Arts Night 2016

by Kelly on March 13, 2016

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Kate performed in Arts Night this year. When she first mentioned it to me I told her that it was fine by me, but I wanted her to organize everything. So she did! She and her friend Brooke signed up for auditions, picked the song, practiced, got their outfits organized… and performed! Nice job, girls.

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To Be Read: Jane Porter

by Kelly on January 20, 2016

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As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I am working through my To Be Read shelf and tracking the books I read in an effort to be more mindful about my reading and more critical in my thinking.

I read two more books from my To Be Read pile, which means I’m (so far) staying on schedule. Both books, The Frog Prince and Mrs Perfect, are by the same author: Jane Porter. It wasn’t until I was about a third of the way through Mrs Perfect that I realized that is was a sequel of sorts to the Porter’s first book, which I also read, called Odd Mom Out. Now that I have the perspective of the adversary (the novel starts with a fairly antagonistic relationship between two of the main characters), I’d be interested in going back to read Marta’s story.

Both books are fairly fluffy and I don’t think I will keep either of them. They both speak to the main characters going through a period of tumult, followed by personal growth. I liked that The Frog Prince didn’t have what you would think of as a HEA (the main character finds happiness with herself, not a main, although romantic prospects are on the horizon). The main character in Mrs Perfect seemed too perfect, and the supporting characters of her husband, in-laws, most friends and kids weren’t fully fleshed out enough. Taylor, aka Mrs Perfect, is a strong organized sort who comes from nothing and is strong enough to overcome her problems through brute force of will, which is a trait that of course speaks strongly to me. Holly, from The Frog Prince, starts off weak and then grows stronger through discovering her inner strength. Again, the supporting case was only roughly sketched out, not fully developed, which makes the baddies fairly stereotypical although there are a few surprising moments. Religion makes enough of an appearance in both books that I suspect the author is a fairly devout Christian or has been in the past, although it’s more of a dog whistle and less “if you believe in God good things are going to happen to you”.

Odd Mom Out and Mrs Perfect both take place in Bellevue, and East Side moms and Microsoft culture are big players. As someone who is new to Microsoft (compared to the people who have been there long enough to be Microsoft Millionaires) and fairly low down in the ranks (compared to the people who have been there long enough to be Microsoft Millionaires) the stories weren’t very familiar. But, we have chosen to live in Seattle, away from all that, and I do intentionally stay away from those kinds of competition (like with the Room Moms at View Ridge).

These definitely fall into chick lit territory, reminding me a lot of Jane Green’s earlier work: good reads, quick reads, reads that cheer you up while you’re reading them but that don’t necessarily stick with you. In short, I’m happy to have read both both books, but I won’t keep either.

 

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Choir

January 18, 2016 Kate

One of Kate’s extra-curricular activities that I think she actually does have talent and a natural affinity for is choir. She has choir practice every Tuesday after school (after that, she, Eddy and Owen jet off to the academy for music night) and she was recently in her first concert. It was a joint performance […]

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Natural Talent

January 17, 2016 Kate

One of Kate’s friends was joining a basketball team this year and they asked her if she wanted to join. She has been practicing for a few weeks and just played in her second weekly game. So far basketball does not seem to be a sport she takes to naturally, but she has made a bunch […]

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To Be Read: 2016

January 16, 2016 Kelly

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I am working through my To Be Read shelf and tracking the books I read in an effort to be more mindful. I separated the books in the living room by categories: decoration, interviews, music, etc, and pulled out 33 books that I haven’t yet read. These are […]

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2016 Garden Plans

January 12, 2016 Life

I’ve been thinking and planning (and pinning!) ideas for the yards this year. Carolyn, Wonder Gardener, also has a bunch of ideas, and I’m looking forward to really tackling the back yard this summer. In addition to the driveway side yard and putting in the steps in the other side yard, I wanted to do some […]

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