride.
Mostly, just embracing a chill summer vacation and planning to take things as they come. I feel like that's the best any of us can do these days.
Speaking of kids, it has occurred to me that it's probably about time to teach my four-year-old how to make an emergency phone call. I'm not really sure if that's something they've discussed at all at his school, but I've thought of all the times when the kids are home with just one adult... what if something happens to one of us?
I've definitely heard of three or four-year-olds making 911 calls (112 calls where we live) and saving their parent or whatever adult they were with, but I'm wondering how to approach it in a smart way. I don't want him thinking it's a game - I have visions of him making emergency calls for fun or for the wrong kind of thing - and nor do I want to scare him.
So, how to approach this? What to do? I feel like I missed this chapter in the parenting manual.
I have a question for you guys: what is your biggest challenge when it comes to meal planning?
Do you like to plan out your full week, or just fly by the seat of your pants? Are you more into batch cooking than having a set meal plan?
Would you (or do you) pay for a weekly meal plan subscription service? And if so, what do you feel is a reasonable amount to pay for an ad-free experience where you're sent a meal plan, tips for pulling it off, and a printable grocery list each week?
The reason I'm asking is because I've been offered the opportunity to take over a friend's business, and although I know I already have a *bit* too much on my plate, I'm super tempted, and have already recruited a friend (bet you can guess who) to partner with me and I think we could do an amazing job of it.
A few months ago, for a variety of reasons, I made the decision to shut down my nutrition consulting business (though I have yet to actually remove the page from my site, because: lazy), but aimed to replace it with something that was more affordable and that more people could access. The thought of building another website from scratch is daunting, but having one handed to me ready to go, well, now we're talking.
I'm still wrestling with the decision a bit, but I'd love to know from you what kind of value-added services you'd be into. Please leave a comment on this post or shoot me an email if you have any thoughts on the matter!
ON HEY NUTRITION LADY THIS WEEK
This was a big week on HNL, as Monday was the 10 year anniversary of hitting publish on my very first blog post. 10 years! Can you believe it? Take a walk down memory lane with 10 Years of Blogging.
Next up is everyone's favourite post of the month, Just Between Us.
And lastly, while the local strawberries are still going strong, don't miss out on this Strawberry Chia Jam.
WHAT’S TRENDING ON HNL
Yeah, yeah, we all know that Mung Bean and Coconut Curry is in number one. So let’s look at what else is trending.
1. Chia Fresca. Still going strong this summer season!
2. Turmeric Latte Mix. Same same.
3. How to Cook Mung Beans. Well hello there! A newcomer to the top five!
4. Indonesian Black Rice Pudding. So good.
COMMENT OF THE WEEK
Elizabeth left the following comment and 5-star review on my No Sugar Banana Bran Muffins recipe:
These are the best muffins ever. All my family, including a one year old grandchild, vacuum them, so I am constantly remaking, trying to keep up with demand! They freeze brilliantly, if on the rare occasion a day ends with any left. Definitely 5 star nutritious treat.
Yes! These are super popular in my home as well.
WHAT’S GOOD AROUND THE WEB
4. Not just coronavirus: America repeatedly fails at public health.
5. Fantastic article in the New York Times by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen: In the Covid-19 economy you can have a kid or a job. You can't have both.