4.19.2014

day nineteen


Cinquain the second form







Vacation
Lazy, sleepy
Chilling, relaxing, dreaming
Life is good
Holiday

saturday 9





Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1950)

1) Which do you prefer: colored hard-boiled eggs, chocolate marshmallow eggs, or plastic eggs with coins inside? colored eggs with stuff inside

2) What's your favorite color of Peeps (yellow, purple, or pink)? I've only had one Peep in my lifetime because I don't like marshmallows and the texture kind of freaks me out

3) All this talk of sweets is making Sam hungry. What's for lunch? I am going out for lunch at my favorite spot, Cafe Sorpreso and I'm excited to see the menu!

4) This song was introduced by country singer Gene Autry and it's still a favorite. Please share some of the lyrics. (And you're on your own; Sam didn't include a link to the song this week.) Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail, hippety-hoppety Easter's on its way!

5) Gene Autry was so popular that a town in Oklahoma named itself for him. Have you ever been to Oklahoma? no

6) In addition to singing, Mr. Autry made 93 cowboy movies. What's the last movie you saw? Divergent I enjoyed it

7) He and his horse Champion also had a TV show. Can you name another famous horse? Trigger

8) Gene Autry also recorded "Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer," and it was, of course, wildly popular, too. Who is your favorite recording artist? U2

9) Back to the holiday celebration at hand -- Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated? a massage or a mani/pedi--both of which I am partaking of during vacation week!

4.18.2014

VACATION!

That is all.

friday 5

Attention

  1. What were the circumstances surrounding your last reception of unwanted attention from strangers?
  2. at knit night last night, there were people walking up and down the sidewalk outside the windows gawking at us knitting
  3. How do you feel about being flirted with?
  4. I'm somewhat oblivious
  5. Whose attention would you like a little more of?
  6. my students'
  7. How’s your attention span?
  8. when it's something I enjoy, endless!
  9. Who in your life seems to crave the most attention?
  10. I have a couple students in mind...

day eighteen



The Japanese tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as "short song," and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form. - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5793#sthash.zUmJmz1r.dpuf


Before vacation
Students don't want to do work
They think it started
Or that today should be fun
Playing games and hanging out.

4.17.2014

thursday bug

Sometimes it helps to share with others what bugs your mind.
They may have a solution, a kind word, or a smile of encouragement.
This week my thursday bug is:


Scheduling car repairs I can't afford--there goes my vacation fund.

day seventeen


Kimo is a post-Haiku poetic form , consisting of three lines of 10, 7, and 6 syllables.


Car repairs cost five hundred and eighty,
I suppose they must be done...
How I wish I was rich!

4.16.2014

day sixteen



Free verse is an open form of poetry not concerned with consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any other musical pattern. It tends to mirror natural speech.


Awoke to a white world,
Again a blanket of snow hugs the earth.
Scraping cars, icy roads.

How did drivers already forget what winter driving is like?

A lonely robin sings
such a song of spring.
As Mother Nature tricks us
I thought April Fool's was over.

w.w.w. wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? I'm listening to It's Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. And I'm reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

• What did you recently finish reading? I haven't finished anything in the past week but I'm making good progress on the two I'm reading now.

• What do you think you’ll read next? Next week is spring vacation so I'm hoping to read a lot!!

4.15.2014

hope springs

Saw my first robins today! Spring is really coming!!!



Photo from Wikipedia

day fifteen


Senryu (like a haiku, but about human behavior):

Stress is in the air
Affecting everybody
No one is immune.

ten things tuesday

My blog friend Bookmammal recently had a blog post about "junk food for the brain" reads. Sometimes readers need a break from heavy, intense lit. In homage, here are my ten "junk food for the brain" books and authors.

1) The author who kicked off my relationship with rom-com chick-lit is Marian Keyes. Her Welch sister series are riotously funny while being poignant. Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married was my introduction.

2) Maeve Binchy is another go-to favorite of mine. I've read everything she's written, starting with Light A Penny Candle which is one of the books I will re-read when I need some heart and soul. Her books are primarily set in Ireland, which is how I got into her books in the first place. I read an article in the Irish Times by her and was hooked. Plus, let's be honest, it's set in Ireland and I love all things Irish.

3) When I'm in the mood for cozy mysteries, I turn to Maddy Hunter's "Passport to Peril" series. This series has a very funny premise--Emily Andrew works for a senior citizen travel agency, so all the mysteries are set on senior tours. Zany fun.

4) Jill Mansell is an author I discovered a couple of years ago. Her stories involve modern women in unpredictable situations and are always a good read. I've got so many of her novels, I had to create a shelf of them on my Nook!

5) I've recently discovered Milly Johnson, another Brit-Lit writer of rom-coms. I haven't read many but I've got them in my TBR.

6) Sophie Kinsella is another one of my favorites in the "junk food for the brain" category. Her Shopaholic series are so funny.

7) Although I thought the books were sophisticated for "kids books," the Harry Potter series has become a favorite of mine. I'm glad I finally picked them up.

8) Another mystery series I'm enjoying is the Baker Street Letters. Michael Robertson's sleuths are quirky and the mysteries are unusual.

9) Dan Brown's books are usually junk food, too. The kind of thrillers I don't have to pay too much attention to, yet interesting and exciting.

10) And finally, the books that got me into knitting were a charming series by Gil McNeil. This series made me want to join a Stitch-n-Bitch (although my group isn't heavy on the bitch--we're more lighthearted).