The Week Ahead – September 1-7, 2008

I cannot believe that we are in September now. Even though this weekend has been a warm one, I do sense a little bit of change in the quality of light. I feel a tinge of Fall. Here’s what going on this week:

Monday, September 1, 2008 – It’s Labor Day! We spent the day at a friends’ house. We swam, we ate, we swam some more. The kids are tired and so am I.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 – Two meetings to go to. Don’t tell anyone but I am not a fan of meetings. Especially after a nice, long weekend. Reading some more of The Meaning of Night tonight. That is, if the kids get their homework done early enough.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 – Working on an art project tonight. I do stamping on the side..for fun and I have been meaning to create these framed art pieces for my guest bathroom. I have all the stuff and I know what I am going to do so I plan to do it tonight. The colors are chocolate brown and tiffany blue and will be framed in white frames.

Thursday, September 4, 2008 – My book group meets tonight to discuss Mister Pip. It’s one of my picks so I am interested to see what everyone thinks.

Friday, September 5, 2008 – HaPpY BiRtHdAy to me! I am 40 years old today and taking the day off! My husband planned a surprise weekend trip. I have absolutely no idea what is in store for me. I do know it’s a family trip as I want to the celebrate with the kids too. I will post an update later and hopefully some pics too. What book should I pack? I could take The Meaning of Night as I know I won’t be done with it, or I could take Wife of the North. What do you think?

The Weekend – My birthday celebration continued. I will be back to reality by dinnertime on Sunday.

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Bad Kitty, by Nick Bruel

My daughter loves her books. We picked up Bad Kitty, by Nick Bruel from the library last weekend and we have been reading it ever since. There is also a “cat nipped” version, where there are actual bites taken out of the hardcover. That is the version we checked out and if you have the opportunity to buy it, I suggest that version. She really got a kick out of it. Great marketing idea.

Bad Kitty used to be a good kitty, until his owner forgot to buy his favorite foods. The next few pages tell, along with great illustrations, what Bad Kitty is doing to his home and those around him. He fights with the neighbor, he attacks the vet, etc. The pictures are hilarious. My four-year old was laughing out loud.

Halfway through the book, his owner comes home with his favorite treats, which are described in great detail and then he is transformed into Good Kitty once again. It’s a predictable romp but fun to read out loud. The only downside is that there are some words that a young child would not understand.. so I had to replace them with other words as I read the story out loud.

Because of the vocabulary, I would say this book is geared towards the 5-6 age range and will appeal to boys and girls alike. It’s silly but a lot of fun. Check it out if you can!

Chatting with friends about books and life…