1. The Incredibles stands up well as an entertaining kids' movie that adults can enjoy -- Edna Mode, the movie's designer character based on IRL designer Edith Head, is particularly amusing. Paul and I had both seen this movie when it first came out -- we must have taken our nieces and/or nephew -- and we both found it engaging enough to watch all the way through with Nola.
3. Should you have a 6-year-old around, you might want to try out this simple recipe that S/he could make independently. (would also work with a 4 or a 5 or a 7 or an 8). Nola says: Spread peanut butter all over a soft tortilla then roll it all around a banana. You could cut it in half to eat, but Nola can usually manage to eat almost the whole thing. She recommends putting the last leftover few inches into a container on the counter so that when you get hungry you can just pour yourself a glass of milk to go with and have a little snack. . . .
4. We did this one day this week while Granddad went to yoga class -- mostly, it's Nola and Granddad who go for coffee and hot chocolate in the morning, but Nana's schedule made room for the treat on Wednesday. She wanted a croissant with chocolate, and she was more than delighted with this pain au chocolat. I'm trying to ensure she's Paris-ready for a trip with Nana within the next few years (she thinks 6 would be good; I'm thinking maybe 7 or 8, we'll see).
5. It's hugely worth the juggling and the busy-ness and the fatigue to have this girl to ourselves for the week. But it is a challenge, and I'm more than ever recognizing I'm ready to retire. I went to bed at 8 one night, leaving Granddad to tuck Nola in, and I was asleep by 8:15 (and this in the first week of Daylight Savings!). And I've been trying to fit marking into every spare corner of time I can find, but I'm still behind. So I was surprised to get a compliment or two on this outfit the other day -- I leave before Nola and Granddad are up, so there's lots of tiptoeing and trying to find things and I'd woken up a bit later than usual. This was the morning after I'd gone to bed exhausted at 8 the night before, and there'd been absolutely no outfit planning. Just grabbed some good basics that I love and feel comfortable in and then worried a bit while biking to the ferry that I might have forgotten something important like, say, a skirt or underwear or whatever. . . .
What about you? Comments on my taste in children's movies? Recommendations of same? Favourite outfits you grab out of the closet in the dark when you're in a rush that somehow work every time? Or just tell me how very ready you are for the weekend. . . Or not, I'm grateful you stopped by to read whether you comment or not. Happy Friday!