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Inbox reminders from the library and Ten Marks and a good, no a great, read from Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman Indigo at capabilitymom.comIf your email in-box is anything like mine, it is cluttered with a random assortment of things.  While I generally like clutter (sorry, honey) my in-box is someplace I have decided to clean up (again, sorry, honey, not the physical one over the computer that even as I type this threatens to overflow – potentially causing injury, but I digress).

Right now the electronic version has quite a few sales notices (mostly Old Navy and Gap – I did finally unsubscribe to a ton of things, it was time-consuming but worth it) and news alerts that I like to get (even if I don’t always click on the link) and notes from friends and some blogs I subscribe to (yes, it is free and lets you know when a blog you like has been updated). You can subscribe to this site, too… just type in your email address in the sidebar.

So today, nice.  My in-box had a note from a friend, a blog update from Coffee Shop Bloggers, a library reminder that two books are due in two days and a reminder from Ten Marks that one of my daughters has some worksheets to finish up. Nice touch, Ten Marks!  I didn’t realize that I would get a follow-up email (it even includes a reminder of the sign-in code).  Super for the busy parent (and we are all busy – even in summer) and a nice matter-of-fact way for you to prompt your child to look at the other worksheets. (You know…”I just got an email from Ten Marks…” is much better than “Did you do your math worksheets?”)

So book reviews (see – I do eventually get back around to topics) and, no, I wasn’t asked to do this one – usually they are books I just have to share.  I do like the YA and I picked up this book last night and didn’t put it down until I was finished. Fortunately for my family (who would do the laundry, make dinner- oh, we did have take-out …but still), it is a short but beautiful read.

Indigo by Alice Hoffman for Scholastic. (Go to her website for a look at all of the other books she has written- many favorites)

Intense, moving and lovely.  A young girl, Martha Glimmer (her mother has recently died in that very YA way), and her two best friends, Eli and Trevor, (known to one and all as Eel and Trout because they are different in a charming, magical way – think webbed fingers and toes and a propensity for salt water and fish) decide to run away from their small landlocked town to the ocean. I actually stopped reading at one point because of this…

“…What mattered was that Trout McGill was the one person aside from her mother who believed that Martha would someday leave Oak Grove, and that no matter how tall she was, or how uncomfortable with herself, she would be a dancer.  He believed in dreams, in the endings that people told you could never happen, in disappointments reversed and luck that lasted.”

Yeah, so you should read it. Great pre-teen and teen book – one of two off-spring has read it – this morning – a very fast but great read.

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Today, I look like an organized and together person when really I am not

While ferrying around in my trusty Mommy Car today, one stop was for the Library fundraiser – I was to drop off blank name cards at a fellow volunteer’s house.  She is going to use her (as yet unsung) skill in calligraphy to transform these randomly cut cards ( so green of me, I used the back of a calendar).  I had a big piece of plastic to protect them from the rain but hadn’t thought to leave them for her in a nice package.  Fortunately, Mommy Car is loaded with stuff and I was able to find a rubber band (from my stack on the gear shift from the take out sushi from Whole Foods) and further searching revealed a post-it note (although slightly wrinkled, not written on save for the cute PMS  joke on it) and a (working) pen.  I wrote a note, thanking my generous friend, put in on the (now ripped to normal size) plastic  over the (green) cards securing it with the rubber band and dropped it on her porch.  It looked like I may have even thought to package it this way before I left the house.  Not so.  Oh, well, now she knows I am really a disorganized wretch that sometimes lands on my feet and is pleased as punch but sometimes feels so guilty for looking together that I tell on myself.

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