What I read: This week I read The Golem and the Jinni. (I was very lucky to find another great book to read on the library’s e-book system!) I first heard about this book on the What Should I Read Next? podcast and it sounded interesting. The story follows a golem and a jinni as they navigate their way through the rocky world of immigrants living in New York during the late 1800s. The author did a brilliant job of creating a totally believable story with two mythical lead characters. At first I did not care for the jinni character, but he grew on me after he met the golem and she began to have an impact on his way of thinking. I loved the golem from the start because she kind of reminded me of a more mature and cautious Pinocchio. Luckily, she had a helpful rabbi to be her Jiminy Cricket:)
**Fun facts: A golem is a mythical Jewish-being created from clay and animated by a spell to do whatever its master bids. A jinni is a mischievous magical spirit that originated in Syria and their tales are told throughout the Bedouin tribes still today.
Emma (15 years old) is reading Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare.
Ben (8 years old) is reading Stink Moody and the Midnight Zombie Walk.
What I watched: My husband and I decided to pick out a DVD to watch from our collection each night after the kids go to bed. Last night we started Slammin’ Salmon. If you liked Super Troopers, then you will love this less known but equally good selection from the Broken Lizard gang. **FYI: Contains adult humor!
Struggles this week:
-The shower arm broke in our downstairs bathroom and Emma yells, “The shower is broken and water is gushing from the wall.” Great!!!!
Blessings this week:
-My husband brought home a bouquet of flowers to thank me for keeping things running smoothly during this crisis (so sweet!)
-On Easter morning Emma decorated a crucifix to celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead with some of the flowers from my bouquet.
-I am so happy that I remembered to buy all of the fixings for Easter breakfast and lunch. Anything that is “normal” is totally relished by my children during these stressful times. We had our traditional pigs in blankets and cinnamon rolls for breakfast. For lunch we are having turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and rolls…so many carbs!! **We are missing our usual extended family celebration:(
-In a bizarre twist, my children have gotten along wonderfully this week (It must be an Easter miracle) Ben plays with his Tinkertoys so much better when Emma helps.
-Emma was never exposed to Legos as a little girl (Ben said that I failed her) but she has found a love for them later in life. Every afternoon both of my kids sit down and create something together. Harmony + children = Happy mama
-Our biggest blessing is that we have not been sick and I hope that we keep it that way.
Something I was happy to accomplish this week:
-Finished this beautiful puzzle…its the little things that bring happiness
Funny things that happened this week:
-After I told Ben what we would be having for Easter breakfast and lunch, he exclaimed, “Wow! We are going to be feasting like kings!” **I think he got that expression from the Mickey and the Beanstalk cartoon
Two of my favorite memes of the week:
Stay safe and try to keep on laughing!