Making plans (& Friday Links)

I’m looking forward to a weekend at home, and some free time to make plans. How about you? Aron and I have been booking plane tickets for spring break and summer trips—will definitely be asking for some specific itinerary advice!—and I’ve been so excited about the replies so far to my contributor query. I’ll start replying soon!

Also, we finally picked out a big kid bed for Skyler during the holiday sales. I think it was way back on black Friday—we went with this one when we saw it was marked down—and it will be delivered next week so I guess I need to get to work figuring out how to rearrange the furniture and shelves in her room so that it will fit! It’s going to be an early 5th birthday present.

Finally, some sad news: we are all so shook up and heartbroken: One of our new police officers—a 22-year-old who was just sworn in—was shot and killed last night in Davis, and a manhunt ensued for hours. I was just about to head out to drinks and a movie with friends and we were all cautioned to avoid downtown. Thinking of Officer Corona and her family today—such a tragic loss. Aron had the difficult task of preparing Hudson to hear the news at school this morning, just before dropping him off in his pajamas for pj day.

Hold your loved ones close this weekend! Some links of note… 

I’ve been hearing a lot about “Surviving R. Kelly,” but have yet to watch it. Have you?

“The impact of the government shutdown is about to snowball.”

These wedding photos, via Cup of Jo, just made me a watery mess!

West Elm just launched a new bath collection and I love these ceramic pieces! Great shower curtains, too!

Six months of maternity leave may become a reality in California!

AND California employers must provide lactation rooms for pumping mothers!

17-year olds dialing a rotary phone. Ha! (Thanks, Whoorl)

Often consider getting this acrylic wall calendar. Has anyone used one?

I just started watching You. Creepy and a little addictive.

Mock Caldecott awards

Skyler, lately.

A stunning look at the Rio Grande, nature’s border wall. Appreciated this environmental perspective on the debate. (Also, baby bears!)

The Napa home of Minted Founder Miriam Naficy is gorgeous!

I’m a sucker for packing advice! (Any more brilliant tips?)

101 Cookbooks shared 17 of her easiest dinners.

Beautiful winter scenes: snowfall in the desert.

Simple, chic crossbody in lots of colors. Would be a good travel purse!

Refreshing, honest interview about work/life balance from a father’s perspective. Way to go, Bill Hader!

A peek inside a medicine cabinet of someone beautiful inside and out!

Tonight we are going out to with friends in Sacramento to this beautiful new(ish) restaurant, and I’m looking forward to a night out with Aron. He’s been on call all week.

Have a good one!

[Photo of the Downtown Ace Hotel from this Los Angeles travelogue]

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