1. the AT&T technical support line might say that the wait time is unusually long and that i’ll be waiting for close to an eternity, but just let your baby scream while the automated voice prompter tries to get more detailed info from you and after the sixth attempt you’ll be immediately transferred to a human. (i assume you could also make unintelligible shrieking baby noises yourself.) when you start explaining your problems to the tech guy, keep your kid within earshot of the phone and give her a cookie so they switch from shrieking to adorable baby noises. this makes tech guy ask questions about the adorable noise-making baby and become fast friends with you. and before you know it, a repair guy is at your doorstep, even past normal business hours, fixing your internet.
2. homeschool curriculum catalogs are great for book lists. i know, i know, there are lists all over the internet and there are even whole books of lists (some of which i have and love), but there is something about a yearly updated, easy to stuff in my purse, divided by age/grade catalog that i’m a sucker for. i also make lists upon lists of books i want to read and books i want to read to the kiddos. i then lose these lists or leave them at home and then stand in the middle of the kids’ floor in the library and get overwhelmed and go home. but now if i’m running out the door to the library i’ll grab a catalog and feel a little more confident that i can wade through the overwhelming options a bit better (and faster). (Sonlight and Veritas Press have good lists and win points for being small enough to fold up into a bag.)
3. Mercy Watson books are the perfect solution to meeting the $25 order minimum for Amazon orders. i would say 88% of my orders fall short of the minimum by about 4 to 5 dollars. now ms. dicamillo needs to pump out a few more in the series because we’ve tapped out the current supply. any other good 5 dollar kid book suggestions?
4. kamut wheat needs a foodie movie made about it. kamut is next on my list of grains to jump into using. what’s not to love about a wheat that has a makeup that gives it an “inherent sweetness” and has a (supposedly true) history that sounds like it could have come from a movie? a WWII u.s. airman takes some grain from a box in an egyptian tomb and gives 36 kernels to a friend who sends it to his dad in montana. the grain grows and thrives but doesn’t really interest anyone until a few decades later. Good to the Grain has a whole chapter devoted to kamut, and her huckle buckle is waiting to be made.