It’s Not All Mary Poppins

It pays to have connections…

Two strollers, one teenager, five children, and a bookstore! Whee!

We went looking for a couple of copies of Ish, by Peter Reynolds, a book I adore, to be given as gifts. But let two bibliophiles (and five trainee bibliophiles) enter a bookstore, and you’re not going to exit with a mere two books!

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We picked up a few other books, and then, when we were at the till the owner (a friend and mother of a former daycare tot) dashed into the back room. Seems that sometimes books are deemed too damaged for sale… but they can be given away!

We scored two brand-new books. One was DOG, a push-pull book with a teeny-weeny tear on the cover, and one push-pull tab that neither pushed nor pulled. It’s not one I’d have chosen — dog-lover though I am, it’s more than I’d usually pay for a gimmick book that, despite my best efforts, will almost surely be broken even further in short order. However, I am a dog-lover, the book is cute as can be, and I’m delighted to have it.

DOG(Especially that page with the dog peeing on the tree. Ha!)

The other? As far as I can make out, the ONLY thing wrong with it was that it was bent in a rather dramatic curve. An hour later, with a little reverse-bending and strategic flattening, and it is… absolutely perfect.

And it is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. Stick, by Steve Breen, an utterly delightful book about an independent frogling and his amazing adventures, beautifully illustrated.

STICKThe pictures are fun — I laughed out loud at the expression on the woman’s face when the frog-stuck-to-a-dragonfly whizzed through her livingroom — and the whole book so delightfully playful that I was more than happy to read it three times in succession, a treat demanded by children who fell in love with “the funny frog” within the first two pages of the first reading.

I love this book! I’d have paid the $8.50 ($6.99 US) without hesitation. To score such a terrific book for free???

It made my day. Totally.

🙂

August 6, 2009 Posted by | books, outings | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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We’re getting a new couch and chairs for the living room
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August 5, 2009 Posted by | quirks and quirkiness | , , , | 5 Comments

Sing, sing a song

Aren’t they great? The harmonies! The rhythms! The (squashed in the desks) dancing! It seems clear that this is a school event or choir or club of some sort, and I know we have those here, too, but it got me thinking about singing for the sheer joy of it — because this music, it just bubbles with joy and life.

I am closer to 50 than 40. I sing all the time. So does my husband. But you rarely see children (over the age of maybe five) spontaneously burst into song, even in the privacy of their own homes.

Maybe it’s because my husband and I were raised in churches, and in our generation, in our churches, you sang, you didn’t just sit there and watch the choir do it. (My church, unlike my husband’s, didn’t even have a choir.) Possibly because far fewer people attend church these days, the singing/non-singing divide seems to have a strong generational divide — older people sing, younger people just listen (or at best, maybe, rarely, sing along). Or maybe church attendance has nothing whatever to do with it. But for whatever reason, I see younger people as being far less likely to sing, sing, sing.

Do you agree? Does anyone else find it sad that North American kids hardly ever sing for fun?

August 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 13 Comments

ABC de Me

Stolen from Sarah Beth:

A – AVAILABLE: For what? (Seriously? Happily married!)
B – BIRTHDAY: Feb 16
C – CRUSHING ON: I’m a grown-up. I don’t do crushes.
D – DRINK YOU LAST HAD : Water
E – EASIEST PERSON TO TALK TO: Stephen
F – FAVORITE SONG: Depends entirely on my mood.
G – GUMMY BEARS OR GUMMY WORMS: Ick.
H – HOMETOWN: Ottawa
I – IN LOVE WITH: Stephen
J – JUGGLE: Sort of. Three balls, 21 catches is my record so far.
K – KILLED SOMEONE: Dreamt about it once…
L – LONGEST CAR RIDE: Washington DC to an hour north of Toronto in one, no-bathroom-break stretch.
M- MILKSHAKE FLAVOR: Not a huge fan, but vanilla.
N – NUMBER OF SIBLINGS: 1 of each
O – ONE WISH: Anything I said, if I wanted, you’d believe it. (To Bill Gates: “You’ve decided to will me two million dollars.” And, ta-dah! I’m in his will!!)
P – PERSON YOU CALLED LAST: Josee. But I only got her machine.
Q- QUICKIE: Just let me close the curtains…
R- REASON TO SMILE: Solitude
S – SONG YOU LAST HEARD: Can’t recall.
T – TIME YOU WOKE UP: 5:20 a.m.
U – UNDERWEAR COLOR: Um… (Why do you care? Why should I tell you?) Olive green (How do you know I’m telling the truth?)
V – VEGETABLE(S): Oh, so many! Asparagus, various FRESH greens, snow peas, corn on the cob, eggplant, garlic, mushrooms…
W – WORST HABIT: Oh, it’s gross. Trust me. (Not nail-chewing, not nose-picking, not sarcasm.)
X – X-RAYS YOU’VE HAD: None except dental. (Though I’ve held various of my children on my lap, wearing a ginormous lead apron, while they’ve been x-rayed for this and that.)
Y – YOYOS ARE: a toy that I haven’t given a nanosecond’s thought to in, oh, forty years…
Z – ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius.

August 1, 2009 Posted by | memes and quizzes | 1 Comment