Weather: Snowy. It started snowing around 5 PM last evening. We woke this morning to a lovely world. My husband, a dedicated National Guardsman, had to sweep off the car before he could leave for his week-end duty.
Winter Olympics: What was your favorite scene of the Opening Ceremony? Mine was the ballet with the ballerinas covered by cords of lights/string. (See below.)
Poetry Out Loud regional competition: Yesterday was the Puget Sound regional competition for Poetry Out Loud. Jared, from GKHS, did a nice job but didn't win a berth to go on to the state contest.
|Poetry Out Loud contestants, Jared W. is far left.|
Soups this past week: Barley Beef (favorite); Zuppa Toscana (better than last time); Ravioli and Broth (ravioli and marinara is better); Greek Lamb Meatball and Yogurt Soup (interesting but very tart flavor. A little goes a long way.) The "soup diet" is working. I'm down 12.5 lbs.
Books read this week:
- Mister Orange by Truus Matti, translated from Dutch by Laura Watkinson. The winner of the Batchelder Award for best book translated into English for children. I read this as part of my reading challenge to read all the YA- ALA Award books of 2014.
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth. The third book in the Divergent trilogy. Now I know why everyone who has returned it told me that they didn't like the ending.
- How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig...I am so bummed that this book wasn't around when my children were young. If you have young children, get this book. I am not kidding.
- Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein...this book has been on my bedside table since before Xmas and I am finally getting to it. It won the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens in 2014. I am reading it for my same reading challenge, to read all the ALA YA Award books of 2014. Join me!
- Inside a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz...this is the most boring audiobook I've ever listened to but I am staying tuned-in because it is a current book club selection.
“Become major, Paul. Live like a hero. That's what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for?” ― J.M. Coetzee