Showing posts from April, 2011

Club Penguin ate my kids

Last week was Spring Break for the kids, but unfortunately not for me. It was my second-to-last week of class and I felt too burned out and busy to think of fun stuff to do with them. Instead, they ended up watching a whole lot of television and spending a lot of time on the computer playing Club Penguin. I figured that we would make up for it this week when they got back in to school. This week is also my last week of class and so I have a bit of down time. I made a lot of plans for stuff I would do to get 'back on track'. I should have known better. Tuesday morning started out well; we went to playgroup and then ran an errand at Target. Then after P. Bibby's nap I put her in her high chair for a snack; much to her distress, and mine, she started throwing up. I was hoping it was a fluke, but as the afternoon went on she was obviously not getting better. Even worse, I started feeling more and more disgusting. Tuesday was the worst evening for this sort of situation becaus

Cool Stuff on the Internet

There's quite a bit of cool stuff out there on the internet today. I don't usually put up a lot of links, but I guess there's a first time for everything. Fictionist A few weeks ago we saw this band live at a party and they were awesome. They're from Provo and I like to support local stuff, so go vote for them. And buy their CD because it's good. Modern Mormon Men This new blog is a funny idea (I really like the logo) and the posts are actually pretty good too. I'm curious to see what else they come up with in the future. Peculiar Pages Not only is this run by a good friend of ours, but they publish cool stuff too. I don't usually read a lot of plays but I think I would like to buy that play collection just for fun.

Reading Roundup: March 2011

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery This was our bookclub read for the month; it was a nice little fluffy read that worked well for me when I was feeling sick. I think I enjoyed it more when I read it at age 15, but it wasn't too bad this time around. The Lord of the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King) I decided to re-read these books after attempting to read a book that we had sitting around our shelf. The book sounded promising--it was an analysis of Tolkien's work that focused on his career as a linguist. Unfortunately the book was terribly boring and I didn't get through it. I did read the books again and found that I enjoyed them even more than the first time; this time I knew the story well and could focus on the language and really appreciate its complexity and beauty. A Sense of Order and Other Stories by Jack Harrell This is one of the best books I've read this year, and one of the best collections of short stories I have r

A Wild and Wonderful Weekend

Last Tuesday afternoon I was reading one of my usual blogs (instead of grading papers) and mentioned to Mr. Fob "hey, that play you were interviewed for is going on this weekend. Wouldn't it be fun if we could go?" My question wasn't really serious, of course. But then we started talking about it, and then we started looking up trip prices on the internet, and then we called Mr. Fob's sister to see if she could watch our kids, and the next thing we knew, we had bought ourselves a trip to the Bay Area for the weekend. I think my motivation came from an interest in the play, the fact that winter here is long and brown and I always miss California this time of year, and the thrill of doing something absolutely spontaneous. I spent a lot of time before last Friday afternoon wondering if we were doing 'the right thing'. I have no regrets today. We were blessed with beautiful weather the entire weekend and I got a nice dose of green plants, sunshine, and flower