Friday, February 21, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 19)

It's been a little tumbleweedy around here lately, what with the lack of posts, and I could give you lots of reasons, but mainly I'm just tired.  I would like to be taking a nap right now, but I also wanted to update this poor, sad blog, and that won out.  For now.

My Kansan friend Jenn, formerly of Washington, DC, formerly of Buffalo, NY, sent me this great list of non-fiction picture books.  When it comes to kids' books, fiction still rules, although things have gotten a little better in recent years.  I am looking forward to requesting these from the library, particularly the train one (for Elijah) and the matchbox one (for me).

One reason I haven't bee blogging lately is that I am taking a class at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, 6 Short Stories in Six Week.  If you are interested, you can read my first story here.  Kurt loved it, but my teacher did not agree, so I'm just going to go ahead and say that it is  Just kidding.  Read it if you dare.

This week, we did our third dinner swap with a family from Elijah's school.  I will certainly write more about this another day, let me just say that Kit's pupusas (homemade!) were super delicious.  I better keep bringing my A game if I am going to hold up my end of the bargain.

I finally was able to renew my e-book of The Grapes of Wrath from the library.  I continue to not understand why I hated it so much in high school.  It makes me thing that there are several other books that deserve another chance.  Except Heart of Darkness.  Nothing can induce me to read that again.  The horror!  The horror!

This was a big week in the friends and family birthday department.  Shouts go out to our dear friends Kim and Jonathan, who both turned the same multiple of ten (I'll let you guess which one), and our niece Sydney, who is now three, or, in the word of Elijah, stree.  

It is pouring down rain outside, but I refuse to let my spirits be dampened because it is also 60 degree.  This will be an outdoor weekend for sure.  Happy Friday!

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