Today was gorgeous!! And the fact that it was Wednesday was icing on the cake. We hit the library and re-borrowed the first of Mary Pope Osborne's Odyssey books. The kids really enjoyed the 1st one some time ago, and I picked up #s 4 and 5 on our trip last week, so I put the others on hold and we'll hopefully get to read them all in a row. It's the time of year when I feel inspired to look at new educational goodies and I've been drooling over the latest Timberdoodle catalog. These look fun.
But most of our time was spent outside attempting genocide on the many thistles and dandelions inhabiting our Weed Beds™. (Someday these will become Flower Beds™. I hope.) After stabbing myself with a nasty thistle thorn, I had Peter Gabriel lyrics stuck in my head for the rest of the adventure.
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt. . .
Yesterday for Mollusc's b-day we made this cake (we did decorator frosting, though) and it turned out really tasty. I think it was even better today. I'm kind of a snob about using cake mixes, but this was O-Tay.
Tonight we watched Valiant which I'd grabbed at the library, and it was enjoyed by all. We got a kick out of the disclaimer at the end "No animals were harmed during the making of this film, including Dennis." (Dennis was a bug that got "squashed" by an evil falcon.) Rik Mayall was one of the voices. One cannot have enough of Rik Mayall. I've been a fan ever since The Young Ones. Also not appearing in this film (since they were only voices) Obi-Wan, "Monty Python" (Sluggie thought that was John Cleese's name for the longest time), Tim Curry (aka "The guy who reads the Lemony Snickets") Bertie Wooster, and Bridget Jones's dad.
Oh yeah - another rejection on a kids' story "we're so full up we don't have room for any more and are turning away good manuscripts" or something to that effect. Stink! And why are you listed in SCBWI's book as accepting manuscripts, then? The first time I submitted to them it was returned because they had neglected to take care of their PO box. I suppose that should have warned me that they didn't have their act together. But they were a small press and had the kind of philosophy I like to see, so I let them give it a look. Fine. Next publisher, step on up! This is the part I hate. Figuring out who's next. I'm not organised enough to have my original list of prospects. Now that I have a laptop that will change, though. Plah. Oh well. A Wrinkle in Time was rejected 17 times. I have 16 to go.