Sunday, December 16, 2018


It was the last full week of school for Smarty. They have three days of finals next week, and then the school is over. She is eagerly looking forward to finals - these days will be shorter, 9 am to 12:15 pm and she loves tests.
Speaking of tests, Smarty received her PSAT results. She got the highest score in her school but not high enough that would qualify her for National Merit Scholarship, just for commendation. She was a little disappointed with herself, but she has three more years - after all, one needs to be in 11th grade anyway to qualify for NMS. 

After School

Excuse the horrible picture in low lighting. Smarty and her Papa made more Christmas cookies this week, hopefully enough to carry us through Christmas. We watched more Great British Baking Show episodes and even had time for board games. Smarty also assisted with a taekwondo class for the first time and enjoyed it a lot. 

What We Are Reading

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We both read a lot this week as I reduced my online time in favor of reading more books. I finished A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford - a very interesting overview of genetic discoveries of the past 50 years or so and raced through Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D Jackson - a heartbreaking fiction story that is reading as non-fiction and raises a lot of good questions about how we as a society fail the most vulnerable of us.
Smarty also read several non-fiction books starting with The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe by Steven Novella and then reading through Math with Bad Drawings by Ben Orlin. She enjoyed both of them, but she really liked a fiction story Supergifted by Gordon Corman. I envy her her reading speed - I wish I could read as fast. In my defense, I think I have a better retention of what I read, at least directly after reading the book.

Favorite Memory

I love this picture of Smarty on the last day of Hanukkah (that was last Saturday night), and I was also really happy to pick up my husband from the hospital on Wednesday morning - he had another overnight procedure to repair his third heart artery. Now it's all a matter of maintenance - hopefully, he won't need any further intervention if the drugs work as expected. He hopes to be cleared for exercise next Friday during his cardiologist appointment, and then we can enjoy our holiday season fully.

Your Turn

How was your week?


Ticia said...

I'm glad to hear your husband is hopefully much better. My kids got a final for their history this last semester and were quite upset about it.