What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

May22
Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week: More books about aliens, how wolves have changed the landscape of Yellowstone, and evidence that tabbies really are the sweetest cats. 

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Wordless Wednesday: The Eight-Year-Old was here

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

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“Why does it rain fish in Honduras every year?”

Worker cleaning up after the latest rain of fish. (Photo via Iyeey)

Worker cleaning up after the latest rain of fish in Yoro, Hondurus. (Photo via Iyeey)

It’s May, which means any day now a massive thunderstorm will form in Yoro, Hondurus, pelting the region with heavy rain for hours. By the time the rain’s over, the ground will be covered in small, blind, silver fish.

It happens every year in May or June, at least once, and sometimes twice. It’s been going on for over a century now. Locals call it the Lluvia de Peces (rain of fish).

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The Eight-Year-Old Goes to the Movies

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A few weeks ago, a miracle happened and we were able to convince The Eight-Year-Old to go see a live-action film (Disney’s Cinderella) in an actual movie theater out in the world. (She definitely prefers to only watch animated movies at home.)

The Eight-Year-Old ended up liking it. But it was touch-and-go for a while.

When Daddyo asked what she thought when the movie was done, The Eight-Year-Old said in great frustration: “Why do the Moms always have to die in these classic stories?”

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What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

May15Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, an innovative animal shelter campaign that pairs Star Wars characters with adoptable future friends, a proto-star cluster out in space, and of course, more books about aliens and dragons.  

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Wordless Wednesday: The Eight-Year-Old goes to #C2E2

Photo: Michael Howell

Photo: Michael Howell

C2E2 was in town recently, so we spent some time checking it out. I wish you could have seen The Eight-Year-Old’s face when she spotted Stan Lee. Star-struck only begins to describe it.

It was so much fun, we’ve decided to make it an annual Howell family trek.

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Was macaroni and cheese really one of Beethoven’s favorite foods?

The Eight-Year-Old, lobbying for her favorite dinner: “Mommyo, did you know that mac and cheese was one of Beethoven’s favorite foods?”

Mommyo, dubiously: “Really? Where did you learn that?”

The Eight-Year-Old, confidently: “Schroeder.”

That’s right. Everything my daughter knows about classical music, she learned from this guy:

Schroeder, the piano-playing Beethoven groupie from Charles Schultz's Peanuts comic strip.

Schroeder, the piano-playing Beethoven groupie from Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip.

I am the best mom ever. This is one of the truths I hold to be self-evident. Regardless of what this guy thinks:

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Speaking of grouchy white men who lived long enough ago to have formal portraits available in the public domain, I just can’t see Beethoven chowing down on Kraft’s Mac and Cheese, or even The Eight-Year-Old’s personal favorite, Annie’s Shells with White Cheddar. Can you? Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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My Mother’s Day bouquet from The Eight-Year-Old. She’s been bringing me these all week.

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Springtime at Caterpickles

(Photo: Michael Howell)

(Photo: Michael Howell)


The Eight-Year-Old
, desperately, after piling into the car for yet another trip out into the world: “Mommyo, I forgot to bring a book! We have to go back home!”

Mommyo, cheerfully: “Just look out the window. Spring’s here so you’ll see lots of flowers.”

The Eight-Year-Old, plaintively: “But I’d rather read a book. Looking out the window is so boring.”

Mommyo, determinedly: “A little enforced boredom will be good for you.”

The Eight-Year-Old, suspiciously: “Why?” [pause] “Is that character building?”

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What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

May8Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old reads all about scheming weasels, friendly aliens, flying girls, and Schroeder’s Muse, but still finds time to spend in OlogyWorld. 

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