How are you? How was your week? Were you caught in the polar vortex? Here in Tennessee, we had a light dusting of snow – the first this season. Snow wasn’t in the forecast, so when I looked outside that morning – the whiteness of the world outside took my breath away. The whole world felt quiet for a minute. And it was so fleeting – the snow had all melted by the afternoon.
Any big plans for the weekend? Will you be watching the Super Bowl? We are laying low and planning on some outdoor time. Nashville will be enjoying balmy weather – which seems crazy after the cold, snowy week we had.
Here’s what we’re reading:
Margaret: Lulu and the Brontosaurus. A new favorite by the author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It’s about a sassy, spirited little girl who wants a brontosaurus – and isn’t taking no for an answer.
Gus: Pugs of the Frozen North and 39 Clues.
Jack: A book with a mouse on the cover? He goes through books so fast now, I can’t keep up. Just checked – it’s called Redwall. Have you read it?
Me: 99 Percent Mine – a light and fluffy romance for a tough week.
Here are a few things from around the web:
The Caldecott and Newbery Medal Award winners were announced this week. But my favorite children’s book award? The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) which goes to a book for “beginning readers.” Think Mo Willems and Kevin Henkes. This year the winner was Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor. If you have a kid in your life who is learning to read – this would be a great gift. More about the author here.
Do you read romance novels? I’m a sucker for a good one. Oprah Magazine published a list of The 20 Greatest Ever Romance Novels. I can vouch for #7.
Ruth Reichl’s new book looks great.
The ladies on my new favorite podcast – Forever 35 – were talking up this Netflix series.
Speaking of Netflix, did you see Fyre Festival documentary this week? Oh man. As a former project manager – it made me physically uncomfortable to the disorganization and chaos. But it was totally gripping and I could not look away…
And one more movie (can you tell it’s been really cold out and I haven’t left the house?) This documentary about a high school science fair competition was great.
This article about figure skater Gracie Gold was really powerful. (NYT)
So many beautiful paintings…this one would make a great wallpaper for a kid’s room.
What’s your winter beauty go-to? This is mine (hate the smell – but it works!)
Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend! Are you cooking for the Super Bowl? Here’s my favorite dip.
And to close things out – a quote from E.B. White:
“Winter will pass, the days will lengthen, the ice will melt in the pasture pond. The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. All these sights and sounds and smells will be yours to enjoy, Wilbur—this lovely world, these precious days…”