TGIF!

Seriously.  Because tomorrow is Saturday and Mama needs a down day!

We had a nice Thursday morning rain.  This is huge news for Kansas.  Little Sis and I made stuff.




My evenings have been spent in rehearsals all week.  Here's hoping I know my lines - we open next week.




When I'm not in rehearsal and Big Sis isn't in school, we are trying to sell Girl Scout Cookies.




Any downtime I have coming up may or may not be spent ticking the following things off my happy to-do list:



Since I haven't read anything besides this play and a few children's books I already shared with you this week, here are a few links for happy internet reading.

My new bloggy friend Georgia did this lovely post on Rebecca Dautremer (illustrator of The Secret Lives of Princesses, a favorite in our house) on her blog Bookworm.  Her blog is in Greek, but I've been using Google Translate and while the translation is often amusing, I can follow along.  You may have seen her comment on this blog - her English is great.  That's a hint if Google Translate starts to melt your brain.  Sometimes it does that.  You'll try to read the funky translation and it makes no sense and you think, "Well, it's Greek to me!"  Then you laugh at your own stupid joke.  Or is this just me...

Maurice Sendak's final work, My Brother's Book, has been released.  I haven't checked it out yet, and it will probably make me cry, because he wrote it for his beloved brother, Jack.  NPR's Morning Edition did an interview with Sendak's friend Tony Kushner about the book here.  There's a lovely review and preview of the book at Vanity Fair.  Anyway, I know it will make me cry, much in the way his final interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross made me cry.  If you haven't seen this animation by Christoph Niemann for The New York Times Magazine, watch it - this was me when I listened to this episode, too.  Maurice Sendak is one of my very favorites.  I have a Pinterest board.  You probably guessed that, though.

Finally, yesterday was the anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder's birth.  She was born in Pepin, WI, on February 7, 1867.  There have been a slew of Laura-related articles and interviews lately, many about a recent article in the journal Pediatrics asserting that Mary Ingalls likely did not go blind through scarlet fever.    You can read/listen to the story on the NPR website.  I've been having fun following all the Laura news on the Pioneergirl Facebook page.  And exciting news:  the University of South Dakota is going to be publishing the memoir Pioneer Girl, her unpublished manuscript that was the basis for the Little House books!   For more Laura-ness, might I suggest looking back on our week of "Wilder Travels"?  Or my Laura Ingalls Wilder pinboard?  You knew it was coming!

And that's all I've got.  Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!

I can't help it.  Mr. B and I will quote this song at some point today.  We always do on Fridays.  I choose to believe it is because of this version, though.  Yes, I do.





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  1. The newest episode of the Jimmy Fallon spoof of Downton is up, but it's not letting me watch because I'm in Canada!! So upsetting. Spoon puppets - great idea! And what an adorable little Girl Scout.

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    1. I actually wondered if this clip was available outside the US. I know Hulu gets picky.

      I first saw spoon puppets in this great book called What Shall We Do Today? by Catherine Woram. Then I immediately saw it again in a Todd Oldham's Kid Made Modern. We made some a few years ago, but Little Sis was probably a little too young then.

      And thanks! Big Sis is trying to sell 250 boxes! In less than a week, we're at 112. Then I discovered there are girls in her troop who have already sold 300+ thanks to relatives who took cookies to their work. I guess I was that kid when I was little, but I really do want her to do most of the selling, with help of course. Sigh. We still have all month to go, though!

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  2. LOVE Stephen Colbert. I've never seen Jimmy Fallon's show so I hadn't seen this clip. Anyway, happy weekend to you. Hope you get some rest!

    Break a leg in your show!

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    1. I don't watch Fallon regularly, but they plugged this pretty heavily on The Colbert Report when they made it. We made sure to tune in!

      Thanks! We were in The Eagle today. I only get the Sunday paper, but it is online.

      http://www.kansas.com/2013/02/07/2666859/radiating-like-a-stone-meant-to.html#emlnl=GO_Weekend_Newsletter

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  3. Those are delightful! Have a great weekend :)

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  4. Thanks again for mentioning the blog here! The spoon puppets are awesome! We 're watching Downton Abbey too these days (just finished season 2) and loving it. Happy weekend :)

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    1. Absolutely! It's fun seeing what people are reading in other countries. It's so cool we overlap so much. I bragged when I got my season 3 DVD of Downton that I was going to watch ahead and finish the series. I'm actually behind 2 episodes - AAARRRGGHH! Have a beautiful weekend!

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  5. Love, love, LOVE those spoon puppets!!! Best of luck in your performance this week!

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    1. Thank you very much!

      The spoon puppets are so easy and fun. And pretty adaptable, too - I got a 4 pack of spoons from Family Dollar. I used fabric, which I hot-glued, but construction paper or paper doilies would probably work, too.

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  6. I saw these on instagram and just love them. You did such a great job!

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! I'm not particularly artistic, I think, but I was pretty proud of how these turned out. And the girls love them, which is the best part. Not that I've seen them played with much since we made them...

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