Reading frenzy Thursday, Feb 8 2007 

So, because of a huge snow storm, I had SO much time to read this week.  I am almost done with “Girl Meets God” a book by Lauren Winner about being an Orthodox Jew and converting to Christianity.  Although it’s interesting, I admit I’m getting a little bit bored with it, but I will finish it all.  I also finished End-Times Simplified, which is about what Christianity believes about the end of the world.  Pretty intense stuff!  I also finally finished all 13 books in the Series of Unfortunate Events Series.  They were so good! I’m sad to see them end.  I think I’m going to read this book I just got about pirates.  Love pirates like I do?  Then you need to look at THIS site. 

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Art Teacher Tuesday, Nov 28 2006 

So, I am a part-time art teacher, and I am attempting to become a memborable one at that.  I’ve been thinking about what makes teachers excellent, and what makes children respond to them.  So, one of the things I have realized is that teachers have to be willing to put themselves on display, and be willing to look pretty silly actually.  I decided that I want to make an under the sea theme in my room for the school carnival this year, so I have been thinking of every topic that I can related to that.  I was thinking of buying some women’s pirate boots and a pirate flag and dressing up on the first day of the lesson plan.  So, anyways, I think the youngest kids will make the fish and animals that are under the sea, and as each grade goes up I want to make the lesson more difficult and a different aspect of the scene.  I need a few suggestions for books that I could read to each grade level to go along with the theme.  Do you know any good books about pirates or under the sea that aren’t too scary for little ones?

Amazing day! Saturday, Oct 21 2006 

Today has been an amazing day.  First of all-I am slowly making my way (due to busy life, not to lack of desire) through Crunchy Cons, and it is totally convicting me and changing the way I am living my daily life!  I am recyling more, eating less processed meats, and thinking deeply about what I want to be known for.  If I claim to be an earthy-type person, then I need to live that way everyday, all the time!  Not, just tote the title.  So, anyways, I went to the local farmer’s market, and I am so sad that I have not been going there every week since I have lived here!  It embodied everything I love!  Small town farmers selling me and allowing me to taste all their wares, with cultural diversity surrounding me and street musicians.  It was amazing!  I bought some tea from the tea lady,  some veggies, and went home to eat an incredible vegetarian fresh lunch.  I then went to visit my parents and road on their scooter around the neighborhood and felt the wind in my air.  Now I’m off to a birthday party with my nephew.  Hooray for relaxing weekends!

Reading date Sunday, Sep 17 2006 

Tonight I have a “reading aloud date” with two dear friends. We are going to head to the park, bring some drinks, a blanket to sit on, our favorite childhood book, and we are going to take turns reading them aloud. I can’t wait! There is this great park downtown with a fountain, and a view of the city skyline over the river. I love finding friends and excuses to lounge at parks. 🙂

Unfortunate Events Tuesday, Sep 12 2006 

I am in the middle of the books by Limony Snicket “A Series of Unfortunate Events” like I may have mentioned before, and I freaking love them!  They make me laugh out loud sometimes!  But, I will say that I am getting frustrated.  I think honestly, I just want it to end in a fairy tale ending!  I know it warns me the entire series that if you want a happy ending you shouldn’t keep reading, but for some reason, that makes me want to read it and find a happy ending even more!

New Friday, Sep 8 2006 

You know how I was mentioning that Korean Tea stuff?  Well, check out what I found out that they have NOW.  I personally think it sounds a little gross, but I guess I’ll give anything a try once right?

Anyways, I found the COOLEST book yesterday evening!  It’s called “Everything’s a Puzzle” and it’s probably from the 1960’s or so.  It is all word puzzles, like with a picture drawn, and then you subtract and add letters…and then in the end it makes a great word pun.  I have made one before, and it made me decide that I want to do it again.  Only this time I want to make really detailed drawings, paint over an old book, and make the word puzzles really hard.  I need some free time to work on it!

Comfy books Monday, Sep 4 2006 

For me, books and tea go together like cinnamon and spice.  There is NOTHING better than iced tea and a book on a hammock in the summer, or hot tea and a book in front of the fireplace in the winter.  Who will give me an amen on that one?  Leave me a comment with your favorite hot/cold drink and favorite reading spot.

comic books Friday, Sep 1 2006 

So, do you think comic books count as reading??  I mean like..if I sit down to “read” a comic book, can that count as an intellectual activity?  I have to admit I have a secret love of super heroes.  The whole concept of a secret identity, an alternate life, or of having a secret power to use against your enemies is just a really attractive one!  I have my whole room done with this kind of theme, and I know it may make me just a big kid, or even a big dork, but I just can’t help it!

continued Monday, Aug 14 2006 

I have continued to read “The Sin Eater” last night, and it is really good.  Pretty creepy to read at night, and I am very curious how it’s going to end, but totally worth checking it out!

new book Sunday, Aug 13 2006 

I started a book last night called “The Sin Eater” by Francine Rivers. I didn’t know that this concept existed. The idea that someone else could take on your sins or would do so as a calling/job is really a strange idea to me. I’m interested to find out more as I finish this book!

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