I have rediscovered the faux-moby as a place Oscar likes so I can type two handed. So, here goes, a three part post before he wakes up or my parents show up. (I need your advice in part 2b).
Inspired by Emily I went into my yard (which does not have a cutting garden per se but does have, you know, plants) and picked a few bouquets.
Princess Roses (bought this plant for Biscuit at the start of her Princess phase--it has lived and bloomed despite disease and ZERO attention)
Oregano gone to flower and yarrow for the kitchen. It seems oregano can be practically invasive around here but it's so tasty and pretty I'm not bothered. Less pokey than the invasive blackberries.
The first sunflower(s)
Biscuit is going to kill me for this but it made me laugh because it's exactly how I was when I was little.
:: edited, I put in the photo and took it out--too embarrassing. But I'll tell you about it anyway. She was reading while sitting on the toilet ;) ::
Here's a different, funny, reading photo. In a box.
Recently Biscuit started reading Little House in the Big Woods. A book I was 95% sure she wouldn't get through and 98% sure she wouldn't comprehend due to vocabulary.
::Oops, baby woke up. Down an arm. end punctuation::
so recent conversation:
biscuit: do you know how to make butter?
me: yes. do you?
b: yes. first you kill the baby cow with a gun...
m: huh? oh, do they kill the baby so they can use all the milk from the mom?
b: no, they need the stomach
b: for the rennet. they use a long gun. the kind for animals, not for people
m: yes, a rifle. and i think you are telling me how to make cheese, not butter
b: ok, cheese. i will read to you how to make it.
so she did. and i learned rennet comes from a calf stomach. and now she is reading Little House on the Prarie.
I'm pretty sure I should be preview reading Little House on the Prarie (something about Indians? I don't recall) but I don't feel like it.
So, I need book ideas. I love to see what other folks are reading and get ideas so here goes. Based on what I've got on GoodReads I apparently like memoir/essays. Got any more suggestions in that genre?
::Several hours have gone by. parents have come and gone and I have two arms free again. Iced coffee in hand I return to my task::
Here's what I've read recently according to my GoodReads list.
- Anne Lamott: Traveling Mercies and Operating Instructions
- Sarah Vowell: The Partly Cloudy Patriot and Assassination Vacation (really liked Assassination Vacation)
- Ruth Reichl: Garlic and Sapphires (really liked all of her memoirs, read the others last year)
- Michael Connelly: Chasing the Dime and The Brass Verdict (these were from my father-in-law and after two attempts I don't think a huge Connelly fan. I gave my father-in-law Assassination Vacation and he'll read anything but I'm not sure he'll like it despite reading a lot of history books)
- Mike Birbiglia: Sleepwalk with Me (he's funny on This American Life but the book didn't do it for me)
- Emma Donoghue: Room (liked it but creepy)
- JK Rowling: re-read of the entire Harry Potter series (seriously. so. good. I had forgotten a lot of the details so a re-read was perfect)
- Banana Yosimoto: Kitchen (weird but an interesting look at Japanese culture. if you read it, it's TWO stories. there will never be a connection between the two so don't be looking/disappointed)
- Ellen Raskin: The Westing Game (didn't like it as much as I wanted to. It's no Enders Game)
Now I'm reading
- Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman which I found randomly on my bookshelf and realized 1. it's memoir and 2. I really liked her other book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. One essay in and it seems pretty good.
Books I could not complete due to sad baby/kid parts and postpartum hormones
- Pamela Schoenewaldt: When We Were Strangers. It's not even that sad but there was a single scene about a little girl who's family dies and I had to return it to the library.
- Something else I've already forgotten.
So, any non sad memiors, biographies, autobiographies or other good books?
Is three stripe patterns too many?
My mom tries to choose clothes for Oscar and she has asked several times, "you like stripes, right?" Apparently so.