Things I Love Thursday

Some things I love this week…

Our chicks! We’ve got Blue (a black sex link Wood Sprite is training with a clicker), Betty (White, because she’s a Golden (Girl) laced Wyandotte!), Shuri (a buff orpington) and Eleanor (a calico princess).

My Indy, even if he’s nuts and thinks he’s Kevin Bacon.

Wood Sprite’s science obsession. She’s been ogling chemistry sets online (“real” ones, she insists, not all the “kiddie ones” we’ve had over the years; I think she just wants glass beakers), creating new labs in her room (with a bunch of plants and household ingredients that sometimes draw ants), reading all of the neuroscience and biology books she can get her hands on… I’m just trying to keep up at this point and I’m pretty sure she’s going to need a mentor in the near future but I love it.

A pioneer RPG game designed around the Oregon Trail. A friend in our homeschool co-op set it up and it was AMAZING, and I can’t stand that word and don’t use it lightly because it’s thrown around so much but WOW. The kids made wagons, had to do trials and cards, did skill stations (with real soap carving, fire making, ice lantern hammering and more), games of chance, panning for gold… It was brilliant. Even the food, water, medicine, and other supplies they had to tote around were actual bottles and sacks, not just tokens. She went all out and I have never been more impressed with an RPG game.

WAKANDA FOREVER. And the new Avengers Brady Bunch theme song. Infinity War is coming!

I’m also still loving the Greatest Showman soundtrack. I cry over both “A Million Dreams,” thinking about Indy and me as kids and getting all nostalgic, and “This Is Me,” thinking about… well, everyone.

Planning a Medieval Month! The Science Center is having an Arthurian Legends day in August so we’ve decided to make July Medieval Month with all books, movies and even foods medieval.

Reading for fun (just for me). I’ve missed it so much! I’m still not back to my old quota but I’m feeling a lot better with more books under my belt.

Arrrgh Schooling. I’m obsessed with Emily’s book ideas and want to be her BFF. We just assembled a heavy-on-the-science morning basket and we’re both very excited.

Starbucks rewards. I almost never buy anything at Starbucks anymore unless it’s under a star dash or double star day and those rewards are very welcome!


The Tuesday Currents

Indy used his shooting range Groupon from Christmas and wore this shirt we made him…

I’m currently…

working on about 50 projects with Wood Sprite. I need to make some kind of wall hanging filing system to help us keep track of all of our stuff (not to mention clean out the office and do a deep sort/pitch!). Her troop is going to Savannah next year and we’re having a yard sale to help pay for it so that will be great motivation to get things cleaned out!

finishing Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I read The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden over the weekend.

organizing rides and/or logistics for more Scouts camping, musical practice, Model U.N. General Assembly, setting up fall/spring 2019 classes, summer camps, D&D, teen science cafe, library classes, RPG… yeah, that’s all Wood Sprite’s stuff.

listening to “I’m An Albatraoz.” Wood Sprite and I danced to it on Just Dance the other day and it just keeps getting stuck in a loop.

wishing for a magic wand that makes dust, yard brush and everything in between that I don’t want disappear!

What are you up to this week?

Parthenogenesis and other Weirdness

Lots of interesting things here, including a coffee I can’t wait to try! If you check out just one, make sure to read the Medicine Report piece and the link it includes, especially if you are dealing with anxiety.

Weird Animal Report
Virgin Komodo Births

Good Drinking
Fair Trade Coffee

Grateful Dead Music
Songs That Move You to Tears

eShopper Forum
Tax Day Deals

Animal Report
The Deadliest Animal in America

Medicine Report
Tips From Therapy Sessions

The Tuesday Currents

I’m currently…

Hiking with my family and one of Wood Sprite’s best friends. We were supposed to go camping but she’s camped out after a weekend with Scouts, with plenty of bangs and bruises from slipping in mud, so I don’t blame her!

Listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack. I kind of hate how obsessed I am with this right now! Gorgeous songs and visuals… yet a movie that made a hero out of a jerkface and vice versa while simultaneously missing the mark to portray a more meaningful message. Sigh.

Reading Self-Reg, The Gifts of Imperfection, Harley Quinn comics, The Hazel Wood, The Bear and the Nightingale.

Watching Black Panther. Love. Best Marvel movie ever and one of the best films ever, period.

Wanting… to better manage time. Who doesn’t? Indy to get a promotion. To finish and publish my YA novel.

Looking forward to… Indy off this weekend, snuggling chicks, dates with Indy, the semester being over.

What are you doing this week?