ten things tuesday

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happy day 23

Day Twenty-three: I love this dress!

finished reading

I couldn't put this book down. Flawed, shallow, poignant characters.

From the publisher:
It’s 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or—like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary—have colored skin.

Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a new world unlike any they’ve ever known.


happy day 22

Day Twenty-two: I admit I goofed off with some of my students today. We laughed. And we took "gangsta" pictures.

musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• I’m currently reading…
• Up next I think I’ll read…
• I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
• I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I can’t wait to get a copy of…
• I wish I could read ___, but…
• I blogged about ____ this past week…

This week’s random question: Name a favorite book you’d take to the beach.

I would take my current read to the beach--I'm almost finished Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleve.


happy day 21

Day Twenty-one: Spent the afternoon driving around The County with my bestie. We talked about my first week of school and her trip to drop her daughter off at college. It was nice to gab and catch up. And a gorgeous day for a drive.

sunday stealing

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Shannon's Moments Meme, Part One

1. Do you like blue cheese? yes

2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? If yes, how did you quit? I did smoke but quit cold turkey when I realized I didn't want to be a smoker anymore

3. Do you own a gun? How are your feelings about gun control/2nd amendment rights? I do not own a gun

4. What is your favorite flavor of water or liquor flavors? I like plain water--or with lemon

5. Do you get nervous before a doctor visit? Why? I don't know why but yes

6. How do you like your hot dogs? loaded--although I don't have hotdogs very often

7. Although it’s been asked a lot, tell us about a favorite movie that you haven’t shared before. I love the movie Beautiful Girls which is a cult classic--it's a coming of age story

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? orange juice, water, iced coffee

9. In a dating situation, have you ever misrepresented yourself to seem cooler or hipper? (Yes we know for most of you it was long ago…) no, I haven't--I'm cool and hip as it is

10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? Why? hmmm... I don't know that I have one

11. Favorite hobby? Tell us about it so we understand it. I am a knitter! I love the textures of yarn.

12. Do you have A.D.D., or have you suspected it? no, I don't have it nor have I suspected it

13. What’s a thing you dislike or would change about yourself? I would never be awkward--hahaha--I'm adorkable

14. Middle name? Like it or not? Faye and I love it

15. Name three random thoughts you might have on this week: I think my student teacher is impressed with my presence in the classroom; I hope the weather isn't too hot at school; and.... I have the best friends in the world!

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink. Tell us a bit about them. I drink Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee year round; and I love Polar brand orange dry soda; water--those are my big three

17. Current worry: $$$

18. Current annoyance: $$$

19. Favorite place to be in the summer? Give us a wee bit more than “the beach”. My front porch is a wrap-around with privacy hedges so I can sit and watch traffic in the shade

20. How do you usually ring in the new year? If forced (how we’d do that without Judd coming to your house, if you even know who he was) to do something new, what would it be? a few years ago I went to a game night hosted by a local church--it was fun

21. What have you done this summer that’s special? Pictures please. I went to NYC to see my friend starring in a Broadway show

22. Have you ever walked into a room with just shoes on? no, I can't say that I have


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.


happy day 20

Day Twenty: Lovely manicure: OPI's Madame President

saturday 9

The Trolley Song

1) In this movie clip, just about everyone (except Judy) is wearing a hat. Do you wear hats for fashion, for warmth or for both? I only wear hats for warmth--I actually hate wearing them

2) This song is from Meet Me in St. Louis, which was a huge hit and the second highest grossing movie of 1944. When is the last time you watched a movie in the theater? I don't remember

3) The movie follows the Smith family as their hometown, St. Louis, to prepares to host the 1904 World's Fair. What's the biggest thing happening in your hometown? the Crown of Maine balloon festival starts next week

4) This week's featured artist, Judy Garland, is best known as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. That movie is shown so often that Sam thinks she may have seen it a dozen times. Is there a movie or holiday special you've seen over and over? I watch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles at Thanksgiving

5) Judy admitted to being perpetually tardy. Are you usually prompt? Or are you always running late? I am prompt

6) Judy's first professional performance was a rendition of "Jingle Bells" when she was just two. How old were you when you entered your chosen profession? I was 24 for my first teaching job

7) Thinking of "Jingle Bells," here's a wintery question for a hot summer day: What's your favorite carol? hmmm... "White Christmas" is today's choice--subject to change!

8) Judy was a very demonstrative person. She enjoyed hugs and admitted that, when she nervous, she took emotional support from physically reaching out. Are you demonstrative? yes! I am affectionate

9) She told Barbara Walters that people would be surprised to learn that she was a good cook and specialized in desserts. Do you have a sweet tooth? very sweet


happy day 19

Day Nineteen: A successful first week at school!

friday 5

  1. What’s your favorite kind of French fry?
  2. I like hand cut fries
  3. Where can you get really good French toast?
  4. the local coffee shop
  5. What are your feelings about French salad dressing?
  6. I don't have it often
  7. What’s something you know how to say in French?
  8. Je parle un peu fran├žais
  9. What French films have you seen?
  10. The Little Prince, Les Miserables, and Sartre's The Wall


so true


happy day 18

Day Eighteen:

I think my student teacher is impressed with me.

booking through thursday

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What’s the most mind-blowing, world-changing book you’ve ever read? (Or article, poem, whatever.)

Wow--I don't have an answer for this! I will say that the best book I've read this year is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

I'd also say that the Harry Potter series helped me bond with my nieces & nephews, and my students.


happy day 17

Day Seventeen:

yarn along

Join in every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting and reading too!

Knitting the Reyna shawl and listening to H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

w.w.w. wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleve and listening to H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

• What did you recently finish reading? I listened to Norwegian By Night by Derek B. Miller.

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