friday five

Old and Grumpy

  1. What’s something you have a grumpy old person’s attitude about?
  2. gangsta rap music
  3. What is evidence of your not being a completely grumpy old person?
  4. I have five tattoos
  5. What’s something in your wardrobe that might qualify as old people’s attire?
  6. an ugly holiday sweater
  7. When during the week do you tend to be your grumpiest?
  8. traditionally on Thursdays, when the stress of the week is catching up to me
  9. Who in your family is most often in a bad mood, and who’s most often in a good mood?
  10. we're all pretty even-tempered


happy day 28

8/28: It was cooler at school today. I'm hoping the humidity has broken!

booking through thursday

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Any books or authors you hate? Why? Is it the writing? The stories? The author’s personality? And—would you read their work anyway?

I expect to get flack for this but I do not care for Barbara Kingsolver's writing. I think she is w-a-y overrated. My dislike for her work started with The Poisonwood Bible, a novel that "everyone" raved about and loved. I love books where narrative point of view changes but I didn't find the sisters' voices to be authentic to the character. I was distracted by it. My reading groups tended to LOVE the book and love her writing. Not me.

I've read several books by her, mostly because of reading groups and haven't enjoyed them for various reasons. I just don't like her writing.


happy day 27

8/27: Some former students came by school to visit--bearing a chocolate shake! They knew the room would be steamy.

w.w.w. wednesdays

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• What are you currently reading? I'm listening to Night Music by Jojo Moyes and I'm reading Paw And Order by Spencer Quinn.

• What did you recently finish reading? I read I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I'm not sure!


happy day 26

8/26: Cold water on this hot day.

ten things tuesday

Ten random things:

1) It was hot as blazes in my classroom yesterday. I'm doing everything I can to keep it cooler today. So far, so good. And it's almost lunch time!

2) It's school photo day. Interrupted classes all day. It's amusing that some kids go all out and look completely different.

3) My overhead screen fell off the wall on me. It scared me more than anything, although my pinky hurts from how I caught it. And I did a very good job only exclaiming "Holy crap!" instead of something more vulgar.

4) I'm doing well learning all my students' names this year. It helps that I have had a lot of the seniors before, or that I know them by reputation by the time I have them in class.

5) I think I'm going to take a break from manicures for a while. Mostly because my usual technician is on maternity leave and I'm not thrilled with the substitute they got for her, but also to give my nails a break.

6) I found an interesting blog challenge for September. The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge.

7) Procrastinating the final two episodes of True Blood. They're just sitting on my DVR. I'm sad it's over.

8) A student's family has a farm stand and they made some applesauce--I got a huge container of homemade, chunky applesauce! It's so good!

9) The temperature has climbed above 85 degrees again... my room, although it has an occasionally strong breeze, is quite warm. Blah.

10) My sister sent me this picture via Bookface because... well, because...


happy day 25

8/25: I had fun with my classes today. It was 88 degrees outside and I'm on the second floor of the un-air conditioned school with a west facing bank of windows. So, yeah, it was hellish hot and sticky. I just didn't feel like doing anything taxing. Although my students did the work I asked of them. It was a good day.

finished reading...

From the publisher:
Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune.

But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne—when they were first married and deeply in love—has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life…just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he’s still the man she once loved.

I liked but didn't love this book. It was almost too clever for its own good. Plus, I wanted to knock Richard, the main character, upside the head because he was being such an ass. What saves things, though, is that he knows he's being an ass. Ultimately, it's a backward love story--falling back in love with your life.

musing mondays

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• Question: I’ve asked before how you feel about lending your books. I’ve asked how you feel about libraries. But—how do you feel about borrowing books from friends? Is this something you like to do? Does it make you feel uncomfortable or rushed while reading? Does it affect how you feel about the book you’re reading, pressured into liking it? {source}

Because of my Nook, I very rarely borrow books anymore. But I generally felt rushed to finish and return. Depending on where I got the book I would sometimes feel bad if I didn't love the book the way the lender did. Some of my friends are like me--lending it with the idea of no rush to return it, but I still feel rushed.