Jenn’s Tweets for 2009-07-31

  • watering restrictions in effect for Bellingham: #fb 08:16:48
  • with blackout curtains in place kids have been sleeping till 8:45/9:30. w/o them fully intact, 6:50 #fb 08:27:55
  • "hours have been extended at the spray parks at Fairhaven and Cornwall parks. They& #039;re open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, Aug. 2." #fb 09:53:30
  • picked up & #039;omnivore& #039;s dilemma& #039; on audio cd this week. & #039;bout to start listening while doing housework 15:07:14
  • & #039;audio cd& #039;…i mean…audio book. :) 15:07:37

Putting my Library Obsession to work

My husband has officially worn off on me.  I have a new blog.

Growing up I was a book worm.  Any free chance I got I pulled out a book.  I remember in 5th grade having ‘reading time’ for I think 15 minutes or so between english and history.  I repeatedly got in trouble for not putting my book away when history started.  It wasn’t because I was rebellious. I literally had no idea class had started.  I was that absorbed in the book.  In fact the main thing i occasionally find myself pining for in regards to pre-children days are lazy saturdays (especially in the winter) spent reading.  The ENTIRE day. I would sometimes read more than one book in a saturday.  Anyhow, in regards to my love of reading, I also loved the library.  I was always looking for something new to read, and the library was a never-ending free source to tap my obsession.  For the summers of grades 3-8 my sisters and I took up residence at the neighborhood pool.  We would literally spend the entire day there almost every day of the summer.  At least that’s what I remember.  That pool had a library pretty much across the street from it.  I remember heading over there armed with a backpack during the ‘adult swim’ to return to the pool backpack stuffed to the gills.  Ok, so I didn’t read many classics…I’m pretty sure I read every Sweet Valley High ever in print.  I do remember checking a book out on animal CPR once though…

Anyhow, fast forward to me with children.  I have been taking Asher to the library since he was a newborn in a carseat carrier.  However, there was a period, once he became mobile that I stopped, and seemed to all but forget the library.  It for some reason escaped my memory that it could be a place for kids.  Then I heard a friend mention something about library ‘storytime’ when Asher was about 18 months old and I was inspired.  Then I attempted to go.  Storytime was fun, but beyond that I was SO overwhelmed by the options, and trying to find things while also trying to keep him from tearing the place apart (did I mention I was about 9mo pregnant too?) I fled in terror.  I immediately emailed a friend of mine who (at the time) had 4 kids and I knew she took them regularly.  They always had a stack of library books floating around their house.

“How do you choose? How do you decide while also keeping your children from taking every book off the shelf or wandering off?”  Ect. Ect.   I clear forgot how to use the library too.  In true Rebekah fashion, she gave me great advice and indirectly caused me to fall into a new and ‘worthy’ obsession.  Library Day.

My friend suggested a few things such as, reading the book, “Honey for a Child’s Heart”, and browsing their book suggestions for a jumping off point.  Then when you find books you like, check out others from that same author.  I believe there was some mention of admitting to being ‘that mother’ who had kids dancing on tables while she browsed shelves.  The best tip for library trips with young children was utilizing internet resources such as “putting books on hold”.  I do this weekly.  I sometimes have 7 books on hold at a time.  If i hear about a good book, or read one and want to try another by the same author, I don’t even bother with getting it myself.  I go straight to the website & put it on hold.  That way, if nothing else, we will be able to go pick up our holds and be on our chaotic way.  Speaking of which, I should probably bake some cookies for the librarians.

With the advent of this weekly adventure (we’ve gone pretty much religiously once a week for almost 3 years now), came a new found love for children’s books.  I really do LOVE children’s books.  I don’t read much in the way of adult fiction anymore (though I do enjoy audio books to listen to while working on mindless chores), I read children’s books anywhere from 1-4 times a day.  A normal trip to the library brings home 20+ books.  We don’t always finish all of them, and  2 have gone missing (both eventually found…and I finally devised a system where the library books have their own special bookshelf in the living room), and it’s not rare to only like 5 or 10 of the 20, but when we find ones we like, I can’t help but talk (or type) about them.   This brings me (finally) to the point of this post.  I had the inkling of an idea and Ryan grabbed it and ran with it.  A few days later he presented me with:

On this snazzy little blog it is my intention to tell you about children’s books that we’ve found on our “library days” and want other people to read.  In an effort to make it something I will update regularly (weekly as a matter of fact), I promise not to ramble like i do here. Quick little book recommendations.  An outlet to share the gems we find each week.  I intend to add Asher & Grace’s thoughts when they offer them as well, but I’ll keep mine short & sweet (or short anyway).  Or so I intend…ha.

Ryan’s Tweets for 2009-07-30

Jenn’s Tweets for 2009-07-29

Ryan’s Tweets for 2009-07-29

  • RT: @Jenn_Burns: cooking up beans to try this cake recipe… // Uh… you know this is doomed, right? Beans + anything NEVER EQUALS cake. #
  • Apparently @javajock was just born. "Wait, this is my mom… she always has to call right when I was born." // Happy b-day man. #
  • Just printed out the CAN-SPAM act. Fun reading for the whole family :) #
  • Took the new guy at work out to lunch. Prior to leaving choked and spit water all over him. Nothing says "welcome" like being spit on. #
  • Just got out of a great meeting. Love the challenge before us. @Logos is such an exciting place to be working right now. #
  • Watched Food Inc tonight. Worth checking out if you can. #

Jenn’s Tweets for 2009-07-28

  • cooking up beans to try this cake recipe. need to get it done early before it starts getting hot up in here! #fb 09:11:00
  • @ryan_burns but didn& #039;t you see all the comments saying how awesome their cakes were?? in reply to ryan_burns 10:05:19
  • well, if the batter is any indication the black bean chocolate cake is going to be really good. 10:37:20
  • every morning i wake up with new bruises w/unknown origin. you kicking in your sleep @ryan_burns? #fb 11:20:17
  • i need to go jump in a lake. bloedel-donovan or lake padden? #fb 11:45:41
  • for the record: i& #039;m FINE w/it being hot OUTSIDE. i WANT it hot in summer. heck, it& #039;s not even HOT! it& #039;s the no a/c. makes inside very hot 11:48:11
  • i apparently don& #039;t know how to grease a cake pan. half the cake has fallen apart trying to get it out. :( 12:40:54
  • on the upside: recipe said tastes best after 8hrs refrigeration. it& #039;s amazingly moist & yummy now, while still warm. so it gets better?!? 12:41:50
  • off to bloedel donovan park to swim in the lake! 13:35:46
  • fun afternoon swimming in the arctic waters. …ok i eventually got used to it….pretty cold though. there& #039;s no winning with me. :) 17:04:28

Ryan’s Tweets for 2009-07-28

  • His name is "marketing guru" and that is what makes his first tweet so funny: #
  • RT @themediaisdying: YouTube is now adding RSS from your blog – free traffic anyone? #
  • Seriously want to take a nap. Time to head over to the coffee machine. Thankfully it is only 10 steps from my office. I think I can make it. #
  • RT @Jenn_Burns: wanted to say @ryan_burns wore mismatched shoes out in public this morning. remembering the story is still making me giggle. #
  • Why, in the US, in the year 2000+, would you build a freakin house w/o A/C? $3-5K additional over 30 years is way better than my 87.F house. #
  • It is 90.3 degrees in the kids room. Going to put them to bed in our room where it is a brisk 87.4 degrees. #
  • @aaronsauer Nice. I just got my second one and forwarded it to my wife. Now we finally have local phone numbers in WA. in reply to aaronsauer #
  • RT: @GoingtoSeminary: Any seminarians need a google voice invite? I have an extra. First person to request it gets it. #
  • @presbypaul I signed up with about 5 different emails :) I got my other one a week or two ago. Got 2 today and gave 1 to jenn. in reply to presbypaul #
  • @presbypaul Only have it to give non cell phone WA friends a local number to call. still have a VA #. in reply to presbypaul #
  • @goodacre Just happen to have another one. Send to you in just a moment. :) #
  • @tonysteward Have you tried @cotweet? in reply to tonysteward #
  • Really enjoying aweber! If you need email list management, it is worth every penny. #
  • @tlangejr agreed. @justintross 's question implied that it was an option. If he can pull it off, FTS/PTW would be great. in reply to tlangejr #
  • dang it… this is where the multiple accounts in tweetdeck don't work so well. @cotweet has one up on you there. #
  • @DanPritchett2 DUDE… the ATV injury must have slowed down your reflexes. I've already given away two tonight. If I get another1 its yours. in reply to DanPritchett2 #
  • RT @Jenn_Burns: Asher and I are collaborating on a kid's book. Having trouble agreeing on storyline. Perhaps we should work independently. #
  • sooo freaking hot… How is it even possible that we are close to Canada? Come on, I'm from GA and I think this is ridiculous. #

Jenn’s Tweets for 2009-07-27

  • looks like it& #039;s going to be a 3 store grocery shopping trip today. should& #039;ve done this yesterday w/o kids. oops. 09:54:29
  • joe& #039;s garden, costcutters, food co-op. made it back w/o incident. i have the best kids ever 12:15:03
  • bought some cocoa so i can trial a cake recipe before grace& #039;s birthday. i would like to stop the tradition of gross birthday cake flops 12:20:26
  • i& #039;ve always heard folks go on & on about arugula but never tried it till right now. wow! kinda weird that it& #039;s nutty but very good! 12:59:03
  • the kids are trying to get me to take them to Mt. Baker to go sledding since, "it still has snow on it" #fb 13:36:22
  • dehydrating greens, pulse to a powder in food processor (or blender), to sprinkle on popcorn = homemade veggie booty. 13:49:14
  • @jakebelder wow. that& #039;s hilarious in reply to jakebelder 13:53:24
  • just wanted to say @ryan_burns wore mismatched shoes out in public this morning. remembering the story is still making me giggle. 16:00:49
  • Asher& #039;s roomtime game is blending & #039;Peter Pan in Scarlet& #039;, & #039;King Arthur & his knights& #039;, & an abridged copy of & #039;Moby Dick& #039; we& #039;ve been reading. 16:41:57
  • @philgons no, he donated plasma with them. but came home & changed b4 work. :) in reply to philgons 21:25:02
  • @harmonymatters we just lamented the same problem about our entire house. perhaps i should take the laptop to the backyard eh? in reply to harmonymatters 22:36:07
  • Asher and I are collaborating on a children& #039;s book. having trouble agreeing on the storyline though. perhaps we should work independently. 23:16:34