Friday, January 19, 2024

7 Quick Takes about the Future of Humanity, Makeup Tips from Second Graders, and

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?


My 15-year-old has been reading before bed at night, but his current book is an I-almost-died-climbing-Everest story that isn't very good at putting him to sleep. He actually stays up really late reading to see what happens next.

So I suggested he find something that was less gripping narrative, more non-fiction about a interesting topic, and he reserved this at the library:

Just reading the title makes me sleepy, but he's science-y like that.

When his 9-year-old brother came home from school and saw it on the couch, his eyes got wide and he asked "Can I read this?" 

I told him it was 352 pages long and written for adults so it was really hard to understand, but yes he could look at it if he wanted to. He finished it in 3 days and has been spouting off obscure facts about space ever since. And then he asked me to reserve the author's other book, which he read about on the back.


I've been trying to encourage the kids to engage in more off-screen activities, but we started to run out of ideas on Monday while the kids had the day off school for MLK Day. So when the three youngest kids (7, 9, and 12) found some facepaint and asked if they could use it, I said sure.

It was a huge mess and required two kids to shower afterward, but ANYWAY.

My favorite part was when my 7-year-old son drew under his eyes and said he was doing eyeshadow. When his 12-year-old sister informed him that eyeshadow actually goes on your eyelids, he laughed at her and said "Shadows don't go up!"


kids have loved finally having enough snow to enjoy, they go out after school and then again after dinner when it's dark
-they like sledding on my mailbox hill which is another plus

i've been doing a lot of shoveling (every time we do our driveway and then go over and do our elderly friend/neighbor's driveway)


speaking of my elderly friend, we went out for lunch on Wednesday

there are a lot of aches and pains that come with being old, but one of the advantages is that you can say whatever you want to, and no matter what it is they will love it

our server came to ask if she should box up her food before we were finished and bev threatened to karate chop her, and then when when we were walking out the door a guy asked if he could help her into the car and offered a few times and she kept saying she didn't need help, she snapped "You wanna put me in the trunk, or what??" both of them laughed like it was the funniest thing they'd heard all day

She may need a cane to get around but she was driving, she's probably a better driver than I am


"I just saw a cow blowing down the street!"


the rest of what I've been doing can be summed up by our fridge:
go by the numbers


close up of #3

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JS said...

Do you have a link for the handling disappointment chart?

Jenny Evans said...

JS - Sorry, it was just something I made with images I pulled from a Google image search - and some of the images are probably copyrighted because I didn't check first.

Update: I got to use it for the first time today and shockingly my kid picked "Hug" and got over it in 5 minutes instead of the usual 30 min to an hour!