It’s Sunday my friends. A day of rest and family for most, and work for others (achem). I think with the new year, I have some new plans to stop spinning this blog like a hamster in a wheel. What do you say, I tell you what I’ve been up to this week and then you share in the comments and tell me what you did? Not the super boring stuff, but the stuff that stands out- Not all good and glitter, but the sticky stuff and maybe if you were lucky the sweet~ I’ll start:
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The blog…and I got published…TWICE!
My blog network, SheKnows published two articles- which do not appear on the blog, but may soon! One is day-job related with the current topic of fake-news, “Go Tell the Kids: Not All News Is the Same” and the other is why I love and am now a convert to audio-books, “I’ve stopped judging and joined the cult of audiobook fans.”
Tops Posts on H.A.G were:
Music I have been loving:
Simon & Garfunkel- America…yes.
Adele: cover of Bob Dylan, Make you feel my love…..omg. so nice
I took my kids to see Trolls. Great kid movie. I have to say that I always have a hard time taking all my kids (ages 6-11) to watch something that isn’t age-inappropriate or embarrassing to them or to me and that they’d all enjoy, but this movie was great! The story line is positive and basically teaching that happiness isn’t something you put in your mouth (food, alcohol or drugs) is sometimes takes another person (love) to show you how to find it. While I wish it was just teaching kids to find happiness within themselves, it sort of comes close, with the Trolls doing what makes them happiest. Quite nice and the music was awesome- compiled by Justin Timberlake and had recent and retro hits.
The Crown on Netflix: John Lithgow as Winston Churchill is great but all the actors are just tremendous and it is a great binge-watch.
Lots of playoff games for football: the cowboys/green bay game was so exciting, but I now I get to watch my Patriots this weekend! Whoohoot!
Audio: Hagseed, by Margaret Atwood
So so good. I had no idea it was a re-telling of The Tempest by William Shakespeare, and I am glad, since I probably wouldn’t have read it! It was so well written and read…She tells a great story. Loved it and highly recommend.
Paper: Selection Day by Aravind Adiga
Admittedly hard to get into for the first half of the book as it dove into life in India and slang and talk of cricket, of which I learned a bit about- but it took a bit to get used as I was trying to follow both the story and the writing. I read Adiga’s book, White Tiger, which I loved, and I really liked this in the same way. It is Indian life- not like Jhumpa Lahiri, but more gritty, more rough around the edges Indian, if that makes sense. It is intense and full of India and feeling and he writes this to perfection, I think. But as for the story…I didn’t love the ending. Agh! So harder to recommend entirely.
Web: Things I read around the Web: Struggling with Meal Planning for your family at the Savory Nothings Blog- the struggle is real and strong, so I liked this read.
The stomach bug. Did you know that the strep virus can turn into Scarlet Fever? I thought it was a long gone with Helen Keller and the Pioneers…but then my sweet little girl got it, and it took a HUGE toll on her body and scared her and us a bit. She was that baby that you never knew was sick until she had a double ear infection and fever of 104*- a non-complainer. They are the tough ones, and we caught this thing when it was fully bloomed with a rash all over, nausea, and wicked sore throat.
If you give a pig a pancake.Not the book. My version is, “when you give a kid the top bunk…chances are he gets the stomach bug and he’ll get sick all over…” What can I say? I guess what my piece of wisdom to you is…dismantle your bunkbeds if you have them. Not because they are dangerous. Not because they are a pain in the neck to change the sheets…but that leads me to the real why. Because when your kid gets sick on the top bunk, it usually hits the kid and the sheets on the bottom. So you shower them at 3am, since that is when the stomach bug usually hits for some crazy reason, and then you do laundry for days on end. Terrible book, my version.
Where I linked up this week around the web:
Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Marathons and Motivation
Confessions of a Mother Runner
Based on a True Story
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Cindy’s Recipes & Writings
HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin
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