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Books are a Teacher’s Best Friend

I love Tuesdays. Why? At 9:14 I line my kids up to go to my favorite place in the entire school. This place has always been my favorite place-even when I was a student there.  Once you enter there the adventures begin. One day you’re dodging tornadoes with Dan Hatch and the next you’re riding alongside Sybil Ludington. Can you guess where we are?

The library. 

Our library is quite vast. Wall to wall with books. There’s three sections: picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books. The picture books and chapter books section alone is the size of the two classrooms and the nonfiction section is a classroom and a half in itself. I’ve worked in several schools and none of them compare to NMS. The first time we went there this year I walked in just as excited as the students. As they began looking for books I walked around and found a few of my old favorites. One asked me what I was doing and I just told them I was visiting old friends. At this point they’re use to me walking around checking out the new books. I think we get new books added almost every week. My favorite part is when they come to me and ask if I have any suggestions. I have a pretty good idea of their interests and I’ve been successful this year of getting my students fired up about reading. But then again it helps and I think inspires them when they see me sitting there reading right along with them.

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Old Books

Have you ever read a book, fell in love with it, and then misplace it?

I have and this past Saturday when I was looking through some boxes I came across my missing book! It’s The Stone Forest by Karen Harper. I remember I bought it when I was in 7th grade and my family went on a trip to the beach in South Carolina. We had stopped in Charlotte overnight and somehow I convinced them to find a Barnes and Noble. After walking up and down the aisles I came across said book.

The back cover said it ❝had many twists and turns❞ and is ❝an exciting, chilling puzzle, a real page turner.❞

Now when have back covers ever been correct in their description? In my experience it’s kind of rare. Typically they over-hype the plot and it’s only a twist or two at best. But this book was one of those I couldn’t put down. I needed to know what happened next and who was behind what. In the years that I had first bought it I had read it several times over. But a couple years ago I was changing my bookshelf around and happened to place it in a box that was going into the basement. I labeled it on the box but didn’t put it in the right one. Somehow I’ve always missed going through the box it was in and I may have done a little dance of joy when I found it again.

I came upstairs, fired up my reading playlist and dove right back in. It pulled me in once again and even though I knew how it ended that familiar feeling of needing to know returned. There were a couple of twists I had completely forgotten about.  I’ve read other books by this particular author but none of them compared to The Stone Forest.  If you want to read this book, good luck because I don’t think it’s in print any longer in paperback format.

 

Sunday Adventures

Sunday was a wonderful day. Church was great and it was wonderful to be surrounded by my church family again. I think next Sunday Georgia will be attending church with her grandmother. I LOVE when she’s there because she’s this bright and energetic 2nd grader.  When I got home after lunch my little fluffball was waiting on me. She knew it was Sunday which means car ride day with me. I changed and took her out to the car.  She was so excited as we drove to the park. She loves to watch the ducks. I call them her live squeaky toys.

 

The sky was really blue that day and I could smell summer in the air. It also didn’t hurt that the temperature was 90 either. There was a breeze but that didn’t deter me from sitting on my grandmother’s back porch with a book & my Sunday relaxation playlist playing on Spotify.

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I kind of like reading while sitting in a swing. Butterflies kept fluttering by & the birds were chirping up a storm in the holly tree. I sat out there for thirty minutes then went inside to visit Mam for a little bit. As I was walking back home (barefoot because it felt like a summer night) I looked up and noticed the sky was my summer sky. I can’t wait for summer 2017 to arrive.

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Books & Stranger Things

It’s been a week since I last posted. I really meant to post another time last week. But then I re-discovered my love of reading. So far I’ve read:

  1. How to Be a Bawse-Lilly Singh
  2. Small Horrors: A Collection of Fifty Creepy Stories-Darcy Coates
  3. Kicking Mediocrity in The Crotch-Staci Fonner (personal friend)
  4. Cruel Sacrifice-Aphrodite Jones

I’m currently reading With a Doubt-Marcia Clark.

The other reason I didn’t post? Two words: Stranger Things. I had heard rave reviews about it but I just now found the time to watch it. It was AMAZING! Last night I started re-watching it again. And I even found the soundtrack on Spotify to listen to & I love it. The music is completely 80s and that has led to me listening to 80s music a lot more too. I can’t wait until October to binge watch season 2.

I know this isn’t up to par based on prior writings but I’m exhausted. The last two night’s at the gym have been rough. I swear my trainers are trying to kill us.

Right Here, Right Now

Thank you Kristy for this idea. I think I sat & stared at my screen for ten minutes trying to figure out what to write about tonight. I like how much these little prompts are like my Sunday Lately posts.

Watching: Doctor Who. The Eleventh Doctor arc. I just finished watching “The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe” episode. “Asylum of Daleks” is the next one but I can’t bring myself to watch it. There’s an Amy/Rory moment that makes me think of someone that I still miss. I’m always going to love and miss him.

Listening: Bollywood playlist. To be more specific the song is “Zehnaseeb.” It’s a slower one but it’s one of my favorites.

Appreciating: The ‘we’re glad you’re feeling better’ hugs my kids gave me today. Seriously this class is going to be a hard one to see go.

Loving: My gym family. Tonight’s workout was so much fun because our trainer created a St. Patrick’s Day themed tabata with Irish music included. I still have “An Irish Party in Third Class” playing through my head.

Drinking: Warm milk with a bit of honey and cinnamon.

Wishing: That Adult Prom was happening again on Saturday.

Planning: I’m attempting to work on my homework for my 2 classes. I only have a week and a half left but I’ve grown tired of all the required readings.

Reading: I wish I could say I am currently reading a thrilling mystery. However what I am reading are articles for my Classroom Management class. It’s not that thrilling.

I’m hoping that tomorrow night I’ll have less of a struggle to find inspiration.

 

Books, Books, and More Books

Yesterday’s music post had me thinking at 2AM what other ice breaker/get to know me lists could I write about? And then it hit me. BOOKS!  To narrow it down I’m going to list just the chapter books that I either read in a day or could re-read them over & over again.

  • Anne of Green Gables. I read this in 6th grade and fell in love with the imagination and spunky character of Anne herself. I may not be a redhead but I saw so much of myself in her.
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. When I was in 7th grade we had to do a character book report & I chose this book. I dressed up as little Francie Nolan & told the class my story.
  • Matilda. The first book I ever read by Roald Dahl. Matilda was imaginative, inquisitive, and loved to read. (Have you sensed a theme with my favorite books so far?)
  • The Ghost of Blackwood Hall. My first “grown up” mystery book. Or so I thought in my head.  I bought it at the local bookstore in 1996 for getting straight A’s on my report card. My mom suggested that I try this series because she loved this series when she was my age. But of course I didn’t read the first book. I went with #25 because the cover looked cool.
  • And Then There Were None. The next level of mystery series for me to become addicted to reading. Again, this author was at mom’s suggestion.
  • Eleanor & Park. This book broke my heart. Even though it’s YA fiction I still found it relatable.

This slice is super brief today because now I have to start getting ready for Adult Prom. <-There’s a preview about tomorrow’s slice.

Sunday Lately #106 Redoing, Making, Choosing, Concentrating, & Appreciating

I can’t believe it’s Sunday again! Well here we go again with another installment with the Blogger Tribe crew.

Redoing: This weekend I tackled my bookshelf in my bedroom since it was overflowing with Christmas cards, books, and papers that just needed to be thrown away. It’s now dust free, clutter free, and looks 100x better. By clearing off a section of my bookshelf that held my gift from when I was in our local production of Into the Woods I now have more room for books. (I may be looking for an acceptable reason to buy more books.)

Making: This week I made the extra effort to choose healthier foods, start my food prep on Sunday night & drink more water. I’m already feeling a difference that I touched upon in my Wednesday post. I plan on continuing this effort into next week. I’m already down 3 pounds. It may not seem like much, but it’s a gain in the right direction.

Choosing: I’m split on how to properly respond to this part because I’m currently choosing two things. One of my 2017 aspirations was to travel to somewhere new at least four times this year. This summer I’m trying to choose between three different places to spend 3 to 4 days. My dream destination would be this one:

fields-villa-tuscany-italy_mainTuscany, Italy

However that’s not exactly feasible so for now I have to settle for an adventure in the U.S. I’m leaning towards Savannah, GA because normally every summer I travel to Tennessee for 3 or 4 days. I’d like to go South, but somewhere like Mackinac Island sounds really nice too. I’ve made the decision that by next Sunday I’ll have my vacation picked. I work better with deadlines.

Concentrating: It’s safe to say that for 2017 I’m quite driven. It’s a different level of driven than I was last year. I’m trying to figure out how to take this energy and use it to be beneficial to others. Example: I’d like to be more involved with my community. I’m looking to the WYP to help me out here with this one. If you don’t know who they are you should check them out: Wheeling Young Preservationists

Appreciating: Little moments. It hit me the other day that it seemed like 2016 flew by, and while in part that was probably a good thing considering certain events, it felt like I hadn’t taken the time to appreciate certain moments when I should have. Looking back while I appreciated those weekly Sunday lunches with my grandfather I should’ve appreciated them even more in the moment. Sundays have been so empty since August 19th & I can’t help but feel like that side of my family is slowly drifting apart since his passing. So for now I’m appreciating those little moments a whole lot more.

This week’s post was a little longer but I find this whole Sunday Lately posting to be the most therapeutic. The fitness updates will resume tomorrow. If you want to join this fantastic tribe of ladies then click the link below!  Next week’s themes will be: Thinking, Finding, Allowing, Insisting, Repeating. 

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe