children’s books

How to Make the Most of an Hour

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My husband just took the kids to the park, he said he’d be back by noon for lunch and nap time. Which means I have approximately ONE HOUR, one glorious hour to myself to do whatever I choose that does not involve cleaning the kitchen {which is a mess}, folding laundry {which is all over the house} or thinking about what to make for dinner {which will probably come out of the freezer anyway.}

Not even the fact that we’re out of the “good” coffee can wrinkle this excitement.   I’ve just put on a pot of the “backup” stuff and will mask it’s mediocrity with coconut oil {thanks for the tip, Lish!} and lots of hot, frothy milk – it’ll be like the real deal in only a matter of moments….

So, “The Thing” I choose to do, since it’s been a while since I’ve done it: write a post.  As quickly and rambly and possibly nonsensically as possible.

Let’s have at it then, shall we?

vscocam-photo-1Me.  Writing.  Now.

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SUNDAY MUSINGS
{aka Things That Popped into My Mind Today}

“Damn you, yogurt covered raisins.”

“If I tweeze this white eyebrow hair, will two grow back in it’s place?”

“How long has this wet laundry been sitting in the machine for…?”

“Must remember to Google: getting poop out of shag carpet.”

“God, this coffee is gross.”

“That’s a prune in my shoe, somehow…”

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We’ve been hitting up the library a lot lately, I find it’s the perfect way to kill the hours between “after nap” and “baby hand-off when Hubs gets home.”  There are the usual suspects Bee regularly wants to take out, like anything Robert Munsch {“Andrew’s Loose Tooth” is a particular fave} or Beatrix Potter {is it just me, or are the messages behind those books rather dark…?}  But amongst the stacks there always seems to be a hidden gem that sparks her interest, that even pleasantly surprises me.  A few of those have been:

Magnus Maximus, a Marvelous Measurer by Kathleen T. Pelley

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Magnus Maximus is a marvelous measurer. He measures wetness and dryness, nearness and farness, and everything in between. When a lion escapes from a traveling circus, Magnus and his trusty measuring tape come to the rescue. Now a hero, all is well until the  day Magnus accidentally breaks his glasses, and he sees—for the first time—that he’s been missing out on life’s simple pleasures.

Lively Elizabeth! by Mara Bergman

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Lively Elizabeth lives up to her name – in fact, she’s a bit of a handful. She doesn’t mean to hurt anyone, but one day at school she finds out that one little push can lead to BIG problems!

Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere

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In this hilarious bedtime story, a monster is licking his lips . . . maybe he’s thinking about eating a bedtime snack? And what if that snack just happened to be you? Gulp! He’s getting closer and closer . . . and his tummy is rumbling really loudly. But all this monster actually wants is a sloppy monster-sized goodnight kiss!

The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra

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This rollicking alphabet story features the lowercase letters of the alphabet. Like children, they have a trunkful of tricks for putting off bedtime. But ultimately their moms and dads (the capital letters) succeed in tucking them in with a good-night kiss. Melissa Sweet’s watercolor, pencil, and collage illustrations enliven these little letters with animated expressions, and Judy Sierra’s brief rhyming story begs repeat readings at bedtime.

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

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Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.

There have been quite a few more, but these five are the ones that stand out as having been obsessively read over and over…. and over again.  To the point where, even though yes, I did enjoy them very much, I still could not wait to return them!

What are some your favourite library finds?

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I’ve become sort of hardcore for podcasts lately.  YouTube is great fun {I have a channel, by the way.  Didn’t know?  WELL!  Check it out HERE, then}, but for the long errand walks and taking transit to appointments, getting lost in a great podcast is kind of the best.

I’m loving Off Camera with Sam Jones.  Sam is a photographer, director, musician, and skateboarder who now curates Off Camera, which is a website, magazine, television show and podcast all in one… or, as he describes it, a “multi-platform technologically relevant episodic blogpodzine.”  Amazing.

He interviews A-list celebrities {recently in the chair: Will Farrel, Ethan Hawke, Jon Hamm, Laura Dern & Jessica Chastain, just to name just a few} in the beautiful long form conversational style which I love so much.

My own podcast is growing – I’m currently editing episode 1 of “Town Hall” {like, literally.  Garage Band is open behind Safari} which I will get to talking about in a upcoming, soon-to-be post – and any time I can connect with and learn from others doing what I want do be doing, people like Sam, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Are you a podcast fan, too?  I’d love to hear what you’re listening to!

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Okay.  It’s noon.  And like clockwork, I can hear my family ambling down the hill towards the house.  Time to put my Mama Hat back on and get lunch going.

What a lovely hour, though.  And no need to worry…

…nap time will be here before I know it.

It’s just too bad about the coffee.