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Stuff We Like :: 7.14.17

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Hello, weekend!

around the web

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles

This might be the best movie review you ever read.

I am always up for a true story about an imaginary kingdom with a real consulate, and this one is just fascinating.

Disney Princesses suck at consent. (Suzanne sent me this because she knew I was having a hard week, and she knows what brings me joy.)

Also, Suzanne would like everyone to know that THERE IS GOING TO BE A SQUIRREL GIRL MOVIE.

 

at home/school/life

in the magazine: Hooray! The summer issue is out!

on the blog: Resources for better literature classes

one year ago: One of my all-time favorite posts: How to NOT Teach Your Kids Shakespeare (But Do Something Else Really Important Instead)

two years ago: The easiest way to get organized for high school (This is still the system I use—I like it so much, I implemented it at my husband’s hybrid high school)

three years ago: Am I the only lonely homeschool mom?

 

reading list

I’ve been swamped this week, so it’s another not-so-stellar Library Chicken report: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession (+1), Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter (+1), 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories (-1, returned unread but not because I don’t want to read it), How to Cook a Wolf (+0, on my bookshelf)

Another lazy homeschool week here, but we did just start a big family Harry Potter reread, starting with the fancy illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

 

at home

Everything in my house needs cleaning or laundering, but I am still planning to spend as much of this weekend reading by the pool as is humanly possible. It’s not like the mess won’t still be there on Monday, right?


Stuff We Like :: 3.23.17

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It’s spring—which probably means it’s going to snow now? I’m so confused about the weather.

around the web

I’m in love with this: Muggle artifacts on display

In praise of literature’s bossy big sisters

Great read: When picture books get political

I will never hire children living in a boxcar to solve a mystery again

 

at home/school/life

on the blog: I love this community education project Carrie’s community has created

in homeschool madness: Tune in this weekend for THE FINAL TWO. 

one year ago: Three bookish biographies for Women’s History Month

two years ago: Flashback to Shelli’s 2nd grade and preschool

 

reading list

My daughter and I are reading Letters of a Woman Homesteader out loud together and enjoying every minute. My son and I tried to read Wildwood together, but he hated it so much we switched to Witch Week.

One of the things I love the fact that Jason is starting a school is that I have an excuse to test-drive books for classes. I am not sure if his students are going to end up with copies of Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour in the fall, but I am sure that’s what my daughter and I are going to use as the spine for astronomy next year.

I picked up a copy of Bill Bryson’s The Mother Tongue when it was cheap for the Kindle (I try to mention these things on our Kindle Deals page), so of course I had to interrupt all my reading lists so that I could immediately read it again.

 

at home

I did almost no cooking this week, so the kitchen doesn’t deserve its own section, but don’t worry, I kept my priorities straight. We’ve got a cookie of the week: John Legend's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I’m working hard on wrapping up the spring issue, so it’s all chaos and copyediting this week. It’s coming together, though!


Stuff We Like :: 1.13.17

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Around the Web 

 

At home | school | life

 

Reading List

  • Zadie Smith has been on my to-read list for years and I FINALLY read On Beauty—am now busily putting the rest of her books (including the just published Swing Time) on my library hold list.
  • I’m halfway through Ali Smith’s How to Be Both and the first section (narrated by the ghost of a Renaissance artist) was both bizarre and wonderful, so I’m looking forward to the rest.
  • Next up: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay!

 

At Home

  • The Good Place is back! I LOVE this show! If you haven’t seen it, catch the older episodes on Hulu and then join us to watch the best show on television at the moment. (Besides, it totally counts as a homeschool intro-to-philosophy credit.) 
  • Actually, we’re watching a lot of TV, now that all the shows are back after Christmas break. I don’t have the emotional energy for drama (well, except for This is Us, which I’m hooked on), but I’m really enjoying the diversity in the new & returning batch of family sitcoms: Blackish, Speechless, and The Real O’Neals are all excellent.
  • Up next for our semi-monthly family movie outing: Hidden Figures—everyone I know who’s seen it has loved it!

Stuff We Like: : 10.28.16

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STUFF WE LOVE:

  • VOTING!! We love voting!! I’m fortunate to live in a county that holds early voting in all the library branches, so last week I was able to pick up some holds AND support democracy in the free world by casting my vote!  Please remember to get out and vote!

 

Around the Web

  • Much to my daughter’s chagrin, I have only seen a handful of Gilmore Girls episodes, but even as a newbie to the series I find this trailer for Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life utterly delightful. Also utterly delightful?  All of the male commentators I’ve seen on various sites who were exposed to Gilmore Girls via sisters (“just walking through the living room I’ve seen every episode at least twice”) or significant others (“my fiancee said we had to watch the entire series before the wedding”) and are now squeeing with joy over the new episodes.

  • I may have mentioned that I’m a teensy bit excited about Disney’s Moana.  I almost wish they’d stop putting out new clips because SERIOUSLY, I CAN’T BE ANY MORE EXCITED ABOUT THIS MOVIE THAN I ALREADY AM.  But if you feel you must entice me with Dwayne Johnson’s singing voice, I guess it’s ok…

  • This is fine, I suppose, but if you try to get Branwell a co-credit on Wuthering Heights I’m out of here: Christopher Marlowe Credited as Shakespeare’s Co-Writer

 

Reading List

 

At Home

  • Great Performances: Hamilton’s America is running on a loop in the living room.  (Stream it on pbs.org if you missed the broadcast.)

  • Our new favorite show (and the only thing I’ll turn Hamilton off for): The Good Place starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson

  • Hey, I’m on the Twitter!  (Is that what the kids are calling it these days?)  Of course, my children now say that all the cool people are on Instagram and Snapchat, but I think I’ll try to figure out to how to tweet before I jump on anywhere else.  Follow me @SuzyRez.


Stuff We Like :: 10.21.16

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Fall is here! We’re trying to make the most of every minute in this gorgeous October weather.

around the web

 

 

at home/school/life

  • on the blog: I doubt anyone will be even a little surprised that Carrie has me at Harry Potter—but her thoughts on mentoring really resonate for me when it comes to the kind of high school experience I want for my daughter.
  • one year ago: I really love this piece from Tracy on staying connected as your kids move into the more independent teen years.
  • two years ago: Shelli muses on how homeschooling has inspired her to go after her own goals.

 

reading list

  • on my night table: I am embarrassed to post this since technically my night table should be in boxes right now, but a girl’s gotta read, right? I’ve shrunk my pile to two: Lab Girl and A Tangled Web.
  • on my 14-year-old’s night table: She’s got her Kindle because she actually packed up all her books. (She says she’s rereading Roald Dahl.)
  • on my 9-year-old’s night table: The Children of Noisy Village

 

at home

  • life: My husband is starting a school, and it almost makes me wish I were back in high school.
  • watching: The new season of The Flash is finally on Netflix. 
  • knitting: Still working on my adorable baby blanket for my adorable nephew-to-be!

Stuff We Like :: 9.2.16

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This week's Stuff We Like is brought to you by Suzanne, who always finds the best stuff!

Around the Web

So, did you hear the one about the racist sexist trolls trying to take over science fiction’s Hugo Awards because the awards are sometimes given to non-white non-male authors writing on topics that the trolls aren’t interested in?  No?  Well, count yourself lucky (it’s not always easy being a sf fan <sigh>), but read this heart-warming article anyway: How a Self-Published Writer of Gay Erotica Beat Sci-Fi’s Sad Puppies at Their Own Game (I’m serious!  It’s heart-warming!  You’ll thank me!)

Just Say No: How to Actually Talk to a Woman Wearing Headphones

Laughed so hard I did a spit-take with my morning mug of ‘Man Tears’: Today’s Vagenda

It’s been kind of tough out there lately, so I like to remind myself that sites like this exist: Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

 

Reading List

More Neil Gaiman!  I’m sloooowly reading my way through The View From the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction because I want to highlight every page and write “Yes!  I feel the same way!  That’s it exactly!” in the margins.

Favorite dystopian-near-future-of-economic-and-environmental-collapse novel of the month: The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber.  Runner up: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood.  LEAST favorite: The Mandibles: A Family 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver (NOT recommended, boo)

For when you’re sick and tired of reading about a dystopian near future of economic and environmental collapse: Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files

Favorite podcast-turned-into-a-novel: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

 

At Home

Were you wondering what Thor was doing during the events of Captain America: Civil War?  Us too!  So the whole family had to stop what we were doing and watch this: Team Thor

We would also definitely watch this version of a Full House reboot: Avengers: Full House (with an Olson sister and everything!!)  

Are you a fan of Harry Potter? And podcasts about critical analysis? Would you enjoy a discussion of Hagrid and performative masculinity? OF COURSE you would, you right-thinking person you, so I can recommend this podcast, which I’ve been enjoying immensely: Witch, Please (NOTE: I would highly recommend this podcast to interested tweens and teens, but please be aware that the delightful hosts use four-letter words when appropriate and sometimes discuss adult situations.)

Dragon Con is this weekend!  I won’t be there this year (though I did attend the very first one in 1987), but by the time you read this assorted friends and family will be in downtown Atlanta hobnobbing with superheroes, aliens, and cartoon characters. If you can’t make it to the Saturday morning parade, you can watch it live on Atlanta’s local CW station, as it’s being televised for the first time ever!  YAY, NERDS!

 

at home | school | life

on the blog: I’m pretty intrigued by Rebecca’s review of Layers of Learning—I’m always looking for things my 9-year-old and 14-year-old can do together!

on the website: Now’s the perfect time to recharge your homeschool with our workbook. (It’s free in the subscriber library, but you can also pick up a copy here.)

in the magazine: Group subscriptions are open! Now through September 30, you can subscribe to HSL for a bargain $10 per person if you subscribe in a group of at least 20 people. (This is such a good deal! You should get your homeschool group to sign up!) Email us if you're interested!

one year ago: We rounded up readalikes for The Mysterious Benedict Society.

two years ago: Shelli and Amy met up at the NASH conference. 

 

notable sales

fabric.com has some awesome discounts going, where you can save big if you buy multiple yards. (This Amy Butler floral print seems to have jumped into my shopping basket.)

This Carol Feller shawl kit is on my birthday wishlist. (In espresso and coffee, please!) Her gorgeous Mendel sweater is one of my all-time favorite knits.


Stuff We Like :: 8.12.16

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around the web

Elephant and Piggie in Hamilton. Yes, please.

Being a regular reader may help you live up to two years longer. (So you’ve got plenty of time to binge-watch more television. :))

If you have ever gotten a letter from a Nigerian prince looking to make you a millionaire, you will appreciate this piece on letter-writing scams of the Victorian era.

It is really hard to see a crossword puzzle and NOT try to solve it, right?

Oh my gosh, I loved this group of children’s authors musings on whether fictional children should ever actually grow up. (I think I’m in the “no” camp, but I do like little flash-peeks into the future.)

 

at home | school | life

on the blog: How do you keep records for your homeschool? Shelli shares her method.

in the classroom: It’s a flash sale! You can save 10% if you register for your class today.

on instagram: A peek inside our weekly done list. 

on the podcast: Have you listened to the home/school/life podcast? We’d love it if you’d leave a review/rating on iTunes or share it with your friends.

from the archives: What to read after you finish all of Harry Potter?

 

reading list

on my night table:

I’m reading All the Birds in the Sky for the podcast, and I really, really like it, but I’m afraid to finish it because so many good books fall apart at the end.

I recently discovered Isabel Colegate, and I regret all the years of my reading life when I didn’t know she existed. I adored The Blackmailer (which has an Iris Murdoch-ish vibe and which is kind of darkly funny comedy of manners) and have moved on to The Shooting Party.

on my 14-year-old’s night table:

Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death

The Golden Compass (I have been leaving this series ostentatiously out for her for years, so I am thrilled she picked it up!)

Storybook Toys

on my 8-year-old’s night table:

Sideways Stories from Wayside School (He liked the math problems in Sideways Arithmetic so much he wanted to read this book.)

together:

My daughter and I are reading The Letters of John and Abigail Adams together — the first of her official high school lit projects.

Magic or Not?, a lesser-known but still delightful Edward Eager book, is our current morning readaloud.

 

at home

My lovely sister-in-law is visiting from California this week, and we’ve had so much fun hanging out with Auntie Rach.

watching: Ugly Betty is streaming on Hulu now, so I am re-watching the series from start to finish. I’d forgotten how much I love Betty! I’m also obsessed with Inspector Lewis.

eating: I keep talking about tomato toast, but I can’t help it—I’m obsessed. 

knitting: I’m still in the middle of my baby knitting frenzy. On the needles: This freakishly cute little bear sweater.

listening: To John Malkovich reading me Breakfast of Champions. Talk about embarrassments of riches.


Stuff We Like :: 7.28.16

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Around the Web

I’ve been enjoying the SDCC news (superheroes! movie trailers! superhero movie trailers!) on my favorite (and sometimes NSFW) movie site BirthMoviesDeath

I love Lynda Barry: When Heidi Met Carrie

Let’s face it: I was never gonna be able to afford to fly to NYC and see Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, but I will miss watching him host Ham4Ham

But (speaking of Lin-Manuel) we’re all excited for Moana, right?  Have you seen the Baby Moana trailer?

 

at home | school | life

for subscribers: We added the Time Cat reading guide to the subscribers library!

on the blog: Don’t miss your chance to enter our fab weather book giveaway.

in the classroom: There’s lots of good stuff coming up on the fall class schedule.

 

Reading List

I finally made my way through The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman and WOW, now I understand what people have been talking about all these years.  Bonus, The Omnibus editions make a very satisfying THUMP when you bring them back to the library returns counter.

Favorite very-post-apocalypse-plus-Brazil-and-matriarchy! YA of the month: The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Favorite dutiful-daughter-and-her-doctor-fiance-and-the-squirrel-that-might-come-between-them fiction of the month: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Favorite French-Revolution-historical-fiction-that-posits-that-Robespierre-was- maybe-not-that-bad-a-guy? of the month: A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel

 

At Home 

We ain’t afraid of no (female) ghost(-busters): The whole family loved the new Ghostbusters movie!  

Haven’t made it to Star Trek Beyond yet (yes, we’re nerds), but we’re busy watching the first two reboot movies in preparation.

Our new kitten is all of FIVE POUNDS now and has already transitioned from fuzzy bitty kitten to mini-cat.

If anyone wants to meet up for a strawberry margarita or two, I think I’ll need it after dropping Eldest Kid off at his COLLEGE ORIENTATION tomorrow.  Cheers!


Stuff We Like :: 7.15.16

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This week's edition of Stuff We Like comes from Shelli, who always likes such cool stuff!

Homeschool

We haven’t used it for very long yet, but so far my nine-year-old has been enjoying the science curriculum by Elemental Science we picked out for him. It was his first choice when it came to our summer homeschooling plans!

I also love that I stumbled on Carla Sonheim’s art website because it’s just what I needed to get my Art Fridays started again. She has a lot of cool online classes and a few free tutorials too. My boys and I especially enjoyed her Crazy Birds Tutorial

 

Links

around the web: How do artists make a living? – I think this article is spot on because I’ve had a similar experience. Anyone pursuing a career in the creative arts should read it.

on the blog: We have a few years to go before we enter the high school stage, but I’m sure glad Amy is paving the way for me.

in the archives: I keep looking back at Rebecca’s review of a critical thinking curriculum because I really really want to buy it. 

 

On my Wishlist

I’m also eyeing these awesome bird posters that I would love to buy for my bird-loving six-year-old. This one? Or this one?

 

Books

The nine-year-old and I finished reading The Long Winter (he loved it!), which is part of the Little House series. We’ve just started Little Town on the Prairie. We’re also reading Old Yeller, and I’m still getting my daily dose of Calvin and Hobbes.

For myself, I just finished reading I Am of Irelaunde: A Novel of Patrick and Osian. The author combined some of the known facts of St. Patrick and combined it with the folklore of Ireland to create a fictional account of St. Patrick’s life, and there are many beautiful stories within the larger story. It inspired me to read a little about the real St. Patrick and what is known of him.

 

T.V.

Our most current beloved documentaries: BBC’s series The Human Planet (Netflix) – Wow. Just wow. Perfect for social studies! (Parents with sensitive children may want to preview first.) AND  Nature’s Jungle Animal Hospital (PBS) (Parents with sensitive children may want to preview first.)

Just for me: I finally finished the final season of Downton Abbey. If you like happy endings, you’ll like this show. (Sometimes, you just need a happy ending.)


Stuff We Like :: 7.8.16

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The summer issue is out! And we’re pretty much happy dancing right to the pool for the rest of the summer.

around the web

Obviously, I’m totally a Mary Anne.

I cried reading this story about a Jewish family’s tea can treasure.

If you are having a rough day, I suggest you go and read about these underwear-stealing Scottish birds.

I thought this history of voracious reading was fascinating.

Elie Wiesel on All Things Considered. 

 

at home | school | life

in the magazine: Did we mention the summer issue is out?

in the classroom: The fall schedule is making me wish I were still in high school.

on the podcast: Suzanne and I are talking about how homeschool moms don’t get sick days.

on the blog: To go with our summer camping feature, a roundup of our favorite campfire readalouds.

on instagram: So, yeah, my whole life pretty much did revolve around the summer issue this week. 

 

reading list

on my night table: Baby Beanies: Happy Hats to Knit for Little Heads, Burr, A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel

on my 14-year-old’s night table: Yotsuba&!, The Raven Boys, Fifty Dresses That Changed the World, One-Yard Wonders

on my 6-year-old’s night table: Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

together: The Westing Game (because talking to Suzanne reminded me how much I love it), The Mark of Athena

 

at home

watching: Children playing in the pool

knitting: Sleeping Cedars, Baby Uggs (these are going to be my go-to bootie henceforth, and the pattern’s free!), and Elijah

playing: Badminton, badly

eating: Pork and pineapple tacos

listening: To the cicadas all night long


Stuff We Like :: 7.1.16

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Hooray! Suzanne is back with this week’s edition of Stuff We Like, most of which I plan to borrow for my own homeschool life, stat.

Around the Web

What’s better than a summer reading list? A LIST of summer reading lists!

As a long-­time reader of science fiction and fantasy­ mostly written by white men ­ I’ve really been enjoying the new books by authors like .N.K.Jemisin, Karen Lord, and Zen Cho. And (speaking of lists) here’s a great list of authors past and present to help diversify your sf/fantasy reading: 

I’m also enjoying Black Nerd Problems, a website with commentary, news, and reviews about diversity in comics, television, movies, video games, and all things geeky. (For a sample, check out this recent article on cultural appropriation.)

One of each, please! (My birthday is in October, but don’t feel you have to wait ‘til then.)

 

At home | school | life

in the magazine: The summer issue is coming out any minute. That means even more summer reading lists. Time to clear out some room on your library card!

on the blog: If you can’t wait another minute to fill up your library tote, there are some great summer readaloud ideas in the July Pep Talk.

in the classroom: The fall class schedule isn’t officially out yet, so I’ll just mention that if you are looking for a U.S. History class that is pretty much based around Broadway musical numbers, you are in luck. (Hamilton and 1776, together at last!)

on instagram: A much better comeback than the classic “only boring people are bored." (Though what's so bad about being bored anyway?)

 

Reading List

Just finished Nimona, the much praised web comic collection about teen shapeshifter Nimona, sidekick to the evil Lord Blackheart, and am ready to pass it on to the 13­-year-­old, who has discovered (after reading Persepolis that she really likes graphic novels. (Did I mention that Lord Blackheart’s hero nemesis is Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin?)

In the category of “Arrgh! What do you MEAN the third book isn’t out yet?!?”, I’d like to encourage Robert Jackson Bennett to hurry up with the final book (following City of Stairs and City of Blades) of his Divine Cities trilogy. I’m in love with these books and this world, not to mention Bennett’s smart, strong, and in­-charge female protagonists.

Fortunately, Jane Smiley recently did finish her Last Hundred Years trilogy, a multi­-generational saga following one Iowa farming family from 1920 to 2020, so I was able to power through all three (wonderful) books, me Some Luck, Early Warning, nd Golden Age, in one (long) go.

And Amy tells me I’ve been sorely remiss in leaving it this long, but I finally got around to reading some Chuck Klosterman, specifically his I Wear the Black Hat, essays on the nature of villainy. I’m glad I’ve got more by him to look forward to!

 

At Home—Special Board Game Edition!

We’re heading off for our annual vacation to meet up with family and do as little as possible for a week, so it’s time to pack the boardgames! ndemic s one of my all-time-favorites, so I’m excited to try out Pandemic Legacy, hich is an “epic twist” on the game with “ever­-changing elements”! I have no idea what that means, but I’m in.

For a person who can’t read Stephen King or watch a horror movie, I’m remarkably fond of “horrific” games, so we’ll definitely play a couple of rounds of Arkham Horror and and Betrayal at House on the Hill.

These days, I mostly prefer cooperative games, but I’ll make an exception for Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game.

And of course, there’s always room to pack various Munchkin card sets and maybe a deck or two of Gloom.


Stuff We Like :: 6.10.16

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around the web

I think we all know what I want for Hanukkah this year: this. (Think I can convince Jason to grow a mustache for this one?) Eternal thanks to Stephanie for bringing this to my attention.

Helen Keller is so much cooler than we think she is.

Fascinating: Exploring a French cave has expanded our knowledge of Neanderthals in some really interesting ways

I am not displeased to have ended up as Lucy Honeychurch in this Which Helena Bonham Carter character are you? quiz. (You should take it, too, but use caution: You could be Bellatrix Lestrange.)

Because I would read a cereal box about the Mitford sisters.

 

at home | school | life

for subscribers: I uploaded a summer bingo reading card to the subscribers’ library. It ties into our summer reading series this year, so grab one if you want to play along! 

on the blog: I liked our new blogger Carrie Pomeroy already, but she totally won me over with her adolescent V.C. Andrews sneak-reading. And I love her post on supporting her kids in their book choices, whatever her personal feelings about them might be.

on the podcast: Suzanne and I are talking about how we got started as homeschoolers.

in the classroom: We’re toying with the idea of doing a one-day workshop online later this summer. Is there something in particular you’d like us to cover?

in the magazine: Coming in July: 8 questions to ask before you buy anything new for your homeschool

in the archives: It’s that time again: The Dreaded Summer Break Question

 

reading list

on my night table: Greensleeves (my reading pick for the HSL podcast); The Mysterious Affair at Styles (I read this in high school last, and I’d totally forgotten whodunnit); Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories (since I need to brush up on my early U.S. literature for this fall), Anglo-American Feminist Challenges to the Rhetorical Traditions: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, Adrienne Rich (really digging this)

on my 14-year-old’s night table: Conrad’s Fate, The Princess Diaries, Eight Cousins, Nimona

on my 8-year-old’s night table: Junie B. Jones: Shipwrecked

together: Owls in the Family, The Lost Hero (the kick-off to Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, which the kids picked as our summer readaloud series)

 

at home

watching: Mercy Street with Jason, about a Civil War hospital in Alexandria that treated both Union and Confederate soldiers—it's espeically interesting from a feminist perspective since the show focuses on "ladies" who take on the fairly unladylike task of nursing (I’ve ordered the book Heroines of Mercy Street so that I can nitpick, but I am really enjoying it); Annedroids with the kids—who doesn't love a girl scientist?

knitting: Finishing up my Goldwing, which is pretty and pink (and easy to remember, which makes it great for pool knitting). I made the large version with two skeins of Hawthorne, and it's pretty close to exactly enough yarn.

playing: Super Mario Bros U

eating: haricots verts with herb butter with pretty much every meal

listening: Wild Honey (possibly the perfect pool album) around the web