When Bumbershoot was for families, before they started charging full price for children over five, I introduced my kids to a lot of good music.
When I travel internationally, I always buy a local SIM card (unless it’s a very short trip). Even when I’ve had cell phones with international calling plans, the roaming or international data charges were much more expensive than just getting a local card. I wrote a little bit about this when I went to China last year, but of course most of my international travel in recent years has been to Iceland. So of course I was very happy when I Heart Reykjavik saved me the trouble of writing up a post about buying Icelandic SIM cards. She’s pretty much covered everything.
The only thing I would add is that while Siminn is usually the best company, I had a terrible connection when I went to the Eistnaflug festival in the Eastfjords. I ended up switching to Nova, which for some reason seemed to work better in that region.
So, if you’re traveling to Iceland and trying to decide what to do about your phone, read this:
My daughter turned seven in December, and of course, she wanted a party. She didn’t want too many people; she’s a fairly quiet, shy girl of the fairy princess variety and the thought of inviting the whole class was as overwhelming to her as to us. So a tea party seemed just the thing. We called a local tea house famed for offering its guests tiaras and discovered our imaginations stretched further than our budget. My requirement that the whole house be clean before we host a party at home was met with a declaration to call the whole thing off. Then we thought of the dojo. My husband teaches at a martial arts school mere blocks from the tea house; the birthday girl was taking her yellow belt test days before the party, and The Princess in Black is her favorite book. Thus was born the Princess in Black Martial Arts Tea Party. Continue reading
Gojira is one of my favorite bands. I’ve seen the band twice now, and hope to see many more. I’ve only seen about half a dozen of the Gojira movies for which they are named, but I’ll get around to the rest eventually.
I love the band’s name because it is so apt. On the surface, a giant monster mindlessly stomping everything. On reflection, a statement on humanity’s self-destructive tendency to separate itself from the natural world. Here, Gojira is flattening a Seattle audience at Studio 7 in 2013 rather than atomic-era Tokyo. But the image quality is just as bad.
What’s your favorite Gojira movie? Favorite Gojira album?
January was a bit of a slow month, since I spent most of December visiting family and entertaining kids over the holiday vacation instead of pitching new stories. But I wrote a few things that showed up on the internet, and if you’re interested, here they are. Continue reading
Last year I set a reading challenge on Goodreads. I think it was for 35 books, but I hit the goal in September and raised the bar to 50.
I read a lot of middle grade and romance books, which tend to be short, so it inflates my count. At the end of the year, Goodreads made this cute little report on my reading habits that I thought would be fun to share here on the blog. After a bit of futzing around, I’ve given up on trying to keep the cute formatting. Sorry about that. I tried to make up for it by inserting links to related blog posts. Anyway, here’s what I read last year.
MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2015