little things this week.Β 

a few little things that brightened my week and the memories that go with them.

1. this goodwill find…

because it justΒ fits my prego belly & those buttons make it perfect for nursing post-baby.

2. this stovetop snack…

for making a weeknight feel like the weekend.

3. this mason jar bottle…

for making our jars even more multi-use.

4. this week’s read…

because books about book-lovers are the best.

5. this crackly banana bread

for making this week’s pregnant pauses so much yummier.

& a few other little things from around the web:

made me laugh.

on the meal plan.

want to read.

eclipse, in pictures.

to watch.

npr & truckers.



a small, happy life: the midday meal


The weekday lunch. That half hour blip in the middle of our days. Many think of it as a luxury that they have no time for, but to me, lunch-time is sacred. Β Every day, no matter if I am at home or at work, I take time to stop what I’m doing, fix myself something filling and delightful, and I sit down with a book to read while I’m enjoying my meal. It’s a wholly selfish half hour, just as it should be.

With school starting next week, I’m starting to think through how my daily routine is going to shift from the summer and one of those shifts is lunch. I’m able to rouse through the fridge for lunch options galore all through the summer, but my lunches for school have to be packed away before leaving for school each day. It takes a little bit of extra forethought. But that little bit of extra daily planning is so worth it. Mike and I’s lunches are always leftovers from dinner. I could write a whole post about the glories of the leftover lunch. Ah, to eat something hot and from home during your day. It’s like a warm hug from home.

Every morning or the night before if we’re really on top of things, lunches are tucked into a mason jar, and when the time comes around, it gets heated up in my microwave, and consumed on the couch in my office with my feet flung up on a chair and a book in hand. I even shut my door so I’m not interrupted during the sacred break-time. I know people walk by and think, “Oh, that librarian, she’s got it good. I don’t even have time to think about lunch.” The truth is that I have plenty of things I could and probably should be doing, but I find that I really need that half hour in my day to not think about anything but my book and my food.Β If it’s nice out then I’ll tote my lunch outside and enjoy it in the sun. I’d rather stay after school an extra half hour to finish things up than miss my midday break.

Maybe it is a luxury, but it’s one that I have no qualms taking advantage of. Nor should you, reader! Whether your idea of a great lunch is sitting down with your co-worker friends and chatting during your break, or it’s catching up on news, blogs, or facebook on the computer, then take it. If you find joy in the sandwich shop around the corner, then go there! You’ll come back to your desk revived, and ready to focus back on whatever it was you were working on which, chances are, hasn’t even missed you while you were away.

Need some help on what to bring for lunch that isn’t a sad, wilt-y salad? Check out these posts that may give you some inspiration:

More small, happy life posts right HERE if you’d like to read a few more.

What small things bring joy to your life throughout the day? Happy lunching, friends!