9.10.2014

The things they say

After listening to Where The Wild Things Are for the 100th time, Lucy turns to me and says "Mom, I think Max must have been dreaming all those things"

Stolen from Craig's fb page:
Me: ♪"This is what it sounds like when doves cry."♪
Lucy: "Animals can't cry, they have all their legs on the ground so they can't wipe their tears."

Lucy: What flavor is this lollipop mom?
Me: well, the wrapper doesn't say so you'll just have to try it and find out. 
Lucy: Hmm, it tastes like sugar. No, it takes like Manna!

Jonah: Lull-bye, Lull-bye. Peas!

Me: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little...
Jonah: No, no no nursery rhyme. Lull-bye!

Lucy: Mom, can I do some art with my royal pastels
Me: You mean your oil pastels?
Lucy: No, Royal pastels. I'm a princess so they are Royal Pastels. 

Jonah, while eat his dinner of salmon: I la you sam-on! Takes a bit and picks up another. I la you sam-on...

Lucy: I love you as much as the stars in the sky. 
Me: I love you as much as the number of books in the library
Lucy: I love you as much as God loves me...and that's a lot. 

Lucy, singing a song she learned at her bug class: Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen. Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen. Compound eyes, two antennae and 6 legs. Head, shoulders, I mean thorax, abdomen. Mom, I keep singing shoulders because it reminds me of that other song. It's very similar to that one. Actually, very very similar to that other song. Did you ever notice that?

Lucy: There are two couples in the backyard right now. You and daddy and me and Jonah. I'm going to marry Jonah. 
Me: Well, brothers and sisters aren't allowed to get married. 
Lucy: But I love him.
Me: I'm so glad you love him and he will always be your brother, but its against the law for you to marry. 
Lucy: Is it dangerous?
Me: Kinda...

Me: Lucy, go call daddy. It's almost time for dinner. 
Lucy: Finally, my dream come true! (I promise I feed her on a regular basis)


9.08.2014

Can I get some Eyre in here?

I've been on a bit of a Jane Eyre kick lately. It started when someone recommended I watch, The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, a modernized web series. So I watched it, all 101 episodes, over the course of a week or so (but they are short episodes! I promise I slept during that week).



Now, I want to be cautious in recommending this because its far from perfect. It's a loose adaptation. The plot sticks fairly close although obviously changes had to be made for it to work in modern Canada (I think?). I love these modern adaptions because it forces me to think about the essence of the book and how that is, or is not, retained, in an adaption. And the characters are a big part of that. They changed small characters quite a bit but I think they did okay with the two we all real care about.

Some say that having a vlog doesn't seem like a very Jane thing, that the real Jane wouldn't put herself out there like that. But as in introvert that writes fairly openly on her blog, I disagree with that. And the original was written in the first person so the "real" Jane does put herself out there.  That said, I do think that this Jane isn't the Janiest Jane there ever way, but I still like her. They didn't totally drop the religion thing which I was worried about although there are instances where I wish her moral fortitude was clearer since that's a big part of her character. And in both the book and the vlob, I find myself thinking that Jane and I have a lot in common and would probably make good friends, as long as that friendship didn't rely on long phone conversations.

Reader, I married him.

And I actually like how they portrayed Rochester in this version, not because they made him this great stand-up guy, but because I can at least kinda see why she loved him. Because, unlike these people, I would NEVER have voted for Mr. Rochester as the most romantic character in literature. I don't know who those people are but they be crazy! Yes, the very thought of voting him as that makes me loose my grammatical sense. But after seeing him in this and shaking my head, "Why are you making him funny and dorky-witty and not creepy" then re-reading the book, I was able to see a new side to him. I still want Jane to end up with him mostly because she wants him and I still think this cartoon I found on pinterest represents Rochester well but I'm coming around

So despite it's flaws which I'll mention below, it really did help me see the book it a new light which is very helpful for those classics that I want to read and re-read. I'm not interested in analyzing in a clifs notes way but this time of comparing and contrasting is just fun.

It's pretty low quality. I think that adds to its charm. Not just the realistic vlog not produced show aspect is part of that but also because it really feels like this project was a labor of love. I appreciate that more than flashy special effects.

The big issues is the ending. I don't fault them for the ending because they lost the actor who played Rochester and that's a big deal. I think they did the best they could have. Maybe finding a fill in would have worked better but then I'd probably just be complaining about that. I really just wish I could have seen what they had planned, there was some foreshadowing and I think I would have liked it. So be forewarned. But all in all, I enjoyed it. It may not be the most dignified re-telling or win any awards but in the words of Bronte herself...

Of course, after watching that, I had to read the original again. I think this is the fourth time I've read it.  It really does get better each time - or maybe I just relate to it more the further into adulthood I get. As opposed to when I read it in high school, I've had to make those hard decisions, the ones that cost me dearly and I've struggled with relationships and boundaries and forgiveness. Time makes a difference. I think this reading has moved it up to being one of my top 10 books of all time.

I've also seen one or two movie versions but not any that I really liked. Unlike the vlog, they seem to make the story seem more distant and less real. I understand its supposed to be gothic but enough with the shadows and fog already. Suffice it to say, I wasn't really interested in watching any other movies.

I picked up "The Eyre Affair" which was amusing because so much of it dealt with the end of Jane Eyre. I think The Eyre Affair was better for me because I was reading the original at the time and was kinda
obsessed with all things Jane. I still think I'll pick up the next one though.

It's a bit sad. I still feel like I need more Eyre but there isn't any to be had. Well, there is that graphic novel but even I won't stoop that low. I guess this is just the burden a book lover has to bear. Right? Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels this way?

9.03.2014

Let's start at the very beginning.

Except not do-ra-me. A-B-C. A to be exact. For the Letter A we started at the transportation museum , looking for Airplanes and Automobiles.

It was really more trains than anything else but I really just wanted to go there to try out the creation station again and see if I thought it would be worth a membership for the winter. The Auto and Airplane thing was an afterthought. Actually, that's how a lot of the letters stuff has been but it still works.



Highlights include:

  • Finally finding an airplane at the very back of the museum, long after Jonah had given up on walking by himself.
  • The creation station. It was almost empty despite the heat so Jonah had two train tables to himself and Lucy got to do some art one on one with the guide.  
  • Lucy getting "chosen" to call out All Aboard and sit in the special seat. There were only three kids and since Jonah and the other were both under 2, I don't think it was a tough decision for the driver but no need to tell her that.


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Later on that week, we did some apple stamping which was mostly for Jonah's sake. I laugh when I see pinterest apple stamping projects because this time turned out exactly how last time's did - a big mess of finger painting. Which is totally fine with me although I do wish I had thought to take Jonah's shirt off before he dipped his hand in the paint. We started with one stamp and some letter writing....

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5 minutes later...
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We read lots of poems. There favorite was about Animal crackers and since I read poems at snack time, I had to serve some. This is the face I got when I asked for a smile.

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And we read lots of A themed books, can you tell which one we had just read here?

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Ten Apples Up On Top, of course! And no, I did not give them the idea to put apples on their heads and keep dropping them until they are so bruised we have to throw them out. That was all Craig. But the book was a bit hit. Jonah also really liked Animals Should Definitely Not Act Like People. I didn't care for it but still had to read it probably 50 times before I declared it was "due back at the library". Don't judge me, it was due back eventually, I just speed up the process.

And not everything is A themed. We also did read lots of non-A books, did some math

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and sangs lots of songs, oftentimes while sitting in baskets (I don't know why, this is just a thing they have started doing, sometimes before I've even put the folded laundry away but if they are playing nicely together, I tend to let the little things like that go).
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And that's how we spent our first week of preschool! On to B!

9.02.2014

Home Away from Homing Pigeon

We had a visitor last weekend:


It is a pigeon, as you may have guessed. If you look at its legs, you see that each has a band. So I figured it must be a homing pigeon of some sort. I also figured I could trace its owner if I could read the band. While I could get pretty close to the bird (it would not fly away, merely walk away), I could not read the whole band. (Note: it also looks like it got some sort of neck trim).

Some online searching revealed that the bird may be lost or tired, and could use some food and water. It was near 100 degrees out this particular weekend, so that may explain why it stopped. I gave it a bowl of water and some hen scratch (which includes corn, wheat, and milo). I had to do this in a way that would not attract all the chickens, who always come running when there is food involved (and also when there is not). I ended up putting the cat crate out and putting some seeds inside, because the chickens can't get in there and because the internet suggested that the pigeon might like some sort of shelter.

That evening, we did not see the pigeon, but it was there the next morning briefly before disappearing for good. We thought our pigeon experience was over. But on Sunday, another pigeon showed up.


You can see that the first bird had a pink band, while this one was blue (maybe a gender marker?), so it's not the same bird. On a couple of occasions, I had to chase the chickens away from it. One chicken in particular seemed to enjoy picking on the pigeon. This bird also stayed overnight, sleeping on my roof, right above our back door.

I was able to read the band on this one, so I looked it up on this site, which gave the the location where the band was sold. They, in turn, gave me the name, location, and phone number of the person who bought the bands. So I called him up. As I assumed, both birds belonged to the same guy.

The birds' owner lives about 20 miles away from me. He had released one of the birds Thursday and one on Saturday. Pigeons have one "home" location that they return to, so owners take them somewhere and release them, and the birds return to that home. These birds were released from locations about 2.5 hours southwest of me (not as the crow flies). But I live north of the bird's owner, so they had to have made some sort of left hook to arrive in my yard.

And how the heck did both birds land in my yard independently of each other? I don't know how to explain that. Maybe it has something to do with the unclear method pigeons use to navigate, like a special wrinkle in the earth's magnetic field that I live above. Or maybe my yard just looks like a nice place for pigeons to hang out. Either way, I am happy to have my home serve as a pigeon Motel 6.