With all my book posts this week, I failed to provide an update on the pinewood derby from last weekend. The good news is that my 11-year-old won the “unlimited” division (for friends and family of Cub Scouts). The bad news is that the 7-year-old had also made a car for that division and she was not happy about her brother winning. Ah, siblings.
Anyway, I spent a fair amount of my non-Juliet focused time reading Nabokov’s Speak, Memory… and stories about the college admissions scandal. Many years ago, I wrote an op-ed for USA Today (I don’t think the link is up anymore) asking why elite colleges bothered reserving spots for recruited athletes on sports teams. In retrospect it seems inevitable that people might exploit this side door into admissions when the stakes are high enough. Of course, there are many other angles to this story (like cheating on standardized tests) but that one stood out for me.
My Best of Both Worlds co-host Sarah Hart-Unger and I had a very proud moment this week when we were named to The Bump’s list of top parenting podcasts (along with some of our other favorites, like What Fresh Hell and The Mom Hour). The Bump noted our “no-judgement and you-got-this attitude.” Hopefully we’ll get some new listeners out of that!
A BOBW request: We are doing a round-up of best advice on childcare — things you wish you’d known going in about daycare, nannies, after-school programs, etc. Feel free to email me (lvanderkam at yahoo dot com) or post here, or over at the Best of Both Worlds Instagram page.
I also had some thoughts about being named to this list over at Entrepreneur of the 15 best productivity books of all time. It’s a good list with some great books, though when my husband found the link and texted it around to our family, I was waiting at the intersection where our street meets a rather busy street. I had been summoned there by a call from the school district’s transportation office. Our street was undergoing repairs and the school bus wasn’t going to be able to get down it, so I needed to go get my kids at the intersection to walk them home. (I’m kind of curious what would have happened if I hadn’t picked up the phone.) I noted that I was going to take a wild guess that I was the only author on that list who was spending 20 minutes standing by a stoplight waiting for a bus, this being the sort of activity that possibly doesn’t wind up on many of the other authors’ plates.
As a long-time Modern Mrs. Darcy reader, I was also excited about Juliet’s School of Possibilities making her Quick Lit list this week!
Now I am gearing up for the launch of my new podcast, Before Breakfast, on Monday. We’ll most likely release 3 short episodes on Day 1, and then one episode per workday after that. If you have a productivity question you’d like me to address on that show, please send them to before breakfast podcast at iheartmedia dot com.
This weekend we’ve got a baseball evaluation, a birthday party, and I’m going to a performance of Bonhoeffer, performed by the men of my chamber choir. I’m definitely looking forward to that.
Also, for the past few years, we’ve been visited by leprechauns on March 17th. The kids build a trap for the leprechauns, and if they escape, they tend to leave candy for the children. Does this happen in your house? I can’t say I was thrilled about yet another gift-leaving visitor entering the pantheon (with Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy…) but so it goes.