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!
I’ve been thinking of making paella!
And a mushroom risotto.
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!
What are you reading this week?