What can you do in nineteen minutes? Tons of things if you really think about it. This latest novel by Jodie Picoult entitled Nineteen Minutes is one of those books I HATE but cannot put down. Dealing with the horrific topic of a school shooting, the emotions the characters go through are so raw and honest that the book is difficult to keep reading (between sobs!). You feel compelled to delve deeper into the thinking of each of the characters from different perspectives. In a review from Publisher's Weekly :"The author's insights into her characters' deep-seated emotions brings this ripped-from-the-headlines read chillingly alive." This is a must read book for parents, teachers and humanity in general.
The presentation to the Principals went well today. The model classes were very well behaved and shone in the library with their reading and blogging! It was a good afternoon and tomorrow all of the leftover lunch becomes a feast to reward the students! Just need to pick up some nutritious chips and pop, and we will be good to go!
Just had to add that the most entertaining part of this hockey game is Don Cherry's leprechaun suit. Really, a 200 lb leprechaun in a bright green satin suit with a flourescent yellow shirt, AND a tie that played an Irish song of some type. Seriously...
A constant wonder - why do men get so riled up watching sports? We are sitting here watching the Leafs (currently losing 3-1) and my bizzarro husband is red in the face and yelling at the top of his lungs!!! It makes no sense to me. What a waste of time and energy. Unlike blogging which is very relaxing. No yelling involved... usually...GO LEAFS!
So, On this last day we went shopping! Love to do that. Picked up a cute outfit for my presentation to the Principals coming up on Wednesday. Just have to get some shoes now. Wal Mart was a hit! The cashier told me I was too young to have such "old" children. That was pretty nice to hear, but for some reason Katie thought it was hilarious! Now I am setting up a Benson School Blog and watching Jumper. Ciao!
Okay, so yesterday and today FLEW by! Wednesday I did no more than entirely necessary. Still am not finished reading Duma Key though. Got caught up watching the entire remainder of nip/tuck season 4. Today I got beautified at the salon and spent the rest of the day on the computer. Finished my Smart Board Masters course, created a new wiki for school PLC and chatting a bit with friends online. Tomorrow I plan to go to the mall and pick up some new duds! There is a great shoe sale on at Spring.
So, finally am home after the excursion to "the Mall". KC had a great time at Build a Bear! We came home with the most expensive Teddy Bear ever created. Got to be really special to work at a place like that. Lots of happy, happy and this is so-so fun-fun being tallied around. Here is a picture of Honey Carmel, who before we left the mall was already renamed Talula. And right now the Talula with the "I am Smart glasses", but "Still a princess" dress is watching KC interact with her online version at the corporate web site. Marketing genius!
Also stopped at Chapters Indigo and picked up a small stack of books for my week of reading. I was disappointed not to find many of the books I had on my interest list, but of course browsed around and found more than enough to keep me happy for a few days at least. The rest I will have to order online (which is the one of the best things since sliced bread as my Granny would say).
Here is the stack I'll be working on. I want to read the Duma Key first.
Thanks to seeing an interesting Widget on Sharon's Betty Bun Head Blog, I took some time to check out Shelfari. What a great resource for book recommendations! An online book lovers community where you can select, rate, review and sort your own bookshelf of books. Your bookshelf widget can be placed on your blog (see mine to the right) or you can also gain access to groups of specific genres and interest through the shelfari website. Great discovery. I'm off to a morning at Indigo tomorrow and now have a long list of recommended books to purchase. Yeah!
Well, I finally have my own blog space! Can't wait to get started! I guess while others are basking in Trinidadian sunshine this March Break I will be creating my own little world on the web. My only travel this week will be through streaming video http://www.earthcam.com/ I think I will virtually visit Cancun later :-) ...at least I won't get a sunburn... In between laundry and spring cleaning ( I know... get a life!) I will be trying out the latest Web2.0 tools http://schoollibrarylearning2.blogspot.com/index.html . I'm looking to make the best of technology in term three with my intermediate students ! Maybe this web exploration will spark an idea or two. Later:-)
The content of this blog will be the random and sporadic musings of a tech happy teacher librarian. I'm inspired by using technology with students, professional development for teachers, am an avid reader (especially YA fantasy genre), and have a slight obsession with live music and discovering new musicians. I may occasionally have to share my feelings about reality shows (like American Idol and The Bachelor) which are my off-brain guilty pleasure.