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Back From Vacation, and My Review of “Listening For Madeleine”

January 12, 2013

I’m back from a monthlong vacation from the blog. After our December screening of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in New York, I needed to take a break and hang out with Heather, Momo, and Ingrid for the holidays. And get more writing done! The picture above is of when Momo and I were stuck in the house, waiting for Ingrid to wake up from her nap. I cut out some cardboard pieces in the shape of a dinosaur, hid them all around the house, and then blasted the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme while Momo and I hunted up the bones like mini-paleontologists and jigsawed them back together. A fun rainy day thing to do!

Current news: I have a review in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal of “Listening For Madeleine,” Leonard Marcus’ biography-through-interviews of Madeleine L’Engle. I highly recommend the book! (You can also find links for that review, and all the reviews I’ve done for the WSJ, here.)

More about the upcoming 90-Second Newbery Film Festival screenings in Chicago, Portland, and Tacoma to come. In the meantime, here’s another activity Momo and I did. She wanted to fly a kite, but we couldn’t get outside because it was too cold, Ingrid was still asleep, and, uh, we didn’t have a kite. But there’s nothing that paper, string, a couple of hooks in the ceiling, and the 1960s sounds of the Free Design can’t solve:

Seriously, that kept us entertained for an hour. I’ve been regressing to being a three-and-a-half year-old again and loving it.

All this Momo stuff . . . let’s not forget her younger sister Ingrid, all of one-and-a-half. A bit of a bruiser. Here she is taking down her older sister:

And here’s the whole family at Santa Lucia Day in Andersonville in Chicago. It’s a Swedish wintertime holiday in which girls wear crowns of flaming candles in their hair. Lucy Momo was totally into it. Heather and I were totally into her and Ingrid’s matching dresses.

Okay, enough! Glad to be back in the saddle at the blog!