booking through thursday

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Hardcovers or paperbacks?

Before I got my Nook, I preferred paperbacks. Not the pocket size, the trade size. Although, I did go through a hard cover phase. And I try to get the original cover, not the movie-tie-in.

10 ¢

I got sent home from school today because I have lost my voice. I am saddened that the crud has finally caught up to me. I thought I had been diligent in my hand washing, hand sanitizing, and vitamin C-ing. It's a workshop day. So I wasn't devastated that I got sent home. And I don't think I have to make up the time. Tomorrow's workshop has the real nitty gritty stuff that I don't want to miss.

You may ask yourself, why did I bother going to school at all... but the answer is that I don't talk out loud in the mornings because I live by myself. I didn't know what I sounded (or didn't sound) like until I got to school.


w.w.w. wednesday

MizB at Should Be Reading has made some changes to her weekly meme line up and W.W.W. Wednesdays is no longer a weekly meme. But I love this meme and am going to continue it on my own.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown and Dimensions of Learning Teacher's Manual by Robert Marzano. And I'm also slogging through Becoming A Reflective Teacher by Marzano.

• What did you recently finish reading? I finished Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini .

• What do you think you’ll read next? The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizingby Marie Kondo.


ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic starts with a premise: you are having a dinner party and you can invite 10 fictional characters. Who would you invite? My guests would be:

1-3) Harry, Hermione, and Ron from the Harry Potter series. They'd be interesting with some great magic thrown in.

4) Jake Jackson from Eureka Street, one of my all-time favorite books.

5-6) Nicolas Fox and Kate O'Hare from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's series.

7-8) Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. They'd offer a touch of class and nobility.

9-10) Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman from the Rosie Project books. I think they'd be a hoot, plus they would whip up some fantastic cocktails!

cookie connections...

It's Girl Scout Cookie season! And this year I have more Scouts in one class than I've ever had. Naturally, I had to buy from each of them. It's only fair.


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: What’s your favorite genre? Why?

My favorite genre is contemporary fiction. Although, I do love a thriller. And mysteries. My gut reaction, though, is contemporary fiction. I like reading about things going on in contemporary times, they give me a touchstone to suppose and wonder what other peoples' lives are like. Or another perspective of life while I'm living my ordinary life.


sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: 17 Meme?

Are you a jealous person? not really

When is the next time you’re traveling out of state? I probably will be taking a trip to Pennsylvania this summer

Can you write your name in a foreign language? my name is basically the same in other languages

When you’re getting ready for something, do you listen to music? if I'm packing yes, if I'm just getting ready to go out, probably not

What is your favorite day of the week? every

What is something you did yesterday and wish you could’ve done today? go to lunch at my favorite restaurant (it's closed on Sundays)

If you woke up tomorrow and knew/spoke a different language, which language would you want it to be? French

What did you last order online? yarn

Do you have any specific hobbies? knitting

What’s a song you recently discovered that you want to tell everyone about? Take Me To Church by Hozier

Favorite fall or winter accessory? a cowl

What did you last eat? a brownie-batter donut from Dunkin'

Look to your left. What’s there? my iced coffee

How long does it take you to fall asleep? usually not long

Is there a TV in the room you are in? yes

What comes to your mind when I say red? hair

Name something you think is pointless? drama


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.


28 things about february

Here's a list of 28 things about this month:

1) I spent some time with friends/former students I haven't seen in years and years. We laughed and caught up and gossipped and had a marvelous time.

2) Vacation week, I should call it staycation week, was spoiled by the rotten snowstorms. I didn't feel comfortable going on road trips.

3) I read three books this month. And it was a pretty mixed bag of liking/disliking them.

4) Paying It Forward was a big theme this month. Not only did I have two people buy my morning coffee at the drive-thru, I also got Snowed On with a goodie bag from someone (I still don't know who did it).

5) And I paid it forward, too, buying coffee for people behind me at the drive-thru and Snowing On two other colleagues!

6) I started Season Three of Once Upon A Time. I'm not sure why I like it.

7) One of the home improvement projects I had was organizing my sweaters. I've got a trunk of sweaters, but I've really only been wearing the same handful. So I rotated and pulled the sweaters from the bottom to the top. It's kind of like having a new wardrobe. I just wish it was time to move into the spring sweaters. And by spring sweaters, I mean thinner, brighter colors.

8) This wasn't a particularly nappish month for me, which is unusual.

9) Pineapples were on sale at the market, so I bought a couple and I've been happily nibbling away since then.

10) Planet Head Day was a couple of weeks ago and I knit four hats for it. My pledge for 2016 is to knit a hat a month so I'll contribute at least 12.

11) Planet Head Day is a fundraising event where people shave their heads for donations--then the freshly shaved heads are painted like planets. My knitting group contributes hats for those who shave their heads.

12) I'm knitting a blanket for the impending birth of my great-nephew, whose mother is my Pennsylvania niece; I went to the wedding in a whirlwind trip a couple years ago. I'm going to knit a baby hat with a matching Daddy hat, too, because I think it would be funny.

13) Valentine's Day didn't annoy me this year. Not that it's usually a big deal. I just didn't dwell on being single.

14) I made arrangements for a guest speaker to come into my psychology class again this year. Same speaker as last year, even though I was hesitant to ask him two years in a row. But he readily agreed. And my students are excited.

15) Over vacation, I got together for what's become an annual lunch date with my Portland friend and her kids--it's so fun to see how they've grown and matured.

16) I knit myself a special red hat. I really wanted a red hat. Just a fancy I got in my head. And I've gotten a lot of compliments on it.

17) The TV show The Slap is fascinating. The dynamics among and between the characters are brilliant. Which makes me glad that TV shows are limiting episodes. Knowing a show has a limited run makes me more interested in watching it.

18) A dear friend of mine turned 40 this month. She was planning to celebrate with a Girls Getaway to Vegas but she injured (or re-injured) her back and the trip was canceled. She may even have to have surgery! Yoikes!

19) I am completely baffled by the dress meme that has exploded on the internet. Don't get why it's such a thing.

20) I'm not sad to see February go. It's been the coldest February on record (that's 139 years of record keeping). I've always said that February is the longest shortest month.

21) I looked at CraigsList for the first time in my life today. What an eye-opener!

22) My left knee has been bothering me for about a week now. It's weird--not muscle pain. I just don't know what I might have done to it. I hope it doesn't hurt much longer.

23) I think I'm getting age spots on the backs of my hands. They look like freckles but they're not freckles. When I Googled, it looks like the spots on my hands. How am I old enough for age spots?????

24) I'm trying to save all of my $5 bills. To put them in my savings account.

25) Today was a sunny day. But it was still cold.

26) I have a friend who is super excited to celebrate birthdays. Almost more than I am. But we get the celebration thing. We went to lunch to celebrate her birthday today and I'm still full. The incredible chocolate lava cake was over the top.

27) My teaching certificate has been renewed until 2020. That seems so far away! I hope I remember to take it to school to put on file.

28) All in all, I will focus on the highlights of this month. Even though the bone-chilling cold numbs me to the good stuff.

saturday 9

Stop In The Name Of Love

1) When this song was popular, the Supremes were known for their long gloves and full-length gowns. When was the last time you got dressed up? Two Augusts ago, for my niece's wedding

2) With a record 12 #1 hits, the Supremes remain America's best-selling vocal group. This must have been hard for Betty McGlown, the fourth Supreme, who left the group before they recorded their first song. Can you think of an opportunity you missed? I didn't want to by Ed Sheeran tickets during class, so when I went online two hours later during lunch they were sold out. Bummer.

3) When "the girls" (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Flo Ballard) first started hanging around Motown, founder Berry Gordy was reluctant to let them record. After all, they were still in high school. They refused to give up and eventually convinced him to let them add hand claps and finally back up vocals to recordings by other Motown artists. Tell us about a time when your persistence paid off. therapy!

4) 50 years after its release, "Stop! In the Name of Love" is one of the most popular karaoke songs. Do you know the lyrics? I know the chorus

5) There's a children's playground named in Diana Ross' honor within New York's Central Park. It includes swings, slides, rope bridges and a fountain. When you played in the park, what did you run to first? swings! I LOVED swinging!

6) Diana stumbled in her high heels and broke her ankle as she left the stage after a November 2012 concert. What do you have on your feet right now? blue socks

7) Ever the trooper, she honored her commitment to perform at a White House-sponsored Christmas concert just weeks later, even though her leg was still in a cast. Tell us about a time when you "played hurt." I had a headache all day yesterday, it was the only bad thing in a wonderful day

8) Young Diana Ross was a good student and a tough competitor who made her school's swim team. Are you a good swimmer? I'm ok

9) Diana's older sister, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, was the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American medical school. Decades ago, Barbara juggled post-graduate studies and raising small children. Are you good at multi-tasking? I'm terrible at it because I like to focus on one task at a time--giving my full attention


especially good day

Today was one of those days--the kind you wish you could bottle.

I was productive at school. My classes went well. After school I had a visit from a former student and we talked for forty-five minutes straight without stopping (and could have talked on and on). I got a package packed and mailed--hopefully it will arrive early in the week. And I met my dear friend for dinner: another get together full of laughter, memories, girl talk, and love. Not that I have a lot of bad days. But this was an especially good day.