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The Superlatives {September 2014}


Hello Fall! September has ushered in the gleeful Facebook status updates and photos of lattes as the seasons start to change. Some would say it's the most wonderful time of the year. Wait... I think that's already taken. Anyway, here are a few of the stand-outs in my world for September.

FAVORITE KIDS BOOKS

I've searched for bilingual Bible story books over the years, but never found anything that quite worked for me. Dunt... dunt... dunt... Until now. Zonderkidz Bilingual I Can Read! books. Simply fantastic.

We picked up Daniel and the Lions and Jonah and the Big Fish. Short, easy-to-read stories in English and Spanish. Bold illustrations with characters that have some skin pigmentation. I have a feeling more of this series will be in our house before this child-rearing thing is over.

FAVORITE GROWN-UP BOOK

This month I started reading All Joy and No Fun. It's a book about parenting... and how it affects parents. Ha! I like the style of the book, which incorporates interviews, and I'm appreciating some of the words that articulate my own experience better than I could have.

I also read The Invention of Wings this month, which is an intriguing premis about a young girl who is "gifted a slave" on her 11th birthday. It follows the intertwining life journeys of these two young women.

The novel is inspired by a true story, and two fascinating sisters in history that I'd never heard of (but should have).

FAVORITE SHORTS

Billy mocks me on the regular because I still have clothes I wore in high school. It's weird because I'm not exactly the same size I was in high school. But they seem to have stretched out to accommodate. (Clothes that know what's good for them do that, you know.)

Never is this more apparent than in my athletic wardrobe. I still have a bunch of old basketball shorts I bought when I worked at Goody's Family Clothing one summer. I know other adult women seem to love spandex capris. I have a pair, but they are not awesome. And it seems some basketball shorts for adults end about mid-calf, which wasn't really working for me other.

So I bought new shorts. Ta da! I don't normally go on and on about shorts, but sometimes in the world of Amazon, I like someone to point me in the right direction.

In my opinion, these are just a great length - longer than finger tip, but not at my knee. Also, I must admit, it's been game-changing having shorts with functional elastic!

FAVORITE PUPPET SHOW


Thanks to Goldstar, we scored some cheap-o tickets to Shake A Tale Feather with Mother Goose at the Center for Puppetry Arts. If you live in or visit Atlanta with kids, this museum is a place you must check out.

They have on-going exhibits and are currently building the world's largest Jim Henson exhibit (as one very enthusiastic employee informed us). This was our first show, and it provided sweet one-on-one time with my girl that included songs, puppet making, and storytelling.

FAVORITE GROWN UP PLAY

I already wrote about this, but One Drop of Love is a terrific, one-woman show on race, heritage, and identity. Keep an eye out in your city as I have a feeling writer/performer Fanshen will be adding more shows as word of her play grows.

FAVORITE DANCER


Naturally, I'm biased. But this girl started dance at Moving in the Spirit this month. The uniform of black leotard and black pants is a little more tame than her typical tights/tutu/wings/cowgirl boots inspired get-ups. But she's having a ball. This is our first "extracurricular activity" so it's pretty fun. I'm a dance mom!

FAVORITE MOVIE

Billy and I saw Maze Runner this month. It falls smack in the middle of one of our favorite genres: young adults caught in a post-apocalyptic world being forced to do crazy things and trying to figure out what exactly is going on and how to stop it! It was no Hunger Games or Divergent, but I am interested to read the books.

FAVORITE TV

This month has been a dueling marathon. We are still finishing Heroes, which languished for a spell, but is now engaging and suspenseful once again. And Billy accused me of Netflix cheating (great article!) on him. So there's that happening.

Also, Billy got me hooked on The Blacklist. So basically our house is full of characters that we never know if they are the good guys or bad guys.

And how could I not mention... The Mindy Project is back on! Tuesday nights, people. It's about the only show I still watch when it comes on TV. The reception was terrible at first and when Billy started adjusting the antennae, I was totally confused. I didn't think we used those things anymore!

FAVORITE COMMENT

I got my first pseudo-harsh comments on the blog this month when I wrote this post. Writing about immigration, I knew it was only a matter of time. And hey, it was nicer than when a stranger on Facebook called me a lowlife last year. But still...

Then, I was searching for a toaster on Amazon. There's so many choices that I was overwhelmed and decided to read a few reviews to help me out. When I came across this one, I could. not. stop laughing. It made me realize that in the world of the Internet, any topic has the potential to go off the rails.


FAVORITE READS AROUND THE INTERNET

Laugh Out Loud: All the Comments on Every Recipe Blog

Clever: Real Amas de Casa de Soyapango (y otros programas que quiero ver)

Long-awaited explanation: Why the U.S. Chills Its Eggs and Most of the World Doesn't

Convicting: Why It Doesn't Matter How You Feel About Your Friends

Educational: 5 Famous Latinos: Role Models for Hispanic Heritage Month

Important: My Grandpa was 'Unaccompanied Minor' to the U.S. - in 1907

Inspiring: Down We Go: A Dangerous Way to Live

What were you into this month?

6 comments

  1. I keep forgetting I need to read The Invention of Wings! Your kids are seriously the cutest. I don't know whether to laugh or cry over that toaster review. People, man!

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  2. Ha! I know. I think you might like The Invention of Wings. It wasn't one of my all-time favorites, but the characters were well-developed and intriguing. And I was most fascinated once I found out the novel was based on the real life sisters. Thanks for hosting the link-up, Leigh!

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  3. Abby Norman3:42 PM

    I want to go to the center of Puppetry Arts one of these days! And tell me about this dance class!

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  4. Yay! You should definitely check it out! Let me know if you have any questions about dance. I think registration is open until the end of October. :)

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  5. carameredith.com11:56 PM

    I'll have to check out that parenting book. PS: You have the most beautiful eyes. Gorgeous!

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  6. Ha! Thank you so much!

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