What’s Good This Week

I stepped in poop yesterday.

The poop was my child’s and my feet were bare. I was walking through the bathroom when I felt the unmistakable squelch of poop squishing between my bare toes and yelled out “ughhhhhhh!”

I always flush his turds down the toilet before rolling up used diapers and tossing them in the diaper bin (did you know you’re supposed to do that? Think about it, raw sewage-filled diapers sitting in a landfill? So gross!) and evidently not all of it had made it into the bowl.

Then it dawned on me that I’d been wearing my indoor sandals at the time of the diaper change, ran and found them in my bedroom and yep, had tracked poop all around the house. UGHHHHHHHH.

These are the things I’m looking forward to not dealing with when I’m officially back at work next week. Not stepping in poop with my bare feet. Not sniffing butts and wondering whether or not someone pooped all day long.

Being able to write an entire email or have an entire conversation uninterrupted. Wearing real clothes and not being covered in food or boogers or both.

But man, I will miss sniffing that sweet fuzzy baby head whenever I want. And the hugs. Odin gives the BEST hugs. 

I’m really happy that I live in a part of the world where paternity leave is a normal and expected thing in the culture – Paul will be staying home with Odin for the next few months, until he starts daycare in January.

I’m also annoyed by the fact that I freaking SUFFERED through a difficult leave and Paul will get a gold star in parenting for staying home for a cool 3.5 months. 

The last few months have been great, don’t get me wrong, but I grew that baby, birthed him, singlehandedly kept him alive WITH MY BODY. I struggled to breastfeed him, and dealt with all of the annoying developmental stages when he’d refuse to be put down and he didn’t nap and I’d be literally frustrated to tears.

I stayed at home through a nine-month-long construction project and had SIX MONTHS without a bathroom. I pooped in a g-damn bucket. 

And now I’m handing over a happy, charming little boy who takes glorious three-hour-long morning naps, goes down the slide by himself at the playground, and is teetering on the edge of walking 

Fuck that, man. Fuck the patriarchy! 

It is a relief though, since this child is now intent on performing a baby free solo on any piece of furniture he can scale, and has learned NOTHING from his fall last weekend. I was supposed to take him for passport photos this week (since he’s now a Canadian citizen 🙌) but since he looked like this:

And later like this:

I’ve had to delay it by a week or so. 

Speaking of smashing the patriarchy, I’ve been super inspired by everyone’s photos from climate strikes around the world. How incredible is it that we live in an age where teenaged girls like Greta Thunberg and Emma Gonzalez and Autumn Peltier are starting global revolutions. I’m so impressed with these young ladies for putting themselves out there and fighting with everything they’ve got for causes they truly believe in. 

I hope it does something, too, beyond the marches and the Instagram selfies posing with the wittiest protest signs. I can’t imagine that Donald Trump would be like, “Ok Greta, you’re right, cool, let’s pivot our resources to renewable energy…” but perhaps somewhere, somehow, things will shift a bit in the right direction on a policy level. 

On a personal level, I’m trying to find new ways to contribute. I don’t eat meat and I don’t own a car, so those are two big ones out of the way. I also live in an apartment rather than a house.

I’ve switched to using mostly reusable silicon freezer bags rather than single-use plastics, and I’ve been using a Diva Cup (or variation thereof) for almost 20 years. 

I DO fly an awful lot and that’s not likely to change, so I want to find ways to offset that. I probably could have used cloth diapers (but I’m thankful that I didn’t given six months without a bathroom or laundry) but I did use cloth wipes (we used these ones from Cheeky Wipes (<– not an affiliate link) which came in a kit with solution for both the clean and dirty wipes – if you’re in the UK or EU and are interested I can send you a discount code). 

What else? What tiny actions are you taking to contribute towards climate change?

Any Rainbow Rowell fans out there? Her newest book Wayward Son just hit the stores this week and I Can Not Wait to read it! 

I am so, so horribly behind on my 2019 book reading goal (here’s what I read in 2018) that it makes me want to cry when I think about it, but I’m hoping that now that I’m going back to work and will be able to work during actual daytime hours instead of in the margins, I can go back to doing cool things like reading books in the evenings. 

I’m still working my way through Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book City of Girls, which I am really loving when I remember to pick it up and read it, but i I need to get it done because there are so many books out that I’m excited about right now and not enough time to read them all! Lindy West’s new book The Witches Are Coming is out in November and I need to be ready for it! 

ON HEY NUTRITION LADY THIS WEEK

We started the week off with something sweet… Apple Crumble Bars! These wholegrain oat bars are made with my Unsweetened Apple Butter in the middle and they’re so easy and delicious and wonderful you should stop what you’re doing and make them right now.

apple crumble bars on a marble surfafce with apples and apple butter

Next, continuing in my series of super simple weeknight dinner recipes, I shared the Red Lentil Stew that I made for my kids and I all the time. It’s ready in about 30 minutes whether you make it on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot (instructions are included for both, of course).

two bowls of red lentil stew on a grey background with a plate of lemon wedges and cilantro

And to wrap things up I’m talking all about how to make a meal bowl without a recipe! If you follow my simple 5-part formula you’ll be able to build meal bowls any time you want with whatever you’ve got on hand – it’s that easy!

overhead portrait shot of brown rice and winter vegetables in a white bowl with chopsticks and sauce in the background

WHAT’S TRENDING ON HNL

You’ll always find the top 5 recipes (like Mung Bean Curry and Chia Fresca) over in the sidebar. Here’s a look at what else is trending this week, according to Google Analytics:

1. Homemade Pumpkin Purée. Yes! I’ve got some awesome pumpkin recipes coming up so get yourselves ready! 

2. Low FODMAP Snacks. IBS sufferers rejoice!

3. Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie. I made this for the kids this week and they loved it!

4. Turmeric Latte Mix. Mmmmm. So good with tights and boots. 

5. Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry. Love this!

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

Laura left this comment and 5-star review on my Mung Bean and Coconut Curry recipe:

Absolutely delicious! I doubled the recipe and have made it twice since discovering it a few months ago this is definitely in regular rotation and is easy to make. Thank you!!

Thank YOU Laura! If you’ve never tried the infamous Mung Bean Curry you definitely should. It’s the most popular recipe on this site for a good reason!

two bowls of mung bean and coconut curry with naan and brown rice in the background

WHAT’S GOOD AROUND THE WEB

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5. Don’t mix up your wasabi and your avocado!

 

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Comments

  1. Heather H says

    Posts like this are why I keep reading your blog every week 🙂 I love your humor and your honesty and your feminism! Fuck that patriarchy!

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