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My New Obsession-MNO!

I have decided to feature a new meme: My New Obsession (MNO). The idea is that we can share what we are into right NOW. This changes all of the time with me, and I suspect you too, so let's let our freak flags fly and show me what you are all excited about!

Music: I can't get enough of "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People. The library has not bought the cd, so I am pondering the expense of ordering the MP3 download from Amazon. Every time I do this, the library buys the cd a week later. Perhaps they are spying on my account....

Books: Release Your Inner Geek
I have read and loved two books this year so far that are just love songs to the inner geek.
Among Others by Jo Walton is about a young girl whose reality is just terrible, and she gets through it by reading science fiction novels and by practicing magic. This is one of the most original books I have read in years. My review is here.

My other (new) fave is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I saw it at BEA, and grabbed a copy from Netgalley. I could not put it down. This will not appeal to everyone, but as someone who grew up in the 80's and who loves video games (not to the extreme the characters in this story do, but hey). Think The Empty Pot meets Goonies meets Tron meets Brazil (one of my top ten movies of all time!) Yeah, it is something like that. Read my review here.

Movie: I know I am a little late here, but we just watched True Grit and it was great. I didn't understand a third of what Bridges said, so I plan to watch it again with subtitles, but Mattie Ross stole the entire movie for me. Excellent.

TV: Still going strong with Game of Thrones (although, I am not sure I LOVE Game of Thrones). I really like some of the characters in the story, but the huge amount of sex bothers me. Also, when characters I don't like are on screen, the story really drags for me. I kind of see it as a stop gap until True Blood comes back.
Summer shows I can't wait for:
True Blood
Torchwood: Miracle Day (too bad it is set in the US)
(I really don't watch too much TV)

Movies I can't wait for:
HP 7.2 (have tickets for opening night already)
Super 8

So, if you have some current obsessions, leave a comment!


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I have had an insane amount of fun this summer, but I always try to do something for Shark Week. This year I called it Shark Lab and we are making three crafts I have never done with the kids before.

But for ME, I wanted a Sharknado.
Inspired by this post, and I tried several different dish soaps and NONE of the tornadoes looked as good as they did in this lady's posts. She must have magic soap, but it really works!

Then I went to three stores to find either plastic sharks that would be light enough to float and not just sink to the bottom of the jar and/or shrinky dink material (make my own damn sharks!) Both hunts were fail, so I made them myself using  a template I cannot find again. Sorry.

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Tonight's storytime followed the same format I use for all of my day storytimes as I have temporarily suspended my idea of doing storytime in reverse in order to get the kids sleepy. They only seem to run out into the library to pick out movies and books and the effect is lost. So here is what we did tonight.

Our theme was teddy bears, but our night storytime is always wear jammies, bring a lovey, and low action.

My opening song is Hello Bubbles which I learned from Read Sing Play here. BTW this woman is a storytime goddess and I have picked up many great ideas on her blog.

Story the 1st: The Red Hat by Lita Judge

 Why? Because I want to get across to my kids that books do not always have to have words in order for us to "read" them, and I want to give pre-readers a chance to feel proud they finished a book on their own. I plan to try to read or highlight at least one wordless read for the next couple of storytimes.

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