It has been a good week – but it sure went by quickly! We’ve had some beautiful days, and the snow is slowly melting away. Which is much better than quickly melting away with the amount we still have out there. Dad stopped by today, and we were looking at our backyard wondering how we could have an Easter egg hunt, since it’s still covered in more than a foot of snow. The front yard is a little better, since it gets the afternoon sun. He teased the kids that we should just leave the eggs white and then let them hunt them in the snow!
Friday night, the kids and I are going to see a local production of Annie. For a rural community, we have some great performing arts groups, and I’m glad that the kids are getting some opportunities to see live theater. I just found out that Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater was given permission to perform Les Miserables this summer. I guess a few summer stock programs around the country were given the rights to do it for one summer, before the touring show goes back out on the road. Since Coeur d’Alene is only a couple hours away, I’m hoping I’ll be able to go, and maybe take Natalie. At eleven, I think she’d be able to understand (and get past) some of the more adult themes to see the beauty of the story and the music. Any of you who’ve seen Les Miz – what do you think? Is she old enough?
I haven’t reviewed any books this week, but I have been reading. I finished Heart of Darkness, but still have two short stories to read before I’m done with the book. I really liked the first short story, “Youth,” but I did not like Heart of Darkness – so I’m wondering what the next two stories are like. Conrad is a very detailed writer, however, and I do enjoy reading his descriptions.
Is anyone watching Jericho? We are loving this season, and keeping our fingers crossed that the ratings go up enough to win us a full season starting in the fall. Wasn’t Tuesday’s episode sad? I cried.
I have a few links to share with you to get your weekend started.
~ Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age – I’m pretty sure I saw this article linked at Rock Creek Rumblings.
… remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its “lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.
The ice is back.
Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa, says the Arctic winter has been so severe the ice has not only recovered, it is actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at this time last year.
OK, so one winter does not a climate make. It would be premature to claim an Ice Age is looming just because we have had one of our most brutal winters in decades.
But if environmentalists and environment reporters can run around shrieking about the manmade destruction of the natural order every time a robin shows up on Georgian Bay two weeks early, then it is at least fair game to use this winter’s weather stories to wonder whether the alarmists are being a tad premature. (emphasis mine)
~ The kids and I just finished reading Coraline by Neil Gaiman last week, and we enjoyed it very much. It was creepy and scary in a fun way. Kind of like Dean Koontz for the younger set. There’s an animated film in the works.
~ Speaking of Gaiman, you can read his novel American Gods free online – thanks to Harper Collins. I personally have a hard time reading books online, but I love it when one is posted, because I can read the first few chapters and see if it’s worth buying.
~ There’s an official homeschooling community at BlogNetNews now – officiated by Dana at Principled Discovery. Check it out!
~ Girls Just Reading is giving away a copy of Jodi Picoult’s latest, Change of Heart.
~ I thought the dads at Little League were bad, but now we’ve got moms brawling over video games at Chuck E. Cheese’s.
~ Moomin Light has posted a whole slew of links that are perfect when you’re looking for a way to waste time or procrastinate. She also posted this adorable cat cartoon video – get the kids to watch it with you.
~ In spite of the fact that I’m a die-hard Seahawks fan, I’m also a Brett Favre fan. The press conference announcing his retirement had me in tears.