Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yes, Please

On Sunday, Seth and I were sitting down to dinner and getting ready to start a movie when he turned to me and said, "Would you like to send out a Christmas card together?" Yes, Seth. Yes, I would. How cute is he?
Oh, how I love the start of holiday season. Happy November!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Time Keeper

The Time KeeperThe Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know people think that Mitch Albom is cheesy or cliche, but I love him. Part of my inspiration for finally telling my parents that I was indeed going to be a teacher came from "Tuesdays with Morrie". "The Time Keeper" is probably just a three star book, but the discussion of time and how we measure it, obsess over it, and freak out over the lack of it, etc really spoke to me and made me evaluate my own obsession with time. And maybe I loved this book extra because Seth and I spent a Saturday afternoon at Apple Hill reading together and sneaking bites of apple donuts between chapters.

Albom's books are perfect short reads. They require little effort, always give you something to think about, and make you feel better about the world. Sometimes I need a break from how dark typical fiction can be, and instead spend time thinking about something uplifting and inspirational.

Happy reading!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

All Hallow's Eve & Us

Seth and I have a Halloween tradition of doing dinner and a movie to escape the madness of trick-or-treaters and having to dress up. Don't get me wrong. I love the fall, and I love Halloween candy. But my perfect Halloween includes yummy food with my handsome Mr. Mann, previews (oftentimes the best part of the movie), a movie with that candy we didn't share with those cute kids in costumes.
Last night was not our best of our Halloween outings because the movie choice ended up being so dark and horrifying (not a horror movie, by the way - we chose a World War II epic that ended up showing only the worst of humanity), but I do love this tradition. Seth joked that we won't be able to keep this up once there are little people involved. Maybe when that is the case, we'll move our date to Dia de los Muertos.  Happy (belated) Halloween!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Grand Plans

Remember that idea of writing once a month. Oh yeah - not quite. Crazy days, good days, all sorts of days - either way. I've hardly written. I've thought about it and haven't done it. I'll work on it. There are so many good things happening that I'd love to another type of record to document life.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began

Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus, #2)Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I finished this book and just wanted there to be more. I love that even though it's told in an unconventional format, that it manages to be so genuine. It doesn't trivialize or glamorize the Holocaust. It doesn't make out the men and women that lived through it to be heroes. Maus II just tells their story. Incredibly written and drawn.

Allegiant

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Allegiant by Veronica Roth
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Simply put, I am not a fan. I really liked Divergent. I mostly liked Insurgent. But I cannot endorse this one. I told my students this week that I would suggest reading the first one and stopping there. I still think Tris and Tobias are great characters. I just did not like the choppy narration and the convoluted plot lines that Allegiant seemed to serve up in every chapter. And the ending...I don't dare start that rant, so I'll stop here and save it for an in-person conversation where you can remember that I am actually a positive human being.

Happy reading!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Whew!

It's 4:25 on Friday afternoon. Everyone is excited and relieved when Friday rolls around, but there's extra relief this Friday. The first week of school is over. We did it. One week down. Thirty-five to go. It's a privilege to work at Dougherty Valley High School. Is it perfect? No. Were there moments of near meltdown? Of course. But there were moments of delight and peace. School starts, the freshmen appear, and I am home.