I know, it sounds crazy. I used to be able to spend hours getting into trouble all over the interwebs. Life changes though and it has recently changed for the better. The kids are in a fantastic school, I quit babysitting and I’m staying busy enough that I can barely keep up with Facebook and Google+. My google reader is 600 deep. So I’m checking in while I have a little extra time this morning.
What I’m Watching:
Fringe We should have been watching this all along! Great show with really fabulous characters.
Misfits Currently my favorite show, we were hooked from the very beginning!
Eureka Not the best show ever but good casting and it keeps us entertained.
*warning: contains grown-up language, violence and sexual innuendo – AKA fun!
What I’m Reading:
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs *I’m loving this book, the plot is different than anything I’ve read before and the added bonus of pictures is really fun.
Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block *I’m not an activist for natural birth by any stretch but I am very interested in the way childbirth has been “managed” so thoroughly by the medical community. This book is a great way to learn about the issue. It is full of first-person accounts by medical staff (mostly nurses) in the labor and delivery field which helps hold my attention better than just statistics. This book really makes me wish I could go back and deliver my three girls the way I wanted to instead of caving to what the doctors encouraged me to do.
The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding The Estrogen Myth by Barbara Seaman *This is another issue that I have been mildly curious about, there is a lot of conflicting information out there about hormone treatments for menopause. If this interests you at all, this book will blow your mind. As you might suspect, it uncovers the awful truth about how and why estrogen has been pushed onto aging women.
Dead Reckoning by Charlene Harris *So, I collect this series in paperback because it’s one I expect to read again over the years. This newest book is not out in paperback yet so when I saw it at the library I grabbed it. However, I cannot figure out if I’ve already read it! So I also picked up Dead in the Family to skim so I’d remember where the series left off and I can’t remember anything that happened in that one either. I think the solution is to put off reading any more until True Blood has run its course. I could do it the other way around but I’m fairly certain the books will continue after the show has ended. First world dilemmas, yo.
What I’ve Been Doing:
Having three kids in school means lots of driving! I’ve doubled my gas usage since the start of the school year. The girls are enrolled in Leaves of Learning, an alternative educational program to support homeschooling. Elliet takes all her core classes there plus art. We are hoping to get her into PE and a cooking class as well. Kenai is in their preschool/ Kindergarten program most of the day. They follow a Montessori model so she is getting the Kindergarten academics she needs and she loves it! She’s also in a first grade science class and does one hour of tutoring per week, she also takes art and (hopefully) PE and Cooking. They attend two and a half days a week and the rest of our time is spent on homework, keeping house, shopping, caring for our many pets (Elliet now has two ratties), playing outside, doing a lot of art projects and going on the occasional field trip. Ziva goes to preschool 2.5 hours, 3 days a week. She loves it and I love that it encouraged her to finally potty train! The beautiful thing is that because I don’t want to make the drive three times a day, I sit at a local coffee shop until it’s time to pick up Ziva. I’ve met some great people and spent time just relaxing with my phone and a book to read. BLISS!
In sad news, we lost Mr. Birdie Fantastico about two weeks ago. Seems like he may have been caught in the bars of his cage and died trying to free himself. It makes me incredibly sad to think that I could have saved him if we had been home at the time. He has a marked grave in the side yard.
So, the other big thing going on here is Occupy Cincinnati. I attended the march through downtown and the rally that followed on October 8th. There were hundreds in attendance; young and old, rich and poor, families and youth. It was a beautiful day of unity. Since then I’ve attended two General Assemblies and donated all the food and supplies I could afford. This is a movement I believe in, this is the one that will change everything. I hope to put together a separate post with all the photos and more information. In the meantime, here’s a few pictures from the first rally: