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September was a blur.  My older boys went back to school, business picked up with the onset of Autumn weather, craft shows and Christmas prep for my roastery sucked up a lot of time and, suddenly, September was gone in a flurry of papers, pencils, garden mulch, and coffee beans. It was as though I blinked and it was gone. Every year, it seems to fly by faster — a reminder that my three boys are getting older, one grade at a time. Next year, my youngest will start school.

I have a bad habit of letting busyness wind me up into a big ball of stress, so I’ve been working hard at trying to carve out moments of pause — breathers where I can chill and reconnect with my kids. With my older boys, this is more of a challenge — they need me less — sometimes we catch up over meal preparations in the kitchen, or sitting out on the front porch while the weather is still nice. My youngest is still at home with me during the days, chomping at the bit to go to school like “his boys”, and I’m trying to soak up as much of this special time as I can before he, too, flies the nest for Kindergarten.

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My 11yr old finally wore me down, and I’m glad he did. I just finished reading The Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins), and I think it might be tied with Percy Jackson and the Olympians as my favourite series discovered this year.


Without getting into spoilers, the first book grabbed me right away. I loved the main character, Katniss, for her strengths and weaknesses. The fact that she does have significant weaknesses was what made her believable for me. The concept of the Hunger Games competition seemed quite dark and violent, but was presented in a tween/teen-friendly way — it was easy to see how the detail and gore could have been ramped if written for the adult crowd, but I didn’t feel like anything was lost by focusing more on the character than the events in which she was involved.

Have I mentioned how I love that the protagonist is a girl and my 11yr old boy *still* loved this series?

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Back in the Fall, I was fortunate to win a Kobo eReader from She’s Connected. Ever in love with new gadgets, my older boys immediately started pestering me to let them use it. We reached a compromise in which I am reading them a couple Grimm’s Fairy Tales, from the Kobo’s preloaded library of classics, a few nights a week.

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So much to say, such a short attention span:

  • Heading out to Ukiuk tomorrow night with Auntie H and the kids, maybe DH also. I saw it before the Jim Cuddy show and it was pretty fantastic. I want to show the kids so that I can explain that it was actually someone’s *job* to work on something that awesome and inspiring.
  • Disassembling shelving and reassembling it elsewhere, and sorting/sifting through the resulting ephemera seems to be for me the female equivalent of male “ripping and tearing” projects that inevitably commence with the onset of Spring. I relocated another bookshelf and spent a happy afternoon filling it up again.
  • I scored a 1.5L Pyrex bowl to complete my set as far as bowl sizes go, but it’s the wrong era. It will do, though, until I get the red bowl — at which point I will regift it to someone who enjoys retro kitchenware as much as I do. I’d really like to get ahold of some pieces of the ‘Primary Colors’ refrigerator dishes.          (more…)

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