Today, it was sixty-five degrees here. I can’t even begin to tell you what this has done for my mental state. I mean, 65! And sunny! Of course, it’s going to get cold again. But this little hint, tiny peek, into spring has pretty much banished the gloom. I don’t even feel like I have a case of the Sundays right now. Okay, not MUCH of one. The best part: I’m writing this at 6:17pm, and it’s not even totally dark yet. YESS! We spent the late afternoon out in the sandbox and playing in the yard, and when our neighbors walked by with their two kids, we joined them to go down and check out their chicken coop. The kids ran around, the chickens pecked and clucked, and they sent us home at sunset with some fresh eggs, laid just this week, which I scrambled up for dinner. It doesn’t get much more eating local than that.

My husband wants chickens too. He has for ages, and the only thing stopping him is lack of time and his desire to have, like, the coolest coop ever. I have mixed feelings about this. I mean, fresh eggs would be great, and I know Sasha would love it. But we already have the toddler and two incredibly high maintenance dogs. Do I really want to add MORE to this crazy mix? Of course, it’s better than getting a goat, which is the other thing my husband wants. A GOAT. I don’t even know what to say about that.

In totally unrelated news, I discovered, like, the best thing EVER this weekend. I have written here before about how much I love the radio show This American Life. I listen to it on my iPod when I run, and I am constantly overwhelmed by how amazing, touching, hilarious and thought-provoking their stories are. If you like stories and you aren’t listening, you are seriously missing out. Especially since now there is a This American Life APP for iPhone and iPod Touch. It costs $2.99, but for that you can stream TONS of their stories from the archives. It’s a TAL geek’s dream, and it’s making me wish I had an iPhone, if only because then I’d be able to use it even if I didn’t have a wireless connection. Ira Glass, I heart you so much. It is my DREAM to get on that show some way, somehow, eventually. Even if I have to tell, like, a really embarrassing story. I would do it in a second. Anyway, if you love TAL and want to get the app, or have never listened and want to, check them out on iTunes or their website. You will not be sorry.

Finally, a last note on something I wrote about on Friday. I really, really appreciate all the comments you guys left on the Common Sense ratings that are now on the BN.com site, and I can see your points, both for and against. I totally understand the need for some guidelines for parents who might not have the time to read every book their teen reads but still want to know what the story contains in terms of offensive or mature material. But as I said, I do really worry that the ratings take so much out of context that the story itself is lost. (And I also LOVED the comment about how the graphic Common Sense uses is sort of similar to that which displays he terrorist threat level. It’s true!) But as an author, I have to say I was kind of surprised by the stuff they chose in Along for The Ride as offensive. I didn’t realize that “sucked” is a bad word these days, and, actually, I can’t remember a point in the book where Auden lost her virginity to Eli, and since I wrote it, I think I’d, you know, recall that. So the accuracy concerns me as well. But again, I am trying to look at all sides. I’ll keep you posted as to what I find.

Have a great night, everyone!

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