Friday, June 21, 2013

Seven Quick Takes

1.  Some Time Wasters to get your weekend started!

These are always fun.  You can find out who you are in Harry Potter World

Why just today I've tested as Elizabeth Bennett, Elinor Dashwood, and Anne Elliot because I've wasted that much time on the Jane Austen quizzes.

Now, according to Cari's graphic, I'm Inara from Firefly.  

You can find your Biblical counterpart on the Bible Myers-Briggs infographic that Anne posted  a few weeks ago on Facebook.  I'm both Paul and Jonathan.  Yes, that makes me ENequalpartsFandTJ.  

Here's is a free Myers-Briggs type test if you don't know what you are.

2.  Have you seen these YouTube videos of Convos with My Two-Year Old as Played By A Grown Man?

Someone has been secretly watching my life.  There are four episodes right now.  Here is Episode One, and my personal favorite.




Last night, I got to hear All About how "Daddy is Pintz Charmin, and I Pintzess Jofusine, but you not the Queem."  

"YOU NOT THE QUEEM!"

Don't I know it..

3.  

At a recent family celebration, J decided she needed wings.

Thoughtful Mama that I am, I went down into our basement, formerly known as the set for Silence of the Lambs, and dug out the butterfly wings that Lucy wore for Halloween ten years ago.

I strapped the wings on to the toddler and nothing happened.

"I not fly?!  I want to fly.  I fly.  I fly?"

All.  Night.  Long.

The wings are back in the basement now.

4.  Education by Multi-media Immersion

I'm all about Immersion.  Before we went to Walt Disney World, we watched endless movies, old Mickey Mouse Clubs, researched the parks, listened to the music, played trivia games, read snopes articles (that's a fun rabbit hole of legend and rumor to explore).



Before we went to Branson, MO for the first time, I got the one and only novel ever set in the region, Shepherd of the Hills, which is performed as a live play in Branson.  (Very nice old timey romance, like The Virginian but with Hillbillies.)

I was a little tardy with my Spain prep, but us folks here in Amurrica are catching up.  I've found some great historical novels set in Sevilla (read more about these on What We're Reading Wednesday).  And I found ONE movie loosely related to the area that Susan is visiting.



Based on real events, The Man Who Never Was is a film about the British WWII counter-intelligence operation known as Operation Mincemeat.  

In order to dissuade the Germans that the British were planning an invasion via Sicily, the Brits dropped a dead body with fake documents outlining plans for an attack through Greece, off the coast of Spain.

The movie is very true to actual history and totally fine for kids, though not really about Spain. 

While watching the film, if your 10 year old sees the German secret agent pull a handgun out from his jacket and asks, "What kind of gun is that?"  You can answer, "Luger.  The Germans all used Lugers." like the good mom that you are.

Then plan your next trip to the First Division Museum where they have Lugers on display.

One of the many tanks available for climbing at Cantigny Park, Home of the First Division Museum and site of one of the scenes from the movie, "A League of Their Own."

5.  More Immersion

In addition to all things Spain, we have been studying reading listening to books and watching movies about the French Revolution.  

Why?



Because while listening to G.A. Henty's In the Reign of Terror on audio (it got a great review from this blogger) , I asked Edmund, "Do you understand what's going on?"  

He replied, "Yes.  I just can't remember if it was the North or the South that won."

Face.  Palm.



So we read You Wouldn't Want To Be an Aristocrat in the French Revolution are watching The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Tale of Two Cities next.

Informative, though that font drives me bonkers.


6.  Our Texas relatives introduced me to a refreshing low-calorie, gluten-free cocktail that they call a "Spritzer" but we call it "Mommy's Little Helper."



It's just Tito's vodka and any flavored seltzer water.  Add a wedge of lime and walk away slowly from the explosions.


7.    They taste especially good in my happy place.


Oops.  Not that place.  Over there.

The view from inside.



This is the  home of a climbing rose that will conceal the ugly cable box.  Climb little rose!  Climb!

Hmmm....maybe a wall of climbing roses could conceal my garbage cans until we can afford a garage like normal folks have.  The problem with owning a garage is the rink will be so much smaller.

January

June








Have a great weekend and go see Jen who should journey north because Chicago summers are paradisaical.  (Nope.  Still can't spell that word without spellchecker.)  We could sit here and sip Mommy's Little Helpers.  Plenty of chairs for all of my readers!



12 comments:

  1. Apparently, in Firefly, I'd be Mal.

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  2. Hahaha, love the Myers-Briggs graphic. I never knew I had anything in common with the prophet Jeremiah! Have a good weekend!

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  3. I love the Myers-Briggs bible idea...someone put a lot of work into figuring that out. I'm Jeremiah. :)
    My current Work-in-Progress is a YA novel about the French Revolution. I have been a little surprised, while running it by critique partners, to discover how little even adults know about the French Revolution. I just thought everyone must be as obsessed about it as I always was. :) (And you can blame The Scarlet Pimpernel--the book--for that!)

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    1. So Marie Antoinette? Villainess or victim?

      I had always thought of her as the former, but after some Wikipedia and How Stuff Works research, I think she was the latter. A woefully ignorant victim.

      When your finished with the French Revolution book, there’s a dearth of Spanish historical fiction out there.

      Delete
  4. Don't get a garage! I'll just collect crap and ruin your rink/field of happiness. And cost a lot of money.

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    1. Yes, all of that and I don't know anybody who actually keeps a car in a garage. Except my parents. No one on our block does, none of our other friends or relatives do. We wouldn't either, just need it for garbage, bikes, snowblower, lawn mower. Until that day, at least we have a crawl space for the mower.

      Delete
  5. Myers-Briggs infographic - so cool! Looks like I would be Jeremiah as an INFJ.

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  6. I love your number 1! I just this week had this crazy revelation that I don't love Mr. Darcy, I AM Mr. Darcy, which apparently I should have known since I took that Harry Potter Meyers Briggs test a while ago and got INTJ: Snape! But also, according to the good folks at Wikipedia, Mr. Darcy, and some Doctors Who. AND, Elinor Dashwood (thank goodness, finally a girl!) also, Noah. Thanks!

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  7. I loved that Gospel PErsonality test. Hilarious.

    I am loving your ice rink in the backyard. Have you watched the Scarlet Pimpernel with Jane Seymore and Anthony Andrews. We watched that so many times as a kid I still have all the lines memorized..

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  8. love the skating rink! Convos are great you tube. I like the cookie one.

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  9. Oh my goodness, I can't let my hockey-loving hubby see that yard rink - thank goodness our backyard is on a hill! : ) Yours is pretty awesome though, and your flowers are lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I was way excited to get our Blessed Mother! But, yeah, no. Loved this whole post from beginning to end!

    ReplyDelete

Friday, June 21, 2013

Seven Quick Takes

1.  Some Time Wasters to get your weekend started!

These are always fun.  You can find out who you are in Harry Potter World

Why just today I've tested as Elizabeth Bennett, Elinor Dashwood, and Anne Elliot because I've wasted that much time on the Jane Austen quizzes.

Now, according to Cari's graphic, I'm Inara from Firefly.  

You can find your Biblical counterpart on the Bible Myers-Briggs infographic that Anne posted  a few weeks ago on Facebook.  I'm both Paul and Jonathan.  Yes, that makes me ENequalpartsFandTJ.  

Here's is a free Myers-Briggs type test if you don't know what you are.

2.  Have you seen these YouTube videos of Convos with My Two-Year Old as Played By A Grown Man?

Someone has been secretly watching my life.  There are four episodes right now.  Here is Episode One, and my personal favorite.




Last night, I got to hear All About how "Daddy is Pintz Charmin, and I Pintzess Jofusine, but you not the Queem."  

"YOU NOT THE QUEEM!"

Don't I know it..

3.  

At a recent family celebration, J decided she needed wings.

Thoughtful Mama that I am, I went down into our basement, formerly known as the set for Silence of the Lambs, and dug out the butterfly wings that Lucy wore for Halloween ten years ago.

I strapped the wings on to the toddler and nothing happened.

"I not fly?!  I want to fly.  I fly.  I fly?"

All.  Night.  Long.

The wings are back in the basement now.

4.  Education by Multi-media Immersion

I'm all about Immersion.  Before we went to Walt Disney World, we watched endless movies, old Mickey Mouse Clubs, researched the parks, listened to the music, played trivia games, read snopes articles (that's a fun rabbit hole of legend and rumor to explore).



Before we went to Branson, MO for the first time, I got the one and only novel ever set in the region, Shepherd of the Hills, which is performed as a live play in Branson.  (Very nice old timey romance, like The Virginian but with Hillbillies.)

I was a little tardy with my Spain prep, but us folks here in Amurrica are catching up.  I've found some great historical novels set in Sevilla (read more about these on What We're Reading Wednesday).  And I found ONE movie loosely related to the area that Susan is visiting.



Based on real events, The Man Who Never Was is a film about the British WWII counter-intelligence operation known as Operation Mincemeat.  

In order to dissuade the Germans that the British were planning an invasion via Sicily, the Brits dropped a dead body with fake documents outlining plans for an attack through Greece, off the coast of Spain.

The movie is very true to actual history and totally fine for kids, though not really about Spain. 

While watching the film, if your 10 year old sees the German secret agent pull a handgun out from his jacket and asks, "What kind of gun is that?"  You can answer, "Luger.  The Germans all used Lugers." like the good mom that you are.

Then plan your next trip to the First Division Museum where they have Lugers on display.

One of the many tanks available for climbing at Cantigny Park, Home of the First Division Museum and site of one of the scenes from the movie, "A League of Their Own."

5.  More Immersion

In addition to all things Spain, we have been studying reading listening to books and watching movies about the French Revolution.  

Why?



Because while listening to G.A. Henty's In the Reign of Terror on audio (it got a great review from this blogger) , I asked Edmund, "Do you understand what's going on?"  

He replied, "Yes.  I just can't remember if it was the North or the South that won."

Face.  Palm.



So we read You Wouldn't Want To Be an Aristocrat in the French Revolution are watching The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Tale of Two Cities next.

Informative, though that font drives me bonkers.


6.  Our Texas relatives introduced me to a refreshing low-calorie, gluten-free cocktail that they call a "Spritzer" but we call it "Mommy's Little Helper."



It's just Tito's vodka and any flavored seltzer water.  Add a wedge of lime and walk away slowly from the explosions.


7.    They taste especially good in my happy place.


Oops.  Not that place.  Over there.

The view from inside.



This is the  home of a climbing rose that will conceal the ugly cable box.  Climb little rose!  Climb!

Hmmm....maybe a wall of climbing roses could conceal my garbage cans until we can afford a garage like normal folks have.  The problem with owning a garage is the rink will be so much smaller.

January

June








Have a great weekend and go see Jen who should journey north because Chicago summers are paradisaical.  (Nope.  Still can't spell that word without spellchecker.)  We could sit here and sip Mommy's Little Helpers.  Plenty of chairs for all of my readers!



12 comments:

  1. Apparently, in Firefly, I'd be Mal.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hahaha, love the Myers-Briggs graphic. I never knew I had anything in common with the prophet Jeremiah! Have a good weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love the Myers-Briggs bible idea...someone put a lot of work into figuring that out. I'm Jeremiah. :)
    My current Work-in-Progress is a YA novel about the French Revolution. I have been a little surprised, while running it by critique partners, to discover how little even adults know about the French Revolution. I just thought everyone must be as obsessed about it as I always was. :) (And you can blame The Scarlet Pimpernel--the book--for that!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So Marie Antoinette? Villainess or victim?

      I had always thought of her as the former, but after some Wikipedia and How Stuff Works research, I think she was the latter. A woefully ignorant victim.

      When your finished with the French Revolution book, there’s a dearth of Spanish historical fiction out there.

      Delete
  4. Don't get a garage! I'll just collect crap and ruin your rink/field of happiness. And cost a lot of money.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, all of that and I don't know anybody who actually keeps a car in a garage. Except my parents. No one on our block does, none of our other friends or relatives do. We wouldn't either, just need it for garbage, bikes, snowblower, lawn mower. Until that day, at least we have a crawl space for the mower.

      Delete
  5. Myers-Briggs infographic - so cool! Looks like I would be Jeremiah as an INFJ.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love your number 1! I just this week had this crazy revelation that I don't love Mr. Darcy, I AM Mr. Darcy, which apparently I should have known since I took that Harry Potter Meyers Briggs test a while ago and got INTJ: Snape! But also, according to the good folks at Wikipedia, Mr. Darcy, and some Doctors Who. AND, Elinor Dashwood (thank goodness, finally a girl!) also, Noah. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I loved that Gospel PErsonality test. Hilarious.

    I am loving your ice rink in the backyard. Have you watched the Scarlet Pimpernel with Jane Seymore and Anthony Andrews. We watched that so many times as a kid I still have all the lines memorized..

    ReplyDelete
  8. love the skating rink! Convos are great you tube. I like the cookie one.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh my goodness, I can't let my hockey-loving hubby see that yard rink - thank goodness our backyard is on a hill! : ) Yours is pretty awesome though, and your flowers are lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I was way excited to get our Blessed Mother! But, yeah, no. Loved this whole post from beginning to end!

    ReplyDelete