Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, which in Iceland means that all the kids get dressed up and sing for candy! Sort of Halloweeny, except no one hassles you in your house - they go to businesses and shops instead. Good times.
Dressing up was optional for the kids at
the preschool, but of course we jumped at the chance - I am such a
sucker for kids in fancy dress, it is one of my favourite things...
So without further ado, here's Henry the frog:
He was pretty excited about it - one of our tactics for getting him out
of the bath is pretending that he's a frog. He gets to jump around a bit
before he gets dry, and that makes him happy.
yeah, I discovered that hoodies are really easy to adapt into costumes
- just add some sort of recognisable features to the hood and you're
done! It's especially good at this age, because he doesn't really have
the patience to wear a cape or crown all day, so he just needed
something he could play in. I'm kind of irrationally proud of this
costume, and so will probably be making more soon. My dream is the best dress up box in town!
else? There have been a bunch of those kind of gross and super
contagious kids' diseases at Henry's school. Strep throat is the latest,
which I didn't really know anything about... Hooray for Mr. Google - my
worries when Henry was up all night coughing were completely baseless, because strep throat only entails a sore throat and fever!
Honestly, I don't know how people (read: worrywarts like myself) raised
kids without the internet.
I'm hosting a book club meeting at our house today, I think it should be fun. We just finished reading Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter, a memoir of a lady living on an Arctic island for a year with her husband. It was great, just really nicely written, and there was a lot (about the light especially) that I could relate to our life here in Iceland.
I get to pick the next book, so I decided to go for Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. I've never read it, but heard lots of good things and always meant to get around to it. I had such a hard time committing to a book, I think I always have this fear of being judged when it comes to what I read.
Many times throughout my life I have straight up lied when someone has asked what I'm reading - usually when the person in question was 'cool' and the book was either fantasy or sci fi. Such a bummer, why is there such a stigma attached to speculative fiction? Or is it all in my head, and no one cares?
I aim to be less ashamed of reading sci fi and fantasy books, because dammit, I really enjoy them. Having said that, did I stand by my tastes and pick a fantasy book for book club? No. Oh well, I'll try harder next time.
Anyway kids, it's time for me to do a bit of a clean up so that my book club guests don't have to sit on mountains of dog hair. Wish me luck!