Saturday, November 18, 2006

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Today has been a day of favorite things. First, to start the day, I enjoyed opening a fresh bag of coffee beans. I sipped Boca Java's Ocean Drive and baked some chocolate chip muffins. Yummy stuff.

I leasurely read the morning papers, as we receive two. First I read the Houston Chronicle then the Wall Street Journal, weekend edition. After a shower I watched some cooking shows as I pulled myself together for a lunch date with my childhood friend. We meet once a month and today it was a terrific seafood lunch and visit. Our lunches last about two hours. I brought my son fried shrimp for his lunch and he was very pleased.

I called the bookstore and reserved a copy of "Huck Finn" for son's AP English class reading. I am somewhat disappointed in this choice as he read it in middle school and I think for an AP English class it is not much of a challenge but I won't complain as this is the first choice I have been disappointed with since he began high school and advanced English classes. Next they will read "The Great Gatsby".

My son was in a middle school production of "Huck Finn" and played that character.

According to :
Wildlife officials in southern Australia plan to deploy sheepdogs to protect the coast's dwindling population of fairy penguins. A pilot project will employ one dog on Middle Island, where the number of birds has dropped from about 5,000 five years ago to only 100 now because of attacks by wild dogs and foxes.

I was unfamilar with fairy penguins.

And to come full circle on my beloved fancy birds, I see a story book for children is causing a ruckus in a town 20 miles east of St. Louis. It is a story of two male penguins raising a baby penguin called "And Tango Makes Three". It is a true story of two male penguins in NYC's Central Park Zoo that raised a chick from a fertilized egg as their own.

These parents at Shiloh Elementary School claim this raised the issue of same sex parents and they aren't happy with children asking questions on the subject.


Maybe before jumping off a cliff on this one the parents might educate themselves on penguins a bit. The male penguin cradles the egg under a flap above his feet and is the one to hatch the egg.

Education, people. Education.

And from this entry's title, yes, "The Sound of Music" is in my top 10 all time favorite movies. I love movies too much to scale down the all time favorites list any smaller!


aka_Meritt said...

You know your son chose that book BECAUSE he was in the play in middle school. LOL. Guys brains are like that.

(Coffeekid did similar... so far he's managed to do 2 reports and a costumed character biography on Martin Luther King - and 2 more reports on arctic explorer Matthew Hensen. He figures it's less studying if he keeps choosing people he knows already! LOL.

srp said...

Has he read "The Giver" by Lois Lowry? Even if they never use it in school it is an amazing read. I love books that go along and suddenly you know you've been hit with a twist totally unexpected but that which makes total sense.

It's like Hitchcock did in his movies or the more recent movie "Dead Again" with Kenneth Brannaugh and Emma Thompson. (not really that recent but one of my favorites)