Tuesday, August 19, 2008


School is kicking my tushy. Six classes and four preps. My brain is tired.

Give me a few days to get into the swing of things again and I'll be back on a more regular basis.


Edited to Add: Hearts Awakened releases in two weeks! I can't wait!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday Check-In

Scenes from St. Augustine -- One of the many bed and breakfast inns in the historic district. but with those palms and that upstairs balcony, doesn't this look like a great place to stay?
My updated TTD for school:
1) Powerpoints for first day (I dreamed last night I'd forgotten to do this)
2) Compile updated senior project packets
3) Turn in my professional development paperwork for the leadership seminar I'm taking in September
4) Find a room mother
5) Seating charts
6) Write second units for the year to round out the first nine weeks and update my gradebook pages to be printed
7) Write rubrics/test plans for 9th and 11th grades
8) Write journal prompts and create exit slips
Tomorrow night is Open House. Wednesday is the first day of school.
On the writing front, I need to finish my blurb form for Fall Into Me. I'm stuck on the section on comparative titles. I also have not yet started a new book.
I need to update my portfolio for grad school (we're required to do so at the end of each class). The only part I really dislike is writing the rationale statements that we are required to submit.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Today's the Day

Scenes from St. Augustine -- More homes on San Marco facing the bay front. I love the one with wood shakes on the right.

Well, that's it. Summer is basically over. I'm prepared-prepared -- room is ready, units are written, etc. Mentally? Not so much. However, I did finish up everything for EDUC 6672 yesterday (except for inserting items in my portfolio), so I have a break from grad school until early September. That will be nice, as the first few weeks of a new school year are always crazy.

Today I have nothing on my agenda. That's right -- nothing. (Although I'm pretty sure I'll end up doing, well, something).

What's your idea of a do-nothing day?

Friday, August 01, 2008

TBR Piles

Scenes from St. Augustine -- One of the buildings from the historic village living museum. It's on St. George Street and I snapped this during our Ghostly Experience walking tour.
Mary has two hundred books in her TBR* pile.
Two. Hundred.
First, I should probably admit I don't even have a TBR pile. Well, Monster #2 has a TBR pile, on the corner of my desk, and it has three books in it. I think the reason I don't possess a TBR pile is that I buy a book and I read it. Then it usually gets passed on to someone else or placed on the bookcase in my classroom (I have a small house -- there's not a lot of room for extra book storage). I have a couple of baskets in my office that hold the professional books I'm currently using or reading, but in the last couple of years, I've found myself buying more and more ebooks, simply because I don't have to find tangible space for them.
So now I'm trying to envision the space two hundred books would take up. That's . . . wow.
Am I the only one without a huge TBR pile? And if you have a big one, where do you keep it all?
*To Be Read