Another Julia Child recipe tonight! Bouef A La Catalane--a stew made of beef, rice, onions and tomatoes. It was delicious, but it took 3 1/2 hours to make. I didn't mind, though, as the process of cooking was what I wanted. It went well with some green beans from this week's produce box . I was a little concerned, since they were so big, but a little extended cooking time made them tender and tasty.
( Voila! )
Well, that sort of happened to me today.
First, I had just bent over to point to something in a student's book, and he went "
Then later, there was a kid who normally is a sweetheart. He came in to do research with this look on his face, sat down and would not do a single thing. I asked what was wrong, but he wouldn't talk to me. I cajoled him into doing a little, and when he came in later to check out a book, I leaned in close and whispered, "so, what was the deal with social studies class? What was wrong?" And he replied, "well, I have a REALLY sore throat and I feel terrible."
Also, this today:
child: *sits and stares at questions he's supposed to be answering*
me: Ok, time to get to work!
child: *rolls eyes* I'm using my prior knowledge!
Allllllllso, these are pretty hilarious for library school humor:
Library School: Hurts So Good
Library School: Get Swingin'
Happy Thanksgiving, all! I'm off to make pies!
- Thanksgiving was lovely. All the food turned out well, and was done at the same time. Yay. The rolls were to die for.
- Although I lost at Scrabble, like always, I didn't disgrace myself. And I redeemed myself a little by not sucking at Trivial Pursuit.
- I got some good bargains on Black Friday.
- A purchase on Ebay is going to make someone extremely happy at Christmas.
- I spent most of the day Saturday combing used bookstores in town, hunting for books for my library. I don't like having to do this on my own time, but I love the used bookstores, so it was ok. I also don't like buying used books for the library--it doesn't do authors, publishing companies, libraries or the students any favors--but with with such a tiny budget this year, I feel like I have no choice.
- It was wonderful having five days off work and spending the time with family.
- Today was so warm that you could go outside in short sleeves.
- Ozzie loves his new flippy cat toy. He's been dashing around like a kitten.
- The movie The Taking of Pelham 123 was actually pretty good.
- I bought a big, red Purse of Awesome.
( (It's pronounced Biew-furt) )
Eating at the Shrimp Shack was a really bad idea. I knew it was a bad idea, just looking at the place, but trust me. It was a Bad Idea.
Some of the ideas made me cringe a little, but hey, if faith can't stand up to some poking and you never examine it carefully, then what good is it?
I've also been reading Some of the Kinder Planets by Tim Wynne-Jones, which I borrowed from the mwt library. It's out of print, but he's written lots of other books, including the Rex Zero ones, and A Thief in the House of Memory and The Boy in the Burning House, both of which I've heard good things about. Can he possibly be related to Diana Wynne Jones, only with an extraneous hyphen? Anyway, the short stories are so good that they make even a non-writer like me think of writing. He makes it seem that effortless, taking ordinary situations and making them extraordinary.
Edit: Some of the Kinder Planets does not seem to be out of print, according to Amazon.
Have I mentioned that I am a champagne junkie? A champagne ho? I love love love the stuff. A surprise bottle of it showed up in the refrigerator. Woot!
A continuation from the previous post. The YALSA YA Breakfast and the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet.
Oh, and the dessert was awesome. Then I went back to my hotel room and hacked into an unsecured wireless network. Take that, Hilton!
Next post: The highlight of the conference, the Printz Reception.
We have, at most, half an inch of snow. It's fine having a day off, but. First, they didn't call it until 7:00. I was practically ready to walk out the door so there was no question of going back to bed. Second, we'll have to make this day up in February. Third, it's just so fricking quiet around here.
I will not make cookies.
I will not make cookies.
I WILL NOT MAKE COOKIES.
Now, if I'm at home my comfort clothes are a pair of gym pants and a sweatshirt.
What are your comfort clothes like?