Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

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1. This has been one of the toughest "go back to work" experiences I've had in my twelve years of teaching. I think it's because they changed our calendar and we don't have finals until next week, as opposed to before Christmas as in the past. It just feel strange and a lot of things I'm used to having done are not. So nothing bad is happening, I just feel really "blah." 

2. I'm trying to stay positive, though! I have SO SO SO many awesome things in the next month or two to look forward to. I am going to the LA Women's March a week from Saturday in LA and I just learned that a work trip to Seattle next month was approved by the board. Plus what is panning out to be a fun weekend in Orange County for my half marathon and a few other things. Moral of the story: this too shall pass.

3. I'm almost done with the Dirty John podcast and while it's no Serial (season 1), it is interesting and creepy. 

4. I'm reading The Sympathizer for book club next week and while I really like it, it's taking me a while to get through it. I always like book club book to be the last thing I've read, but that means I usually cut it too close on time and am scrambling the last day or two. It looks like this will happen yet again.

5. Teacher hack: put the car vent air fresheners on your vents in your classroom (I actually do that at home too). Works like a charm!

6. I made Sally's Baking Addiction bread bowls the other night and it was so much easier (and faster) than I thought. Get on while it's still winter and soup weather!

7. Last Friday I got some serious, ridiculous book FOMO over Fire and Fury, the new book by Michael Wolff and ended up downloading it on iBooks, making it my first ebook purchased and read ever. So far it paints a pretty grim, ridiculous picture of the current administration, but it's not that surprising at this point. But perhaps I'm just jaded, at this point. 

8. Sawyer is into The Lion King right now and I've had to try to explain death to him, since he's super, super confused about what happens to Mufasa. I don't want to lie or skirt around the issue, but it is definitely outside of the scope of his cognitive abilities right now. 


  1. Ooh, the Women's March will be awesome, I'm sure.

    I recorded and later watched Stephen Colbert's interview with Michael Wolff...and then downloaded Fire and Fury. I haven't read it yet, but I'm hoping to read it sooner rather than later.


  2. Finals are coming up soon here too. Sounds like you'll be busy over the next two months. Enjoy.

  3. I loved Serial and have had a hard time finding another podcast that I enjoy, but I will give Dirty John a try.

  4. As a fellow teacher, I hear you. Hang in there!