December 6, 2013
I have been really lax in my posting, which I plan to correct soon, but I just heard about this and wanted to share. Tomorrow, as the above image states, is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. In my house, that is every day, but it is nice to have a special reason to go as well!
To find a bookstore in your area, you can use this link.
More to come soon–I promise!
July 1, 2013
My daughter’s birthday is coming up, and to celebrate the occasion, Toys R Us sends her a $3 gift card. Not that you can get anything there for $3, but it is the thought that counts, I suppose, and the fact that the recipient will want to spend it, and inevitably spend more!
Anyway, we took her there on Saturday to see what she could find. She wanted something Harry Potter, but I warned her they were unlikely to have anything, and that was proved correct. Despite the staying power of the books, the ancillary market seems to have died out after the final movie. Then she wanted something featuring Wonder Woman. Nope–lots of Spiderman, Batman, and Superman, but no Wonder Woman. Then she saw the Star Wars section, and asked if there were any Princess Leias. Again we struck out.
Finally we found ourselves in the Star Trek section, and she saw a Mr. Spock action figure. This is from the classic series, not the reboots, which she has not seen. We have been watching Star Trek on TV, and she thinks Spock is cool, so that is what she wanted. We did another lap of the store to be sure, but Spock it was, and now he stands, ready for action, between her photo of President Obama, which he sent in answer to her letter, and a Harry Potter action figure. I have had trouble finding a Hermione one.
I have no problem with Spock–as I told her later that morning, I thought it was cool that she liked him. However, it would have been nice to come home with a female figure. First, I have to note that all this looking we did took place in the boys’ section of the store. The girls section was pretty much limited to Barbie, My Little Pony, and Disney Princesses. None of which she finds appealing. But as I walked past the pink Easy Bake Oven, I was reminded of the petition started by the girl whose brother wanted said oven and didn’t understand why it only came in pink. My daughter wanted a cool superhero toy, and there was nothing specifically for her. It’s bad enough that we still perpetuate the cars and tools sets are for boys and kitchen sets are for girls mindset in the toy industry. But can’t girls even get the tiniest bone thrown their way?
I left the store wanting to open a toy store of my own and stocking it with cool, non-traditional toys for girls, and maybe boys too. It is unrealistic, but I was annoyed. I don’t think my daughter really realized she was shopping in the boys’ department, but she did notice that the store didn’t have the things she wanted. In the end, however, I am happy she found something she liked.
May 2, 2013
A little slow again this week! I started a couple of part-time/freelance jobs, and I am still working out a system!
So, yes, double the muffin wonderfulness. My daughter had her pictures taken a little over a week ago (at Picture People–great experience), and my stylist was nice enough to squeeze her in for a pre-photo haircut. As an extra thank you, I made a batch of Double Chocolate Muffins from Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats. There were enough to keep some at home, and they were enjoyed by all! The last one went in as a school snack today.
But one shouldn’t have chocolate muffins every day, or at least that is what I hear, so made a batch of Strawberry Shortcake Muffins a few days later. The recipe was in the same book. I added some blueberries to the recipe, and I was able to make full-size and mini muffins. The mini ones were saved for my daughter’s book club meeting, and the kids enjoyed them with raspberry sorbet and vanilla coconut milk ice cream.
Since my husband had been away on a business trip, I got treated to a lunch out on Sunday–not sure of the connection, but I’ll go with it! So that meant less cooking this week. I did make a batch of Buffalo Tofu on Tuesday and my usual baked tofu on Sunday, but that was about it. I think I need to start making a triple batch of baked tofu instead of a double one–it is all gone as of today, and there is still a day left to the week!