Review: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Battle Hymn of the Tiger MotherBattle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was hilarious. It was the first book I was able to finish since having Elanora. I never expected a book about parenting to be a page-turner, but this one definitely was! Ms. Chua’s battles with her daughters, her expectations and life, was an entertaining and insightful read. I especially appreciated the theme of the book: no matter how you parent, your children will also parent you.

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Handmade love

In my elementary school, we had Friday “clubs” afternoon where we’d be able to join different hobby-related activities that we would spent one hour doing every few weeks.  One year, I joined the quilting club. It was a small group of girls, probably about 6 of us, and I remember Mrs. Macauley saying that we were probably the “craftiest” group in the whole school. I was totally proud to be acknowledged as “most crafty” :).

I still love to craft, but I also still have problems finishing projects. I still have that half completed a quilt sampler from when I was 10 sitting in my craft box at home in Victoria  waiting for me to finish it.

Luckily, Elanora is fortunate enough to have relatives who love to craft AND have the ability to finish projects.  We received two lovely quilts from her Great Aunts!

Paul’s Aunt Mary sent this lovely quilt

and my Aunt Pam sent this beautiful one, too

They are both so beautiful! Elanora loves staring at the different patterns in the fabric and feeling the texture of the stitches.

Thank you, Aunties!

Stories in the park

When we were searching for our house, one of the requirements was that it be close to a library. Our realtor said in 8 years, she had never had that request!

Well, it was an obvious requirement for us as I go almost every day as part if our afternoon walk. Other than copious amounts of books, movies and music that we check out on a regular basis, the library also has some really great kids programming.

One of the programs was a four week story time in the park adjoining to
our local branch. Elanora and I finally made it last Thursday.

It was super fun with the librarian reading out stories.


Singing songs with puppets.


And poems and rhymes with a felt board.


It was so much fun and was a good reminder of some of the songs I had completely forgotten about. Plus, my incredible love for the felt storyboard as a kid. Seriously. I loved that thing.

Of course, Elanora slept through the majority of it.


She did wake up for the “Goodbye Song” and had a great time staring at the throngs of kids in a sleepy daze :)

Ode to a coffee maker

When we moved to Toronto, we switched out our coffee maker/espresso maker for a Bodum.  We just didn’t have room in the Toronto apartment for a dedicated spot on our kitchen counter for a coffee maker.

Mom and I found a great deal on a Bodum at Winners. $25 for a 12 cup coffee press, but most importantly, in my favourite shade of slate blue.


Aunt Pam quilted a lovely cover for it and kept our coffee nice and warm :)

Paul is a serious coffee drinker. As in, he needs his weekend 3 mugs full or he’s a whole lot of grumpy. I only usually drink a cup at work and none on the weekends. We’ve since evened out our coffee ritual. Now, I have a cup every day – weekend or not, and Paul has been cutting back –  mostly we’ve been too busy for Paul to enjoy the whole 3 mug ritual – but the one cup of coffee is critical.

So, I slightly panicked when the bodum took a spill on a routine coffee grind emptying excursion. So long, bodum, you served us well. And you were exceptionally pretty and well accessorized.

We’d actually been talking about getting a coffee maker again any way.  We missed the programmable timer.

So, here enters the new coffee maker, thanks to a sale and free shipping from the Bay!

Brewing coffee is a wonderful sight!

Elanora sure had fun watching it brew. No picture of that, but here’s a nice blurry one of her talking to all of her toys!