Friday, January 31, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 17)

 Elijah's first parent-teacher conference was yesterday.  It was great to get a better idea of what he does all morning, since the only information he likes to share is what was for snack and who was or was not there that day.  It is still crazy to me that my baby is in school, and apparently keeping quite busy while he is there.

I know I have asked this question before, but what is the deal with Elmo?  Elijah is a big Sesame Street fan, so Isabel has certainly seen her share, but E doesn't usually care to watch Elmo's World, so Isabel has seen all of the monsters more or else the same number of times.  Yet, lady loves Elmo.  We have a stuffed Elmo doll, and every time she sees it, she lights up and yells, "Eh-mo!"  You've got to feel sorry for all the other monsters.  No matter how awesome they are, they will clearly never be in the same league as their small red friend.

I recently read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and I am now almost done with The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.  I loved/am loving both of them, but I remember hating The Grapes of Wrath in high school.  I had to read it the summer before my sophomore year, and I am pretty sure it nearly ruined my summer.   I realize that if high school teachers and college professors don't assign these books, people might never read them, but I fear that their awesomeness is completely wasted on the young.  Thoughts?  Solutions? 
Elijah and Isabel are in serious disagreement about the relative merits of various food groups.  Whereas Elijah is part bat and could subsist solely on fruits (and red peppers), Isabel is squarely in the carb/dairy camp.  Thanks to an unfortunate run of nasty diapers recently, she is off the dairy train for the moment, but that doesn't stop her from sitting in front of the fridge repeating, "Cheese" over and over.
The other day, one of the Christmas cards we sent out was returned to us because it was incorrectly addressed.  Elijah opened it and exclaimed, "Look!  Someone sent us a picture of our whole family!"  
This week I read the best book that I have been sent for review yet.  It is called The Power of Two, and if you have a tween girl, or still are one at heart, you need to acquire it asap.  Typically, I just catalog my reviews under my Book Reviews tab (above), but I think this review will warrant a posting on the blog proper.  Seriously.  So good.  And it only costs $1.99.  Amazing.

Wednesday was the big launch event for the campaign that Kurt has been working on.  The goal of the campaign is to end chronic homelessness in DC.  What I saw of the event was great, although we did spent 80% or so out at the snack table.  Congrats to my honey on an event well planned!  You can help with the campaign by signing the pledge over here.

Happy weekend to all!

1 comment:

  1. I love that quote from Elijah. So funny! (Arriving via Conversion Diary).