: 1 :
Local strawberries are finally in season, and oh boy oh boy oh boy, are they good. It's like eating candy, they're so good.
Feeling as though I should do something with the flat that I bought (other than just eat them), I made 10 jars of strawberry freezer jam with them. It's my very first time EVER making jam, and it was so easy.
Aren't they pretty?
Even Jules, who does not like jam or jelly, declared it quite delicious. The jam is probably a little bit on the *too sweet* side for me, but that's fine.
I'm trying to decide if I should make more jam, but Sydney and I are the only ones who will consistently eat it. So. Maybe 10 is enough.
: 2 :
Jason and I finished watching the British series "Downton Abbey." It was quite good, and I'm looking forward to watching season 2 when it comes out in the fall. As an aside to anyone who has watched it: I hope and pray my three girls are not like the three sisters in Downton Abbey. The oldest two are such wretched creatures to each other, aren't they?
: 3 :
For Father's Day, I got Jason a 60 pound heavy bag (kinda like this one). He and his dad put it up in the basement, and as far as exercise equipment goes, I think it's awesome.
I go down there and punch it and kick it and feel very tough, indeed. I am not tough. But in my mind, I am a secret ninja crime fighter (I almost typed "assassin" and realized that even in my mind that would be a stretch).
: 4 :
Even though I still have two more months of vacation, I couldn't help but look online to see how many students have signed up for my classes in the fall.
I was relieved to see that I have enough students in both classes that they won't be in danger of being cancelled. Whew! My life as an adjunct lives on. The economy may be bad for K-12 education, but it seems to be forcing plenty of people into college, even moderately expensive private universities like the one I teach at.
: 5 :
We went to the Oregon Zoo today. Although I don't have much to compare it to, I think the Portland zoo is quite excellent. They seem to work really hard at making the the exhibits exciting and educational.
We haven't been to the zoo since Christmas, and so today was the first time that Sydney was confidently reading all the signs and animal facts. It was so much fun watching her enjoy the zoo as a reader. I get such a kick out of seeing her read.
: 6 :
After a suggestion from Jason's mom, we decided to go red dye-free for Jules (specifically Red Dye #40). Though I will eventually write up a longer post about this, it seems to have made a difference in her mood swings. Do you know how many things have red dye in them? A lot. There are the obvious culprits like fruit snacks and popsicles, but then there are less obvious things. Toothpaste! Mouthwash! Children's medicine! Yogurt! Gum! Doritos!
Twice this week she accidentally got some red dye, and we could definitely tell. I've been researching other food/coloring additives that might cause mood swings in kids, and it may end up that we'll just start avoiding them all. Fortunately, Jules is totally on board, so that's good.
: 7 :
I'm rereading Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. I've forgotten how clever it is. Such a fun read! Sometimes I feel like there are too many wonderful new reads out there that I don't have time to reread books. But then I remember that nobody is the boss of my reading habits and I can do whatever I want. Take that inner English teacher who wants to assign myself some ridiculous summer read like Anna Karenina!
Have a fabulous weekend! Make sure you get outside and get some fresh air. It'll do you good.
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