♥ Janie asked me to have a Five-Minute Sit Down Breakfast with her in the middle of this morning’s chaos. We managed two, but with a little practice . . .
♥ Give Peas a Chance by Morris Gleitzman. A collection of kid-oriented short stories written by an Australian with an uncanny talent for balancing poignancy with humor (The first one in the collection is here). The audio version (read by the author and the delightful Ruth Schoenheimer), which I’m listening to in the car right now is even better.
My favorite so far is “100 Text Messages you must Read Before you Die”, which proves that actions speak louder than words and there’s nothing more actionable than a father’s love for his daughter.
♥ Friends who snark out of affection.
♥ I woke up humming a favorite song that I hadn’t heard in over a year—and it played on the radio during Two-Minute Sit Down Breakfast so I could groove to it in front of the kids.
♥ Pomegranate and Blood Orange Skittles.
(And also the concept of “the other side of the rainbow”)
♥ Air-conditioned workplaces.
♥ Kids in superhero costumes who are happy to have a serious discussion of the merits of Batman versus Captain America with you until their parents coax them away from the library desk.
♥ Children who can be bribed into vacuuming their rooms and setting the table with a pad of drawing paper and an hour on my Fresh Paint app, respectively.
♥ That I managed to discover a continuity error in my WIP and managed to fix it all by myself yesterday.
♥ A Harry Potter/Hot Fuzz crossover fanfic series that works far, far better than it should. Especially when it calls Dumbledore to task for some of his shenanigans and eventually has Ron in it.
♥ That I had something to blog about after all.