We’re a month into the school year and the kids are settling in well. Annie has started her 8,000 different school-related activities, and James is figuring out the new system and routine of a kindergarten classroom. They both have FANTASTIC teachers who we adore and couldn’t be more perfect for each of them if I’d designed their characteristics myself. Annie’s teacher is creative and challenges her, while James’ teacher is so patient it blows my mind. I’m going to be volunteering in their classrooms starting next week and I’m looking forward to seeing them all in action.

Picture Day!

Around The ‘Net

~What Do We Owe Her Now?

~Why You’re Probably Getting a Microchip Implant Someday

~The Brothel Empire and the Ex-Detective, Always One Step Ahead of the Law

~One small change to New York’s intersections is saving pedestrians’ lives

~Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room

~How Puerto Rico Became the Newest Tax Haven for the Super Rich

~First the Golden State Killer, now a serial rapist — genealogy website IDs another California criminal

~High school journalists stand up to censorship and win

~Trying to Assimilate Into a New Country? Good Luck—Most of the Rules Are Unwritten.

~How Lego Came to Be the World’s Most Famous Brick

~Why you should be glad to sit in the middle seat

~How to Make Everyone Think You’re an Amazing Listener

~Inside the Off-the-Grid Ecovillage Fighting London’s Airport Expansion

~Forward this or you’ll die in seven days: On the persistence of chain letters

~Student’s Essay Snafu Is Really One for the Books

Baby You Can Drive My Car

Back in June, my awesome friends at Chevy loaned me their Bolt EV. I’ve never even driven a hybrid, so I was intrigued by driving a totally electric car. I LOVED it. It was so quiet! And other than the fact that I had to plug it in, it drove and felt like a “regular” car. And the kids were OBSESSED with it. I would seriously consider getting a Bolt if I wasn’t always schlepping my kids, their friends, and all of their sports stuff around town!

bolt baby

I was able to borrow the car over my birthday week, so my Chevy pals (who also knew I’d just finished our 6-days-a-week all-star season) sent the car out along with a gift certificate to a spa! It was the perfect treat for my birthday, and you better believe I practically moved into the spa on my birthday. I was so relaxed I didn’t want to leave.

happy birthday to meeeee

so relaaaaaxed

Fun Stuff
I’ve already started Christmas shopping! Don’t hate me!

~I bought James this Wall Coasters kit…I think he’s going to love constructing different courses!
~Annie is going to get a book about how to draw cute things, which I know she’ll adore.
~If you know anyone who likes to wear funny shirts, I discovered this brand on Zulily that makes some really clever things. James had on a shirt from them the other day and so many people asked me where I got it!

PS is Anyone getting a new iPhone? I’m due for an upgrade but holy schnikies are they expensive this year!

Happy Sunday, Everyone!