Monday, June 12, 2006

Cute as a Bug's Ear

This is Claudia and two of her classmates before their big musical presentation on Friday. What you see here are two butterflies and a ladybug. Garrett also graduated on Friday, but we have no photos of that as Colleen messed up the digital camera.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Devil's Day

Garrett turned six on 06-06-06 and it went ok. I did get one e-mail warning suggesting that I avoid balconies that day, but his birthday went off with a hitch. We got some GREAT presents. From his Aunt Amy and Uncle Ashley, he got a pop up dinosaur book and this foam rocket launcher. They spent a good part of last night launching rockets in the yard...which of course kept getting caught in the many that kept the Dad busy too.

Garrett also got a Lego Batmobile that we have already assembled. That was the Mom's job. She is going to add Lego assembly to her resume.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Summer Reading

In spite of the fact that I did not teach this spring, my reading list has not grown. Perhaps it was those four dissertations I edited. Hmmm. Regardless, here it is...

2006 Reading List
1. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close By Jonathan Safran Foer
2. The Final Solution By Michael Chabon
3. Dear Zoe By Philip Beard
4. Drives Like a Dream by Porter Shreve
5. She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
6. Parched by Heather King
7. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
8. The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
9. A Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
10. The Tender Bar
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
12. The Beans of Egypt, Maine
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
14. Stink and the Incredible Supergalatic Jawbreaker
15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
16. The Reader by Bernard Schlink
17. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
18. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
19. The Miraclous Journey of Edward Tulane

As you can see I'm all caught up on my Harry Potter. The last book is supposed to be out July 7, 2007. A whole year to go.

Also, the list does not reflect the HUGE number of Magic Treehouse books I've read with Garrett this year. We also read the whole Mr. Putter and Tabby series.