I tried a Chobani Flip.
(Yes, that’s my finger in the picture. And yes, this picture doesn’t even have the Chobani Flip in it. But it’s still yogurt, so close enough.)
The existence of these special yogurt creations was first brought to my attention by Sarah Beth‘s comment on my April post, and I was immediately like “dude, I have to try those.” Three months later, I finally have.
It came to be when I tagged along for the rare grocery run to buy food stuff for volleyball tryouts. Usually my mom just gets the regular fruit Chobani cups because she knows I for sure like those, but because I was there, I was like, “this is perfect(!!!), I can finally try the flips.”
I got the s’mores flavor (how could I not?) and was very excited about it. The next day during the lunch break, I held the yogurt package in my hand and thought to myself, “this plastic is way too stiff, this doesn’t actually flip, does it.” But when I voiced my feelings out loud, my teammate beside me was like, “no, it does,” and I was like, “really?” (flips it) “oh yea, it does.”
Just imagine, without my friend there, I would’ve manually scooped all the s’mores toppings from one side to the other. How tragic would that have been?
A quick review: The taste wasn’t anything spectacular. It was good, but I’m guessing that the yogurt to toppings proportion was decided in a way that was financially and not flavor-ly sensible. The yogurt overwhelmed and smothered the majority of the toppings’ taste. Nevertheless, I think the concept and advertisement of the flips is genius.
My dad figured out the peg game.
The summer camp I go to has ended on Father’s Day for the past three years, and for the past three years I’ve gotten my dad’s Father’s Day gift at the camp’s gift shop. This year I got him the peg game shown above.
Both my dad and I did it once accidentally, but we both forgot how afterwards. Then my dad got serious and started figuring it out systematically. He played the game backwards (I don’t understand how, but he did), solved it, and recorded the moves.
All in all, I think it was a pretty good present. I asked him if he had fun solving it and he said yes. Also, I have a feeling it will keep getting played with too (and not just be forgotten), even if it’s not by the person it was initially meant for. The game’s being kept by the dining table, and when people have come over, they’ve sometimes decided to try their hand at it.
For example, yesterday, Jonathan solved it in thirty minutes. I told him that what he did was amazing, but he said it was just lucky because he accidentally did it and then kind of remembered what he did. That guy, he would probably say the same thing if he won the Nobel prize or something.
Someone finally solved my “I can’t remember what the book is called” mystery that has been bothering me for years.
In middle school, I read these three books and really liked them. A while after that, I was thinking about good middlegrade books I had read, and they came to mind, but I couldn’t remember what they were called or who they were by. I only remembered what the covers looked like and what happened in them.
For a couple of months, every time I went to the library I would go to the shelf I remember them being on and look to see if they were there. They never were.
I tried looking on Google. Multiple times. It didn’t work.
I tried asking people for help. I asked two ladies working at the library. I asked a lady at McNally Jackson (which is a cool bookstore in New York by the way) who was sitting at a desk with a sign on it that said “Information Desk. Please ask me questions, perhaps about books.” None of them knew which books I was talking about.
I tried getting help online. I found a very lively group on Goodreads named What’s the Name of That Book??, but I never got around to submitting a comment.
Then I listened to episode 142: The moment you became a reader of the podcast What Should I Read Next? In it, librarian Sarah Peden mentioned that she doesn’t get as many requests for help on bookish mysteries as she would like, and I was like, “no problem, I can help remedy that” and messaged her on Instagram.
This is what I texted her about the book: What I do remember is that they’re middlegrade realistic non-fiction (Editing Annie: I completely meant to say fiction. I cannot believe I said they were non-fiction. That’s so wrong.) The covers are similar to the mother daughter book club ones and I think the titles had their names in it. It was a series of three books and each one had a different narrator. They all covered the same timeline and story but from different perspectives. Two of the books were from the perspectives of girls and the third was from a guy. The guy and one of the girls was Asian and the other girl was white. The plot was that the two girls become friends, the Asian girl is tutoring the guy but they don’t like each other and then the guy and the other girl start to like each other.
And she was able to figure it out! Which I am still amazed by. When I asked her how she did it, she responded that she’s really good at Google. A big part of me really wants to ask her what exactly she searched, but the rest of me has decided to respect her superpowers by not being nosy. You know how the saying goes: a librarian never reveals her secrets.
Also, if you’re wondering (and I 100% would be), the books in question are Millicent Min, Girl Genius; Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time; and So Totally Emily Ebers by Lisa Yee. I knew one of the girl’s names was Emily.
I got another shipment of books. Hooray…
(The Scarlet Letter, Henry IV Part 1, Lord of the Flies, Paradise Lost, The Divine Comedy Volume 1: Inferno AKA Dante’s Inferno, Dr. Faustus, Frankenstein, Night)
I told the funny-but-not-really story of my first shipment of books in this post. I guess this is going to be a tradition for the next few years?
Do you have a “I can’t remember what the book is called” mystery that needs solving or has been solved?
Have you read any of the books in that beautiful stack shown above? They really need to create a sarcasm font.
What brand of yogurt do you like?