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Off to Ohio for a few days.  Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays, all!

Edit:  Arrived safely.  Safe travels, everyone!

Books!

Aug. 2nd, 2009 09:26 pm
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This is part of the reason my suitcase had not one but TWO "Heavy" tags on it.

I was in Bookstore heaven... )

Quick trip

Jul. 30th, 2008 10:29 pm
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Over the weekend I visited Beaufort, South Carolina, a lovely antebellum town on the coast in the southern part of the state.
(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.
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I went on a short cruise this week. 



Ah, tackiness, thy name is Carnival Cruise.
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People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks, is wonderful. 


Off on a trip tomorrow!  Back on Monday!
         
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I'm off to do something fun (I hope) next week.

My state provides funding for the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching, which offers classes and seminars in the Appalachian Mountains in the western part of the state, near the campus of Western Carolina University.  Teachers can apply to go to week-long classes and the program pays to put you up in their facility and funds a substitute teacher while you're gone.  A group of us are going to learn more about using things like wikis and blogs as teaching tools.  We get to use Western's library and fitness center.  It's a beautiful area and I'm excited about going--I've been to Asheville before, but never to Cullowhee. 

I'll still be around, though.  Virtually, that is.  
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A few quick things.

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.

Beach

Aug. 5th, 2007 09:26 pm
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I've said for years that I'd like to live closer to the coast but I don't know if I really could. My hair was a curly, frizzy mess the entire time I was there. Someone said, "I didn't know hair could stick out in so many directions." My hair and I are back to normal today.


Two more weeks, then back to work. 
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The last bit, I promise.


Saw this on John Green's blog site:
"July shall be NAtional Finish A Revision Of Your Book I Mean Seriously Come On Month (NAFAROYBIMSCOM). Anyone joining me?"

ALA! Pt. 1

Jul. 2nd, 2007 09:32 pm
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This post is long overdue, and many have heard some of my stories by now, but I promised a post about the ALA Annual Conference and here it is.


Tomorrow I'll continue with tall tales of the YA Author Breakfast, the Newbery Banquet and the Printz Reception.

I am a Geek

Jun. 3rd, 2007 08:12 pm
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Real life has been getting me down lately. Everything will be fine, I know! But it's been a tough, sad couple of weeks.

No sympathy, please! I mean it.

I really mean it. I'm just venting. I ♥ LJ.

Here is my exciting news...

Edit:  I finished American Born Chinese and my first feeling was that it was good but -- the Printz??  But the more I think about it, I'm not sure.  This is one I will have to reread. 

Meh.

Jan. 15th, 2007 08:50 pm
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It has taken me forever to finish Undine by Penni Russon.  I kept putting it down for a day or two before I'd remember, "Oh, yeah, I'm reading a book.  I should finish it, I suppose."  It just didn't hold my interest, and although I liked aspects of it, on the whole I was disappointed.

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