Foreign Language Crosswords: I found Easy French Crossword Puzzles at the bookstore. The layout’s terrible, but the puzzles are just challenging enough to be fun [Ed. note: at its peak, my French level was high-intermediate–it’s been sliding down from that peak ever since]. Check out a book preview here; note that the preview only shows the easiest puzzles (halfway through the book, the clues go from English to French). Amazon also has more foreign language crossword books; two free online options include Language Crosswords, which covers very basic vocabulary in four languages, and the BBC’s website, which offers intermediate crosswords in French & Spanish.
Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company orange juice & Newman’s Own Lighten Up Balsamic Vinaigrette: Orchid Island is the best store-bought orange juice I’ve ever had, which makes the $5/half gallon price tag a little easier to swallow. Newman’s Own products are reliably delicious, and this has 45 calories a serving (plus, all profits go to charity).
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie: A YA novel featuring poverty and Native Americans without being maudlin, clichéd, or anything other than amazing (“I laughed, I cried…”). Won the 2007 National Book Award for Young Adult Literature.
Gunnerkrigg Court: An excellent web comic–think Harry Potter with a female heroine & a darker edge. The art & writing started off a bit shaky, but get better each week. Neil Gaiman likes it.