1. We've had these sheets for a few years now. I cannot remember where they came from, but I need to replace them exactly because those little "side" and "top or bottom" tags are my favorite thing for our almost-but-not-quite perfectly square bed. Tell me, dear readers, is this just a thing on all sheets now? If not, I suppose I could DIY something with colored ribbon or the like, but I'd forever be forgetting whether blue meant "side" or "top or bottom". I need it to be real straightforward.
2. As predicted, my "read more books" goal did not go as well in February. I just can't get through Hidden Figures. It's going to be a good story, I can tell. I just wish the author would get to the story already. All of the backstories and side stories and crossways stories are like wading through molasses. I am seriously debating giving up the book and waiting for the DVD.
3. The Kid and I did finish Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. Which was awesome. And very Roald Dahl-ish, if you're into that. (We are.)
4. I don't know if I've said here, but--in addition to my recipe posts, which I've been doing for years--I started doing some craft blogging for Sparkle Stories at the beginning of the year. I'm enjoying it to bits (an excuse to make things!), but you know who is really loving it? The Kid and Little Miss. Because apparently having your mom say, "Come tell me where to put the towers on this castle," and, "Today we're going to push away the dining room table so we can do an indoor obstacle course," is great fun when you are two and six, respectively. The only thing that is disappointing the Kid is that I still have no inside knowledge re: when the next How to Be Super collection comes out. (But I'm glad I don't, because I like surprises, too.)
5. This has been a week of planning. It's like we hit March 1st and all of a sudden all of the summer ducks need lining up. I mean that literally, as well as metaphorically. I ordered ducklings today. A black runner, a blue runner, and a chocolate runner, for the Kid, Little Miss, and myself, respectively. (Sweet Husband declined his chance to have his own personal duckling.) We used to have a few ducks in our flock, if you will recall. I loved their personalities, but they were a bit too much with a new baby (back when the Kid was "the new baby"), so we rehomed them. Now that the children are both a little older, I think we'll be able to enjoy them much more.
6. And the buying of seasonal clothes. This week's mission was a few new t-shirts. I got this one for the Kid (who--after a fake fortune telling session at our library's Harry Potter night--thinks he's a reincarnated wolf now), and these two for Little Miss. I also scored this one for a little friend of ours, and I'm still a bit sad that I didn't get one for myself, too. (It's the best "She Persisted" shirt I've seen so far.)
7. Also planned? The great Carver-Allmond train trip of 2017. We've been talking about riding the train to California to see my dad since the Kid first became enamoured with trains. This week, I finally booked the trip. We're going the northern route (the California Zephyr from Omaha to Sacramento), and (because it's a looong trip) we got a "family bedroom" sleeper car. We've done short stints on Amtrak (from Lawrence to Kansas City and from Kansas City to St. Louis), but this will be a much longer adventure. Does anyone have any awesome tips for enjoying our trip on the train?