Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes: I finished reading this book a couple of weeks ago, and I really liked learning more about the science of fat and the history of dieting. I'm glad I read this book, and I hope my indoctrination into Taubes' thinking will help me to lay off of the carbs.
Snowdrops by A.D. Miller: I finished this on the plane last night. It's set in Russia, Moscow mostly. I wanted to read this book because I'm already afraid of (and intritrigued by!) Russia because of the rash of known poisonings in the last decade. This book definitely gave me more to be intrigued about. You'll like this if you like crime fiction. They call it a psychological thriller, but I wasn't thrilled psychologically. It's a quick read and I liked it. The plot was simplistic, but it was great to get an insider's perspective into Russia. Miller has expereince living in Russia, but he does seem to present a rather grim (and one-dimentional??) portrayal of post-communist Russia. Miller is an excellent writer, so while the plot was somewhat flat, I enjoyed the read.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: My friend lent me this YA book eons ago, but I hadn't got around to reading it. I've heard great things about it. It's narrated by death, and set during the Holocast. I'll let you know if I like it.
With My Family
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy, by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser: I've heard of this series, but I hadn't read any Fancy Nancy books. My 2 YO daughter asks for this book every night now. My hubby and I like the Nancy is fancy because she's imaginative and has a a fancy vocabulary. We also love her parents (they are not fancy, according to Nancy). In this book Nancy shows she is responsible enough to take care of a pet on her own. We all really like this book.
I found writeshop.com via Pinterest, and love a lot of their posts, especially their post about writing across the curriculum. From Kim's (of Write Shop) bio- Hi, I'm Kim--curriculum author, speaker, retired homeschooler, and grandma to seven. Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere, where you'll find writing and poetry activities, grammar tips, hope for reluctant writers, and so much more.
- Visited with grandparents, in-laws, and cousins- it was such a blast!
- Went to the Blossom Kite Festival on the Mall.
- Went out for Korean BBQ at Honey Pig
- Strolled through the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of Natural History
- Went to the National Zoo and boy, do they have some amazing lions!
- Went to the Playzeum in Bethesda. What an awesome place for kiddos (see pics below)! Of course, as a big literacy advocate, I loved that each themed play room has a themed book shelf filled with used books for purchase (and browsing!).
|Story time with mama's cousins|
|Blossom Kite Festival|
|Blossom Kite Festival|
|Honey Pig, Korean BBQ|
|Picasso was at the National Gallery of Art|
|Zoo with Grandpa and Grandpa|
|Trying out Southwest's cockpit on the way home!|