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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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Recent entries from Ru
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RuFriends approaching

So… Tuesday. Today is the first official non-rotating strike day – no unexpected agreements over the weekend. I’m not surprised. I found out about a great outdoor science program we could have participated in gratis, so I’m disappointed we’ll miss out on that, but I’m behind the teachers all the way on class size/composition.

I think it would have been a fantastic example for the kids if all the grown-up poohbahs in charge of their education could have found the cooperative sweet spot though. I really do.

I have to put the finishing touches on yesterday’s rush file and get that in before company shows up (plus clean up after a yesterday’s trip of kids.) I’m very pleased our medical file requisition is in – that was gnawing at me. I’ve also got plans to see a show with a gf this weekend, which should be fun, and signed the kids up for the library’s summer reading prog. (Iris too, this year).

Feeling pretty productive. Not caught up, but like my sword is sharp and my coffeepot is full. (Now if we just had some definitive news about the pulse of this place, that would put shaved chocolate in the gumption cup. I’m feeling hopeful.) Edit: – Again, damn.

Main focus today: Tidy up, play-date/coffee, new new project, library


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4.5/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy/restock bathroom, 27 boogie - A little
  • Work: Polish/send file, download + start new project
  • Pre-company whirlwind house tidy II
  • Start kids’ summer reading charts
  • Clear clutter beneath coffee table
  • Friends over for coffee + play
  • Organize music (1 hour) √ – Hours
  • 15 min: Sort bookmarks
  • Costumes/books away
  • Cruise for new news √ – Redundant damn
  • Tidy mantelpiece - A little
  • Popcorn + movie
  • Store 2 boxes
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music! √ – Lots while sorting
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Bootcamp plans
  • 43T Back-up


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 1 month ago

RuLittle suns

Day 167: June 16

“A perfect beauty of a sunflower! a perfect excellent lovely sunflower existence! a sweet natural eye to the new hip moon, woke up alive and excited grasping in the sunset shadow sunrise golden monthly breeze!”

~ Allen Ginsberg 1 month ago


RuYesterday...

Just in case I don’t get the chance to catch up to June happiness…1 month ago


RuFlip flopping weather

It’s peculiar out – I don’t trust the weather lately. Yesterday on the way to a birthday party we stopped to pick something up along the way and got caught in a ridiculous downpour on the way out of the building– walls of water, people gasping and taking pictures, sudden rivers in the streets, thunder… it was craaaaaazy, and we got wet, wet, wet regardless of trying to hide under my umbrella.

Later sunshine and blue skies broke out, then after a few hours there was more rain with the sun lingering long enough for a giant rainbow.

Monday. I have a few unfinished things from the weekend, so I’ll keep on with those and work on a rush file, have Isak’s friend over, trade our books and movies in for new ones at the library… hopefully we can do the errand stuff while the sun is out.

I was really hoping to get downtown to celebrate Cirque du Soleil’s 30th Anniversary and get in on the festivities, but it’s an awfully long way on the bus with kids in tow, especially if the weather tanks. Maybe if it’s nice we can drive down for the fireworks after M gets home.

Happy Monday!

Main focus today: Tidy up, new project, outside time, library, mail letter, play-date


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy tub + declutter bathroom √ – (Mini declutter)
  • Post weekend / pre-company whirlwind house tidy
  • Mail order for digitized family medical files
  • Work: Download + complete new project √ – Done, will check + send in the morning
  • Sign kids up for Summer Reader’s Club
  • Battle dish mountain, wipe counters
  • Popcorn + On the Road with M √ (Starting @ 11)
  • Contact V. re. this weekend √ – Yes!
  • Get outside with the kids
  • Pick up Isak’s hat
  • Playdate (here) √ 4 – 8
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice √ – @ library
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Bootcamp plans
  • 43T Back-up


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 1 month ago

RuThe Yggyssey

Excitement at the library when we found a sequel to The Neddiad, which we didn’t know existed. We’ve polished off several chapters already. Yay Pinkwater!

The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There ~ Written by Daniel Pinkwater & illustrated Calef Brown

A sequel to critically acclaimed The Neddiad told from the point of view of Ned’s friend, Iggy. La Brea Woman is missing. Valentino, too. The ghosts of Los Angeles are disappearing right and left!

Iggy Birnbaum is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, no matter what Neddie Wentworthstein and Seamus Finn say. There’s just the little matter of traveling to another plane of existence, first…and then, of course, not pissing off a witch once she gets there.

From L.A. to Old New Hackensack, fans of The Neddiad will be delighted to join up with Iggy, Neddie, Seamus, and the usual apparitional entourage for another weird and wonderful adventure by Daniel Pinkwater. As Neil Gaiman said about the first book: “it’s funny and tender and strange and impossible to describe. What Pinkwater does is magic and I’m grateful for it.”

The Yggyssey is vintage Pinkwater: laugh out loud funny, incredible characters, dialogue, humor. And like The Neddiad, this book is similarly illustrated throughout by Calef Brown.
1 month ago


RuPlayground of the Gods

Retroactive happiness…

February 23, 2014

  • Big Snow!
  • Working, cleaning, taking breaks to battle zombies in the garden.
  • An evening drive up the mountain with the family to go night sledding. There were quite a few other people there, kids laughing, snow falling in beautiful fat flakes, trees covered in white. We had a ridiculous amount of fun and each took turns going down on the toboggan with the kids.
  • Coming home to have cocoa by the fireplace. 1 month ago

RuWatcher at the window

Day 166: June 151 month ago


RuBlocks

Day 165: June 14

“Individually, every grain of sand brushing against my hands represents a story, an experience, and a block for me to build upon for the next generation.”

~ Raquel Cepeda 1 month ago


Ru43 Refugees

Set up by Meridia (more info), it’s a locked forum board for community members to avoid losing touch & further pursuit common goals. It’s here. (I’ve just bookmarked it) 1 month ago


RuWeekend Top Ten (June 14 – June 15)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • A’s B-day BBQ X   Mexican fiesta X – Chinese feast!
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Fill out family medical file requisition
  • Get back to Wii Fit Plus: 30 min
  • Sort next weekend’s gig plans – Inviting a friend
  • Empty/organize 2 CD boxes – Did 3 shelves
  • Conquer laundry mountain
  • Work on editing project
  • Solidify June plans
  • Movie + popcorn

+ Celebrate Father’s Day!1 month ago


RuOptimistically retiring this for now

Like some other folks here, I don’t feel like sounding a premature death knell.

Private declarations aside, there has yet to be a public statement saying “abandon all hope ye who post here”; that 43Things is indeed being abandoned at such-and-such a date. The smaller Robot Co-op sites were told a month ahead, and I believe we’ll get fair warning before the skies/screens go dark if that is indeed the plan. This isn’t the case yet. Nothing is certain.

There are several positive buzzes and communications here and there, and while I’m not doing a blind faith dance (I’m still in the process of backing up files and have made connections outside the mothership: 43T contact list, fb group, popclogs, 43refugees, etc. – life insurance?), I’m remaining hopeful and will move the active farewell goals back to the forefront should there be an unmistakable death wheeze.

I’ve noticed sub numbers dropping, people leaving, a lot of upset around, and I don’t want to contribute to this, or discourage anyone from being active if there’s hope (and I think there is) for the site continuing on. I’d like to help keep the blood circulating – it makes for better health.

So for now, I’m checking this off in favor of SAVE 43things.com, and will just keep swimming (just keep swimming just keep swimming) until the water drains. 1 month ago


Ru64

Day 164: June 13

“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air — explode softly — and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth — boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either — not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.”

~ Robert Fulghum 1 month ago


RuFound it!

Screaming silently

Nursery rhyme, bible verse… I had the title confused with a different book by the same author, because you know, just couldn’t get enough of the traumatic horror-lit as a young lass.

Now I just watch the evening news. Perhaps tonight there will be dead cats sipping Earl Grey in pretty little bonnets. Thanks for the memories. ;D 1 month ago


RuO noooo...

I read that I read that… years and years ago and blocked it down deep in the recesses of my mind and you’ve dredged it up again. Oh ew. What was the title… an old nursery rhyme line? My beat up copy had a creepy doll on the cover. Echcatspinesandlace. 1 month ago


RuFugitive Pieces

I blazed through the zombies vol. 1 – 3, axes flying. I’m on the list for #4, but there’s a wait. I need a book-book to read, so I delved into the Pre-Bookcrossing box and came up with this one.

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

New York Times Notable Book of the Year, the Lannan Literary Fiction Award, & the Guardian Fiction Award.

“In 1940 a boy bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried himself to hide from the soldiers who murdered his family. His name is Jakob Beer. He is only seven years old. And although by all rights he should have shared the fate of the other Jews in his village, he has not only survived but been rescued by a Greek geologist, who does not recognize the boy as human until he begins to cry.

With this electrifying image, Anne Michaels ushers us into her rapturously acclaimed novel of loss, memory, history, and redemption. As Michaels follows Jakob across two continents, she lets us witness his transformation from a half-wild casualty of the Holocaust to an artist who extracts meaning from its abyss. Filled with mysterious symmetries and rendered in heart-stopping prose, Fugitive Pieces is a triumphant work, a book that should not so much be read as it should be surrendered to.”
1 month ago


RuCan you do the Can Can (I can! I can!)

Friday! And I’ve got a headstart on the weekend. It was nice to have the alarm go off this morning and then realize I didn’t have to hop to it, I could let the sleepies dissolve, have a slow coffee, and wait for the kids to get up when they felt like it. I feel the gumption waxing with the Honey Moon.

It’s a gray day, but the rain isn’t supposed to kick in until later this evening, so I’m hoping to get out the door with the kids for a wander somewhere before the Wet arrives. Isak’s off to his friend’s for the night later, and M can join the weekend as soon as he gets home – he deserves a real weekend this go around.

Happy and productive Fridays, everyone! Can you?

Main focus today: Editing project, outside adventure, Isak to overnight w/friend


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean kitchen floor - Quarter-ass, not even half
  • Work: Back to the editing project
  • Start unpacking school supplies √ – Finished
  • Take a walk outside w/ the kids
  • Buy a summer journal for Isak
  • Find new books to read!
  • Whirlwind kid-room tidy SUPER room tidy! Even Lego Mountain
  • Movie + popcorn with M - Pending…
  • 1st overnight at N’s √ – He was SO excited
  • Write mom back √ – Last minute, but a great letter w/photos
  • Update fb pics
  • Kid baths √ – Everyone


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Finish Fortunately, the Milk 
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Bootcamp plans
  • 43T Back-up
  • Bubble bath


۞  Queued

  • Order digitized family medical files
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 1 month ago

RuTrinity

Day 163: June 12

Does anyone know what this flower is? I loved the crisp white, yellow pops, and lilac colored muppety center…

Edit: Spiderwort! Though I can’t say the name suits the beauty (thanks mom!). Isak says it should be re-named “fuzzy triplet”, because “spiderwort” is ‘ew.’1 month ago


RuLast day of school

Unless there’s some sort of turnaround over the weekend (which isn’t anticipated), the school year is over. Tomorrow is our district’s designated rotating strike day, Monday is now a provincial “study session day” with teachers meeting with union reps, and they’ve issued 72 hour notice for a full strike.

Too bad – I hope Isak can get enough contact info from his friends today and isn’t too sad about missing out on the year-end wind-down and class party (jeez, I don’t know if we’re even getting report cards now).

I finished the latest memoir file last night, I just need to tweak it a little and send it off – then it’s back to the editing project. We’re planning Isak’s first overnight with a friend tonight or Friday, he’s very excited about it. There’s quite a bit on my undone list, so I’ll try to whittle that down a bit as well and then enjoy the evening.

Main focus today: Send sharing vid, send in project, pick up school stuff, sunshine time


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework √ – Taking this off the list for the summer now…
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean kitchen counters
  • School: Song for sharing, end-of-year pick up √ – This
  • Work: Polish + send memoir project √ – Yes!
  • Get school-friends’ numbers
  • Drop off N’s school stuff
  • 1st overnight plans √ – Tomorrow!
  • Sunshine time √ – With white freezies


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue Fortunately, the Milk 
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read √ – I need another now!
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Weed + clean refrigerator - Weeded
  • Finish Miyazaki movie √ – My Neighbor Totoro
  • Bootcamp plans
  • Box to storage
  • 43T Back-up
  • Bubble bath


۞  Queued

  • Order digitized family medical files
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 1 month ago

RuI'm not entirely sure

Though I think Milhouse liked it that way too… 1 month ago


RuShe don't use jelly

Day 162: June 11

I know a girl who thinks of ghosts
She’ll make ya breakfast
She’ll make ya toast
She don’t use butter
She don’t use cheese
She don’t use jelly
Or any of these
She uses vaseline
Vaseline
Vaseline

~ The Flaming Lips
  ۞1 month ago


RuLaughter and feathers

Retroactive happiness…

February 21, 2014

  • A pro-d day sleep in! I babysat a friend’s little girl while she worked – the kids had a lot of fun together dressing up in elaborate costumes, making popcorn and watching a movie, playing games, eating leftover pizza, and being extremely silly.
  • Various bruises and stitches are healing beautifully. Ah, youth.
  • S. passed away after a long fight. Very sad for P. (sent a personal note). Not a happy thing, but strengthens my intense appreciation for life; savoring the moments.
  • Talking to my tired but giddy friend about the joys of her first days being a mom.
  • Me time after everyone fell asleep – a long bath, a good book, extra keen appreciation for… everything.



February 22, 2014

  • Waking to a dusting of pale and pretty snow that kept up all day, layer by lovely layer (building alongside the kids’ excitement).
  • Iris fell asleep, so M stayed with her while Isak and I had a great walk & talk together. We went to the library (Oz!), a textile art display, and the toy store (lego mini-figure bliss!). Good quality time.
  • Feeling like a helpful, ‘experienced’ mom sharing appreciated advice.
  • Relaxing with coffee and fancy chocolates in thin gold foil.
  • A late-night fire in the fireplace. 1 month ago

RuLet the sun shine…

Oops – I wrote my list but forgot to post it this morning

The sun is out, so fresh air is on the agenda. Tomorrow may be the last day of school, the teachers voted 86% in favor of a full on strike. I’m behind their reasons, but it’s too bad the kids are missing out on so much.

I’d like to get the majority of my file finished, take a walk & pick up some ice-cream, hopefully finish off the movie we started yesterday. I’m a bit low on energy today for some reason – probably the changing weather, but at least I skipped waking with a migraine. The brightness outside should help…

Main focus today: New project, clean up, sunshine time, finish movie


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Weed + clean refrigerator X
  • Search neighbors yards for AWOL ball √ (No luck)
  • Work: Finish current memoir project √ – Yes! Just before midnight!
  • Help Isak find a song to share
  • Get school-friends’ numbers √ – a few
  • Drop schoolwork off with N
  • Tidy + wash coffee table
  • Finish Miyazaki movie (Went outside instead)
  • Sunshine time
  • Box to storage
  • Dessert quest √ – Moosetracks!
  • Bubble bath
  • Vacuum


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue Fortunately, the Milk 
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Bootcamp plans
  • 43T Back-up


۞  Queued

  • Order digitized family medical files
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 1 month ago

RuSpring rain

Day 161: June 10

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”...
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden



“The world is exploding in emerald, sage, and lusty chartreuse – neon green with so much yellow in it. It is an explosive green that, if one could watch it moment by moment throughout the day, would grow in every dimension.”

― Amy Seidl 1 month ago


RuRight back at you

In particular for the peculiar Mr. Rogers “Garden of your Mind” link the other day… 1 month ago


RuThe key to happiness (or at least the front door)

Retroactive happiness…

February 19, 2014

  • Strong mocha and a burrito omelette on a lovely, sunny morning.
  • A bearable headache that faded rather than going migraine.
  • Distance from grief.
  • A long talk with my parents and a very nice message from my brother.
  • New bras! So very… uplifting.
  • Scores at the book fair.
  • More babies for dear, dear friends!



February 20, 2014

  • I spent the morning sorting and washing baby things (clothes, books carriers), sterilizing pump gear… it brought back a lot of good memories and I’m happy to be passing things along.
  • Iris crazy-dancing on a big metal platform next to the sidewalk, amusing passers by.
  • I locked myself out of the house – no purse, money, phone numbers, diapers – only an umbrella (a small mercy). I thought we didn’t even own a key for the lock and would need to pay someone to break in. A very nice neighbour offered to help/have us over, and the school had M’s work cel #, so I rang and 3 CHEERS FOR M; he’d hidden the 1 spare key for that lock in the outside storage room which I did have a key for, so we got back in after all. JOY!
  • My new mom/old friend called and had us over to be the first people to meet her son! We brought along all the baby things and very much enjoyed seeing the brand-spanking-new-to-the-world little fellow.
  • Pizza making and a too late night (grateful for a Pro-d day tomorrow!). 1 month ago

RuPuddled

Woke up at 6am to a very peculiar noise coming from the furnace/hot water tank area, but couldn’t figure out what it was. It seems to have stopped now… fingers crossed it isn’t anything serious. The other sound was from the ridiculously hard rain coming down – we got quite thoroughly soaked on the walk to school.

I’ve been in touch with work about the editing project and have the new memoir on the go (which is quite a fun one!) – I’m hoping to get a bunch of things taken care of at naptime so we can all curl up with a rainy-day movie later. There’s supposed to be news about next week’s potential strike action (fingers crossed there’s some sort of agreement).

I’m off to make some warm comfort food and shake my list until something falls off.
Happy Thursday!

Main focus today: New project, clean-up, explore noise, Miyazaki + popcorn


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Kitchen cabinet doors
  • School: Send library books, note to librarian
  • Work: Continue new project (aim for ¾) √ (½)
  • Help Isak find a song to share - Extensive looking, have extra day
  • Library renewals (online)
  • Hop in puddles, dry off
  • Bring in soggy things
  • Dry out circus tent
  • Write Mom + Dad


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue Fortunately, the Milk 
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Movie + popcorn with the family
  • Move another box to storage √ – (recycled)
  • Bootcamp plans
  • 43T Back-up


۞  Queued

  • Order digitized family medical files
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 1 month ago

RuEveryone is loving this book (me too)

It’s why we ended up skipping the movie last night and Isak begged me to come and read it to him while he was soaking in the tub… it’s great (I wish I had it to read as a kid too) and chock full of laughs and weirdness and fantastic illustrations. I think it’s going to be over far too quickly. Thumbs up! Maybe I’ll introduce him to Sandman next… (kidding) 1 month ago


RuWithin

Day 160: June 9

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross 1 month ago


RuFortunately, the Milk

A new book for bedtime reading! It was hard to choose, we currently have three picked out to read next (this, one a gift from a dear friend here, and another in a previous series) – this one looks like it might fly quickly, so we’ll start turning fresh pages tonight. (Ah, Neil!)


Fortunately, the Milk ~ Written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young

“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”

“Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.”

A little boy and his little sister awake one morning, milkless. Their mother is away on business, their father is buried in the paper, and their Toastios are dry. What are young siblings to do? They impress upon their father that his tea is also without milk and sit back to watch their plan take effect. But something goes amiss, and their father doesn’t return and doesn’t return some more. When he does, finally, he has a story to tell, a story involving aliens; pirates; ponies; wumpires (not the handsome, brooding kind); and a stegosaurus professor who pilots a Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier (which looks suspiciously like a hot-air balloon).

There is time travel, treachery, and ample adventure, and, fortunately, the milk he has procured is rescued at every turn. Gaiman’s oversize, tongue-in-cheek narrative twists about like the impromptu nonsense it is, with quick turns, speed bumps, and one go-for-broke dairy deus ex machina. Young fills the pages with sketchy, highly stylized images, stretched and pointy, bringing the crazed imaginations to life with irrepressible energy. Children will devour this one, with or without milk. (From Booklist)
1 month ago


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