Monthly Archives: March 2013

WWW Wednesdays – March 20, 2013

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage,– What I’m currently reading
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, a 2012 Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller. It’s another young adult novel and a murder story. I really like it so far.

– What I recently finished reading
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. This book wasn’t great but it was good enough for me because I wanted to keep turning the pages and find out how it would end, which is always a good thing. And the ending didn’t disappoint. Now, if you’ve seen the movie Sleeping With The Enemy, or read Anna Quindlen’s Black and Blue, you’ll find a lot of similarities in this book. There’s nothing in here that will surprise you about domestic abuse, besides the fact that it’s unacceptable and unbearable. The “twist” I kept hearing about at the end is an interesting twist, but not that dramatic that it blew my mind away. I cried reading The Notebook. I didn’t cry reading this book. It’s a good story and I’m sure it makes for a good movie, but I don’t think it will make it to “my best of” for 2013.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, a Swedish writer. I found this book very entertaining. It’s not the next best thing in literature and it’s not what I’d call a page turner, but it made me laugh. Out loud in most cases. Allan Karlsson is quite a character, who is fond of both explosives and vodka, quite a deadly combination when mixed together… And he’s traveled the world and met some of the most influential leaders in his lifetime. Their personal conversations are a crack-up. I think it’s one of those books you enjoy reading during a summer vacation and I’d love to see it made into a movie too. It would make for two hours of great entertainment.

– What I think I’ll read next
I ordered a few books from the library but they’re taking time to come in. The first one there now is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It’s another young adult novel, a historical fictional that won several awards last year. Here’s the synposis, it looks chilling… Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s begun. When “Verity” is  arrested by the Gestapo, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

My kids’ bookshelf

What they’re currently reading
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce. I LOVE this book and the message it conveys. A powerful tornado blows Morris Lessmore to a colorless land. There he meets a lady drifting in the sky, being carried by flying books. She gives him one and the book leads him to a library where he learns that the books need him as much as he needs them. The whole story, as well as the ending and the illustrations, are beautiful and magical. My kids love this book too. It’s definitely going on my list of best children’s books for 2013. There was a short animated movie made from this book and it won an Oscar. It’s definitely worth watching these 15 minutes of pure wonder.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black, who’s not just an actor but also a funny author. When a little girl who seems bored out of her mind meets a potato that tells her kids are boring, she goes on a mission to prove it wrong. She shows the potato all the things kids can do using their bodies and imagination. My kids find this book very funny and I do too!

I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black

I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black

– What they recently finished reading
The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool. This is another of those magical books that carries you to an amazing imaginary land, where a boy can spin clouds into the most beautiful cloth. When his mother showed him how to do it, she also taught him moderation:” Enough is enough and not one stich more.” When the king orders the boy to make a huge wardrobe for the royal family out of the clouds in the sky, the boy warns him that it is more than he needs. What will happen when there are no more clouds in the sky? This is a great lesson about being greedy and taking from nature only what you need. I love the effects of the crackle varnish on the paintings.

The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool

The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool

Skippyjon Jones – Cirque de Ole by Judy Schachner. Well, it’s about time Skippito found his way to the circus, because that’s where he belongs and excels at what he does best: being a Chihuahua dog, even though he’s a Siamese cat. This book is as funny as the other Skippyjon Jones adventures and I really enjoyed Judy Schachner’s bright paintings.

Skippyjon Jones - Cirque de Ole by Judy Schachner

Skippyjon Jones – Cirque de Ole by Judy Schachner

– 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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Goofy Monday: Boobies and other private parts

I don’t know last week was for you, but it was quite hectic for me. I skipped my WWW Wednesday update, even though I managed to read a couple of books, so I’ll catch this week. In the meantime, it’s another edition of Goofy Monday and I must warn you this post contains crude language and frontal nudity…

What is love?
Son #2: “Mama, I LOVE your boobies!” (placing both hands on them)

I couldn’t help laughing the first time my five-year old boy said this to me last week, and I still laughed when he said it again a few more times later on. After taking a quick poll on Facebook, I drew the following conclusions:
– My son is probably straight and will turn in a typical guy, for whatever it’s worth.
– He may be missing his nursing days, but I’m not one of those moms who still nurses her school-age kids, so tough luck for him.
– Other boys his age do this, but here’s the interesting part: girls do it too, at least according to Sarsm! Maybe she’s the one who should be concerned. ;-)
Have your kids ever complimented your body parts?

By the way, here’s some sample nude art my eldest created last year, when he was just five. Guess who his unsuspecting subject was?

A child's take on nude art

A child’s take on nude art

Private parts are private
Son #2 (from another room): “I’m a doctor. It’s OK if I touch your private parts.”

I was in the bathroom getting the kids’ bath ready but after hearing the beginning of that conversation, I had to see what was going on. My boys were getting undressed for the bath and my youngest was “playing doctor” with his brother. He recently had his annual check-up and his pediatrician had to feel him down there. The part he forgot was that she asked me for permission first. It’s interesting to realize how selective our memory can be…

Love hurts
Son #2: “Mama, I love you so much, your eyes will pop out!”

Whoever said first that love hurts was absolutely correct. By the way, if you’ve never read my post Love hurts – why do our children cause us pain every day?, you’ll find other ways my kids’s love has hurt me. I wrote the post almost three years ago, but most of it still happens on a regular basis. Have your kids ever hurt you with their love, or bodies?

Goofy Monday: an early taste of the teenage years

My kids are familiar with computers, cell phones and the power of the internet, but one thing they don’t have daily access to is an e-reader or some type of electronic tablet. The only type of tablet I have is my Bamboo Create tablet so I can directly draw on my computer. They’ve seen plenty of iPad tablets around, but you’ll see from what happened the other night that they need a little more exposure to Amazon products.

Sounds like Kindle

I took my kids to a monthly school council meeting last week, where another mom also brings her daughter. My kids play with Lego and her daughter usually does homework or read. Eventually all kids end up playing together quietly. As we left the meeting, Son #1 had this to say:
“Hailey showed us how to play games on her kettle fire!”

I present you the Amazon Kettle Fire – it’s boiling hot! I can’t believe the marketing people at Amazon didn’t go for it.

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire

An early taste of the teenage years
Son #2: “Mama, who sings this song?” (listening to the radio)
Me: “Hmm, I’m not sure.”
Son #2: “Mama, you don’t know anything!”
Did I mention the kid just turned five? I guess 5 is the new 13.

Tricking without treating
Son #1: “Mama, look over there!” (pointing at something behind me)
Me (turning around): “What is it?”
Son #1: “Ha, I can’t believe you fell for that one!”
Honestly, I can’t believe I fell for it either, especially because the kids pull that one on me all the time.

I’d share more goofy moments but I think it’s time I got Son #1 back…

The music inside me

raindropsSince last night, it’s been raining here in San Diego and all I’ve got to look at is gray skies and raindrops. Today is one of those days when it feels good to sip some hot tea and listen to good music. So I’ve been playing my Pandora station while working on the computer and I just finished updating my list of Feel Good Songs on this blog.

There’s something magical about music, how it can grab you deep inside and make you feel happy, sad, ecstatic or nostalgic from one song to the next. I remember watching an interview with Sting, my favorite musician, where he said the best love songs are never about “she loves me, I love her”. Instead they’re always about “I love her, she loves someone else”.

Today I feel inspired to share a few famous quotes about music. Do you have quotes about music you’d like to share?

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“Music is an outburst of the soul.” ~ Frederick DeLuis

“Music is love in search of a voice.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” ~ Leopold Stokowski

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Berthold Auerbach

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”  ~ Billy Joel

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” ~ Bono

And here are a few of my feel-good songs. There are more on my Feel Good Songs page. Do you have some feel-good songs you’d like to share?

Good Life by OneRepublic – Name any other song that mentions both Paris and San Diego 10 seconds apart from each other?

Life is beautiful by Keb’ Mo’ – Ah, pure joy to my ears…

Grace Kelly by Mika – This is the one song that makes me get off my butt and start singing, dancing, and jumping up and down, with or without my kids.

I just haven’t met you yet by Michael Buble – So, if I want to meet the man of my dreams, all I have to do is go to the grocery store and start singing this song? Sorry, got to go shopping!