|A peaceful summer hike|
Today: We are driving to Portland for an impromptu family reunion for my dad's side of the family. The last time our family gathered was for my aunt's funeral. This time we are gathering because my cousin is seriously ill, on hospice care. We are gathering to say goodbye. It makes me sad to say it.
This past week: I actually attended a very good teacher in-service. The presenter was Dylan Wiliam (spelling correct.) He really put the current research together with teaching techniques that work. If you ever have a chance to go to one of his conferences, do it!
This next week: I'm slowly heading back to work, a few hours at a time. Friday I put in 3 1/2 hours, Monday will probably be the same. Everyone asks me why I do it when I don't "have" to. To which I reply, but I do have to or the library won't be ready for opening day. Our first day of school is September 4th.
Lists: All those doctor/hair/dental/glass repair appointments I've been putting off all summer.
Books finished this week:
- Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan...an albino boy in Tanzania must run and hide or be captured and killed. Very well done. Read my review here.
- Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys...set in New Orleans in the 1950s.
- Imprisoned by Martin Sandler...Japanese internment. I learned a lot.
Currently working on:
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole...a poignant farce. Very funny and very odd characters. An audiobook selection. We hope to finish this up on our trip to Portland today.
- The Silence of Murder by Dandy Daley Mackall...an Edgar award winner (mystery)
Checked out from the public library and hoping to start soon:
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (audiobook)
- Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
30 book reading challenge update: I've complete 28 books toward by 30 book reading goal for the summer. Looks like I will make it. Yippee!
Church: This will be the fourth or fifth week in a row that we are missing church. I suspect we will have to reintroduce ourselves next week when we return. Ha!
The yard/garden: the sweet peas bloomed, got powdering mildew, and look disgusting. Sigh. I think we will get three or four big tomatoes from our one bush before summer's end. The wildflowers my daughter planted for the bees won't make it, I'm afraid. They are up but I doubt they will bloom. Asters and chrysanthemums are getting ready to bloom. Our vine maple is starting to turn red. Fall is just around the corner.
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