Friday, January 23, 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 40)
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I kept Elijah home from school on Wednesday.  He just seemed so gross and congested when he woke up.  Of course, by 9 am he was just fine, and decided that he NEEDED to make a cake for Daddy.  It was blue with cream cheese frosting and M & Ms, with a not-healthy helping of germy fingerprints.  Delicious.

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Today Isabel's class went on a field trip to the fire station.  Fun was had by all, except maybe Henry who seemed unnerved by the actual up-close size of the fireman.  Hayes tried to talk his way into a turn sliding down the fire pole, unsuccessfully.  When Kurt asked Isabel what she did at the fire station, her reply was, "Eat".  Somehow, snacktime just tastes better when it is eaten in the firehouse kitchen.  

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This week I started and finished Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.  Jodi and I had been on a break for awhile after an intense relationship back in the early 2000s.  This book was one of the Washington Post's 100 Best Books of 2014, though, so I thought I'd see if the old spark was still there.  And wow.  You should read this book.  Trust me.  And after you do, call me, because I need to talk about it with someone.

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Next on my list is The Paying Guests.  I have read two chapters so far.  I like it, but I am still awaiting the promised page-turning suspense.  So far, I mostly just know how must dust can accumulate in a house in the course of a week, as per the author's detailed description.  I strikes me that I should probably know this already, but I have a rather large blind spot where dust is concerned in my own home.

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It seems that, at long last, I have officially caught the cold that has plagued my children and husband for the past two weeks.  I supposed it was inevitable when you consider how many germs are coughed directly in my face on a daily basis.  I am trying to drink as much water as possible, so that should up my nighttime trips to the bathroom into the triple digits. 

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I have such a great love of children's books that I have contemplated turning this blog over to that topic entirely.  That would require actually blogging more than once a week, though, clearly it ain't gonna happen right now.  However, if I were to do that, I would totally have a series sharing lesser known books by well-known authors.  For example, right now Elijah and I have been enjoying  I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew by Dr. Seuss.  In addition to the usually Seussian literary hijinx, there is a lesson to be learned: trying to avoid your problems will just lead to sore feet and a long trip on a makeshift boat with no toothpaste.  

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What?  I have a picture of Elijah this week but not Isabel?  Must reconcile this problem immediately.

Happy Weekend!

Friday, January 16, 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 39)

Unscented shaving cream: Best $2 I've spent all month

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This has been a weird week, weather-wise.  Or, should I say, school-cancellation wise.  School was delayed two hours on Monday on account of freezing rain that never actually froze.  As a result, Isabel's school was cancelled.  Then, school was delayed again on Wednesday, on account of snow that totaled approximately .25 inches (or less).  Which means Elijah's school day started at 10:30 and ended at 1, as they do on Wednesdays.  Fed up with the ridiculousness of it all, I un-cancelled Isabel's school for the day, took Elijah with me and shook my head ruefully at what passes for severe weather around these parts.  

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Isabel has been super into playing pretend these days, particularly with dolls, action figures, tiny pieces of paper meant to represent animals, etc.  In fact, I am writing this right now while she is awake (!) because there is some intense drama unfolding in her dollhouse.  I believe Grover is involved.

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A quote from Elijah this week: "Let's see who can get undressed the most." I feel like this could be the beginning of a Monty Python skit that ends with people peeling themselves down to the bones or something.  

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We are having people over for dinner tonight and I am serving leftovers.  Terrible, I know, but in my defense, we currently have a chicken curry, mushroom polenta, and bean burritos in the fridge that need to be eating.  There's something for whatever ethnic food one might be craving.  Also, I am going to make fresh (not leftover) kale salad, and chocolate cookies with ice cream.  So there.  

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I am joining a new book club, and the book for this month is Everything I Never Told You.  It is like Reconstructing Amelia meets Snow Falling on Cedars.  I liked it, but man oh man was it sad.  Anyone have a funny book to recommend for my next read?  

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As I have been typing this, Isabel has moved from her dollhouse to her second favorite activity, peeling oranges.  But guess what?  Her third favorite activity is not eating oranges.  Not by a long shot.  As a result, I have been getting 1000% or so of my daily value of vitamin C by finishing peeled oranges that I find around the house.  

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Texting with other moms has been a sanity saver on these cold winter days.
Two of my favorites from this week:
From Shaina - "Breaking news: I think I like goat cheese more than Brie now.  I'm going to find more ways to use this delicious cheese.  How are you?"
From Jill: "Fyi it's only 9:15 and I've already eaten my breakfast plus 1.5 burritos, an orange and a cookie."
Thanks for keeping me company, ladies!

Friday, January 9, 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 38)


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I told my sister I would try to post once a week in 2015.  So far, well, not so good.  But here I am.  What she really wants is pictures so I will have to get on that, too.  For now though, here's something, which, I hear, is better than nothing.

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It has been so cold here this week.  While I know, intellectually, that somehow I survived much worse weather than this throughout my formative years, I really cannot fathom how I did it.  Fortunately, as you can see in the photo above, Elijah has figured out how to outfit himself for this cold snap.  I am still working out my own system, which involved multiple pairs of pants and sadly, no shoes on the hands.  Someone has to drive the car, I suppose.

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After five months and four different library check-outs, I finally finished The Goldfinch.  Whew.  Would I recommend it?  Depends on who you are, and how many books you want to read in 2015.  If the answer is 1.5, then maybe.

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As a reward/mind break after The Goldfinch, I read Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty.  Not a Pulitzer Prize winner, to be sure, but delicious nonetheless.  I read it in three days.

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I suppose I should write about my children before I run out of quick takes.  Let's see...Isabel is obsessed with going to school, and particularly seeing her friend Isley (pronounced Eye-Lee).  There was no school today for her, just like every Friday, and she cried.  One of her current favorite items is a banana bread scented candle from my mom, and on Tuesday, another non-school day, she brought it to me as said, "Isley wants to smell it.  Let's go to Isley's house." Crafty, that one.

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Elijah has fully embraced the winter weather.  He seems impervious to cold, as evidenced by his standing at the front storm door naked earlier this week.  My apologies to anyone who happened to be driving on Rhode Island Avenue around 7:30 on Tuesday morning. 

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I'll end with one more picture, for Sarah's sake.  I will try to post again soon, or at least next Friday.  Happy weekending!