If you’ve got a reader who’s always ready for an excuse to hang with the gang from River Heights, one of these gifts might be a fun addition to your holiday wish list.
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Knitting is so cool. Like, James Bond cool.
I think a homeschooler should live in Harriet the Spy’s house. And invite me over for dinner. And let me ride in the dumbwaiter. (Because of course there’s a dumbwaiter!)
This was awesome: An open letter to the female hat-wearing dog from Go, Dog, Go
It’s possible that I’m only posting this quiz because my literary mental twin was Hermione Granger, which I have ALWAYS SUSPECTED.
at home | school | life
in the classroom: We’re working on the fall class lineup, so let us know if there’s a class you’re looking for!
on the blog: I’m thinking of stealing Molly’s summer to-do list.
on the podcast: We’re on iTunes!
in summer reading: I love that the Studio Ghibli adaptation is making more people read When Marnie Was There because I really adore this book.
in the archives: Summer seems like the perfect time to take Amy Hood’s advice and start a family sketchbook habit.
on my night table: Tooth and Claw and Burr (for the podcast), From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature, Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, A People’s History of the United States, Henrietta’s House, A Spring Affair (technically, this one’s spending most of its time in the pool bag)
on my 14-year-old’s night table: My Antonia, Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household, A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony, Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen
on my 8-year-old’s night table: Dust.
together: The Son of Neptune, Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, Through the Looking Glass. (We seem to be doing more readalouds because they’re so portable for school at the pool.)
watching: The last season of Scandal, even though I’m so annoyed with every single character and the writing in general at this point that I spend most of my time complaining at Jason about everything that happens
knitting: Casting on for Sleeping Cedars (I talked about my knitting for babies obsession—and shared my Ravelry info, even though it's embarrassing that I never remember to take photos, on this week's podcast. )
)playing: Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock
drinking: Frosé (It’s fun to say AND fun to drink!)
We’re back with Stuff We Like after a much enjoyed holiday break. (Did you have a wonderful break? We sure did!)
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I can totally get behind a television series about non-Caucasian Nancy Drew, but why would they make her thirtysomethibng?
I thought this piece from Fast Company about working and homeschooling got a lot right. (It also made me feel really lucky to have the life I have.)
Not to get all serious, but this essay about casual racism really hit home for me. I try to be aware of my privilege, but I really struggle with how to deal with situations where someone who’s really a nice person is being racist in a way that seems genuinely unintentional. I feel like I would want someone to call me out—kindly—in that situation, but would I really? Anyway, no answers here but good questions are always the place to start.
in the magazine: Our winter issue is out! But be warned: Your reading list might explode.
on the blog: Tracy’s post on rhythms and routines feels like just what I need as we ease back into our regular schedule.
on pinterest: I’m really tempted to try to Ikea hack a version of this awesome worktable—I love the picture book/workbook/curriculum shelf.
We’re finally taking Suzanne’s great advice and reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Delightful!
I loved Ruth Reichl’s novel Delicious!, and I am so glad I saved it for a time when I could just curl up with a book from start to finish.
I’m brushing up on Einstein for a piece in the spring issue, so I’m working my way through Walter Issaacon’s Einstein biography.
True confession: I am a little obsessed with the game Tetrobot and Co. (Seriously, if you like computer puzzle games, do your life a favor and do not start playing this because you will never catch up on your laundry.)
I loved The Abominable Bride so much that I watched the New Year’s Sherlock special twice in row. I came to Sherlock as a fan of the Conan Doyle stories, so I loved the way this episode played with some of the ways the series deviates from the books. Plus: Victorian wardrobes!
I’m watching Wolf Hall (free on Amazon Prime!) because is someone made an infomercial about the Tudors, I probably would watch it twice.
Now that all my holiday knitting is done, I’ve cast on a White Russian for myself (but I think with longer sleeves). (Thea Coleman, babycocktails, may be the nicest designer on Ravelry, so if you are thinking of knitting a first sweater for yourself, consider her patterns — she gives awesome support. I knit a Cassis last year and love it.)