Archive for the ‘Activities’ Category

241. Reading Day

Monday, August 13th, 2018

And after the last post, a much, much bigger household emergency happened.

There are some results of that I don’t like, but at least tomorrow I get a day off – in the middle of August (unheard of!) – to watch my water heater get replaced.

But also to read!

240. Adulting

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Today I had to deal with a small household emergency – a complete power outage of my entire condo – but not anyone else in my building. No one was going to deal with it for me.

I’m not happy with how long it took me and how many calls I made.

But now I have the relevant phone numbers in a place I can easily find them.

And now I know where the entire-condo circuit breakers are located.

And I got a tiny bit better at adulting.

239. Sovereign Chess with Tim

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

My son is still visiting. It was a treat to get to play my cousin’s Kickstarter game, Sovereign Chess, with him – only the second time I’ve played it. He did beat me, and we both had a lot of fun.

230. Good Books

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Have I mentioned lately that this year I get to spend every possible minute reading good books?

Well, I do, and it’s amazing!

229. Fireworks Out my Window

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Tonight I discovered there was a fireworks show going on outside my window.

Okay, it was far enough away that the bangs came quite a bit after the bursts of light. And, okay, there was a tree between me and them.

But the tree’s foliage was fairly sparse – didn’t really obstruct my view much at all. And the fireworks were also reflected in the lake – which was beautiful.

And I could actually sit in my rocking chair and put my feet up and watch the show – which makes them marvelous right there!

224. Michelle Obama at ALA

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

I got to hear Michelle Obama!

My flight was delayed almost 4 hours – and I didn’t get to my hotel until it was almost time for the opening session to start. People had been lining up since before I got on the plane. But I was able to get registered and get in there by 4:20 pm – and they were still doing Opening Session things. I heard her introduced and every bit of her talk, and it was a treat all the way around.

222. ALA Annual Conference – Paid for

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

I’m on my way to ALA Annual conference in New Orleans tomorrow! And one of the lovely parts of being on the Newbery committee is that my library is paying for my trip! Usually, I have to apply for a scholarship, and it doesn’t always pay for all expenses. So this is lovely, to get to go without worrying about scrimping at every turn. (Not that I’m going to be extravagant. But it’s one less worry.)

221. Kids and Math

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Yesterday, the Mason Experimental Geometry Lab from George Mason University did a math program at the library dealing with infinity.

It was so delightful to watch and hear the kids grasping the ideas!

220. A Happy Birthday

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

I had such a nice birthday, I posted about it on Sonderjourneys.

I’ll mention it here, too. With the aspect that I got to spend the day however I wanted to. This is a privilege that has not been true all of my life and will not be true all of my life. May I enjoy it!

And I had a lovely, blessed day.

218. Booktalking

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Booktalking has gone well this year!

It helped that we did the hardest one first – one hour per grade. (Most are 20-30 minutes per grade.) All the rest seemed like a piece of cake after that!

But it has also helped that I have read so very many good books, since I’m reading for the Newbery Award.

And maybe it helped that I have enough experience, I don’t worry as much about it.

And I really enjoy the two co-workers I do it with.

So it was an enjoyable time of booktalking this year – one day left tomorrow!