Monthly Archives: October 2012

I’m doing the Halloweensie contest because it scares me!

Happy Halloween 2013!

Happy Halloween 2013! (Microsoft Clipart)

Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way stopped by my blog earlier today and encouraged me to participate in Susanna Leonard Hill’s  2nd Annual Halloweensie Contest. Obviously Nancy doesn’t realize Halloween is my least favorite holiday, as I explained why on my photography website today.But heck, I enjoy a good challenge. Of course, it doesn’t mean I produce good results! The boys and I have been telling Halloween jokes on each other so I decided to use them in this story. Here’s a little Halloween humor for you in less than 100 words and using the words “witch”, “bat” and “trick-or-treat”, if you don’t like the scary part of this holiday so much.

Spooky Laughs

Hi, I’m Hazel, witch in training, and I love to tell jokes. I’ll be practicing them on the trick-or-treating kids tonight. If they guess right, they’ll get candy. Otherwise I’ll scare the heck out of them! Want to hear a few? Here we go!

“Why don’t bats fly under ladders?”
“Because it’s bat luck.”

“What do panda ghosts eat?”

“Why don’t skeletons go to parties?”
“Because they have no body to dance with.”

“What does a ghost call his mom and dad?
“His transparents.”

You’d better remember these because you never know whose door you’ll be knocking on tonight…

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Foreign

When I discovered this week’s WordPress photo challenge  theme was “foreign”, I had a lot of thoughts going through my mind at first. Eventually I decided to have a little fun with the theme and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Foreign: Nutella – the best food to come out of Italy. After pizza of course. And pasta.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Foreign - Nutella

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Foreign – Nutella

Foreign: Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This is one of my very favorite stories, one about an aviator – a foreigner to most of you unless you’re French – and a little prince in a foreign country. Creative, poetic and simply beautiful.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Foreign - The little prince book

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Foreign – The little prince book

Foreign: L’etranger by Albert Camus
Etranger has two translations in English, depending on its meaning: stranger or foreigner. Camus used this title especially because of its double meaning. His character lives in a foreign country and he also doesn’t fit in a normal society. This made it difficult for English translators to pick the right title originallyand the book was published as both The Stranger and The Foreigner for a number of  years. Today publishing companies have agreed The Stranger is the better fitted title.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Foreign - The Stranger by Albert Camus

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Foreign – The Stranger by Albert Camus

Of course, I saved you the best for last.

Foreign: Pandas hanging out on the roof of a shop in California

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Foreign - Pandas on the roof of a shop

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Foreign – Pandas on the roof of a shop

Now that’s a lot of pandas, huh?

These pandas are sure to make you look twice as you walk by this shop in the small town of Idyllwild, California. They’re completely out of place and quite a foreign sight, but I think they’re brilliant in attracting potential customers.

WWW Wednesdays – October 24, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

The Conflict : How Modern Motherhood Undermines The Status Of Women by Elisabeth Badinter– What I’m currently reading
The Conflict : How Modern Motherhood Undermines The Status Of Women by Elisabeth Badinter. I’m half-way through and I have probably rolled my eyes a dozen times so far.

– What I recently finished reading
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. The bad part about this book? It’s 100 pages too long and it lost me in many details about the era it describes. I didn’t want to read a book about religion or history and I was mostly looking for entertainment. And that’s the good part about this book. It’s very entertaining, very funny, hilarious at times. Biff is great as Joshua’s sidekick, as he experiences the good, the bad and the ugly and discovers his gifts. If you get bored with some of the descriptions, just skip to the good parts, which is mostly the dialogs. It’s a well worth read just for them.

– What I think I’ll read next
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese. I first heard about this book on Sofacents’ blog. It tells you how to save time and money by buying some food items and making the others from scratch. I don’t have a lot of money and I don’t have a lot of time either, so this may be the book just for me.

My kids’ bookshelf

Roscoe Riley Rules #1: never glue your friends to chairs by Katherine ApplegateWhat they’re currently reading
Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs by Katherine Applegate.
I L-O-V-E this book! And here are a few reasons why:
– Roscoe is about 6 -7 years old and he speaks proper English, unlike Junie B. Jones, whose books are permanently banned at our house for this very reason.
– My six-year old read this book on his own in one sitting and liked it so much, he told me I should read it too. On my own. Not with him.
– I started reading it and I liked it so much, I thought it would be a pity for my four-year old not to hear this story, so I’m now reading it with him.
– I love the first person narration and how Roscoe Riley describes himself as an “everyday kid” who sometimes gets in trouble but really doesn’t mean to. I know lots of kids who can relate to him!
– You know you’re going to read an interesting book when Chapter 2 is titled “Something you should know before we get started” and it reads these few words:
“Here’s the thing about Super-Mega-Gonzo Glue.
When the label says permanent, they mean permanent.

I can’t wait to finish this book and read the next ones in the series!

Axle Annie by Robin Pulver– What they recently finished reading
We’ve read two great books by Robin Pulver several times and they were a hit:
Axle Annie: The schools in Burskyville never close for a snow day because school bus driver Axle Annie is always able to make it up the steepest hill in town. That’s until Shifty Rhodes and Hale Snow set out to stop her. Axle Annie is my hero. I can’t drive a car in the snow, so forget about a school bus!
Axle Annie And The Speed Grump: always impatient and driving too fast without paying attention to the road, Rush Hotfoot learns his lesson when he ends up in a life threatening situation. Fortunately for him, school bus driver Axle Annie and the kids on the bus are there to rescue him, because it’s the right thing to do. My kids actually wanted Rush Hotfoot not to be saved because he’s mean, so this was a good lesson of character or them.

– What I think they’ll read next
I don’t know but I’m sure it will be good stuff. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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WordPress weekly photo challenge: Silhouette

I like this week’s photo challenge theme. Not because of the theme itself but because of the word. Silhouette, from the French silhouette. It’s actually one French word English people pronounce almost correctly. Silhouette rhymes with pirouette, and cacahouete. That’s French for peanut (not potty talk) and there’s even a French children’s song called “Pirouette, cacahouete”, where these two words have no reason to be there except that they rhyme and are funny to say.

I’m very good at taking pictures of silhouettes, especially when it comes to trees. I have a knack for trying to photograph trees when the sun is at its highest in the sky and I happen to stand on the wrong side, i.e. facing it. This is exactly how to photograph the silhouette on a tree. On purpose, of course.  ;-)

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: silhouette of a tree

WordPress weekly photo challenge: silhouette of a tree

And then there’s this picture I took of my kids a few weeks ago. They noticed the sun was starting to go down earlier and the backyard was getting pretty dark after dinner. So they pulled out their safety vests, put them on and stood against the fence for me to take a picture of them. I labeled them “the biggest specimens of fireflies in the world”. You can barely see their silhouettes around the safety vests.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: silhouette of children

WordPress weekly photo challenge: silhouette of children

Now, my simple advice to you if you don’t want to take pictures of silhouettes is this. Either stay with the sun in your back when you snap that picture, or use the flash. Simple enough, but I never do it!