Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Marking, Commenting, Report Cards - Oh my!

Marking, commenting, report cards, parent/teacher conferences, #gafe summit, virtual day, last minute literacy training, sub plans, and the rest of life. Yup, it is end of term in my world. All of those things are happening in the next handful of days. On top of the normal end of term crazies I am at a new school, working to understand the hows and whys of a new report card. And just for the fun of it, I said 'yes' to presenting at a tech conference this weekend. You moms know that also means prepping meals, making sure laundry is clean, and double checking childcare arrangements in addition to prepping for my presentation, packing, traveling, etc.

To sum it all up, its a bit crazy around here. (Or at least the 'around here' that takes place in my head!) With all of that going on I am still trying to get back into the swing of things with my blogging routine. As I reflected yesterday, it isn't just my writing that isn't getting its due time, it is my reading too. So where has the time gone? I haven't been able to put my finger on the black hole that is sucking it away. I would love to figure it out so I can put a plug in it. I will say that I am not stressed out about it. Over the years I have learned that it all gets accomplished, somehow. 

As I started writing, the list of things I currently on my plate lead to the title of this post. Two weeks ago my six year old daughter watched "The Wizard of Oz" for the first time. As we cuddled on the couch, watching the story unfold, I realize how many lines that are part of our everyday quotes came from this legendary movie. "Lions, and tigers, and bears - oh my!" is just one of the many. Others, like "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too!" and "Toto, I've got a feeling we aren't in Kansas anymore" and "We're off to see the Wizard" and "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" and of course, "There's no place like home" are lines we naturally attribute to Dorothy's adventures. But what about, "Going so soon?!" or "Go away or I'll bite you myself!" or "A horse of a different color"? It was fun to watch the movie through my daughters eyes. The next day, when the neighbor boys were shooting various weapons at her she shot back enchanted poppies, to make them go to sleep. I love that "The Wizard of Oz" and all of its ideas and lines can now be a part of our family vernacular.

Monday, November 2, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!
Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 

October has been rough. I slogged my way through books I felt like I needed to read, found that I didn't enjoy an author I have always enjoyed, and in general had a hard time getting a book into my hands. I read plenty - blogs, student work, news, but not much to show for it here.

October's books...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Memorial Moments before the Memorial Service

The memorial service will come. At that point there will be lots of remembering, fantastic stories, and many tears. For me, the tears will be sadness for myself. I know he will be literally in heaven. For now he is still alive. How do we show him his impact on the world around him? How to ensure he knows how much he has meant to so many people?

Yes, it means being sure you don't left anything unsaid.
Yes, it means living today to the fullest for tomorrow isn't certain. (That is true for all of us!)
Yes, it means making time to spend time.

Recently it has also meant this wonderful post. It was while reading this post that I realized we are having what I am now calling 'memorial moments'. Another memorial moment that is planned (NOTE: This is a secret, so if you know him, please don't mention it!) is by two decades of Boy Scouts. Last I heard there are 80 guys on the list. I think this idea of honoring him when he is alive is terrific. I wish I could be there to hear all the stories. The way things are going the event itself might be too late, as it is planned for months from now and this week we aren't sure there are weeks, let along months.

Have you ever done anything to encourage "Memorial Moments" before the "Memorial Service"? I would love to hear anything you might be willing to share.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The 'Y' Of It

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If you travel much you are probably able to come up with the airport codes for at least a few airports. If you ever fly to or within Canada you might be familiar with the idea that Canadian airport codes begin with the letter 'Y'. 

When I was in elementary school my mom became a travel agent and then she taught classes at the local community college. One of her classes focused on learning city codes. I thought learning airport codes was fun. Eventually I grew up, worked in the travel industry, traveled a fair amount myself, and now live overseas - still traveling.

My husband attended a conference in Abu Dhabi this past week. When he was on his journey home I went to Google and typed in the airport codes to use their flight tracker feature. As I was typing in our airport code here I realized that we start with a 'Y', but are no where near Canada. This started me thinking, "Are there any other cities in the world whose airport codes start with 'Y', but they are not in Canada?" and "If so, how could this be?"

Are you now wondering too? After some research here are the best of the answers I found...

Why? This is a lengthy explanation, but I found it fascinating. It even gives the answer to why my small college town's airport code has NOTHING to do with the name of the city.

All airport codes starting with 'Y'