Friday, October 24, 2008

I said "Hey! What's goin' on?"

Jacob has been getting into the grad school groove. He scored 100% on his first two (2!) tests in graduate school, but does not believe his Ace streak will last. He has joined a chemistry lab now, and will be experimenting in astrochemistry! That's right, the chemistry of space is the concern of the lab: introductory writeup here.

Alysa has been reading up a storm. As a panelist for the Middle Grade Fiction category of the 2008 Cybils, she has to help narrow the list of 126 nominees to fewer than ten recommended titles. For reviews of what she reads, check out her book blog, Everead. She thinks this whole Cybils thing is pretty awesome, especially since a publisher sent her two of the nominated titles in a surprise package last week! Who doesn't love mail?

Benjamin had his first taste of rice cereal this week! Can you believe he's old enough for that? Well he can, and he loves the stuff. The cutie also has a well baby checkup (with the promise of more immunizations) coming up next week. Patty-cake and Peek-a-boo are his two favorite games.


Anna said...

Alysa, I've been thinking about your reading and all of your reviews lately. Have you ever seen a website called ? It is geared to parents that want to know what is in the content of movies. It gives different points for what is in the movie in different categories and then you can click on an explanation that tells you specifically what and why it was rated that. Anyway, I keep thinking that I don't have the time to read every possible book that my kids may read when they start getting older, but it would be really nice to have a site like to go to that talks about books. (Do you know of one already?) It could include book ratings (popularity), content, and themes introduced. Some books introduce new types of themes and concepts that the kid hasn't really thought of. This part could talk about different questions to talk about and pages to refer you to talk about them - kind of like a cheat sheet for a book club. The books could include required texts for school as well as classics and others that kids/teens would like to read. The beauty of it is that for every book you talk about you could have a link to Amazon to buy. If they bought it there then you'd get commission! Then there is also other advertisements that could be on the side that help pay for the site (and hopefully more). Do you know of one of these already? Would it be a cool idea? What do you think?

Anonymous said...

FTD You know we have some of those meteorites hanging around somewhere. They are Gold Basin meteorites.