My weird interests


I have been branching out and reading more nonfiction as well as adult fiction, since I read so much fantasy and kids books. It is a little more difficult to read nonfiction and adult novels, but I like struggling and getting my brain stronger?!

  1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – I had first listened to the audio and it was super hard to follow. I know there is someone named Jeevan and that the beginning takes place in a theater, but I understood nothing after that. I had a hard time getting through the paper version too but I am seeing how it’s a very imaginative and well thought out book. It reminds me of The Hunger Games for adults.
  2. The Canning Season by Polly Horvath – Polly Horvath is my spirit author. She gets me because she knows that life can be weird and strange, and adults can be unreliable, and she attaches no judgment to any of it. It just is and that is what makes a book like The Canning Season so awesome.
  3. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer – I normally don’t read biographies but I’m glad I picked up this one because it is very inspiring. I would use it to talk to students about persevering and trusting that your work will result in something, even if no one supports you. Good luck to William!
  4. This Is Our Constitution by Khizr Khan – Since I am teaching U.S. History, I thought I should read up on the Constitution. (Too bad I was not able to translate my passion for this book to my students.) I wish all 8th graders had a copy of this book because it uses kid-friendly language to explain the Constitution, and in our current political climate that is very important.
  5. How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way – My nephew goes to a Montessori preschool and I am hoping I can incorporate some Montessori methods in my class next year. This book talks about it from the lens of parents and what they can do at home, such as giving children sensory experiences and creating a safe environment for them to play. It might be tricky to incorporate that in a public school because there are so many standards to follow, but I think the basic thing about letting children feel capable is something I can argue for in my classroom.

Imaginary friends & space travel

This set of books have to do with space, a little about science, and a lot about existing and finding meaning exactly where you are.

  1. My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath – I loved this book because I relate to Jane. I am 28 and I long to have 100 adventures this year and every year!
  2. Confessions of My Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas – It reminds me of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, about a doll/imaginary friend who journeys then finds his way back to his original owner. It’s a special book for sure.
  3. The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas – Michelle Cuevas definitely has her own style and her stories involve a lot of imagination!
  4. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng – I really enjoyed this book as well because Alex is so lost and so are the people around him. It’s a book that makes me wish there were better adults in children’s lives, so children can grow up to be those adults for the next generation. That is a huge order but isn’t it what humanity is about? I felt upset on behalf of Alex and how the adults in his life did not step up.
  5. The Wet Engine by Brian Doyle – The book is about the human heart through the lens of science, poetry, literature, and encounters with people. The author wrote this book because his son was born missing one of the chambers of his heart. In a way the whole book is like a really long prayer and praise about the engine that keeps each of us going.

Spring fever

I have a fever right now and it is miserable! 😥

I am getting hot and cold flashes and stressful dreams. My airways are clogged with mucus. I have trouble breathing and am wheezing at night.

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This is exactly how I feel! I think a substitute who had to do my job a day said it best — “it’s not healthy for anybody.” It’s becoming apparent that I can’t wake up at 5, sit in traffic for an hour, go to school and run around all day, then sit in 2 hours of traffic to come home, 5 days a week, and be a healthy person.

I really was a huge babo when I signed up for this job 😥 But I have about a month left of it so I need to hang in there.

P.S. I can’t wait to use this computer for fun stuff such as drawing, making projects, or working on creative lessons! When this job ends I won’t have to use it just for work anymore. 🙂


What I’ve been up to

I have been making guava and cream cheese strudels.

I have been studying Chinese by writing 3 facts about each dog breed from a kids’ encyclopedia about dogs 🐶.