Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pip's - the best donuts in P-town

wee, warm, and wonderful

After dropping Darren off at Providence Park to stand in line for a GA early admission bracelet, Hen and I headed back east to Pip's Original Doughnuts. We got a taster plate so we could try them all while reading more of our book. We're almost done with the series.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Morning musings by Hen Finn

Hen's current plan is to grow up and live in a cottage in the forest. Said cottage will have wooden steps at the entrance, a stove in which one could cook a turkey or a ham, run off solar panels, be within walking distance to his mama and papa's cottage, have a garden with potatoes, zucchini, carrots, parsnips, lettuce, peppers, and tomatoes. He won't paint the cottage because he wants the cottage to look like the wood used to build it. If he happens upon an orphaned baby fox, he'll give it to me to take care of.

I think it's a pretty great plan.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hen discovers the joys of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Hen happened upon his papa watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and even though he only caught a small snippet of it he's already taken a shine to Spike.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Worries of a future president

Hen: If I become president, should I make guns illegal, except for hunting?


Hen: As long as you're hunting animals that you are allowed to hunt.

I am biased as his mom but methinks Operation Make My Kid Awesome is going smoothly, and that he'd make a mighty fine president.

Monday, November 09, 2015

So, we went to India!

For the past two plus weeks we've been in India! We went for a wedding and stayed to check things out on that side of the world. There are many photos to process before I can do any type of pictorial post. But I have to share this photo of Hen and a couple Indian boys that I took. They let Hen play soccer with them for a while one evening. Anthony is the tall boy wearing yellow on the left. His favorite football player is Cristiano Ronaldo but the other boys, with names I cannot remember, enthusiastically replied that Messi was their favorite when I asked. They were super sweet with Hen. As they left the field later that night they called out, "See you tomorrow!"

Book fifty-six: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Ms. DiCamillo is such a fantastic storyteller. And her 2014 Newberry Medal winning book, Flora & Ulysses, does not disappoint.

A poetry-writing squirrel? A romance novelist mother with a fascination for a particular doll-shaped lamp? A daughter trying to deal with the separation of her parents and the obnoxious kid who has just shown up next door with trauma-induced blindness? These characters tell a tale of intrigue and danger and triumph and acceptance and love. A definite book to share with Hen. (I read this by myself this time.)

56 down and still going strong.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Book fifty-five: The Series of Unfortunate Events: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket

Just when you think things cannot get any worse for the Bauderlaire orphans, they get very much extremely possibly the worst worse. Those poor orphans. They cannot catch a break. Not even a teeny tiny one. And yet, they hope for a time when things will be better and actively try to make things better. They do not give up. If they had, this series would have ended a long time ago. 

55 done and still going strong.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Book fifty-four: Ripper by Isabel Allende

A surprising mystery by Ms. Allende. It was a long but good read.

An online group of oddballs interested in following crimes get in deep with an investigation that hits close to home.

54 done and still going strong.