I plan to…

– learn one new thing every day for the next 7 days! Lets see how creative I can be and how enriched I am at the end 😉 Why am I doing this? Just to add some fun into every day life!!

– visit other blogs (I have been very lazy in doing that) and read, catch up and comment!

– work on finding a weekend getaway with something to see and do in winter in New Zealand, preferably not too much of a drive from Wellington.

– work on my resume and send it out – that would be step one in looking for a job.

– have a family chat at the dinner table, about some basic rules and guidelines that the 3 of us need to follow in home and outside.

– go to the library and pick books for N. We are done with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I also want to see the movie based on the book, with N.

– catch up on my reading! I am still on my Douglas Adams and I want to read all of these books next (not necessarily in this order) –

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Open by Andre Agassi

 Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents by Betsy Brown Braun

Phew! So much to do and so little time!

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What are we reading these days?

N is reading or rather being read to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. It is one of my ALL TIME favourites! I love seeing the movie too, and it is one movie I could watch over and over again (Normally, I cannot watch re runs, just can’t).

So I was walking back home after dropping N off to pre school the other day and I passed by this local book store chain called Whitcoulls (a la Barnes & Noble in the USA). They have their annual sale going on and on the display section, was this book – ON SALE – NZ $5 instead of the regular $20! The book-lover and sale-lover in me stared with eyes wide open!! I grabbed it lest someone else picked that copy up. Ya ya I was being paranoid, but for Charlie and Willy Wonka its ok to behave like that, right?? I know some of you are nodding your heads 🙂

N is also loving the book. We read a few pages or chapters every night. I love the characters, the simple yet detailed descriptions and language, the fun and quirkiness!!

The love of reading is one thing I would like to pass on to my child (err excuse me Mr Gibran this doesn’t mean I “seek to make him like me“). I have read to him from the day I brought him home from the hospital and even before that. And he does love books now and enjoys our routine of reading a book every night.

I believe books open newer worlds for us, help expand one’s horizon and make a person a better human being in the grand scheme of life! Which brings me to what I am reading these days? I am onto The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Its one of the quirkiest books ever and something that I had been putting off for a long time (still don’t know why!). And I think it is going to be one of those books which grow on you and then stay there forever! A classic in its own sense and genre. I am halfway through 2nd part – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and am loving it 🙂

There are so many books I want to read – to myself and to N! The next one being – Andre Agassi’s autobiography “Open” (have always loved the guy) and then I shall pick something from the Whitcoulls Top 100 books!!!

For N, I would like to start some books that he can self read. He can identify the alphabets and he reads them out from sign boards, newspapers, books etc. But is yet to group them into words like c, a, t makes cat! So I would like to get him some easy to read, self read, big letters books which he can start reading himself. I think some scrabble or phonetics also might help in spelling words. Any thoughts/suggestions/book recommendations for him? He will turn 4 in October!

Have a great week!! 🙂