Monthly Archives: February 2007

money, money, money

ARGH.
I swear I hate thinking about money.
I KNOW I should go to National conference. But it’s so hard to get that idea through to DH.
He’s watched me go in the past, get enthused, get requests, get rejections. AND he’s watched me not go, get enthused and get rejections. He doesn’t see the importance of the conference at all. Honestly, I understand. That extra expense makes a difference…a big difference in our budget. The conference cost isn’t that big, but everything else it takes to go adds up. I hate to not go when it’s in my back yard. I HATE making this decision. I’ve told my CP’s I’ll make a definite decision by March 3rd. Ugh.

Jill Monroe’s Hitting the Mark is AMAZING! It’s a double love story in a category and it works. It’s a HOT book AND a fabulous story about great characters. I highly recommend it.
So far this year I’ve read three books I love. Monroe’s Hitting the Mark, Colleen Gleason’s The Rest Falls Away and The Color of Water. Not bad since it’s just the middle of February.

In case you don’t know, the Brava authors are doing a great scavenger hunt. Check it out.
LOTS of great prizes!

This week is newspaper deadline and it starts the MAJOR push to finish the yearbook. (In two weeks we will send the last of 304 pages.) After the Suzanne McMinn class, I’ve dedicated at least two hours a night Monday-Friday and four hours on either Saturday or Sunday to writing. That means blogging and blog hopping might take a hit the next couple weeks. I hope you’ll still stop by, and I’ll be sure to post when I get a chance.

GREAT low-Point soup:
3 C. water
2 chicken broth cubes
1 can Rotel
1 can Spinach
1 can Ranch Style Beans or Black Beans
pasta to taste.
Throw it all in a pan and boil until the pasta is done.
YUM!

Back from the tech conference…

And it was amazing.
The Freedom Writers teacher was our key note speaker. I haven’t seen the movie, but I definitely will now!
An educational technology reader talked about the importance of embracing technology with teens insread of telling them NOT to use it. He encourages using YouTube and MySpace and iPods in the classroom. He showed how most ed. technology is just bells and whistles with no real learning taking place. And hte talked about new research indicating kids reaslly CAN mulit-task.
A children’s author read us his books Dot and Ish and remindede us not to stifle our students’ creativity. He was awesome.
And of course I took a ton of classes. Learned a lot, ate a lot, drank a little., ๐Ÿ™‚

The ladies I was there with had colds so I also took Emergen-C. So far, I’m good.

The one bad part of the conference was the book I brought to read.
My students gave it high marks and I’d seen previews for the movie, so I figured I’d give it a chance.
While Running With Scissors might be great writing, it’s far too disturbing for me. I visualize things while I;’m reading and that book nearly made me sick on a pretty regular basis. I finished it and was sorry I did.
On a brighter note, I picked up Deborah Williamson’s SInging with the Top Down at Book People (I LOVE that book store) and I’m now reading Jill Monroe’s new Blaze (it’s sooooo good!), so I’m getting rid of the nasty flashbacks of the baook I disliked. On the not so bright side, I’ve got figure out how to spend less on groceries so I can get Karen Templeton, Julie Miller and Margot Early’s new books since I spent the book budget, ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The other books I want right now will still be on the shelves for a little while so I’m okay with not getting SEP’s or Gena’s for three weeks. The time crunch on H/S is a bummer!

Jill Monroe and Gena Showalter are our guest speakers for RRRW
They are quite possibly two of the funniest people I’ve ever met.
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Edited to add:
I remembered I can order from e-Harlequin and say bill me, so I now have all the books I wanted this month on the way. ๐Ÿ™‚
AND Jill and Gena were FANTASTIC. I can’t believe how much I learned!

Research

As part of the cohort for my school district I had to do some research on different educational ideas this month. I LOVE research. If I could research all day, using my hilighter and cross referencing articles and data that shows student achievement and then figure out a way to implement those strategies on my campus, I would have soooooo much fun.
But, alas, I cannot.
There just aren’t enough hours in the day. ๐Ÿ™‚
I’ve always loved research. I don’t know why but I do.
In my research I learned about different learning styles and took a quiz that told me so much about myself and my learning style and my teaching style. I feel sorry for the kids in my classes who need step by step instructions and LOTS of hand holding. Usually by now, they’ve grown accustomed to my dive in and do approach, but the first six weeks is a little shaky for those kids. I need to restructure my lessons to hit all learning styles.

The Super Bowl was awesome. We missed the first 22 seconds of the game. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Prince and the commercials were AWESOME. My favorite was the Fed Ex moon commercial. I was crying from laughing so hard.

Lessons in Seduction

Last night dh and I went to a great birthday party for a friend who turned fifty. She’s amazing and wonderful and looks beter now han she did at 21.
The live band was great. The warm up band BrotherSharp better than the main event. The cigarette smoke still as annoying as it used to be back in the day when excursions to bars were the norm.
As much the norm as watching those on the prowl, looking for love or at least one night of fun.
Last night there was a man. He stood of to the side watching the action. Through the haze of cigarette smoke he looked…interesting.
My friend was certainly intrigued. I told her he was an under cover narcotics agent. She thought I was serious. ๐Ÿ™‚ I reminded her I write romance novels. ๐Ÿ™‚
Anyway, this guy was with a friend who was with a girl who invited another girl to join the party.
WOW.
His body language said not interested. Hers said not giving up.
They played pool. He smiled. Nice smile, laugh lines around the eyes that said experience or age or both. BUT no real attraction.
She didn’t care. She touched his arm, leaned over him to talk to her friend. Sent all the right signals. Two hours into the night she disappeared for a few minutes. When she came back, she’s unzipped her shirt enough to say enough already, I’m a sure thing.
It was fun to watch. Interesting, Amusing. The couple was a little older than dh and I. I vaguely remember that game. I don’t know that I could play it again. Right before the main event took the stage, a new player entered the room. She was probably 21 or 22. She wore a tiny skin tight black mini with a tight black top that plunged to, oh, I don’t know, maybe an inch or two above her belly button. Her black high heeled leather boots screamed I mean business.
When she walked by, every man in the room looked, including DH. I covered his eyes, but it was too late. ๐Ÿ™‚ I turned to see the other couple. Sure enough, Mr. Intriguing noticed the fine young thing strutting across the floor. But when he quit watching her, his smile was brighter. And he seemed a bit more responsive to the woman who’d been trying to get his attention all night.
A few minutes later we left.
I don’t know what this taught me that I’ll be able to use in a book one day, but it sure was fun to watch. ๐Ÿ™‚

Plotting

I finally googled for some ideas to help me rework my RS plot revisions and found Roxanne St. Claire’s website
It gave me some direction to go in, and I think it will help.
The next week is going to be CRAZY! I have cohort this week and I go to TCEA in Austin Tuesday through Friday.
But I’m going to write. Somehow I’ll make it happen. ๐Ÿ™‚

Insurance

Two days ago my FIL had bypass surgery. The doctors said he’d be in the hospital a week.
He’s going home today…without a visit from the physical therapist who was supposed to come by yesterday.
Why?
Insurance says two days is plenty of time and physical therapy is unnecessary.
Who cares what the DOCTOR said?
Grrrrrrr.

Brighter note:
One of my former CPs called me last night. She’s writing again for the first time in a year. This woman is incredibly talented. I’m glad she’s trying again.
I’m still in plot question hell. The whole idea of MOTIVATION is driving me crazy. The whole okay, this happened, but WHY?! And WHO? I thought I had all this figured out before, but it was too convoluted.

Get Organized and WRITE

The subject is my own personal challenge. All the planning in the world won’t do a bit of good IF it’s not accompanied by writing.
Organization might keep me on track a little better, but NOT if I don’t spend some time with the computer and Word.
I’m plotting revisions right now. It’s really more rewriting than revision. I keep avoiding my story. It’s time to stop.

Tomorrow a young man who died in the Iraq War will be buried about twenty minutes from here. A protest group is on town. They’re going to the funeral to protest the war and what they call the US moral decay. I’m a huge defender of the First Amendment, but this crosses the line. Grrrrr.

The Color of Water

I’m not big on memoir, but this book rocks.Seriously rocks.
I hadn’t heard of it before one of my students brought it in a couple weeks ago, and when she did half the kids in my classroom said Oh, Mrs. Lee, that is one of the best books ever.
It takes a lot of book to get that kind of recommendation from teenagers. ๐Ÿ™‚
They were right. It’s awesome.