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    Seven Quick Takes on Flooding Bathrooms, Ugly Kids {yes really}, Movie Review, and MORE!

    April 1, 2016 by Brandy Vencel

    Seven Quick Takes

    :: 1 ::

    On Easter Sunday, we had a flood in our bathroom. It seems that the tank of the toilet has been leaking for some time, only we didn’t know it. On Easter, all hell broke loose. Ha. {Are we allowed to make Easter jokes?} So there was a lot of water in the bathroom and then it went under the cabinets and through the wall into the master closet, as well as out of the house onto the patio and also into the master bedroom. Pardon my sarcasm, but it was great.

    We’ve had a water extraction team here most of the week, and things seem to have dried out. Naturally, I’m nervous about mold growth. Of course, the fact that water went all over the carpet is also an issue. And the fact that the paint was ruined when the baseboards were torn off is another. But the threat of mold is the biggest thing…


    :: 2 ::

    Not even kidding: my friend loaned me this book and I’m loving it. Because provoking title, you know? It’s a fascinating study of orthodontic and other issues. Dr. Huggins thinks that many orthodontic issues are caused not just by nutritional deficiencies, but sleep position. He’s the original Back to Sleep guy! And, surprise of surprises, it turns out to be a living book! So far, it’s a joy to read, even if I don’t know what to think about all of it.


    :: 3 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    • The Woods, a Mole, and Homeschool Sanity from Mum to Mom
      • So beautifully put!
    • Why I Don’t Like Play Based Learning from Happiness is here…
      • Um, yes. I agree. If an adult is involved, it might be fun, but it’s not play in the strictest sense. Also: contrive is not play, either. {HT: Rahime}
    • Why I Don’t Read 100 Books a Year from Medium
      • I don’t read 100 books a year, either, but it’s for entirely different purposes. I believe in slow reading. In addition to this, I find that reading fewer books causes me to be really picky, meaning that what I read becomes that much more valuable. {HT: Lisa}


    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2013:

    History Through Different Lenses

    When my son didn’t like Susan Wise Bauer’s telling of Commodore Perry’s adventures in Japan, I went on a little history journey.


    :: 5 ::

    Pan was the movie we watched for our 7-Up Club movie night last week. It’s basically a Peter Pan prequel — it answers the question of what led to the circumstance we find when we read {or watch} Peter Pan — how did the Lost Boys get to Neverland? How did Peter?

    I would file this one under Interesting. There are some smallish details that bothered me — like how the whole thing felt like it was set in the Steampunk era, and then they have World War II going on, complete with fighter pilots or something? That didn’t make a lot of sense. And then there were bigger details — like when we are told in the book that Peter decided to run away when he was a baby, and yet in this movie, Peter is kidnapped by pirates, by arrangement of the evil nuns in the orphanage where he lives. {I know — evil nuns — why must all the Christians be bad in movies? Sigh.}

    And then, Peter can fly because he’s the “promised one” or something, and not because pixie dust has that effect?

    But I can say I love their use of R.E.M. and Nirvana tunes for pirate music!

    Come to think of it, you’re probably better off watching this movie if you aren’t inordinately tied to the real Peter Pan. I am able to suspend my disbelief and enjoy a movie regardless — unless it is Tolkien, in which case I am steamed — and it was fun, so there you are. That’s my review. 😉


    :: 6 ::

    LOVED this:


    Hiddleston interviewActor Tom Hiddleston (of Avengers fame) discussing the importance of classical language study with comedian Stephen Colbert.

    Posted by Department of Classics, University of Otago on Wednesday, March 30, 2016


    All great villains have been classical educated, it seems. 😉


    :: 7 ::

    In case you missed it, Scholé Sisters released Episode 5!

    It was so much fun to spend time talking with Ravi Jain!


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  • Reply Catie April 2, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Sorry about your flooding! 🙁 Stinks out loud!

    I just read your history post and it’s very enlightening/overwhelming! HA! I’m just SO not well-versed enough in history to pick up on some of this! I’m thankful for people like you who are willing to share your experiences. Lots to chew on there.

    I also read the “100 Books” post and I have to say I’m feeling like I really need to cut down on my quantity of reading. The trouble is, for me, half of the books I read are for entertainment, you know? Like, I don’t have time to watch much tv or whatever, so I read fun books! But I *could* be using that time to read SUBSTANTIAL books. Hmm…. gotta give that some more thought (at least until my latest novel is finished. Ahem).

    I’m glad you wrote about Pan–I’ve seen that movie at our library and wondered if it would be worth our time and I think “no”, for now. As a side note, I could not BELIEVE HOW HARD THAT BOOK WAS TO READ OUT LOUD. I didn’t even get through the first chapter!!!! Is it just me? (And not to brag, – #totallyambragging – but I’m a good Read Out Loud-er)

    • Reply Megan April 5, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Yes! I thought Peter Pan would be cake – I mean, I have happily and successfully read aloud The Hobbit and Alice in Wonderland – but Peter Pan was an epic read aloud fail for me. I couldn’t STAND it.

      • Reply Catie April 5, 2016 at 10:00 am

        Oh good! Glad I’m not the only one! So you didn’t finish it either? 🙂 I need to check into the audio version for sure!

  • Reply Tania April 2, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Just read your SOTW post and am so relieved that it isn’t just me that finds SWB’s tone frustrating. I am teaching Ancient Times to K/1 at our co-op (not a CM co-op and not my curriculum choice) and it has been a struggle. I couldn’t quite out my finger on it, it just wasn’t the same quality as OIS and the other history books we’ve read. I really had a huge problem getting past my issues with this book that it was mentally difficult to teach the class. I’ve gotten past it and made my peace now, thankfully, but it’s been a bit of a slog. Anyway, I think you have explained why it has annoyed me. I appreciated your comments about perspective. We will be headed to Y5 next year with my oldest, so I am thankful to be considering this book ahead of time. Thanks for posting. Incidentally, my Well Trained Mind friends who love SOTW found The Modern Age less enjoyable than the rest of the series.

    Oh, and thank you for linking to my post. I am a big fangirl of yours so I was tickled pink that you read it!

  • Reply Virginia Lee April 1, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Ok, just re read your post about SOTW and Perry. Why oh why will someone not write a better modern history living book?! My son starts Y5 next year. I have every book we need *except* SOTW or the 20th Century title. I just feel so blah about each of those. I think we’ve been spoiled by the spectacular books so far in years 1-4. I’m all for the discussions and so is my son. So there is fruit to be had there. But honestly, I will have to read the 20th Century one aloud and it’s a new baby year for us, or give him STOW and and just deal with her tone and statements through it all that make me sigh. So this was a timely article for you to link to. It will give me more to think on. Unless by chance you have stumbled across another title that covered even part of the Term 3 Y5 time period you like? Is there something floating around out there AO is missing? I know, I know, I’m grasping at straws. I’m convinced that as much as Wendi C reads she would have found it. =) But I’m still asking anyway.

  • Reply Virginia Lee April 1, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    We’ve dealt with mold as well. Not on my list of top 1,000 things to do again. Ha! The adults were exhausted by the end of it. The kids thought it was a grand adventure. I guess being displaced from your bedroom, having the insanely loud fans run for days on end, the suits and gear they wear to do the removal, and all the zipper doors to contain mold spores are entertaining for children. But at least it can be removed. Asbestos removal from what I hear is much worse. The state actually gets involved. So if you are looking for a silver lining…

    Off to read some of your links. You always have some interesting ones. =)

  • Reply Tara April 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Brandy, since you are concerned about mold, you might like to check out Andrea’s website, such as this article:
    She and her family had a mold problem and didn’t know it and eventually had to move out of that home and recover from various health issues. She has some info on her site about issues pertaining to mold. Perhaps you’d find something useful if you browse a bit over there. She responds to comments on her site as well, so you might be able to ask any questions that are plaguing you!

  • Reply Dawn April 1, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Oh, NO re: the flood, Brandy!!! I’m sorry to hear about it and will pray for the absence of mold.

  • Reply Amber Vanderpol April 1, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Oh no, so sorry to hear about the flooding! I hope everything can get dried out quickly and well and nothing develops down the line. At least it happened at a good time of year when it is nice and sunny? I’m looking forward to reading your links later… thanks!

  • Reply Julie Zilkie April 1, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Okay, you have to tell us when you finish reading that book how they are supposed to be sleeping! Unfortunately on Amazon it is $30 + dollars, so I won’t be purchasing! I have seven children and every single one of them has super straight teeth. I have always wondered if I just got lucky, or there is something more to it. Sleep position is certainly not something I would have considered.

    • Reply Sharron April 1, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Ditto! I would like to hear more about that too.

  • Reply Heather April 1, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I feel your pain on your flood! We have been displaced from our home for a month now. We had water damage that led to both bathrooms and kitchen being torn out.
    And aren’t those fans just lovely?? (Tons of sarcasm).

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 1, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Oh, Heather! I feel bad complaining at all after reading this — your flood sounds *much* worse than mine. I’m so sorry! Hang in there!

  • Reply Rebecca April 1, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Did you and I recently talk about this movie? I remember telling someone about it, but can’t remember who……The things you liked about Pan were the things I hated. Why are they singing “smells like teen spirit”????? So funny. I did think that maybe i disliked the movie because we had just finished reading Peter Pan. Perhaps if it wasn’t supposed to be Peter Pan I could have enjoyed the story more, ya know? I found the whole fairy/crystal sequence at the end strange, regardless of who the story was about!

    Hope the house is getting nice and dry! ?

  • Reply Kelly April 1, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I love Peter Pan, too, and all the movies I’ve seen (I think Hook is my favorite PP fan fiction). I have no problem with alternate universe fan fics, which Pan definitely is, but we came away from it saying, “That could have been a good movie.” It just wasn’t good story-telling. That scene where the tribe leader sees Peter’s necklace, and suddenly everything stops while they bow to him. And then they want him to prove that he really is who they just acknowledged him to be. Smee was a mere appendage — there was no point to his character, except that he had to be there because it’s canon. They didn’t even plant the seeds for the future war between Peter and Hook. We did see his self-centeredness although they tried to make it seem less cold-hearted than it really was, but they could have had him become more and more of a tyrant as he gained power, which would have set the stage for Peter to completely reject growing up — the only adults in his experience were pirates. (FWIW, we decided that the nuns weren’t really nuns — they were obviously the front for a massive crime ring which specializes in human trafficking.)

    It did have its moments, and we laughed aloud fairly often, but overall it was just . . . a wasted opportunity.

  • Reply Sharron April 1, 2016 at 6:01 am

    So much good stuff here! Well, except for the water leak! Will pray for no mold!!
    My 16 yo loves all things Peter Pan! She totally doesn’t care if they are consistent, she still loves all the different variations.
    Love your history post and look forward to checking out the other links a bit later today.

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