Saturday, March 05, 2011

Still Here

I'm still here...

...recovering and catching up from Willy Wonka, homeschooling, keeping up with the laundry, buying groceries, cleaning the house, driving kids and doing errands--in roughly that order.

Papa Rooster has been traveling, but the single parenting demands weren't bad while he was gone. I did less cooking than usual, and said yes to lunch with a friend and our church ladies' night at the downtown coffee bar.

I've helped B12, Chicklet and B15 pick out audition songs and start practicing.  Auditions are next Friday, for Robin Hood! One of our favorites. It was our family's first show in our old theater group--and actually that chapter's first show too--and only Blondechick was in it.  I am thrilled for my boys to get to do it now!

I've been busy trying to nail down dates for everything known and unknown for the next...oh...4 months or so.  B15 's school event schedule is a lot more complicated to manage than that of the younger ones, when we're looking at mandatory rehearsals for the next ten weeks, unless you get excused up front.  Papa Rooster and I have been discussing a getaway for the two of us and looking at dates...and we've got a graduation coming up in May, too.  Not to mention Holy Week services to plan around and for.

We've been reading.  I finished reading aloud to the younger kids On The Banks of Plum Creek. They are loving Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiographical series of pioneer life and the Western frontier, so we started the next one immediately.  (I have recently met some adults who've never read these or introduced them to their kids.  Please don't be one of them!)

I finished this audiobook, recommended by A Circle of Quiet:

I don't know if it was the reader's French accent, or the author's mischievous streak or his intriguing personal history, but The Apprentice:  My Life in the Kitchen was an absolutely delightful book about much more than food.  Although if it had just been about food, it would still have been fascinating.  I was surprised how much I thoroughly enjoyed this autobiography!

I also discovered that we own True Grit, although our copy was in a pile of books to donate, probably owing to the unattractive picture on the book jacket which makes it look like it's set in the French Middle Ages instead of the American West.  Our boys never made it past that cover, but I decided to give it a chance and so far, I'm enjoying it. The movie is supposed to be good--anyone seen it?

Okay, back to life...


Amy @ Experience Imagination said...

I tried reading Little House in the Big Woods to Rosi last year, but she was a bit too young yet and wasn't really getting into the story. Maybe we can start again this year.

Did you know we're only about an hour and a half from the "Little House on the Prairie" homestead in DeSmet, SD? If you're up for a road trip ... :)

.m. said...

The movie is incredible - one of the best I've seen in a long time. I was very glad to have caught it in the theater (rare for us, these days.) I highly, highly recommend it.

And I've been looking for the book, as I've heard its a classic. It seems to be one that folks go back to again and again.

At A Hen's Pace said...

Amy, I don't know if we'll ever get out your way or not, but we'll have to keep that in mind! I have other family in KS who are near the Indian Territory house (or replica), in Little House on the Prairie.

.m.--So nice to hear from you! I'm glad to hear your opinion of the movie. Maybe we'll move it up to a date night/"in theaters" choice rather than an at-home DVD viewing!

The book is short, and I liked it but didn't love it. It is written in an original voice, which I enjoyed but also found stilted at times. I could totally see it as a movie, though--perhaps even a movie that is better than the book, as rare as they are. I think I may also have read the book too fast. Well, let me know, if you get to read it!


Square Peg said...

Movie is very well done, terrific acting, the girl actress is particularly captivating. For a Coen brothers movie, I thought it was much more in line with Oh Brother, than some of their more recent movies.