Another reader


Sylvie's kindergarten class got to rename themselves in the spirit of Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves. (I have little context at this point considering Sylvie is tight lipped about what happens at school.) Anyway, Sylvie chose for herself "Loves to Read" and it makes me beam. She is on fire with the reading spirit and it is a joy to witness.

A little color on those trees


I chaperoned Tessa's field trip last Wednesday to Westcave Preserve. She commandeered my camera for most of the day so I was nervous to see what pictures I would find when I finally downloaded them. There's enough I think to give you a feel of the place although it's really hard to do it justice. It's just wonderfully beautiful there and we had gorgeous weather as well. A little autumnal in the scenery, but still warm enough for shirt sleeves. It was a lovely day.

The 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)

This list (linked below) makes me happy. And since I'm sure one or two of you are always wondering what the crazy music I post about sounds like, they even have audio streams for the albums. I can't say I love all of the albums they deem decade worthy, but this is a pretty good cross section of the tunes that make me happy. I think they're chicken for not actually naming the decade though. I vote for the aughts - pass it on.

The 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009) :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Paste

And cleaner air to boot!

I've been pushing over the past few weeks to get my head back in the game and put a little more creative juice into making my house a home. I tend to push to get a room 85% of the way decorated and then forget little details (like putting actual pictures in the frames I hung how many months ago). But try as I might I still felt like my downstairs room were not really full or lived in looking. Until I finally went and bought house plants today. Tada! I had dozens of plants in our Phoenix home and had to give them all away when we moved (18 months ago now!). And I just haven't bought very many to replace them until now. Instantly I'm more in love with my home. I just need that living, breathing element in a room to really feel like it's mine. I don't know why it took me so long.

Thankful to be tired


Sylvie was up last night with a really bad earache. And I'm sad and/or embarrassed to report that it took me eons to actually wake up and attend to the situation. It was one of those situations that I could kind of hear her crying in the back on my mind but just couldn't actually wake up to do anything about it. I guess that nighttime mommy radar thing takes practice and I am thankfully on the other side of that hill. There's something to take heart in for all my new mommy friends that are right in the thick of it - there is actually and end to that particular dark tunnel. Anyway, I am somewhat in amazement today that I survived those early years at all because after sitting up with her for an hour or so I am completely trashed today. Granted I am dealing with a cold and a flare up of my generally mild asthma, but I just don't know how I did this on a regular basis. So there you go, my perverse form of gratitude for the day. Is worshiping sleep idolatrous?

The Picture of Dorian Gray


The Picture of Dorian Gray  (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a book I'm sure I'll find myself reading over again. There are so many ways to view (and enjoy) the constant stream of quips that Wilde offers up. So much food for thought. The dilemma is such an interesting one. The story itself offers incredible amounts to reflect on. Add to that how incredibly enjoying Wilde's writing is and it's no wonder it's a classic.

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Fishers of Men


The Kingdom and the Crown, Vol.  1: Fishers of Men (The Kingdom and the Crown) The Kingdom and the Crown, Vol. 1: Fishers of Men by Gerald N. Lund

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It's taken me a long time to move through this book because I mostly read it on Sundays. It's a nice way to create a different feel to my days on Sunday without giving up my love of novels. The story is a very interesting one and I love the fresh perspective it's given me to imagine what it must have been for the Jews who witnessed Christ's ministry first hand. Engaging story and I'm looking forward to the next in the series. Which is good since this one offers little resolution as a stand alone book.

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The Hummingbird's Daughter


The Hummingbird's Daughter The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I remembered loving this book, but after suggesting it for a book club selection I got nervous that it wasn't as great as I had remembered. But I loved it even more after a second read. So lush and rich with characters, humor, wisdom. His writing is captivating and I enjoyed every moment.

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This has been one of my favorite spots this week. I am only a half time employee here at GCC so I take nice long lunches and come over to the campus library to read. Outside on the beautiful grounds is a great place for such leisurely activities too but since it's been in the mid 90s this week (!!!) the library is the more attractive option. Just wanted to share one of the small things I'm grateful for.



Among Schoolchildren


Among Schoolchildren Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm having a hard time quantifying how much I liked this book. It was immediately engaging and very satisfying to read. I love his style of writing and hoping to read more of his books. The immersion reporting he uses is a very engaging style of non-fiction. I really did enjoy it front to back. But when it was all said and done I'm not sure that I felt emotionally drawn into the book or much changed by reading it. Probably worth more than three stars, but I'm hesitant to give it more.

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Tunes for Traveling vol. 8


Back to Phoenix for another week in the office. I'm getting a little bored of these trips but employed is a good thing. Sur mon iPod:
  • The Black Keys
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Jason Isbell
  • Kings of Leon
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Pearl Jam
  • Queen
  • Radiohead
  • The Strokes
  • TV on the Radio
  • Violent Femmes