I finally got 3 whole uninterupted days off work, so me and ds have actually been doing some stuff together. (I'm the manager of a restaurant in a large arena. Our hockey team made the playoffs, so my hoped for spring break hasn't materialized yet, sigh.)
Ds spent the early part of the week fishing, and reading Outdoor Canada, decided to keep a fishing journal after reading about pattern fishing in the mag. Other than fishing, most of ds's time has been spent reading, playing some form of card game, practising Go, and trying to keep our new cat and old cat apart (they haven't exactly warmed up to each other yet.)
We spent Wednesday sleeping, reading and relaxing, then went out for gellati with my sister and nieces, and a long bike ride. Last night we rode down to sign up ds for football, then went to my favourite book store for dinner and lots of bargain section books. Ds picked out Rats, about, well, rats in NY city, and Acquainted with the Night, one of my favorite books, by Christopher Dewdney. I found a book called Pagan Holiday, about ancient Roman travellers, and Humboldts Cosmos, about how Humboldt's journey changed science and how the universe was perceived, which ds wants to read when I'm done. He also got a biiiiig animal guide (aparently the dozen or so we already have are not enough), so he spent last night telling me all about the odd or interesting animals he's found (vampire squid, seriously!)
I picked up ds's insect field guide to flip through the other day, and now I'm hooked, and have been reading it in bed every night, interspersed with a really cool book called Medieval Children. It's been fascinating, childhood, and parenting, really haven't changed at all in 1000 years, there are references from priests and writers talking about parents letting their kids run wild, not teaching them properly, not sending them to school to learn better than their parents, and letting their kids swear and talk about bodily functions. I strongly recommend this book, if only to show to inlaws (the more things change...)
We went to the bookstore looking specifically for field guides, ds reads them cover to cover in bed. His favorite, from the local library and I've never been able to find it in a bookstore, is on French Cheeses,
I had to laugh hearing about another Godzilla fan. Ds had a serious Godzilla (or I should say, Gojira, since he corrected me so many times
) phase when he was 8 or so, and he saw a bunch of Godzilla movies at the book store last night, and started reminiscing about all the Godzilla movies he'd made up.
It rained all day today, so we spent the day reading, cleaning, cooking, and ds played video games with his buddy from downstairs, and we both spent at least 5 hours today on Stellarium, after seeing it on another thread here in the homeschooling forum. It's a really cool planetarium simulation program, and we spent lots of time watching the path of the moon for the next 7000 years, how the sun moves through the year at the north and south poles, and matching up sun movement to the soltices and equinoxes, and looking through the Egyptian and Polynesian constellations. Totally cool.