Friday, August 29, 2014

Last Days of Summer, First Days of School: August Review

Oh, August, where did you go? We didn't have one unclaimed weekend in August, and that is crazy for this family of home bodies.

For a peek at what we got up to in August, read on:


Pinning:
Blog stuff. There are some changes ahead for my blog life. Hate to be cryptic, but as the old shows used to say, "stay tuned."
Follow Karen (Candid Diversions)'s board For Blogging on Pinterest.

I joined a group board this month. There are already a lot of great pins: Help for Homeschool Moms.

Reading:
I've finished 7 books in August. Check back next Tuesday to see my complete list. My current stack can be seen here (although I've finished a book not in the stack and added two more since I posted this on Wednesday): Words on Wednesday, Perseverance and Hard Work.

I reviewed one book in August: A Spy Among Friends.

Watching:
More Magnum (I know, I know. But it's fun.):

Several episodes of Poirot:

and one from the latest series, Dead Man's Folly. I think we watched one more but I can't remember the title. Favorite line from "The Clocks":
Girl: "What's your name?"
Poirot: "My name is Hercule Poirot."
Girl: "That's not a name, it's a noise."
One WW2 period TV movie:

(Disclaimer for this: it's gory. And there are a few scenes I had to fast forward for other reasons. But it was an interesting mystery set during the Blitz, so I enjoyed it over all. Just beware.)

While Philip was away at Gen Con, I finally got around to watching:

I don't know what took me so long. LOVED it. (Although, yes, it is incredibly long.) Now I've been comparing soundtracks (the movie vs. London cast vs. anniversary edition, etc.).

Going:
  • to the movies to see Guardians of the Galaxy. (My review: meh.) This was just Philip & me, I definitely wouldn't let our kids watch it.
  • to Gen Con to promote Philip's games (OK, I didn't actually go to Gen Con, but he did, and we picked him up there. See his latest Kickstarter here: Skyway Robbery.)
  • to the Indianapolis Children's Musem (overwhelming & crowded but it was worth it to see some of the Terra Cotta Warriors)
  • to a Kids fun day at the park given by our township (free food, free games, very hot)
  • to Shakespeare in the Park (we saw A Midsummer Night's Dream) = excellent
  • to the thrift store (3, maybe 4 times, but at least two of those times we didn't buy anything)
  • to homeschool co-op orientation. I basically need to be two places, on opposite sides of the building, at once. Not sure how that's going to work. But other than that, we're excited.
Blogging:
I remembered the baby we don't have on what should have been his birthday: Dear Isaiah, Life After Miscarriage.

I shared a lesson from our not-quite four year old: Chapter 3 is Better.

I put together a list of books about WW1:
I've already read a few more books I should add to the list, particularly for children. Guess I'll need to make a new list for that.

I talked about homeschooling - a lot:
I answered a question about homeschooling: How Long Does it Take to Homeschool?

Our own homeschool routine got off to a great start. Today marks 4 weeks finished. We may not have "typical" days, but a return to our routine felt good to all of us.

And I shared a fantastic new resource from my friend, Mystie: Learning to Love What Must Be Done.
Get organized. Stay organized.

Now we're looking forward to a long weekend and a chance to spend some time with family, and maybe get in a swim, before summer is completely over.

What kept you busy in August?
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1 comment:

Gram said...

You making the leap to "the other blogging platform?" I've got my other blog over there and I love it! It is so user-friendly. Now, if only I had more time to write more for that blog!

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