Kindergarten Open House

Last week, I took my oldest (T) to their school’s Kindergarten Open House. Unlike two years ago when it hit me hard she’ll be going to school, what got me this time was she’ll be in kindergarten in the fall.

I was lucky enough to be able to spend this few hours with her alone. We walked to school and as I talked to her future teacher, and other parents she was busy playing all over her future class room.

It was great to see familiar faces, parents and kids alike, for the benefit of my little girl. I don’t doubt she’ll be able to make friends easier than me ofcourse.

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Library Reads: January 2019

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Library Reads is a monthly wrap-up of what my toddler pulls out of the library shelves to read before bed. Sometimes we get to read them all, sometimes we don’t.

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What we read this month:

  • The Best Thing About A Puppy (Judy Hindley) – A picture book which showcases the highs and lows of having a puppy.
  • Fun Dog, Sun Dog (Deborah Heiligman) – In Fun Dog, Sun Dog, we get to meet Tinka who is a golden retriever, and the boy who loves her. We follow them as they spend the day at the beach and do all kinds of fun things.
  • Pom Pom Panda Gets The Grumps (Sophy Henn) – This is T’s favourite out of the bunch. Pom Pom Panda wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one morning, and the day easily went from bad to worse.
  • A Song For Jamela (Niki Daly) – When Jamela lands a job at her Aunt’s salon for the day, she can’t believe her eyes when Miss Bambi Chaka Chaka walks in to get her hair done. When a fly threatens the job, it’s up to Jamela to save the day.

 

What we didn’t read:

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The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

Thank you Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for my copy.

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Title: The Psychology of Time Travel
Author: Kate Mascarenhas
Published / Release Date: Feb 12, 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆

The Psychology of Time Travel opens in 1967 with four women—Margaret, Grace, Lucille and Barbara—who we’ll learn would be the pioneers of time travel. They are first shown tinkering with machines and calculations; checking the vitals of small animals before and after they’ve gone through their time machine to ensure they’re ok.

Before showing their invention to the public, the pioneers decided to test it themselves. This ended with Barbara having a breakdown, and therefore exiling her to prevent further humiliation to the pioneers and their work.

Fifty years later, we follow Odette through a museum; following an odour to its basement which door is bolted from the inside. At the sight of a pool of blood on the floor, Odette pushed the door open and found a dead body with multiple gunshot wounds.

Who is the victim? Who is the killer? And how did the killer (if there was one) managed to escape when the only way out was bolted shut from the inside?

Mascarenhas’ novel is deeply rooted in the idea of Time travel. We are presented with a list of terminologies with their meanings. We are given light to what could possibly happen to a time traveler’s mental state, and the steps or tests to be desensitized to death and/or the idea of it. Also, in this novel, time travel is widely known. It’s something normal. The Conclave is a whole different “company” which has their own set of laws, and is outside the jurisdiction of the government. Family members of those who work at the Conclave are aware they would eventually be interacting with the future versions of them.

I was having a good time trying to figure out who the deceased was. I had notes even if there wasn’t much to go on. I am aware that with mystery novels there is always the big reveal. It can range from who did it, who died, the reason why they died. Here’s the thing: how the person died was pretty cool. However, finding out who the dead person was was a bit anticlimactic.

The Psychology of Time Travel also allowed us to be time travellers ourselves by giving us chapters bouncing between the past and present. There is an issue within the story relating to the mental state of time travellers after they’ve travelled through different time periods. It is believed that at some point too much time travel can mess with a person’s mind that they would mix up which fact belongs in the correct year. Having to get a glimpse of that by reading through this is a nice touch.

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Vox by Christina Dalcher

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Title: Vox
Author: Christina Dalcher
Published / Release Date: August 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Fiction
My Rating:

I remember hearing about Vox over on What Should I Read Next Podcast. It sounded promising, and it’s something I haven’t read before.

Vox is set in an America where half of the gender population is reduced to 100 words a day. These women and girls are equipped with a counter which electrocutes them if they dare speak past the 100th word mark. Vox is about the lengths a person would go through to change that. Vox is set in present day America with its government running it as if it’s the olden times. Homosexuality is highly frowned upon; boys and girls go to different schools wherein the girls attend a school which curriculum is pretty much Home Ec on steroids.

What I liked about it: Dalcher gave us a taste of how it used to be when women are expected to get married, have kids, stay at home and simply be on the sidelines. Yes, I am aware this still happen today but the difference is the expectation is no longer there. Getting married, having kids, and staying at home with the kids are now all choices we are able to make. We are able to work, get paid equally as our male colleagues, and even hold power. We are also free to love and be with who we chose. The reality of Dalcher’s America peaks through throughout the book and it’s scary.

I also enjoyed the difference in opinions between Dr. Jean McClellan and her son Steven. In addition to that, I liked that this book got me upset at certain parts of it.

What I didn’t like:  I find there to be something missing for me. The premise is intriguing, but it didn’t give me the ending I needed. I also found it to be a bit long. There was also something in the story line which I find to be unnecessary although I can’t seem to put my finger on it.

With that said… it is still a good read. Be cautious though if you do decide to read this as it has homophobia, and self harm / suicide attempts.

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