Quick bakery update and J. Cheung makes the newspaper
If I'd known I'd still be trying to figure this out 12 years later...

Tiny collection of unrelated thoughts with a nonfiction book rec at the end

Do you guys miss my links posts? Reads & Recommends? I miss them. It's not that I haven't been reading anything, I've just been too lazy to save the links. Or I read them on my phone and I am somehow incapable of finding something I read on my phone. 


Phillip is out with friends tonight, which is nice for him, and I have spent the last hour combing through Pinterest for modernized versions of flapper dresses. I have absolutely no idea why I am so taken with 1920s fashion, but I was seriously born in the wrong era. What is it about embellished sacks that makes me swoon? It's not because I have the right boyish body type that looks right in those dresses (HA HA HA). Somewhere in my twenties and thirties I became smitten with sequins and beaded shifts and now I spend actual minutes wondering if headpieces will ever make a comeback. I could totally rock feathers in my hair. And why do all the best 1920s-ish dresses cost so much? (I'm looking at you, Anthro and Sue Wong.)

All this to say: whatever shall I wear to my Christmas party?!


Phillip and I are both sort of slackjawed and helpless in front of the Philippines coverage. We keep talking about what we, personally, can do, and then not acting because the enormity of what occurred and the utter smallness of what we could affect is horribly laughable. I want to elaborate on this thought, but I know it will only sound privileged and first world and self-absorbed. It IS, I suppose. But I had to work through those thoughts anyway - am I really so overwhelmed by what I cannot do that I don't do ANYTHING? Hopefully I have enabled Catholic Relief Services in the tiniest way to better do what they can. 


I helped in Jack's Sunday School class this week. It was really nice. I was encouraged. I felt the slightest bit better about Church In General. Phillip registered us in the parish for totally practical reasons, but I rebelled against the idea and got anxious when he did it anyway. For someone who loves community, I don't know what my problem is with stepping into another one. (OH WAIT, I REMEMBER. COMMITTEES SUCK.)


I'm one of those people who doesn't love Thanksgiving. I don't HATE it, but it's definitely not my favorite food and I don't get excited about it. I'm one of those people who is already playing Christmas music on her piano. But I WOULD like to acknowledge Thanksgiving with my kids somehow. I suppose I should be combing Pinterest for those ideas instead of dresses I'll never wear. As far as I could tell, Thanksgiving wasn't much discussed in school last year. Some combination of Age-Appropriate History and Proper Christian Thankfulness would be nice for them, I think. Do you have any little traditions you can share? We are going to my in-laws, where holidays aren't a super huge deal, but that just means I don't have to stomp on anyone else's tradition before making everyone do what *I* want to do. HEH. 


Speaking of history, I will once again recommend Mayflower, by Nathaniel Philbrick, a seriously awesome, in-no-way-boring, historical read. Although this new Kindle Single, Mayflower: The Voyage From Hell by Kevin Jackson looks kinda good too. And is cheap. And you have to be interested in something with that subtitle, yes?



I always like your Reads & Recommends! Maybe will try Mayflower. So Timely! Thx. :)


I'm not much for non-fiction, but something with that subtitle definitely gets my attention!


We do a thing where we make placecards for the meal, and each person has to write/draw something that they're thankful for as their name.

Bonus: Art project to keep the children busy while the cooking is going on!

Everyone looks at everyone else's as they try to find their chair, and then we go around the table saying what we're thankful for before the prayer.

I've also been looking around for a prayer to say, which balances literary merit with age appropriateness and thankfulness. Here's what I've found:

For food in a world where many walk in hunger
For friends in a world where many walk alone
For faith in a world where many walk in fear
We give you thanks, O Lord.

So special prayer, things that you're thankful for, brief mention of Pilgrims, I figure you're good.


I'm not a big fan of Thanksgiving food either, so every year we go out and chow down on Indian or Ethiopian food! Yum! Extra bonus is there aren't any dishes to do and it's easy to find ethnic restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving.


I freaking love Thanksgiving but that is largely due to my placement on Team Gravy.

Ezra's kindergarten classroom (he goes to a Christian school) is handling the Thanksgiving holiday and the discussion of Native Americans and Pilgrims in just the most thoughtful way and I love it.


I've been a terrible slacker with the Thanksgiving observances this year (normally I haul out a huge number of kids books and videos and play a CD of Thanksgiving music on repeat) ... have to admit to being too excited for Christmas season. A few recommends: "Counting Blessings" by Debbie Boone - a fantastic kids book that's good all year but especially good at Thanksgiving - same goes for Veggie Tales' Madame Blueberry. For a real T-giving book, I like Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving.

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