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Literary costumes

I have lost a week in blog world but it was a productive week in my 3d world.  They had school EVERY day last week!  OMG!  It was also a special dress up every day week for their read a thon and they had fun wearing PJs, Fancy, school spirit but the best is always a book character day.  I refuse to put ‘real’ effort into these so compromises are made but I liked what we had this year and if you need a super-fast idea for a book character costume and you read one of these books; these are pretty easy

#3 Junie B Jones.  This is NOT my favorite series and I think she only reads them because her BFF does.  Misspelling and bad grammar is super annoying in a book, I know it is ‘the character’ but when you are talking 2nd-grade level books you are forming a foundation here…  Anyway, the costume.  Based on covers the defining factor for Junie is her glasses and then a skirt, sweater, and hair bow combo that should not match in any way.  Depending on the book, socks are crazy stripes, or, plain color knee socks.  This is an easy look to pull off with a standard girl wardrobe and we used freebie sunglasses with the lenses popped out for the glasses look. (attitude pose came free)


Bonus; all sass and misspelling in the day is all part of your character.


#2 The Dread Pirate Roberts from Princess Bride.  This is actually a book!  I read it and enjoyed it and I was surprised that it is rated YA/children.  Really, it is quite a clean adventure and #2 enjoyed it as a summer reading book for her friend book club.  Otherwise, everything she read this year featured a Dragon or a Warrior Cat and we couldn’t figure out those costumes.  The man in black is seriously just a back outfit and mask.  The black outfit was in her closet and the addition of a shirt of mine for that ‘loose pirate look’ was an easy foundation.  I had a medium-size piece of scrap black fabric that I put over her head, over her eyes, and pulled tight in the back to make the mask.  I marked the eyes and cut them out and used a safety pin to secure the back.  We used one of my black belts for the waist over the shirts and it looked great.


#1 Annabeth from the Percy Jackson books.  I can’t recommend this series enough, it is YA but good enough for any adult.  There was some push by #1 to wear a blond wig since Annabeth is always described as having a blond ponytail, but, the wig was a bit of a mess so we skipped it in favor of a neat ponytail.  I turned an orange shirt inside out and use a washable marker to write ‘camp halfblood’ and she paired it with jeans, a beaded necklace and there you go, instant Annabeth.  Our school is anti hat so no Yankees hat, but that is another iconic bit of her character.


It was a fun and crazy week with outfits every day.

That is all the time I have today, I’ll be catching up this week with an update on my 40 for 40 and also my organizing kick.


Three things Thursday

The interesting enough things.  If you also do this please add a link in the comments, i would love to read your 3 things too.


  1. I’m reading a book.  Made of paper.  It has been a while but books to come out faster in paper then they do on my library app so I’m reading this book.  It is  #2 in the series and I like it a lot.  This author has a great nack for interesting books and characters that are relatable enough but also different enough.  It is a new series for her and it is a fresh and fun as the beginning of any of her series.  If you can’t have endless episodes from one series, next best thing is a cool new series you can count on the quality of. 51mqa46cgfl
  2. Crazy hair day at school to kick of (ironically) the read a thon.  They have 10 days of fun activities to celebrate reading because February is “I love to read” month8539ae73-95ab-47cc-a7c1-d36c1d2e5b0b
  3. I’ve been plowing through the garage project.  The cookie area is ready for cookies and I’m getting through bins of stuff and even found a pile to donate to a charity auction happening right now.  Since we are on a reading theme, during the garage work I’ve been listening to this stand-alone book written by an author that I also will read anything she writes.  It is good so far!51rkikghqfl._sx303_bo1204203200_

Summer of 6 Pt1

Monday night I acquired 3 more kids, my only niece and 2 of my nephews.  It was a late pick up at the airport and claiming unaccompanied minors is not easy but it isn’t hard.  Home far too late but that’s the way it goes.


Tuesday I had NOTHING planned on purpose.  This was the day to get used to here, to figure out the way, to deal with cranky kids who stayed up too late (that was all of them since mine stayed up excited to see their cousins).  It was a long day but overall fine, nothing out of the ordinary and we did achieve ‘the list’ of things to do pre-electronics.  For a day with no plans I feel like we ran through a ton of things, I was exhausted by 3 and didn’t feel bad about the TV going on because they had biked, played, eaten, read, done chores, and endless other odd little things that amounted to me feeling like air traffic control speaking in  3 different languages.

Wednesday and today were way more ‘normal’ with better moods, easier activities, and we actually went out and that makes the time fly.  Me trying to do anything is hit or miss, but when did I ever really have the luxury of enough time to do a project.  I’m getting decent at putting stuff down mid project, it has been a solid 7 years of major multitasking.


Today we have our first book club.  My attempt to make a playdate sound smarter.  We invited two friends of #2’s to read a book and then come over to watch the movie.  So far they consumed a metric ton of popcorn but seem to be actually talking book v movie so the seed planted will grow.  Overall success, be it the movie, friends, or popcorn I’ll take the win.  They are now discussing next books to read, Princess Bride seems to be in the lead.

The odd thing about this week is feeling both like I’m missing someone and also having extra kids.  #1 is at sleep-away camp for the first time.  Looks like she is having a great time and I’m happy she is there and I don’t ‘miss’ her but I do miss her being part of my world.  Meals, car, bed, chores etc – I have her in my head automatically and NOT being here makes me feel like I ‘Just’ have 2.  Second, I’m missing the oldest of my sister’s kids, what should be four is ‘only’ 3.  He isn’t as ingrained as #1 in my head but he is missed and the unit is missing him.  On the other hand, I’m up 3, so, 5 kids is still a bunch to feed and manage.

Speaking of feeding… one of the new ones is diabetic and has an app to monitor his sugar.  Boy stats are addicting to me, I monitor this kid and the mysteries of his body chemistry like its my job.  A friend pointed out that I got myself a real-life tamagotchi.  Do you remember the electronic pet?  I nearly got in a car accident messing with the one I was babysitting for a friend.  Really, it is a bit of a game – he goes high get him to run around or adjusts, he goes low, toss an orange at him.  Calculating food and healthy choices are already part of my life but this is like major league.  Once I get a better feel for the trends I’m sure I won’t need to check so much but it is probably my top app at the moment.


Tomorrow we add back #1 in the afternoon and then pick up my mom at the airport late so our kid to adult ratio is getting better overall.  It is both a fun and exhausting week but I’m glad I can do it.

Working on the shelfie game

Every box of books in the house or garage is now nearly unpacked.  (Fiona wants to do the kid books personally) I feel like we are missing a few boxes so they may be at our friend’s barn that we have not emptied yet (but will soon!).  This isn’t all the books in the house, there are some upstairs too, this is just the majority.

I’ve missed my books….


Lilly and the Octopus

I’ve had a good amount of time recently to read books, and, listen to books.  I usually have one of each going all the time.  Chores are more fun and phone games less frivolous if I’m also listening to a book.  Kid TV and line waiting is less brain numbing if you can read a book.

Late last week I was feeling a little blue so when I was hunting up a new book I used the filter ‘humorous’ and Lilly and the Octopus popped up with a mini description that said ‘Hilarious; it will be the next book you have to recommend”.  Not too long ago I read a set of mysteries where a pet sitter was the protagonist and they were indeed funny so I took the computers advice.


Spoiler and Warning!!!

This book is NOT humorous.  It is about a dog with a brain tumor.  This isn’t much of a spoiler because you learn about it in the first chapter!!!  This poor little dachshund and the even more sad owner have a final month or so and in the end, the description of the agony of choosing to end things was sweet and perfectly descriptive.

This book is very well written.  It paints a picture.  It is the fight of a fiercely lonely and loving owner.  There are a few ‘funny’ parts, basically, the way the author writes how the dog talks made me smile, but, the story is not one that will cheer you up.  In fact, it will make you relive any pet loss you ever had.

I feel like I am writing this review as a rebuttal to all the people who have labeled this ‘humorous’ but if you go in knowing the subject it is a beautifully written book.

ps. ironically it is exactly a year since we put Mr Pink to sleep

Book Report; The Art of Detection

The Art of Detection


I’ve been reading so many books over the past few months.  Reading and listening technically.  This one was a listener and it got me through many many miles on the elliptical and also is semi-responsible for my house not being a wreck because I listen while I clean.

This is a crossover book and for that I love it, but, I’m not sure it would be the same if you have not read the Mary Russel books.  The fantastic easter egg of a story in the middle made my week.  It can definitely stand alone but I wonder what I’m missing for not reading that series from the start because there are callbacks to things that I am sure are in other books.

It is a murder mystery – technically two – and it is well written in my opinion but I like the author’s slower and detailed style.  She tends to write the background as a character in the story with tons of attention to what else is happening in the world.  This one has an obvious (but not smack in the face too badly) theme of gay rights and contrasts them from a few different views; modern day, and, 1930-40, the United States and England.   I am glad to live now where there may not be absolute equality but at least there isn’t a death penalty.

I will probably go read the rest of this series, there are more miles to run and clothing to fold.