Stuff We Like :: 5.27.16

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

On our weekend to-do list: Shopping for fishing lures, baking lemon bars, cleaning out the crafts cupboard, and making mole. What we’ll probably actually do: Grill asparagus and sit in the sun.

around the web

You had me at Great Lakes Vowel Shift.

Being pretentious may not be as bad as we thought. (But it's still pretty annoying.)

Possibly related to pretentiousness: “Kafkaesque” has lost its meaning.

What your Venti Iced Skinny Hazelnut Macchiato, Sugar-Free Syrup, Extra Shot, Light Ice, No Whip says about American culture.

I love Martha Plimpton.


at home | school | life

on the blog: I’m sharing what 2nd grade looked like for my son this year.

on the website: Suzanne and I are in the process of recording the very first home | school | life podcast.

on instagram: When your knitting is so pretty you don’t want to give it away

in the magazine: Pages for the summer issue are looking amazing! We’ve been resizing them to read better on tablets, which has been a process, but I think we've figured it out.

in the archives: The new summer reading series is coming soon, but if you can’t wait, here’s a link to all of last summer’s book posts.


reading list

on my night table: Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution (honestly just so I can keep up with Suzanne), A Little Life: A Novel, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

on my 14-year-old’s night table: Go: A Kid’s Guide to Graphic Design, Manga for the Beginner Kawaii: How to Draw the Supercute Characters of Japanese Comics, Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

on my 8-year-old’s night table: Clementine

together: Henry Reed’s Journey


at home

watching: The kids’ Craftsy crochet class

knitting: I hit the halfway point on my Goldwing.

planning: My first off-road walking expedition since the Great Ankle Injury of 2016—wish me luck!

eating: Ricotta toast (my new favorite eat-while-you-binge-watch snack)

listening: Invisibilia

Stuff We Like :: 8.14.15

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

We are squeezing the heck out of these last few blissful weeks of summer. I'm glad that we take it easy in August because my soul just isn't ready to let go of summer yet.  

around the web

It’s a rare event, but news of the dystopian television adaptation of Little Women has left me speechless.

Apparently “on fleek” is nothing new: Teenage girls have been key figures in language evolution since at least the 1500s.

How does poetry matter in a world of insta-information?


at home/school/life

on the blog: Egg & Spoon is a delightful fairy tale for middle grades (and language lovers of all ages)

on pinterest: We’ve started our Nerdy Halloween Costumes board. (Apparently, I can't handle the prospect of autumn, but I'm cool with early Halloween planning.)

from the archives: I love this post from Shelli about how we have more time than we think we do in our homeschool lives


reading list

If Felicia Day writes a book and I don’t read it, does the world still exist? Luckily, we don’t have to find out because I did, in fact read it. (It was charming, as you’d expect.)

I’m finally reading The Doomsday Book — one of Connie Wilkes’ time-travel historian tales — and I am just loving it. (Have you read these? The premise is that future-day Oxford historians time-travel to their period of specialization, which sounds cool all by itself, but the books are smart and funny to boot.)

My daughter read Remarkable, about an ordinary girl living in a town of extraordinary people, and thought it was terrific. My son is falling in love with the Clementine books.


in the kitchen

I want to make spiced nectarine jam, but we keep eating all the nectarines. It’s a problem.

On hot nights, I am sometimes just plain not inspired to cook anything, so we have a cheese plate and a big vegetable salad and call it dinner.

These cookies from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook are a crazy combination (cornflakes! marshmallow! chocolate chip!) that totally works.


at home

We’re officially old — Jason and I are going to the wedding of one of his students this weekend. (I have this super-adorable hat to wear, but I always chicken out and go hatless at the last minute. Do you do that, too?)

I feel like way too many of our dinner conversations this summer have been about Angry Birds Epic.

Every few years, I'm tempted to try quilting because quilts are so cool. About two squares in, though, I remember how much I hate ironing little squares.