Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

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1. My husband and I sometimes exchange small gifts for Easter and this year he got my the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer. I tried out this weekend and the first batch of vanilla with Peanut Butter Oreos was a success. If the process didn't take so long this would be very dangerous. I'm excited about all the possibilities, though.

2. I subscribe to Audible and am having trouble selecting books; each time I hesitate, thinking that I'd prefer to read the book instead. I tend to gravitate towards more nonfiction when it comes to listening, so if anyone has some suggestions I'll take them (I just finished Go Wild by John Ratey and David Perlmutter and just downloaded Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina).

3. Today we did SAT testing on site, as opposed to the normal Saturday option. I had the same group of kids, my first period, in my classroom from 7:30-12:30 and MAN were they troopers. The complaining didn't start until eleven and even then it was minimal. I also had perfect attendance- probably the only room.

4. I'm confused about where my makeup goes during the day. I even where primer. Like seriously- does it, like, evaporate? Do I rub my face THAT much? I'm not sweating. So where is it?

5. I finally got my glasses from Warby Parker and I lam very pleased. The process from ordering to receiving was exactly two weeks, and that included a slight delay that was caused by my doctor not including a measurement (I had to do it at home with a credit card, my webcam, and email; I felt like the McGyver of optometry there for a second). Pretty much all their styles are $95 and you can get five shipped, for free, ahead of time to try on at home. Glasses shopping for lazy people. I love them so much I took a picture (I hate the "s" word almost as much as I hate putting pictures of myself on the blog... but I really do love these glasses):

[I seriously took this picture on and off three times]

6. Next week, going back to the whole testing students thing, I'm doing SBAC Common Core testing in my room all day, every day. I know the first two days I'll be psyched to get things done, but by Thursday or Friday I'll be dying.

7. How many helium-filled balloons can you fit in a Honda CRV? Anyone? Guesses? This isn't a trick question, by the way.

8. I'm reading a review copy of  Phenomenal by Leigh Ann Henion right now and I'm a little disappointed. The premise, a woman that has all these awesome adventures to sort of reclaim her identity after having a kid, is something I can identify with, but the execution (at least so far; I'm about half way through) is falling a little short. I hate when that happens.

9. I'm running again! Sort of, anyway. For the first time in a few years I've started genuinely feeling like pounding the -errr- treadmill. I'd love to be the type of mom that loads the kid into the jogging stroller and takes on the neighborhood, but my area is super hilly and the weather has been a bit windy  lately. Plus, I really do prefer the ease of the treadmill. Sawyer will play in the room with me from 30-45 minutes, which is a good amount of time to get in a workout.

10. I met with three students today about their IB Extended Essays (4,000 word papers on whatever the want). I have "homework" now too- I'm rereading Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Beloved, and then reading Home for the first time. For another student I'm reread Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann  and then reading James Joyce' Ulysses. For the third student we're still ironing things out, but I'm sure I'll have a book or two there. This is all over the span of a few months, but I'm excited to read with a new purpose. We created a reading schedule so that we can read at the same time and then talk about the sections. Hopefully everyone, myself included, can keep up! 



  1. Nice glasses.

    Treadmill hey? You really are giving me a tough FitBit intro.

  2. Love those glasses....I have kept the same frames on mine for a few years, not changing them when the lenses change, as the frames were so expensive and I really liked them. Now I am thinking I would love a different look.

    1. Thank you! I am a creature of habit to and have such a hard time finding ones that work with my face and coloring. Or maybe I'm just picky? Ha.

  3. Love your new glasses - and you have great hair!

    I do the same thing with audio books - it takes me forever to pick one because I always decide that I would rather read that particular book. I find humour is a good one on audio, and doesn't take expert listening skills.

    1. Thank you! My hair is like my makeup, though- gone to crap aprx five hours after doing it, haha.

  4. You look wonderful! Hope testing goes well. I am sending my son off to the Act this weekend, then the Physics Sat in two weeks, followed by the AP Calc, IB Mandarin, and IB History SL. The kid's head is going to explode!

  5. Love your new glasses! :)

    I've been meaning to try out Audible, but every time I go there and I think about what audiobook I want to check out, I get stumped. Too many choices! xD

  6. I just had a party and transported 48 balloons in my crv - thirty six 12 inch balloons, ten 18inch balloons and two 27 inch balloons. I had packed them in lawn bags before putting in the car. I also had the back row seats down. I only had 1 balloon pop while I was loading them in the car.