1. I sort of stole the post title from one of the items on my list of things making me happy this week: the NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. I've been missing a public radio pop culture element to my life since leaving Canada and free-flowing CBC Radio, and this fills the void nicely. I wish that I was sitting at the table when the geeky and witty hosts are recording the show, but I would probably be a nuisance with all of my laughing.
2. I saw a presentation today by Ruth Van Reken who co-authored the book Third Culture Kids, and it was fabulous and I feel so understood! Usually I feel like we're parenting our kids in a sort of cultureal no-man's land, as we're far removed from Canadian culture and barriers of infiltrating Vietnamese culture, and it was awesome to be in a room with other people in the same situation as my family and listen to someone who grew up overseas talk about it. That book is going to be my next download on my Kindle, whenever I see it again.
3. Preschool is coming to suit Sadie nicely - I wrote about it in my last post.
4. I chatted with my parents a couple of times. I love Vonage. How did we live for three years in Thailand without a Vonage box? We should have traded our long distance bills for a local Edmonton number before we even went abroad.
5. Tucked into Madeline's Take-Home folder the other day were a pair of her school picture proofs, and continuing the tradition started a few years ago, she once again is NOT smiling. I'm not one iota upset about this and in fact am bizarrely pleased that she is so consistent. I'm going to order one copy of the photo with her entire class (where she is also not smiling) for her to keep for memories.