Monday Pep Talk No. 18

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Happy Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite weeks of the year—how can you go wrong with food and friends and pausing to appreciate all the really good stuff in your life? But it’s still Monday, so we’ve got a few ideas to kick your week up a notch.

3 fun things to do this week

Make your own Thanksgiving Day parade: Buy a bunch of helium balloons and decorate them during Thanksgiving cooking breaks. (There are some really cool balloon decorating ideas here.) You could even make balloon tributes to each of your Thanksgiving diners, and tie the decorated balloons to their chairs instead of using traditional place cards.

Put your Thanksgiving leftovers to work in the lab with one of these Thanksgiving science experiments. (I think we’re definitely going to do the butter versus whipped cream experiment.)

Monday is Fibonacci Day. Learn more about this ubiquitous number sequence by watching National Geographic’s video and studying the information on the Math Is Fun Fibonacci page, then get hands-on with some of the activities in Fibonacci Fun: Fascinating Activities With Intriguing Numbers.


3 ideas for this week’s dinners

When you realize that all your cooking efforts for Thanksgiving have not alleviated your family’s need to eat dinner on Wednesday night (or basically on any night when you can’t believe that people just keep wanting to be fed all the meals), this Welsh rarebit grilled cheese will save you.

When you get burned out on turkey sandwiches and potato croquettes, whip up a batch of leftovers nachos with your Thanksgiving extras.

Have an easy soup for dinner: Italian bread and tomato soup (better known as ribollita) is a one-pot meal that’s ideal for pre- or post-feast meals.


one great readaloud

I was going to recommend Animals Charles Darwin Saw, a really lovely science picture book, to commemorate the anniversary of the day Darwin published his theory of evolution (Nov. 24, 1859), but Audible has the Harry Potter series now, and I can’t think of a better soundtrack to Thanksgiving prep work, can you?


one thought to ponder


in case of emergency {because sometimes you need something stronger than inspiration}

glissade chocolate pudding