So somehow Book Riot decided to include my Litsy account (RealLifeReading) in a post called ’10 Wonderful People to Follow on Litsy’! And woah, so many new followers in just a few hours. Such is the power of Book Riot! Thank you Book Riot for that! It was a really nice surprise! And as a result of that, Litsy added my account to the ‘suggested’ accounts for new users! So if you are new to Litsy, come say hi! (Think they’re working on getting an Android version up soon.)
So some of you probably know I am a full-time mum. The husband works in the city which is a long Bart ride away so he leaves at 630 and gets home hopefully before 7. It is often a long trying day with two boys. If it is not one boy it is the other. That’s probably why I immerse myself in books when I can.
I consider it a successful day if (1) no one is made to stand in a corner; (2) I didn’t raise my voice and shout at anyone; (3) and you know, all those basic things like survival. And somehow I made it through most of last week without anything untoward happening. Except for Friday. When both boys were sent to their corners because of pushing and shoving that kept happening and later the 3yo went upstairs way before bedtime because he refused to eat dinner. He of course wailed and wailed and wailed. Then proceeded to throw up on the carpet. And then again on another part of the carpet. And had to have yet another change of PJs. Of course when something like that happens, I thought, crap, why didn’t I stop to think that the reason he was not eating dinner was because his stomach wasn’t well? Why didn’t I do anything earlier? But really what could I have done about it? He would have thrown up anyway. The amazing thing about kids is that despite his having thrown up twice in a span of 30 minutes, he was his usual cheerful self, and after I changed his pajamas for the second time, he looked at me and said, “what a lovely day”. I doubt a 3yo knows what sarcasm is, so I think he really meant it. Children are so strange and wonderful. They frustrate you by fussing over the silliest things like socks and then the next minute will give you all the warm fuzzies when they give you a big hug and kiss for no reason.
(Added to note. He was ok on Saturday. We kept things easy and didn’t do much. So since he was fine we decided to go out for lunch on Sunday. Dim sum lunch where he had fish porridge which is good for queasy stomachs. But on the way home he threw up in the car. Yeah. Luckily it was a ten minute drive. And he was fine again after that. The car seat was a different matter! But after a wash and a sunning in the backyard it’s all good.)
The kids have been enjoying their summer swim sessions. Mondays to Thursdays for four weeks. Love that it’s outdoors – it’s at a high school. Their regular swim school is indoors.
We bought strawberry plants for the first time. The kids are so excited and go check on their strawberries every evening.
And on Saturday my Book Outlet purchase arrived. I wanted to buy some books for the kids during their 15% off sale and also saw these beautiful Puffin classics going for $6 each. And also some books for myself, most of them I’ve read already but wanted to own. (Do you do that too?)
Yes it is taking me a while to read this. It is my nightstand book and I try to read a bit each night but some nights I am tired and the only thing my brain wants to do is watch Netflix.
Orange is the New Black
Also, the kids watched How To Train A Dragon for the first time on Sunday. They were iffy at first but when Hiccup and Toothless started bonding, they really enjoyed it (although some parts were a bit scary for them). At the end of the show, 3yo said, “I want to ride the blue one!” And the 5yo pretended he was Toothless for the rest of the evening. I’ll have to get hold of the books for them but from what I’ve seen on Goodreads, they are very very different from the movie! Have you read the series?
Year of Yes – Shonda Rimes
Just had that pain au chocolat above.
Black tea with milk is always how I start my day.
I have this packet of beef rendang spice paste from Singapore that I probably should cook up. May consider making meatballs or meatloaf or something like that.
Run the World – Becky Wade (for an upcoming book tour)