Friday, November 8, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 11)

It's good to be back.  A week in paradise wherein no one interrupts you while you eat your food because yes, they need a fork, but no, not that fork is good for the soul, but being home is even better.  Also, it seems like the kids aged a lot while we were gone, even though this seems unlikely.

I have noticed that my cooking this week has taken on a somewhat Mexican dimension.  Following a trip to Bestway Supermercado, I cooked up some zucchini and acorn squash in ranchero sauce and served it with corn tortillas.  I, for one, thought it was delicious.  Unfortunately, not everyone in my family shares my love of squash.  Fortunately, they all love quesadillas, though, so no one went hungry.

While we were away, I received a review copy of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  I started reading the intro, and it looks pretty good.  My plan is to dig into it more this weekend.  I am skeptical about the "Five Minutes a Day" part, but I will let you know.

A new park just opened by our house, and it is awesome.  Unfortunately, thanks to daylight savings, it now gets dark here at 5 o'clock or so.  Therefore, we have been running out the door post-naptime to get a little playtime in before the light fades.  We have meet some neighbors and spent a lot of time on the swings (ahem, Elijah).  It's great now, but it will be even greater in the summer time when we can stay out a little (or a lot) later.

Since our park time has been cut back due to the darkness, we have been making frequent trips to the library, which is now open until 9 every night.  Elijah's latest favorite book is The Last Train, which he insisted upon "reading" on the way to school today.  We've only read it together twice, but he already knows most of the words.

I just uploaded a super-cute Izzy video, so check back tomorrow for that.  Clearly, youtube has been collecting data on me (no surprise there, really), because they helpfully suggested that I watch this.  From the title, I though it was going to be a sort of Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, except with the gospels, but no, it was even better.  If you like spoken word poetry (or don't feel like reading all of Mere Christianity), watch this video. 

Thanksgiving is fast-approaching, and this year Elijah is old enough to understand a bit more about giving thanks, so if anyone has any suggestions for good activities to do or books to read, please let me know.  May you have a blessed and beautiful fall weekend!


  1. A vacation without kids and a nearby park? Man, I'm a little jealous. Thanks for commenting on my blog and have a great weekend.

  2. Ready... for the video or the live take.