Monthly Archives: March 2013

WWW Wednesdays – March 6, 2013

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson– What I’m currently reading
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, a Swedish writer. My best friend suggested I read it, so I am! Allan Karlsson is about to celebrate his 100th birthday in a nursing home when he decides to escape by climbing out his bedroom window. What happens next is quite an eventful journey. It turns out that Allan has lived quite a exciting life already, involving explosives and world travel… I’m really enjoying it so far.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate– What I recently finished reading
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Wow, what an amazing book! And the best part is, it’s inpired by the true story of a gorilla who lived in a cage inside a circus-theme mall in Washington State. I can’t imagine being locked up alone in a small cage for three decades, can you? Poor Ivan the gorilla never had a choice. This book made me smile and made me laugh. It made me cringe and made me cry. I now want to read it again with my kids, even though I know it will make me choke up and my kids will ask, What’s going on with your voice, Mama? Katherine Applegate gives a unique, believable voice to this gentle giant and every single character plays a crucial role. This is a deeply touching story I recommend everyone to read, younger or older. It will make you feel human again.

The Lying Game #4: Hide and Seek by Sara Shepard. Reading The Lying Game series is still a guilty pleasure to me. These books are fast to read and the mystery is kept alive, even though suspects are eliminated one by one, so we’re still guessing who killed Sutton. I think I’ve got it figured out but won’t know until the last book. I like the new surprise character at the end of this book and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks– What I think I’ll read next
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I know from first hand experience that such romance NEVER happens in real life, and girls never get kissed like on this book cover. So I may as well get it from a book than not at all! ;-)
I loved reading The Notebook and the movie was great too. Alright, looking at Ryan Gosling for two hours helped a bit too!  I hear this book is just as good so I want to find out for myself.  I know this story has a twist so if you’ve read it, please don’t reveal any spoilers in your comment, thank you!

My kids’ bookshelf

What they’re currently reading
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet. We LOVE this book, which tells the story of brilliant inventor Tony Sarg, who started his career as a pupeeter and created the very first giant balloons of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His upside-down puppets were inspired by the Goodyear blimps. The book has great illustrations and also contains more information about Tony Sarg, as well as newspaper clippings about his creations.

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

– What they recently finished reading 
Beep and Bah by James Burks. Bah the goat brings a lonely sock to Beep the robot, who is hungry for adventure. Both set off on a mission to find the missing sock, crossing plains, climbing mountains, even diving to the bottom of the sea. When they reach the end of the world, they still haven’t found the missing sock so they turn around. Hmm, I wonder where that sock is…

Beep and Bah by James Burks

Beep and Bah by James Burks

This story reminds me of Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut, when the jelly donut is stuck in Minnie’s butt during their whole search.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, the author of the hilarious Those Darn Squirrels books (I still need to review these books…). The boy in this book describes the love dragons have for tacos, and the dangers of feeding them
anything with spicy salsa. Dragons love taco parties but you need to make sure there are no peppers in the salsa. Otherwise, this happens…

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

– 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: Cooking with rotten eggs

Chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies – Photo courtesy of wikipedia commons license

Brace yourself for the newest edition of Goofy Monday. I’m starting with a photo of delicious chocolate chip cookies waiting to be baked. Know you may lose your appetite by the end of this post. I’m just warning you. That’s what life with boys can be like…

Cooking with rotten eggs
A few days ago, my now five-year old boy asked to make chocolate chip cookies. As we were about to place the dough on the cookie sheet, I saw he was tempted to pull a few chocolate chips out of the bowl to eat them.
Me: “Remember, we don’t eat raw cookie dough.”
Son #2: “Oh yeah, right, sorry.”
Me: “Do you remember why we don’t eat raw dough?”
Son #2: “Because it has rotten eggs in it?” 

And that’s where the saying comes from: “The first one who licks the spoon eats a rotten egg.” Oh, and let me know if you’d like the recipe for chocolate chip / rotten egg cookies. I’ll be glad to share.

What girls like
Last week, the same little guy came back from school and exclaimed: “Girls love boys with long eyelashes!” Apparently, he heard it from his teacher. And I have to agree with her. Long eyelashes on a man are sexy. I looked at both my kids’ eyelashes and sighed. I’m going to have my hands full when they start showing serious interest in girls, because their eyelashes are at least a foot’s length…

Locust infestation
In the morning, I read books with my youngest in the car, between the time we drop off his brother at school and his preschool starts. A few days ago, we were reading a book on insects and we’d reached the page on grasshoppers and locusts.
Son #2: “Locusts, they like to eat farmers.”
I just stared at him and waited, trying not to laugh. It was hard not to.
Son #2: “Oh, oops, that’s not right! Haha, hihi, haha, hihihihi…”

But then, I couldn’t help thinking there has to be a horror movie out there, where a swarm of locusts infest a farm and eat everything and everyone in sight. Did you see that movie by any chance?

Enjoy your next batch  of chocolate chip cookies!