I got a $1000 grant from IBM to buy a collection of books for our super-low readers, written on a K-3 grade level. Yay. I think they'll be excited to see we have books just for them.
An exciting day yesterday. I swear I'm not making this up. First, one of our 7th grade students went into labor. The receptionist was timing her contractions until the squad came for her. She didn't have the baby; labor stopped and the principal asked her to please go home and stay there. 13 years old. :((((((( Then, a student broke the one mercury thermometer in the school. He got mercury on him so they had to call the authorities. Haz Mat people came in their yellow suits to decontaminate. The kid had mercury on him so they had him change into his gym clothes and took everything, including his underwear. The teacher is pregnant, so they had to make sure she wasn't contaminated. Quite the exciting day. And people wonder why teachers can't seem to just teach. At least the labor stuff is extremely unusual. We've never had a student in labor before though there have been a few pregnancies.
I had to go sit in a doctor's office yesterday for a few hours (I told you it was a busy day) and had to face something about myself (only my dysfunctional personality--not a health issue, sorry Willow). The waiting room was small and packed. The chairs were uncomfortable. All I wanted to do was sit and read The Virtu. There were three conversations going on in the room and I thought I was going to lose my mind. Seriously, I thought I'd have to go stand in the hall. I cannot abide small talk between strangers. Yes, the government sucks and health care sucks and you don't feel good but I just want to read my book. I am the most antisocial person ever born. It's a tremendous character flaw but I can't help it. It was painful, as were the chairs.
I'm off to Ohio tomorrow to visit my family for the weekend and OMG the weather!! TEN inches of snow are predicted! Gah! Must go hunt up boots.
Ok, this book was great. Clever, humorous and great fun. I just have to share some of the good parts. Don't worry, I won't give anything away because I think Peggy's idea of passing it around is a good one. I'd vote against a readaloud, though. That was a joke, I think.
So, who wants to read it next?
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.
Kate: Want to do a three-day walk to raise money for breast cancer research? We would walk 20 miles a day, then sleep in bubble tents. We can choose from several cities to walk around. It would be fun!
Me: 20 miles a day, huh? Do you think the bubble tent have enough electricity for my blow dryer AND my straightener? Wait, that wouldn't matter because after the first day I'd be DEAD.
Me: Can't we just donate money, instead?
Kate: You big baby.
I miss my Cincinnati friends so much.
All joking aside, it is a wonderful opportunity to raise money for cancer research and you can find more information here. And you can just donate money.
I just finished reading The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones. It was completely delightful and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's up there at the top of my list of favorite DWJ books. It made me very happy.