I’m Thirty?!?

So yeah, that happened this week. Still processing.

The thing is, I am absolutely not freaked out about getting older. Normally I don’t even keep track of how old I am, and anyways I’m looking forward to my thirties and seeing my family grow up. I am a little freaked out about how old I actually am. I feel like just yesterday I turned twenty-three.

I don’t feel thirty. Not even close. Adult-hood has completely taken me by surprise. Like, I know I have two kids and I own a house and I have a real adult job, but I still don’t feel like I have my stuff together. I just feel like I’m making everything up as I go. Maybe that’s normal for thirty-year-olds, but it just seems like they all have everything figured out. Continue reading

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Future Librarian

YOU GUYS!!!!!!!

I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that I had applied to Grad School but that the program was full. I was crossing my fingers that some people might choose the other university that offers the same degree and open up room for me, but I was pretty sure it wouldn’t happen and feeling down. But on Sunday morning I opened my email, and lo and behold! I AM ACCEPTED!

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So. As of Monday I am officially enrolled for a degree in Library Science. I’m going to be a librarian!!!! I am over the moon about this for many, many reasons, too many to go into at length. But I must say to all of you:

Thank you.

It is this blog and the people in this community that really brought out my passion in books and made me realize that what I want to spend all day every day doing is sharing that love with kids. Being a teacher is great, but I don’t know that it’s right for me. Thanks to you all (and a real-life friend) I think I’ve discovered that a school library is a much better fit. Continue reading

The Little Engine That Could

I had a paradigm shift this evening as I was reading my son The Little Engine That Could.

Usually when I read this book I identify with the Tired Old Engine. He has been working hard all day and he just doesn’t have anything left to give to the kids on the other side of the mountain. As a teacher it’s so easy to feel this way, especially once we get bogged down in the school year.

But tonight, I was reading about the Little Blue Engine, and I really identified with her when she said, “but I am just a little engine”. I feel like I’m only one little teacher. How can I pull that train all the way over the mountain? But she says “I think I can.” And so she tries. Continue reading

Harry Potter Week Day 7: Thank You

Happy Anniversary Harry!

Today the Harry Potter series turns 21. Here in the US it’s the big 2-0. Wow, 20 years! I can’t believe it! That’s like, two-thirds of my life. To celebrate, Weird Zeal has hosted a week-long Potter event, which so many of you have been reading, liking, and commenting on. Thanks guys! But today is special. Today we say thank you.

 

I want to say thank you to all of the fans. To all of the Potterheads who have created such an amazing community, both on the internet and in real life.  Continue reading

Harry Potter Week Day 6: Fan Fiction

Harry Potter is celebrating his 21st Anniversary this week (20th US!), and Weird Zeal is hosting a week-long event! I’m a die-hard Potterhead, and I’m having a great time with these short but fun posts about my favorite series. If you’re a Potter fan make sure to check out the event!

Today’s theme is free play! That means pick whatever I want. And what I wanted to share with you makes me a little nervous. I mean, I put it on the internet, but I’m pretty sure nobody, like, READ it really. But there’s approximately 600 of you, so…

I don’t write much fanfiction, and I read even less. But when you live in a world like I’ve lived in Harry Potter, sometimes it just comes spilling out of you. This came to me one night about 4 or 5 years ago, and I couldn’t fall asleep until I got it out. I hope you enjoy it. I’m rather proud of it. 🙂 Continue reading

Harry Potter Week Day 4: A Harry Potter Story

Harry Potter is celebrating his 21st Anniversary this week (20th US!), and Weird Zeal is hosting a week-long event! I’m a die-hard Potterhead, and I’m having a great time with these short but fun posts about my favorite series. If you’re a Potter fan make sure to check out the event!

Today we’re sharing stories of Harry Potter in our lives. Which, to be honest, was really hard for me to choose. There are so many HP stories that mean a lot to me, but not many of them are particularly interesting. They’re downright boring, for the most part.

But after a lot of self-reflection, I found one that is meaningful to me. Continue reading

Reading to Baby

Did you know that aside from feeding and cleaning your baby, one of the top things you can do to support brain development is talking to them?

That’s right! In order to support brain development the experts encourage you to talk to a baby that can neither understand you or talk back! That’s alright, they say, just narrate your day to them. “Right now, baby, we are walking into the kitchen. And now we are in the kitchen. I’m opening the refrigerator and pulling out a diet soda.” NO THANKS!

In all seriousness though, as a parent this has been a major dilemma for me both times around. I want to talk to my kids, but I can’t find anything to say. Then I feel terrible because we’re just sitting there in silence, looking at each other. Continue reading