Saturday, April 18, 2015

I Was Here

I Was HereI Was Here by Gayle Forman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There must be some sort of magnetic pull between knowing Gayle Forman has a new book and the compulsion I have to add her books to my already too tall stack at Barnes & Noble or to use her latest book to tip my Amazon order over $35 for free shipping.  Whatever it is, since I read Forman's "if I stay", I have devoured each of her new books within a couple months of them coming out regardless of the topic. This time, the book was about the suicide of a college freshman from a small town in Washington, and while some of the plot points were overly dramatic in pure YA style, I read on and on and on. Forman has that kind of power over me, and I'm sure despite the occasional involuntary eye rolls that these books give me, I will eagerly await her next book. My inner fifteen-year-old simply can't help it.

Friday, April 3, 2015


Today school will officially let out for spring break. There is a collective sigh about to issue from the entire San Ramon Valley. At 3:06, the halls will empty, I will lock my classroom door and try not to skip on the way to my car. So excited for nine days filled with the joys of General Conference, Easter, family, and Seth. Happy Spring and Happy Easter!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Paris Love

Google informed me this evening that today is the 126th birthday the Eiffel Tower. I dream of Paris all the time. It is without a doubt my favorite city in the world. So happy birthday Eiffel Tower. Hope I get to see you soon.

Ps. Notice how the photo is slightly off center - proves I took it. How's that for odd logic? :)

Sunday, March 29, 2015


I am thrilled to report that I got a sunburn yesterday. I know that somewhere out there dermatologists and anti-aging experts are shaking their head, but getting a sunburn means two wonderful things: 1) I was outside for extended periods of time yesterday and 2) Spring and perpetually nice weather are here. It's a good life. Happy Sunday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Can't Shake It Off

I did that thing that teachers always swear they shouldn't do. I went on Normally it's not a big deal - a random snide comment here or there, but usually it's overwhelmingly positive. And so despite better judgment, I wandered to that site last Sunday while killing time before who knows what. And there was a comment that crushed me - it was short, bitter, and obviously from a kid who isn't a fan of what goes on in my classroom. His (I'm assuming it's a boy from the writing style) final comment is a hashtag (misspelled by the way) that essentially says anyone can be a teacher these days. 

I don't know why this comment is haunting me, but I can't seem to shake it. With any minor set back in my school day this week(and let's be honest there are many), that comment flashes through my mind. I am trying so hard lately to be innovative and optimistic. I'm trying to not get bogged down in the typical March malaise that traps well meaning teachers and students each year. But I'm sad and feeling like I can't ever do enough. 

But thankfully each day is a new day. Spring break is coming. And perhaps if I play Meghan Trainor's "Dear Future Husband" and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" enough times on repeat, I can just let it all go. 

Happy Spring.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Out of the Dust

Out of the DustOut of the Dust by Karen Hesse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am so impressed by authors that can convey depth of emotion and characterization in a book comprised of poems. Hesse's narrative arc is very well done and tells a powerful story of a teenager girl living in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. I can't believe it's taken me this long to read this book. I loved it. Wish I could give it 4 and a half stars.

Happy reading!


LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After reading tragic story after tragic story, I needed this book - something clever, but not so upsetting that I can't keep it on the bedside table. Rowell's first foray into adult fiction includes screenwriting, LA living, a phone that lets you talk to someone in the past, velour sweatsuits, Christmas, pugs, and drama - it has cheesy romantic comedy stamped all over it...only in novel form. Perhaps it wasn't worth the hardcover price, but I had a gift card. I'm happy.

Happy reading to you.