Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bookishly Speaking

Books and reading material:

Here are some interesting things to share:
This is not my personal all time list but sourced) :

Here's a list for the librarians out there, stolen from my sil on Facebook that she stole from her friend Chuck: http://www.libraryjournal.com/blog/1090000309/post/1160046916.html
It's a list of the top 10 things to infuriate a librarian.

So yes, we are getting ready for that back to you know where time. A friend just put out there that she's decided to buy her kids a new book at the beginning and ending of school. What a great idea! How better to jump-start the enthusiasm? She chose these:

"I Don't want to go to School", "Is your Mama a Llama?", and "Clovis Crawfish and Friends". We're in a place where we totally appreciate Crawfish, and school starts real early.

I understand they are putting Maurice Sendak's book, "Where the Wild Things Are" to the big screen. Sigh... is Hollywood that desperate? THat's like putting "Harold and the Purple Crayon" (by Crockett Johnson) to film. Come on. It's not about spelling things out, it's about imagination. Will I go? Probably not... but I will send friends who will rate it for me :)

My 'Tween has read the Twilight books and likes the "all about me" kinds of books. It will be interesting to see how she feels about reading after the dreary year ahead is half through. My pick of her reading list is Animal Farm for it's humor. (That was a joke, there is Absolutely No Humor in that book... but more in there than any of the other blithe assignments.) Oh well there are lessons to be learned.

I am sticking to non-fiction drudgeries right now and hope to wrap my stuck in tar little mind around making and sticking to a budget (Ho, hum. Dreariness. I am going to have to build in budget items for "Ice Weasels" and "Glue Sticks" just to have some flexibility. (If you know me, you know I own about 4 states worth of glue sticks, or enough to supply a kindergarten class until 2045.) Money is the only thing I hate making lists about (unless it's what I want to buy. Of course).

So books... take me away and don't let me down! Here are some books that are wonderful for that starting school off right celebration!

I can beat 40 tigers today Seuss (Ok anything by Seuss. If you want a challenge, go for "Oh Say Can You Say?" My personal fave.)
Anything by Tommie DePaola
Anything by Maurice Sendak
Bread and Jam for Frances
The Mango Tooth
M&M Counting Book (also cheerios, etc.)
and for older kids, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What to do with all the Koolaid?

I get really tired of Blogger not liking the way I press the buttons I guess... here we go again!

As many of you know I recently became the owner of a great deal of Koolaid. About 400 packets. I was completely out and we’re going no soda this summer, and with mom and dad and four thirsty kids that’s a lot of koolaid.

My friend Carlie said, “That’s not enough Koolaid for the summer, it’s enough for the decade!”

So I got to thinking, and found this great website where they dyed silk scarves with koolaid. Aparently you can’t dye cotton with it, it’s a stain, and won’t set, but silk and wool work great. So I bought a bunch of white silk scarves and we went at it. We mixed a little water with the koolaid and painted or dunked. We had a lot of fun!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Another website you shouldn't miss

I have a few places I go when I need cheer. Here are two of them. Enjoy!



Honestly, you need to laugh sometimes!