We flew the coop!

No review this week, folks. Last week, Haley and I both got the enjoy that rarest and most mixed of blessings: travel without children. And now we are both home and reconnecting, which in my case means lots of reading to a book-addicted-18-month-old and not so much writing. (In other news, any tips for when your 18-month-old son is obsessed with the Berenstain bears? I’m about to go bananas…)

My trip was a weekend away in Montana with my husband, where we traveled to hear the Emerson Quartet perform Mozart, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. If you don’t own a copy of Beethoven’s late string quartets, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy ASAP. (I recommend the Emerson or Quartetto Italiano recordings.) They are absolutely, transcendently beautiful, witty, and moving.

Happy Monday!

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3 thoughts on “We flew the coop!

  1. Okay, wait a sec… He is EIGHTEEN MONTHS OLD already?! Whoa there, buddy. Slow it down, please.

    In regards to the Berenstain Bear situation, could you stick with the bear theme but branch out a bit or would that not cut it? You could try Jesse Bear, Jamberry, Bear and Ball, Bear Snores On, Brown Bear Brown Bear, etc.

    • Oh, if only it were that simple. Unfortunately, it’s not so much bears in general that he’s into, it’s Papa Bear specifically. As in, he walks around clutching the book chanting, “Papa! Papa!” And then has to point out Papa on every page.

      That said, I’ll give it a shot. We’ll see if he notices if the book is replaced…I do love Jamberry!

  2. Oh, dear, the Berenstein Bear books are such a trial – ha! I remember loving them as a kid, but when our oldest went through a fan-phase – aaaah!

    My only coping skill was to avoid the moral-ish ones like the plague (they have the little lighthouse in the corner – they are SO much longer). So we stuck with the older ones AND I discovered that the library easy reader section has versions of BB. They are really quite short and relatively painless.

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