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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I’m linking up with It’s Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Kathryn of The Book Date later on today. Kathryn took over this weekly, Monday meme from Shelia of Book Journey who had taken it over from J Kayne Book Blog. This meme is not just about adult books either. If you read picture and chapter books, juvenile fiction, or even YA, they count as well. Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers give this Monday, book post link up a kid-focus.

The Dillio

Friday was the sixth grade dance. The mamas who put together the dance and its components are rock stars, throwing a sucessfull event. It was a rambunctious three hours for 100+ students who danced, ate, played games, and about 70% took pictures. Most of the kids had their phones and I think some thought they had to pay extra for the pictures I was taking. I wore KEDS with memory foam but my dogs were barkin by the end of the night.

Saturday I slept in some and then later on took a two-hour nap to recharge. For the rest of the day, I worked on the teacher gift. I stitched 297-324 stitches this day! I even had messed up twice and had to undo 34 other stitches. By nightfall, I had all the footsteps done.

Sunday I lucked out as my husband took me to Costco to pick up the pictures and to get some groceries. I made lunch and then got to work on one of the famous quotes from the Harry Potter series. Then I started tackling the swirls of individual stitches. While these are single stitches, I had to stitch one at a time, starting and then tying each one off. Half were done by bedtime.

“I’m melting! I’m melting!

It’s 2:15 p.m. here and 101°. Yesterday was in the 90’s; we had the AC on all night, kicking in if the house went higher than 70°.

It’s finals week for the teen. She happily told E and me last night that she got a 101% on her Living Earth project. Yippee! My daughter had to identify a biological problem that is currently occurring in our country and then come up with a solution for it and explain its process. My kid was going to tackle the abundance of plastic that is in the sea and hurting sealife, but she had a hard time coming up with a solution. She then thought of perennial rye grass and how farmers love to grow it because it grows in four to five days. However, cows eating this grass burp and fart methane gas into the air which hurts the environment as the teen says, “23 times more…than carbon dioxide, which cause(s) global warming.”

One of our neighbors has a son the same age as C; he helped her find the gene in rye grass that can be manipulated and changed. There is some website they’ve used in class to, I think, hypothetically chemically change genes.

My teen then found another type of grass – alfalfa – that would be better for cows to eat because it’s “highly nutritious for ruminants and will prevent indigestion.”

Do you remember any of your past childhood, school projects?

As for the tween, she has been kickin back since last Monday! They haven’t had any homework at all and there have been themed days (Field Day, Global Play Day, etc.) at her school. Did I tell you the only reason why I was doing Safety Patrol every fourth week was so my kid could go on the water park field trip at the end of the year? And guess what?! My daughter decided she didn’t want to go! Thanks a lot!

Fellow parents, has something like that happened to you?

“Books are the mind’s ballast, for so many of us–the cargo that makes us what we are, a freight that is ephemeral and indelible, half-forgotten but leaving an imprint. They are nutrition, too. My old age fear is not being able to read–the worst deprivation. Or no longer having my books around me: the familiar, eclectic, explanatory assemblage that hitches me to the wide world, that has freed me from the prison of myself, that has helped me to think, and to write.” 
― Penelope Lively,Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time

The Unlikely Adventures Of The Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Hardcover version

After the last set of books I had read, I needed a change. I wanted to read something new to me. Balli Kaur Jaswal is an author who’s been talked about by some of you, especially her book, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows – a book I have in my stack.

Three sisters – Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina – travel to India to follow their recently deceased, mom’s requested itinerary, one that she herself didn’t get to carry out.

I enjoyed this book. Getting a glimpse into India was a refreshing change of reading. I liked being exposed to Indian culture and traditions. At the same time, you have the universal element of sisters. They’re different in personalities and who don’t know one another as well as they would secretly like to. Each woman has her baggage and go on a self-discovering journey herself while bonding with her sisters. Four stars.

What was new to you this past week?

Okay, I must get to chores and get back to work on the cross stitch piece. I hope you are somewhere cooler than we are. Happy reading to you and TTYS.

9 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”

  1. Lol at the changeability of kids minds. I think instead you should have your own outing as a reward. 🙂

    And I just learned something by reading your blog! Kudos to your kiddo on her rye grass and alfalfa project! I had no idea that rye did that to cows.

    Have a great week!

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  2. We read Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows for my book club a few months ago. I really, really liked it! I’ll have to check out this book too. This months book is Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah and it was really good. I’m really enjoying anything by Molly Harper right now. Her books are so much fun.

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  3. A very busy week for you especially with the dance! The Shergill Sisters book is one I want to read sometime, I am more inspired by the fact you liked it as well. 4 stars from yourself and I sit up and take note!


  4. It’s winter here, so a chilly 12C right now.
    Sounds like it’s been a busy week for your kids, congrats to your daughter for such a great assignment.
    Good luck with your stitching project.

    Have a great reading week


  5. What a week! Thank goodness for that nap! I was wondering if you were anywhere near the fires in Northern CA. When we lived in CA we never even heard of so many fires but we did have a big earthquake that my first kitty…Sam…sensed and warned us. Sorry about the trip your daughter doesn’t want…I guess you have to be prepared for changes of heart!


  6. I once drove Al and 4 friends an hour and a half north to a corn maze. They went in ,came out 15 minutes later and said “were done” Oh no. I told them to get back in their and get lost if they had to. I wasn’t going home yet! Al still remembers that

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  7. I really wish I had your weather Stefanie!!! I’d happily set up the A/C’s! I have the darn heat on this morning, sigh. The only childhood project I remember is that we had to do a story book in grade 3. Mine was called “Le Crayon Brun” (the brown crayon). The story was about all of the other crayons getting the attention of the kids for bright beautiful colours and the poor lonely brown crayon never getting picked until one day a lovely young girl decided to draw a lion and the brown crayon had his day to shine! 🙂 I wish I still had that project! 🙂

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  8. oh boy about the water park trip lol, And wow 100! We haven’t gotten that hot here yet. It’s been a mild month weather wise. Happy reading, the book sounds like a good one.

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