Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day Update

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It's a GREAT weekend!!

We've been furniture shopping this weekend for our Home Library...Wow, creating this little retreat looks like it will be a bit more expensive than a paperback book but it will sure be awesome!! Scottsdale has some pricey but fancy stores and it was fun to dream a little. I'm afraid I'm a little more humble in my decorating approach but whatever we decide it may not come to fruition for a bit longer. Who knew this would be so complicated?!?!

In the meantime, I've squeezed in lesson planning, movies, curriculum redirection, popcorn, yard work (that was Rich, not me), Math RTi, SmartBoard lessons, football, lunch with a friend, and the library and WalMart with Jase. Tonight we are off to the PoisonedPen to listen to a new author and then pizza for dinner. Yep, this is a packed weekend, but it is full of things on MY schedule and on MY terms. After 10 days of no recess I was ready for some weekend....

I am surrounded by my lovely books and really have only been reading school-tomes. I am actually thrilled to be doing it though. I feel the same satisfaction from doing some science prep that I usually get from a good novel. How weird. A friend says that when she follows her passion, she feels the same way. Should I admit that right now my passion is science?? Ack! Don't tell a soul. My books might get jealous.

I have started the Newbery Award winner, Moon Over Manifest, by Claire Vanderpool and it is delightful so far. What a great sense of voice and character. I'm reading slowly to enjoy it all. I also started James Rollins' new book, The Devil's Colony, and it already seems like this is his best work yet. Some of his passages are delicious. His word crafting is truly improving. I'm reading this along with my Airman in Mississippi. He is much farther along than I am, but then again he is in the midst of Tropical Storm Lee and is getting 15 inches of rain with no chance to go anywhere. Don't ya wish you had some rainy days to read in?!?!

Labor Day has always been one of my favorite holidays...time to put away the white shoes, fold up the beach towels and ready my mind for fall. After the heat of the last two weeks I am ready to feel a nip in the air and smell the crispness of fall. It may not happen for a long time yet, but I am ready! Happy Labor Day.


rhapsodyinbooks said...

Ready to feel the crispness of fall? Did you move and not tell me?!! LOLOL

Based on your assessment, I'm thinking I should read The Devil's Colony next; it's in my pile!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I'm thrilled fall will soon be upon us, even if it means New England winter can't be far away...LOL Glad you are working on your library. I would find that fun (but maybe confusing too). Have a great week.

alisonwonderland said...

Sounds like a great holiday weekend!

Moon Over Manifest was a delightful read. Enjoy!

Jenners said...

I won't tell science if you don't. And I think one of the best feelings in the world is getting lost in something you love ... nothing better! I love your little collage that started the post.

Inside A Book said...

Jill - I HAVE moved!! Yep, I live in a COLD classroom. Just kidding. I am just dreaming of fall. I recognize that it probably won't come until December, but I can dream about it.

Diane - planning this home library is taxing my little old brain cells. AND my pocketbook, but it's fun. Having furniture made will take awhile so I have a few weeks to dream even more. Thanks for stopping by.

Alisonwonderland - I AM enjoying Moon Over Manifest. If you get a chance, read the author's Newbery acceptance speech in the Horn Book magazine. It's awesome. Just like the book.

Jenners - You're right, getting lost in a passion is a blast. I think I had lost a bit of my teaching mojo the past couple of years so it's cool to find it. Who knew it would be in teaching science!! Ack. Nerd alert.