— The lovely new books we’ve received from my old friend S. this week, including 4 from The Borrowers series and 3 Enid Blyton novels. Really, how many of your old grad school friends have sent 7 books halfway across the country to children they haven’t seen since the oldest was 15 months? (That is, before the younger was a twinkle in her mother’s eye.)
— The fun we’re having with Chinese Pod. This is just suiting us perfectly right now. Violet’s interest in Chinese is higher than ever.
— Living with intense children, when to sympathize, when to ignore, when to scold. Worrying what will happen to a 5-year-old who feels everything so deeply when she gets to be a teenager.
— The ache in my muscles since getting a new gym membership — the benefits of a work-at-home spouse.
— My review of the book Bonk, by Mary Roach, my love for the Amanda Root-Ciaran Hinds Persuasion
— Assorted thoughts on manners, friends, and blogging, especially the observation that I may be too conflict-averse to be a decent blogger. Comment threads on most national online media make me want to trigger a global nuclear catastrophe and see if the cockroaches couldn’t do a better job with this planet. Or maybe I just need another beer . . .