Well, would you look at that. It’s a brand new shiny month! February is an important one for us this year. There’s Chinese New Year coming up later this week. And also, kindergarten registration happens today! I cannot cannot cannot believe that my boy is going to be a kindergartener! (insert comment about time flying). And it’s also Comics February! A month dedicated (informally) to comics comics comics. And you know, graphic novels.
We had a lovely time at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz on Sunday. The day started out grey and chilly but by 1130 it was nice and sunny. The centre is quite small with some touch pools and some tanks but they were really well geared towards kids, starting with a worksheet for a little scavenger hunt around the aquarium spotting different sea creatures and ticking them off. And a little prize upon completion. They even had sea life jigsaw puzzles and a fishing game. I loved that the volunteers and staff were so patient with them, explaining about swell shark egg sacs which attach to kelp, showing how the giant sea anemone moves, looking for the hermit crabs and explaining how they move homes. This was also partly because the place wasn’t too busy for a Sunday and so there was plenty of time to learn and look around. Or maybe everyone was in the city doing Super Bowl-y things – the Super Bowl will be at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara this year. About half an hour from my house. The husband’s office is making everyone work from home on Thursday and Friday as they anticipate traffic chaos!
The Mankioka Sisters – Junichiro Tanizaki
Sadly the library version I’ve borrowed doesn’t have this pretty cover! But I’m quite enjoying this Japanese classic.
The Making of a Marchioness – Frances Hodgson Burnett
What do you know, two classics! That’s a first for me. But I am really liking both of them. Also perhaps a first. I am reading the gray-covered Persephone one.
Did you hear that Netflix is bringing Gilmore Girls back? I am incredibly excited but also, will it be as good?
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes and I am happy now
This one is repeating in my head. I heard Ace of Base’sThe Sign on the car radio today and it is STUCK. But it is the Pitch Perfect one that is on repeat!
Nothing now but we just had homemade sushi and sashimi for dinner.
I’ve been thinking of making paella!
And a mushroom risotto.
Taking literature to the streets – The Atlantic
Top 12 Australian books – Savidge Reads
Best novels from Australia – Reading Matters
Barnes and Noble’s 2015 Discover Great New Writers Awards Finalists
After reading this post from Food52 about what it’s like to take the Certified Sommelier Test, I watched Somm on Netflix, a documentary on these sommeliers taking the Master Sommelier Test, supposedly one of the most difficult tests in the world, with a pass rate of about 10%! I skipped some parts of the documentary here and there but it was overall quite interesting, how they crammed and crammed for this test!
Island of a thousand mirrors – Nayomi Munaweera
Little Plum – Rumer Godden
Seveneves – Neal Stephenson
I really hope to write something about all three books soon. But they were pretty great reads!
Library Looting comics because #comicsfebruary
On rereading a childhood favourite
Reading Alberto Moravia’s Conjugal Love
What are you reading this week?
That’ll be a big adjustment for little brother to have big brother at school in the fall, huh? Is your Kindergarten all day? Elle starts in the fall as well and I’ve just realized I have no idea about registration! Eeep! 🙂
Yay Comics February! I’m about to dig into The Sculptor. Love this month.
And that sashimi/sushi looks delicious. Wish I could convince our girls to eat it (they just pull out the rice and eat that).
No the K here is just in the morning and unfortunately the elementary school we are zoned for isn’t a great one. So we will try for the lottery for the Mandarin immersion programme at another nearby school and try our luck. It’s quite popular!
But I was actually naive enough to think that they might send info to the house on how to register for school. Haha! It was more like I had to go online and go around asking people. Luckily there were info sessions to attend too!
The Sculptor was pretty interesting but I didn’t love it! Maybe you’ll have better luck with it.
My older boy has been eating avocado sushi for ages! He only recently started liking some crabstick in his sushi. This was the first time the 2yo ate sushi! He too was the pull out the rice type but he really likes the Japanese egg (prob because it’s sweet) so he will eat an egg and cucumber sushi.
I’m sooooo excited about Comics February! Doing my post tomorrow. Woot!
Lovely pictures! 🙂 And, I enjoyed your blog. I don’t own a lot of comics, and cannot borrow some for the nonce. So, I am going to enjoy all the comics vicariously. Have fun! 🙂
Have you looked at Scribd? They have a decent amount of e-comics if you’ve got a tablet to read on and you could do a trial. I think I’ve got a code for two free months if you’re interested.
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Glad you’re enjoying The Makioka Sisters… I loved that book! The Making of a Marchioness is on my shelf. Maybe you can convince me to get to it sooner rather later:)
Looks like a good week.
Love your photos.
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