1. I have discovered a new snack to fuel my grading: dried cherries with chocolate chips. I've never been a fan of dried fruit in, say, gorp, but this combination is delicious.
2. We were driving home the other night, negotiating a pizza order, when Stella said, "Noooooooooo! I don't WANT any vege'bles on my pizza!" Later, presented with black olive pizza, she was not pleased. "Noooooo! Clean pizza! Clean pizza!"
3. I cast on a new sock. I was feeling the need for some brainless knitting, because everything I have on the needles right now requires a bit of concentration. I've had some yarn in the sock bin for a long time that I picked up on clearance at KnitPicks -- green and purple and blue. It turns out to make an approximation of vertical stripes with 60 stitches on a size 2 needle. Late at night I was knitting brainlessly and watching this pseudo-striping action unfurl. "What," I wondered to myself, "will happen when I get to the heel? And what if I do a short-row heel instead of a flap heel?" And then I thought, really and truly, "I don't know if I can handle that much excitement!"
4. I might need to get out more.
5. Not tonight, though. Tonight I'm on my own with the kids until late and I'm trying to think of something fun we can do together. There are lots of advantages to spacing kids three years apart, but it does make it harder to find a game everybody can play or a movie everybody wants to watch. Any ideas?
6. Joe and Pete have been listening to the Chronicles of Narnia on CD. It's a set produced by Focus on the Family, and I had a moment of pique when I realized they'd done a little bowdlerizing. Lewis wrote "ass," and they rendered it "idiot." What say you? Would it bug you more to have "ass" in a CD for children, or to realize they'd sanitized C.S. Lewis?
7. I was thinking about how it might go in the other direction. I've certainly seen "bugger" in American children's books, and that would have to be edited right out before they could be sold in the UK. We think of "bugger" as meaning "mildly annoying little thing that's also kind of cute," but a Briton thinks of it as one of the most vulgar things that can come out of a person's mouth. Putting "bugger" in a children's book would be like reading this book at a public library story hour in the US.
More quick takes at Jen's.