Pneumonia and Bronchitis and Puking…oh my!

There will be no pictures in this blog post.  You are welcome.

Easter did not go quite as planned.  Joe started feeling sick last Thursday afternoon and has pretty much been in bed with a fever since.  The lingering cough I have had for awhile decided to double down and my body hurts from coughing so hard.  Then Taelin decided to throw her hat in the ring for a glorious 10 hours of throwing up.

Eggs, not even hard boiled yet, are sitting in the refrigerator.  Plastic eggs are filled and in a bucket on the table with a note from the Easter Bunny.  Gatorade and saltines were the only things anyone was eating for dinner.   Continue reading

Earth Day 2017

I remember when I was in the 3rd grade my dad, who worked for the Soil Conservation Service, came to my school and helped us plant trees.  I don’t remember if it was for Earth Day or Arbor Day or anything formal and I highly doubt that climate change was a part of the conversation, but I do remember planting those trees.

Earth Day is coming up soon.  Next Saturday, April 22nd to be exact.  It strikes me how different a world Taelin is growing up in.  She was just talking this week about the Great Barrier Reef and how much of it is dying because the ocean is warmer than it used to be.

The current political climate is apparently making room for the argument of whether or not all the scientific data we have been collecting for year is even accurate.  So, it seems like this year, there needs to be a little bit more action on Earth Day than just planting a tree.

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Our family will be attending the local March for Science to support well…science.  It is a bit baffling that it even needs to be done but we will be there.

I was doing some reading on what else we might be able to do to recognize the day and came upon Billions Acts of Green which shares some very tangible ideas for what people might do to take action for the earth.  I took the ecological quiz and found out if everyone lived liked I live it would take 4.6 Earths to support us.  Yikes. There is only one earth.

What will you be doing to recognize Earth Day this year?

So far this year I have read…

I was chatting with my best friend yesterday and admitted to her a tragic truth…I have only read three books so far in 2017.  Her reaction was appropriate.  Her jaw dropped and she looked at me like I was an alien.  I have since gone back in preparation for this post and realized that I have actually read five books, but I am pretty much the reaction would have been the same.  I need to get going if I am going to meet my goal of 40 books for 2017.

So, here’s what I have read…

 

The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy was not one I enjoyed.  I think this landed in the “it’s not you, it’s me” category.  You can read my thoughts here.

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult was a book that Santa put in my stocking.  Such a smart guy, that Santa. In the past, I have enjoyed Jodi Picoult’s books quite a bit but this one I gave 3 out of 5 stars. I didn’t love the story. The story centered around a man who worked with wolves; at one point even deciding to leave his family and go live with wolves.  The predictable twists (predictable in that it is a style of Picoult) were a little forced.  It was not one of my favorite Picoult books, although it probably won’t stop me from reading the next one I get my hands on.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick was the best of the five books I read.  I read this one with Taelin and we both loved it so much.  In addition to it being am amazingly well written story, it had 284 pictures in the 533 pages.  The illustrations moved the story just as much (if not more) than the writing.  A young boy, Hugo, tends to clocks in a Paris train station and his life is forever changed when he gets caught stealing.  This book won the Caldecott medal in 2008 and I am a little angry that it took me so long to read this. I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars.

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton was a book I read with friends.  We haven’t talked about it yet and I am interested to see what they thought.  I honestly can’t decide what I think about it.  I liked it.  I finished it and I enjoyed it.  But there is something about it that I am unsure about.  The book centers around Kevin, a 14 year old boy that is spending the summer at this grandfather’s house in Kentucky after his younger brother dies.  The story is almost a “coming of age” story for the small town as tragedy after tragedy strikes.   I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline was a book that Santa got my mother-in-law.  Again, that Santa. I read it after I traded her the Picoult book.  I have read other books by this author and this one was not my favorite. I liked it fine, just not my favorite.  I started it one night and finished it the next day so it would definitely fit into the “quick read” category.  Ellen is a reporter that one day sees a card of a missing child that looks eerily similar to her adopted son. The book follows her as she finds out if her son is really someone else’s.  Craziness ensues and although I only gave this book 3 out of 5 stars, I will admit to crying at the end.

I have few more books in the queue that I think I will like so hopefully that will get me going again!

April classes @ Young at Art

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Even though I haven’t been writing about them much here, I am very much still doing them. Here are some of the cute creations from the last few months.

I have been starting to get repeat customers and it has been a lot of fun to have kids excited to come to class.  Look at this little painter….  She’s three and the rainbow painting above is hers.  So sweet! Continue reading

Well, well…what do we have here?

It has been awhile.  68 days to be exact. I don’t know if it is because the Oregon rain hit be harder this year than in years past or if I have been having a Trump media hangover from trying to keep up, but I haven’t been writing much at all lately. Last week, while on vacation, I decided that needed to change.

I realized the other day that it has been a year since I decided to resign from the school district and take a different direction. What a difference a year can make. I can truly say I have no regrets about my decision. That doesn’t mean it has been without challenges. I should have expected, but didn’t, how many questions I was going to have to ask. There have been so many new places I have planted roots and I had to figure a lot of stuff out.

So, am I doing what I thought I would be doing?  Kind of. Continue reading

Project 52: Week 4 – Words

 

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Here we are the end of January and the 4th week of the photo challenge.  I am going to admit that I took this photo a week and a day ago, but I am still using it.  I took it when I was participating in the Women’s March in Salem on the 21st.  I am new to this whole activist thing but for a lot of reasons I am feeling the need to become more involved.

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Week 4 – Words

Honestly, when I picked words for the list, I assumed that I would take a picture of whatever book I was reading or a picture of one of Taelin’s stories.  But instead, here is a sign that I saw at the march.

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Here is Taelin’s photo of the week.  It is a picture of one of her newest favorite series starring Mercy Watson.  It has been a great in between series as Taelin transitions into chapter books (which she is looking forward to)!

If you have a Week 4 photo, please share it in the comments!

The word for Week 5 is “GLASS”.

Ginger Tea and Twitter

Sigh.

I should be in bed right now.  I am trying really hard to get a good eight hours of sleep but I don’t think that is going to happen tonight.  Here’s a picture of what was happening just 10 minutes ago.

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Ginger tea and Twitter.  The ginger tea is because of Twitter. Well, kind of.  I should say I am not blaming Twitter directly.  A few years ago I had a Twitter account that I used for professional development.  I followed my favorite teacher leaders, children’s book authors, publishers, and education news.  I ended up deleting it the beginning of 2015 because my one little word was ‘simplify’.

There is nothing simple about the state of politics in our country right now.  A new president was sworn and and 24 hours later I was out marching with others that were marching around the world.  I, like many others, have been woken up.  Our vote alone is not enough right now.

So, I now have a new Twitter handle and I am following 19 accounts.   A former president, news organizations that are dedicated to actual facts, my two senators and my representative.  A rogue NASA account and an alternate national parks account leave me hoping that no one was fired.

Enter the ginger tea.

My worry about the events that are unfolding are important for me to be a part of.  And because I am paying attention, my worry has manifested into heartburn.  So as I continue to try and stay informed, I will be buying ginger at the store.

Ginger tea and Twitter…because

love is love

womens rights are human rights

black lives matter

climate change is real

immigrants make america great

kindness is everything

 

Project 52: Week 3 – Round

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This last week was a tough week.  Taelin was sick with strep plus Joe gone traveling for work.  Then there was that inauguration thing at the end of the week. I will admit that I didn’t give much thought about my Week 3 photo until I headed to the grocery store Sunday morning.

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Week 3 – Round

For the first time, in what felt like forever, the sun was shining.  After the snow and the cold earlier this month and then the rain that followed, the sun was welcome.  I closed my eyes and looked up and it hit me.

I wish the clouds had moved a little faster because I would have loved to get a picture without them but they didn’t and I was trying to get to the grocery store.

And here is Taelin’s Week 3 photo.

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She was pretty excited about how she made something round with things that were round.

If you have a Week 3 picture, please share it in the comments or link up if you have a blog!  It isn’t too late to start!

Our Week 4 word is “WORDS”

Young at Art: Owl Moon

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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is one of my favorite picture books.  The language is beautiful and the illustrations are stunning.  When I was choosing books for this month’s Young at Art classes, this one was a no-brainer for me.

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It was a small class, just 8 painters, but it was quite lovely.  Most of the people were new to Young at Art so that was really exciting.  We talked a lot about blending colors when we were painting the snow and the light coming off of the moon.  We also talked about how to start with a familiar shape if you aren’t sure how to painting something.  (You might notice a Y in each of the trees.) It was fun to see how each painting turned out!

Here were some of the paintings…

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This coming Saturday, January 28th, I am doing my second class of the month.  I haven’t quite decided what we are going to paint but I am reading another one of my favorite books!

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Click here to sign up the class!