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Monday, February 27, 2017

The Rooms

Good pal Jayma went with her family to an escape room this weekend.  This is a fun adventure where you get locked in a room and you have to figure out how to escape.  Jayma and her family started out handcuffed to a bed in a dark room.  They got out alive with only seconds to spare.  They got a few helpful hints as they worked through their escape route, but not that many.

The escape room could be a good setting for a Bachelor episode.  I may suggest this to the producers when I speak with them tonight.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Productivity

When I have an extra day to my weekend, my productivity soars.  I didn't get any of the stuff on my To Do list done, per se, but it feels like I accomplished a lot.  Clearly, the extra day is good for my overall demeanor and keeps me from feeling saturnine.

I am going to end this glorious day with some paper grading and some Bachelor watching.  I keep asking my mom to join me in the viewing of this fine show, but she always refuses.  Tonight I called her and earnestly cajoled, "MOM, tonight's the HOME TOWNS!  You've got to tune in."
"I'd rather vomit," she answered.
"I really think you should reconsider," I told her, but I could tell I was getting nowhere. We moved on to other topics.  Everyone has their own likes and dislikes. I have no problem with that.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Pond

Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area is in our state, just about an hour away.  We drove down there today to make the best out of the bad situation that is global warming.  We saw two whooping cranes.  You might be saying.  Big whoop, whooping cranes, blah blah blah, but let me tell you something my friends.  The whooping crane was once pushed to "the brink of extinction."  In actual fact, the whooping crane is still endangered. Right now there are only about 600 whooping cranes on the planet and, yes, we saw 2 of them this afternoon.  When I showed the woman at the visitor center my photograph, she said, "Yes, those are whoopers.  Congratulations."  Her tone was calm and understated, but I could tell she was excited inside.

We also saw 2 swans and some snow geese and some fabulous sand hill cranes. A friend saw some pelicans at Goose Pond last weekend, but we had no luck in the pelican department. You can't have everything and the sooner some people realize that, the better.  A fine day at Goose Pond.  Let's all remember to support the whooping crane.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Chilling

When you get a 3 day, you've got some extra options.  You can chillax on the first day of the three day because you don't need to prove anything to yourself about how you have an interesting life.  You can sit by a fire and read a book without feeling like time's a'wastin' and so is your life.  Today was low key.  I did chip away at one of my many small jobs for the book that's coming out in August that I wrote, but mostly, we just sat around like idle noodles, spinning our wheels.  I spent some time wondering about TwentySomething and #1 Son. I wanted to text and ask them what they were doing, but I fear that gets annoying when I do it more than 4 to 5 times in a week. I'll wait til tomorrow.   Now we're heading to Bloomington's own Comedy Attic to hear Moses Storm.  I have high hopes for that young man.  He said on social media that this is his first time in our cool town.  Maybe we'll invite him over for bagels in the morning.  At any rate, it's no secret to anyone that the Three Day is  a marvel.  There's just no denying.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Wonderings

We've been talking about the importance of "curiosity."  We were curious about Juneteenth today, so we learned more about this holiday.  We were also curious about Frederick Douglass, so we read more about him.  We've also been curious about modern slavery and we're starting to gather some info.  There's lots of stuff to wonder about right now.  When I wake up tomorrow, I'll most likely get to wondering again. Let's see what comes of it.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Offense

Okay, people, it's time to get back to blogging.  This weekend was tough with lots and lots of revising. But I did see a play with some good friends and I also watched the super bowl with some other good friends.  So as usual, I fit in the fun even when I'm working like a madwoman.

 I had a phone call with the production team at Heinemann this morning. I was nervous, but everyone was so friendly and interested in the story behind the book.  It's hard to believe that I met my editor 5 years ago at NCTE and now I'm finally done.  There are still tasks, but the book's going to be published in late summer, so no offense, but I'm basically done writing my book.

The Thirdlanders continue to add to my cheer.  This class is pretty great at getting focused.  Yesterday when I announced at the end of the day, "Let's start getting ready for dismissal," several kids yelled out, "Already???!"   One sweet Thirdlander added, "No offense, but these days just fly by."
      "No offense taken, my friend," I replied.  Then I started jabbering at everyone to clean up the tables and floors and we listened to our clean up music CD which is Waltzing Mathilda.