I saw this a year ago, and thought the basic idea of this store was so cool that I went ahead and ordered a case of weird sodas. They sell stuff you can find at your local organic/specialty store, but they also carry nano-brew sodas I’ve never seen before (or since). Super expensive, all things considered, but you should really try a cucumber soda before you die.
Seeing this on kottke.org today made me think about ordering from them again. Also, while cucumber is super fascinating, rose-flavored was mostly good smelling, but I wouldn’t get it again. Also-also, if you’ve had one local brew sarsaparilla/root beer, you’ve had them all, so don’t waste your expensive case slots on one of them.
We are at the Huff n Puff, a hot air balloon rally in Topeka. Did this last year, and liked it enough to come back. We see them launch and float away, then they drive back in, set up again, and do a light show as the sun goes down. Big hit with the kids.
Name one children’s book every child should read. This is tough. I grew up being read to. I grew up reading. Our kids get books read to them every night. Our oldest reads himself to sleep every night after we read to him. I’ve been stealing our family’s old children’s books from my mother’s shelves for years now (usually with her permission). I love books. I love board books and easy readers, chapter books and young adult novels. I can name, off the top of my head, probably a hundred children’s books I like. So the most difficult part of answering this question is picking just one book.
And that’s the fun of it, too.
My choice is The Tale of Custard the Dragon, by Ogden Nash, in the edition illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.
Here is why. The story has a dragon in it. That’s probably enough, for me, but I also like that the dragon is owned by a little girl, Belinda. I like that the book is about courage in the face of danger, but also accepting your true self. It has sympathetic characters that are still flawed (Ink, Blink, and Mustard are kind of mean, but still part of the family). I like that Nash rhymes “window” with “Belinda” (as in “windah”). That he rhymes “pirate” with “gyrate.” That the poetry flows easily when read aloud. That the pictures are delightfully detailed and whimsical. Every child needs a little adventure, and a little whimsy, and an underdog to root for.
We took advantage of the Labor Day weekend to take the whole family on a hike at Clinton Lake. Everyone had fun, including the two dogs. We spent most of Monday evening picking burrs out of both poodles, as you can tell from the pictures.