We are trying to compile a list of our top favourites so the freezer is full of fruit and the fridge full of tubs of yoghurt. So far we are loving one we have dubbed The Flying Purple People Eater - blueberries, banana, vanilla yoghurt and almond (soy, coconut, cow, whatever) milk. A close runner-up was a banana/peanut butter combination (whizzed with some honey and enough almond milk to keep it moving). I also have a bag of baby spinach waiting to be turned into something bright green and alarmingly healthy.
I am just about to start The Night Circus by Erin Morgensen for book club, on my suggestion. It's always a bit nerve-wracking finding a book to recommend for book club but one of my club comrades read it overnight and she told me she loved it and wrote on my facebook wall "Just finished Night Circus. I cried a bit cause it was over and I wanted it to go on and on. SO GOOD. Thanks!" so I'm relieved and I'm looking forward to it.
I downloaded the Silver Linings Playbook (Matthew Quick) sample chapter for my kindle last night and started reading it while I was sitting in the dark waiting for the small kid to go to sleep. I think I will end up clicking "purchase" at the end of the sample.
I wrote a piece for the Children's Book Review - Five Family Favourites. I had to narrow down all our favourite books to our top five... it was tough.
"...plusss another guy".
This last week was the second week of a screen-free challenge month the kids are doing for school. They have already used up their two allowed "flex days" - one to watch a film at a friend's house, the other to enjoy a glut of video games, tv, and computer time the Saturday before last. The rest of the month might be a little bit of a struggle. On their precious flex day, I think we watched this video close to 15 times. The kids can recite it word for word.
Cards Against Humanity
A party game of pure, offensive craziness. Think Apples to Apples, for adults. We first played this in Portland in a pub with a group of fellow XOXO attendees, mostly strangers, and it was one of the best evenings of the event. Since we have played it with small groups and very big groups and it's always a lot of fun. Not one for kids, or even when kids are in earshot, but a great way to laugh so hard your stomach muscles ache the next day.