185. A Continuing Education Scholarship

Tonight I received a check in the mail to cover my attendance at the January 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALSC Mini-institute! Since I charged the trip to credit cards, it will be so lovely to pay them off.

And the trip was fantastic – and probably the crucial thing that got me elected to the 2019 Newbery Award committee, because I asked many people there to vote for me.

184. Total Solar Eclipse

Yes, I got to travel to South Carolina and stay with a friend – and I got to see the Total Solar Eclipse today!

Now, I got to see one in 1999 in Germany – but clouds covered the sun a few *seconds* before it went total. That time, we got to see darkness, and we got to see the partial eclipse leading up to totality. But we didn’t actually get to see the moon covering the sun.

This time, I did – and it was incredible! Awe-inspiring and wonderful.

Mind you, there was a cloud right next to the sun just before it went total – and I was SO afraid it would happen again! But no! I really got to see it! The sun’s corona around the moon was amazing.

I’m so thankful I got to see it!

183. My Blogs Restored

Last week, when updating a blog post – two of my blogs crashed. It looked like I might lose all of Project 52 – the year-long project where I’d written the story of my life.

I’m very thankful that – after two messages saying it was fixed when it wasn’t – my web hosting company was able to restore the blogs to the week before the problem happened.

So I’ve got it all back – and I made an extra copy of Project 52.

And I have new appreciation for my blogs.