Stuff We Like :: 5.13.16

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Hello, weekend, my old friend! This week we wrapped up our homeschool classes (and I got a little weepy saying happy graduation to a couple of my favorite creative writing students), made lots of waffles with my Mother’s Day waffle iron, and were supposed to clean out the linen closet but ended up reading in the sunshine instead. I hope your week’s been equally delightful—but I’m definitely not sorry it’s Friday!

around the web

Apparently Rick Riordan is not a big fan of the Percy Jackson movies either.

How “women’s empowerment” has become about selling us stuff.

At least I can say that being persnickety about grammar is a legitimate part of my personality type.

Is it weird that this piece about the role of hedgehogs in Slavic fairy tales is one of my favorite things I’ve read all month?

I remember 3-2-1 Contact! (I still find myself humming the Bloodhound Gang’s theme song now and again.)


at home | school | life

on the blog: Shelli’s sharing how her kindergarten in her homeschool worked this year.

in the magazine: We’re having a grand time coming up with book lists for our summer reading guide.

on pinterest: Our current snack obsession

in the magazine: I’ve gotten a couple of emails recently asking if we still do group subscriptions—we do! If you can get at least 20 people together, you can each get your subscription for a bargain $10.

in the archives: There should be more curriculum humor in the world.


reading list

on my night table: Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World's Greatest Tea (I love books that obsess over some small thing—in this case, tea), Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley (highly recommend), and Love Letters (because you can’t always be a Serious Reader and sometimes you just want to read about a brilliant Irish author with writer’s block and the up-and-coming editor who re-inspires him)

on my 14-year-old’s night table: The Wee Free Men and Yummy Kawaii Bento

on my 8-year-old’s night table: Warriors: Into the Wild (borrowed from his sister’s bookcase) and The Adventures of Captain Underpants

together: A Tale of Time City, Around the World in a Hundred Years


at home

watching: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which I am forcing myself to dole out in small doses so I don’t binge it all at once

knitting: Semele

planning: High school! (Look for a post this summer breaking down our plans.)

eating: Calas (I am seriously obsessed with these—they call them rice beignets, and that’s pretty much what they are—yum)

listening: The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories