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The Weekender: We’re Fine, We’re Scared and It’s All So Strange. (Also, What’s Your Favorite Dixie Chicks Song?)

It’s All So Strange.

It’s all so strange. The weather. Our schedules (or lack thereof). This day (week, month, year, really!). We’ve been putting our heads down and working on the things within our control – like staining the Tree House deck! We finalized a big order of tile samples, and we’re eagerly awaiting their arrival. We’re choosing paint colors for our Chicago entryway, and exterior and interior colors for The Two Flat. Our minds, they’re leap frogging, I tell you. We’re here, we’re there, we’re… well, all over the place – that is, as long as it’s inside.

We remind each other that everything is temporary. Everything, including this. We embrace celebratory news from friends and family – birthdays, big announcements, a lost tooth. We hold on to that information tight, and we pull it out when we need a reminder of the good stuff.

As another week floats by, I’ll continue to ask: How are you, really really? Us, we’re okay. We’re fine and scared and not fine, but mostly fine. I see that giggly girl in the photo above, and my heart bursts. I soften. I read the news, and I retreat. Again, I say, it’s all so strange.

I’m sharing the things below that made me stop and smile, made me think or made me forget – even for just a moment.

Other Things This Week:

Our friends Meg and Joe are holding a casting call to find a vintage home in need of renovation – to appear on their television series! If you’re a homeowner in the Chicago area, here’s how to apply.

What a penguin weigh-in looks like. (Awfully cute!)

I read, re-read and re-read again and again (and again!) the story of Daniel’s hallway. I still can’t get over it, and I’ll forever be in awe of his commitment to restoration and attention to detail.

Speaking of Daniel, you all have been cracking. me. up. with your enthusiasm for our Dixie Chicks challenge! (Keep an eye on our Stories if you’re not sure what I mean.) I must know, what is your favorite Dixie Chicks song?

It’s happening.

Madewell released a new collection with Parachute Home! It’s comfy cozy – for you and your pup. These are my picks (plus a few related snuggly finds):


You can now stream every Nikon photography class for free through April! Side note: This post is requested near daily in my DMs. I consider it a ‘quick start’ guide to smartphone photography!

Parents, what we are being asked to do is not humanly possible. There is a reason we are either a working parent, a stay-at-home parent, or a part-time working parent […] It’s not hard because you are doing it wrong. It’s hard because it’s too much.

– Emily W. King, PhD via

I’ve had a sweet tooth that won’t quit, so I scoured our cabinets to make something – anything! – that would satisfy my craving without a need to leave the house. This hit the spot.

Weekend Sales:

Wishing you all a happy holiday weekend! May you Marco Polo, Zoom and FaceTime with all your favorite people. xx

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  • Pauline4.10.20 - 7:13 AM

    Wide Open SpacesReplyCancel

  • Jenny4.10.20 - 7:18 AM

    Traveling Soldier, for sure. Love a song that makes me cry every time. ReplyCancel

  • Shea4.10.20 - 8:58 AM

    Cowboy Take Me Away or Godspeed but honestly how do you pick? ReplyCancel

  • Anna4.10.20 - 9:09 AM

    Goodbye Earl!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea4.10.20 - 9:35 AM

    If I’m going for a “fun” Dixie Chicks song, it’s got to be “Goodbye Earl”. For one that’ll make me cry, it’s “Let Him Fly.”
    Hope you and your family are doing as well as you can be. ReplyCancel

    • Claire4.10.20 - 1:41 PM

      I cried to Goodbye Earl this morning—
      Right away Mary Anne flew in from AtlantaOn a red eye midnight flightShe held Wanda’s hand…
      I’m missing friendship right now. It’s not the same over the phone. ReplyCancel

      • Kim4.10.20 - 2:24 PM

        Claire, wishing I could give you a hug!ReplyCancel

  • Christin4.10.20 - 10:22 AM

    By far my two favourites are The Long Way Around or Wide Open Spaces. Feel like they represent my 20’s. ReplyCancel

  • at home with Ashley4.10.20 - 10:37 AM

    I actually love Long Time GoneReplyCancel

  • Melissa4.10.20 - 10:58 AM

    Every.single.one. They’re my favorite for karaoke as well!ReplyCancel

    • Kim4.10.20 - 12:45 PM

      Oh, yes, they’re awesome for karaoke!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Matheny4.10.20 - 11:04 AM

    Their cover of “Landslide”ReplyCancel

    • Kate4.11.20 - 1:34 PM

      It’s the best version!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy4.10.20 - 12:05 PM

    Love Goodbye Earl and Long Time Gone…but really all of it I love, and I’m so glad they’re recording again!ReplyCancel

  • Kim4.10.20 - 12:46 PM

    I’m seriously baffled that no one has mentioned MY FAVORITE Dixie Chicks song!! Still waiting…ReplyCancel

  • M4.10.20 - 1:09 PM

    Cowboy Take Me Away. That song will never get old to me.ReplyCancel

  • Liz4.10.20 - 1:56 PM

    We used to listen to a country album while running in elementary gym class, and Goodbye Earl would get us all whipped up…and then I got a little older and understood the lyrics and was horrified by the whole situation, haha.ReplyCancel

    • Kim4.10.20 - 2:24 PM

      I mean, you’ve seen the video, right?! Haha.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah4.10.20 - 2:07 PM

    Cowboy Take Me Away and Wide Open Spaces, but reality is I love every single DC song.ReplyCancel

  • Carol4.10.20 - 2:07 PM

    Not Ready to Make Nice.  We’ve all had those days.ReplyCancel

  • Lori4.10.20 - 5:06 PM

    Long Time Gone! ReplyCancel

    • Lori4.10.20 - 5:07 PM

      Or Easy Silence… 💙ReplyCancel

  • JoniB4.10.20 - 5:52 PM

    Sin Wagon – because of course!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica4.10.20 - 7:46 PM

    Until I was way too old to admit, I didn’t know Landslide was a cover – ha! But I DO love to scream sing Cowboy Take Me Away and If I Fall You’re Going Down with Me. ReplyCancel

    • Kim4.10.20 - 7:53 PM

      The only way to sing DC is at the top of your lungs, right?!ReplyCancel

  • Julie4.10.20 - 10:37 PM

    So many of my favorites were mentioned but I’ve found an underrated song is Lullaby. One day it was suddenly the right song for the part of life I was in and now it still resonates.ReplyCancel

  • Craig4.10.20 - 11:17 PM

    The Long Way Around!ReplyCancel

  • Kate4.11.20 - 1:33 PM

    Wide Open Spaces! This line makes me cry every time: “As her folks drive away, her dad yells, ‘Check the oil.'”ReplyCancel

  • Emily4.12.20 - 9:04 PM

    Ready to Run!ReplyCancel

  • Louise4.13.20 - 7:09 AM

    Not DC technically, but Natalie Maines did a beautiful cover of God Only Knows ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Kira4.13.20 - 11:17 AM

    I sing “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” to my two-year-old son every night at bedtime <3. As for one true favorite DC song? That’s an impossible question! But I do love “There’s Your Trouble” for karaoke, and “Top of the World” when I need a good cry. ;) ReplyCancel

    • Kim4.13.20 - 12:28 PM

      YES! There’s Your Trouble is my top 2 or 3, hands down. :DReplyCancel

      • Kate4.14.20 - 2:25 PM

        What’s your #1, or top, say, 5? :)ReplyCancel

        • Kim4.14.20 - 2:37 PM

          These tie for first: There’s Your Trouble, Tonight’s the Heartache On Me! I’ll also always love Cowboy Take Me Away. It reminds me so much of my friends in high school and all the best memories.ReplyCancel

          • Kate4.14.20 - 8:47 PM

            I’m so glad you shared–thank you so much, Kim! :) I hadn’t thought about Tonight the Heartache’s on Me in years… What a great song for two-stepping!  It’s been so fun to look up & play all the songs you & your readers mentioned.  Yes–all the best memories! <3

  • L.4.13.20 - 12:27 PM

    My dad and I danced to wide open spaces at my wedding – it has been our song my whole life. The two I listen to the most are taking the long way and easy silence but it’s impossible to pick just one favorite!ReplyCancel

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