📖 Read pages 164-192 of Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary

📖 Read pages 164-192, Chapter 9: Mr. Quimby’s Spunky Gal, of Ramona The Brave by Beverly Cleary (William Morrow and Company, , ISBN: 0-688-22015-0)

A nice capper to the story, though it felt to me that Ramona won against Mrs. Griggs because her teacher was tired.

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📖 Read pages 58-60 of Japanese from Zero! 1

📖 Read pages 58-60, Lesson 2: New Hiragana かきくけこ and がぎぐげご, of Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Volume 1) 6th Edition by George Trombley and Yukari Takenaka (From Zero!, , ISBN: 978-0976998129)

Also did a fair amount of writing practice of these new hiragana.

📖 Read pages 30-39 and 48-57 of Japanese from Zero! 1

📖 Read pages 30-39 and 48-57, Pre-Lesson D: Coming and Going, Lesson 1 Activities, and Lesson 2, of Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Volume 1) 6th Edition by George Trombley and Yukari Takenaka (From Zero!, , ISBN: 978-0976998129)

Went back and picked up a prior section because I was more curious to begin practicing writing my hiragana. There’s some interesting linguistics material and beginning grammar in this section. I’ll have to come back to it and practice some more to absorb both the vocabulary and the grammar.

📖 Read pages 97-119 of Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary

📖 Read pages 97-119, Chapter 6: Parent’s Night, of Ramona The Brave by Beverly Cleary (William Morrow and Company, , ISBN: 0-688-22015-0)

Ramona broods at home with a baby sitter while her parents learn about the Owl Incident. Ramona spends the first night in her new room.

Highlights, Quotes, & Marginalia

Chapter 6: Parent’s Night

“Oh, I see,” said Mrs. Kemp, a remark Ramona knew grown-ups made when they were not interested in conversation with children.

Highlight (yellow) – Chapter 6: Parent’s Night > Page 103

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… although fathers, Ramona knew, did not spend as much time as mothers thinking up ways to improve their children.

Highlight (yellow) – Chapter 6: Parent’s Night > Page 106

Sadly probably true, but awfully sexist nonetheless.
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Ramona lay in bed with her thoughts as jumbled as a bag of jacks.

Highlight (yellow) – Chapter 6: Parent’s Night > Page 113

What a great little simile here.
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📖 Read pages 120-140 of Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary

📖 Read pages 120-140, Chapter 7: Alone in the Dark, of Ramona The Brave by Beverly Cleary (William Morrow and Company, , ISBN: 0-688-22015-0)

Ramona doesn’t sleep at night and gets cranky and tired. A chapter with a lot of inner turmoil about a first grader.

📖 Read pages 40-47 of Japanese from Zero! 1

📖 Read pages 40-47, Lesson 1–Hiragana あいうえお, of Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Volume 1) 6th Edition by George Trombley and Yukari Takenaka (From Zero!, , ISBN: 978-0976998129)

Spent some time working on improving my actual writing skills as well.

So far I’m really liking this book after having looked at a list of many others over the past year. It quickly covers a lot of simple stuff that was otherwise hard won by reading bits and pieces of other books. They do an exceptionally good job of laying out the beginning pieces. I appreciate some of the workbook like exercises which make this a better book for a much broader range of learners.

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📖 Read pages i-29 of Japanese from Zero! 1

📖 Read pages i-29, Welcome and Pre-Lessons A-C, of Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Volume 1) 6th Edition by George Trombley and Yukari Takenaka (From Zero!, , ISBN: 978-0976998129)

Sped through some of the early pieces because I’ve got some reasonable experience with many of these parts

📖 Read pages 75-96 of Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary

📖 Read pages 75-96, Chapter 5: Owl Trouble, of Ramona The Brave by Beverly Cleary (William Morrow and Company, , ISBN: 0-688-22015-0)

The comment about Ramona being brave comes from this relatively lackluster chapter in which Ramona gets upset with her apparent choice of being called a tattletale or allowing Susan to be a terrible copycat. I can attest that the picture of a six year old making a growl-ly face and panther hands is true to life.

📖 Read pages 59-74 of Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary

📖 Read pages 59-74, Chapter 4: The First Day of School, of Ramona The Brave by Beverly Cleary (William Morrow and Company, , ISBN: 0-688-22015-0)

That wicked Howie and his need to stick to a hyper-strict version of the facts. If only we had more in government like him.

📖 Read pages 40-57 of The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart

📖 Read pages 40-57, Chapter 1. What is it About Bread: Classification of breads & beginning of 12 stages of bread, of The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread by Peter Reinhart (Ten Speed Press, , ISBN: 978-1-60774-865-6)

Lots of nice definitions and categorization, though I can already tell from other readings that some of the definitions, particularly for pre-ferments, aren’t always as solid as I’d like them to be. As if he were a mathematician, however, he seems to delineate a pretty tight set here that he indicates he’ll stick to throughout the book.

Four types of pre-fermented dough
Stiff/firm: pâte fermentée and biga (no salt)
Wet: poolish and sponge (or levain levure)

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📖 Read pages 29-44 of Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary

📖 Read pages 29-44, Chapter 2: Mrs. Quimby’s Secret, of Ramona The Brave by Beverly Cleary (William Morrow and Company, , ISBN: 0-688-22015-0)

The girls bicker and are at each other’s throats until mom comes home to say they’re expanding the house and adding on an extra room. Ramona gets it first.

Today’s word of the day: varlet!

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📖 Read pages 1-28 of Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary

📖 Read pages 1-28, Chapter 1: Trouble in the Park, of Ramona The Brave by Beverly Cleary (William Morrow and Company, , ISBN: 0-688-22015-0)

Somehow this isn’t as entertaining as prior incarnations of Ramona, perhaps because it was written a few decades later? There’s still a kernel of Ramona, but something seems off.

Jesus, Beezus!

Highlight (yellow) – Chapter 1: Trouble in the Park > Page 16

📖 Read pages 168-192 of Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary

📖 Read pages 168-192, Chapter 7: The Boy Who Ate Dog Food, of Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary (William Morrow & Company, , ISBN: 978-0062652362)

Again, some unnecessary anti-girl statements that really weren’t necessary. While somewhat funny, not quite as funny a chapter as Cleary’s usual work.

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