l is for languid

If I could describe our weekend in one word, it would be languid.

Friday night hubby and I celebrated our six months of marriage with the aforementioned meal of artichokes, flank steak, and mashed potatoes. It was delicious. We watched a Lifetime movie and snuggled sleepily on the couch with the cats. Ah, and I ended up picking up this treat for dessert from Whole Foods:

Chocolate Cake for Two

Saturday it was pouring rain here in Atlanta. After sleeping in much later than normal, we ran a couple errands (one of which left us in a downpour without an umbrella) and then promptly returned home to make lunch and nap for several hours. That night we had dinner with my cousin, his wife, and their two daughters. Hubby and I both enjoyed seeing them, and in his case meeting mother and one of the daughters who weren’t able to make our wedding because of an illness that weekend.

Sunday morning the rain clouds had left Atlanta behind. The blue skies and welcome, rough breeze easily convinced us to open the door to our patio, and we enjoyed the fresh air and sounds of the city street below all day. For just a little while we worked on our conception mandala. Here’s a picture of the mandala when we started today. I’ll share more once we’re a little further along.

Our Conception Mandala

After lounging the day away we made flank steak and artichoke pizza with our leftovers from Friday. (Excellent idea. Try it.)

Flank steak and artichoke pizza

Then we took a walk around one of the neighborhoods behind our condo. I pointed out single-family homes I liked and told hubby the things I’d change about their landscaping or overall aesthetics. We talked about wanting lots of bird feeders and a bird bath someday, and about how Little Imaginary Future Baby of ours will probably love looking at the birds (as will the cats.)

Ah, almost forgot the three hour nap we fit in the middle of the day (again.)

Overall, the word languid really seems to encapsulate the weekend. The last several days have felt sleepy, dreamlike. We must have needed the extra rest, but somehow I still don’t feel rested enough.

How was your weekend?


my steps to a minimalist, spiritual conception

  1. Cry and celebrate your decision to try to make a baby.
  2. Buy a bunch of spiritual books on conception because although you are growing increasingly minimalist, you love a good book and you and your partner want to approach conception from a conscious point of view.
  3. Get off birth control and ask a nurse/shaman you  trust what you should do in the weeks and/or months you are trying to conceive. Her answer: “Be healthy.”
  4. Start taking an all-natural prenatal vitamin.
  5. See your OBGYN, who also gives you the green light. (And begin to wonder if you should consider a midwife and/our doula, but realize you and hubby can decide that much later.)
  6. Start writing a journal with hubby to give to future baby one day, inviting the child into your lives.
  7. Together with hubby make a mandala, a spiritual art project representing baby and all your hopes and dreams for him or her. (This step is still in progress.)
  8. Stress as your homones are attempting to regulate themselves and you don’t get your period for 41 days after going off birth control.
  9. Decide you will not worry about the details and you will embrace your inner flower child and pursue a minimalist, spiritual conception.
  10. Love and make love. No charts, no mucus analyses, no temperatures.

Have any of you pursued conception in a minimalist or spiritual way, or are any of you currently pregnant and are planning on having a minimalist “baby world?” What thoughts or advice do you have on how to have that kind of pregnancy/conception — or why it wouldn’t work for you? I respect that too.

It’s interesting…I love a good novelty (marketer’s dream, anyone?), am entranced by Times Square, and adore a traditional baby shower as much as the next girl, but the more hubby and I think about it, the more we want to take a different approach for ourselves. I am excited to explore these ideas of minimalism and spirituality in the months to come as we hopefully become pregnant and begin to plan our future as a family of three. I would love to get your perspective as I begin to explore those ideas!