Friday things

1. Is it a growth spurt? Or teething? Or both? The baby (who just turned 6 months yesterday, woah) has decided to wake up at all sorts of funny times (1 am last night, 4 am the night before) when just a few days ago he was sleeping till 630- 7. Fun times!

2. I’ve been reading My Ideal Bookshelf, and while I have no idea who half the people are (designers, dancers are among writers and chefs), it makes for some interesting browsing. Although the one bookshelf that made the most sense to me was the person who simply said (I’m paraphrasing), look I don’t really know what an ideal bookshelf can really be, so instead here is what I’m currently reading. I mean, how does anyone pick just a few books that matter to them the most? What would I pick? There’s the children’s books from New Zealand that my penpal in Wellington (her mum really) would send us for Christmas. There’s the books I used to sneak reads from in my aunt’s room at my grandparents’ house, as a kid, they weren’t exactly the usual children’s books fare. There’s the book signed by Douglas Coupland that a good friend got for me from Melbourne, Australia. There’s also the picture books that Wee Reader asks for everyday (currently it’s Demolition by Sally Sutton – I know every bang stamp and zip there). And so much more. Books that might not mean much to anyone else but mean so much to me.
What would be on your ideal bookshelf?

3. I will be attempting to make a Black Forest cake this weekend with this recipe. Hope it goes well. While I’m pretty decent at cake-making, I’m no decorator!

4. It’s persimmon season! That makes me happy. My friend passed me some giant fuyu persimmon from her tree. Unfortunately I only got a few bites as Wee Reader pretty much devoured them.

5. I’m reading Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 and have Christmas carols on the brain. I am so not ready for Christmas. Or winter. Ok so I live in northern Cal where it doesn’t snow but I’m originally from the equator!

6. Have a great weekend!


  1. I’m going with teething! That was always the thing that threw my son off when he was that age. It never failed that he would wake up in the night when he was teething–right on up to molars! Good luck with your black forest cake (yum!).


  2. Persimmon, hmmm…. Google – and it’s a sharon fruit! Me and my mum love. Dad and sister don’t.

    They are so sweet with a rich flavour I can’t describe.

    That cake looks good – the dark sponge against the whiteness of the decoration. I love creamy cakes too. Have fun!


  3. Did you see the sheet at the back of the book for your model Ideal Bookshelf? I agree: it’s a terrible question, in some ways, and, yet, I wholly enjoyed watching other people wrestle with it (I didn’t recognize most of their names either). Initially I was sure I’ll fill out the sample page, but as I slowly read through, I had too many second-thoughts!


    1. Yeah! When I first flipped through the book and saw that I was quite excited at the thought of my own Ideal. Then as I read through some of the entries and thought more about my own shelf, I just got more doubtful about choosing the right few books!



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