Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to find the positives in my week.
1. My mom got a dog! And she chose the very best breed: the pit bull! I realize I may be a bit biased, but I really cannot imagine a dog with a better disposition. Quincy is quite handsome:
When I drop by to visit for a minute, he does a pittie wiggle and then goes into the full pittie lean. He’s a Velcro dog through and through. He’s pretty mellow, a bit shy, and he’s doing well with the two grumpy elderly cats.
2. It was my first week back to school, and the students in Digital Literacy are already asking the big questions:
I am excited to spend a semester thinking about how we can do school differently–and why we need to. (Couldn’t help thinking of that class when I accompanied my son to middle-school orientation on Thursday. We were informed that cell phones are “not allowed” in middle school and if students do bring them, phones need to be locked in lockers. We are so threatened by the cell phone that it literally needs to be locked away!)
I usually choose realistic fiction, heavily illustrated stories, and anything sports for him. That’s what I thought he liked. But his self-selected stack gives me pause: it couldn’t be more different from what I thought he liked. And I was thrilled to see Jinx! I’m not entirely sure he’s going to be able to follow the complicated world building of fantasy, but I’m ready to try.
4. Time to read! I had so much work I needed to do on Friday, but I had already put in a 50-hour work week by Thursday evening, so I gave myself the day off. I spent the morning reading the new Sarah Dessen novel. I am thinking that reading time needs to be the new Friday morning normal.
5. Cats are always awesome. Abby immediately commandeered the packaging from a picture book that arrived and clawed anyone who tried to get the cardboard away from her. And Puck showed why one of his many nicknames is Big Dopey.