Sunday, March 7, 2010

Okay. So we go to Easton in Columbus and sit to have a Cinnibon and who walks up to the ice cream place right next to us????

It's Arnold Schwarzenegger!!! Haha. Of course I ran over to take a picture. Gavin is walking behind him in the red sweatshirt. That's Cinnibon right behind Gavin.

So we're all excited about seeing Arnold and up walks...

Sylvester Stallone!!!

We couldn't believe it! In Columbus, Ohio! Bob said he was right in front of Arnold in the ice cream line and he should have bought him ice cream. That would have been funny.

I think the Arnold Classic bodybuilding show was in town this weekend and that's why they were there.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I forgot to post these pics last weekend. Graham earned his Bear badge in Cub Scouts. This is our cake for the cake raffle. It's one of the easier ones we've made, but it turned out to be one of the best. He won the best animal lookalike award.
We got a couple more inches of snow last night. Ever since Graham went polar bear camping, he has decided he loves the snow and wants to be in it all the time. So we went out and made a snowman. Today he wants to tackle a snow fort.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I've decided that since I got this job as the librarian at my school, I'd like to actually read the books in the library. I was reluctant to read young adult fiction because, well, I don't really know why. Stephen King and gruesome stuff has always been my thing. Jr. High students at my school are required to read AR books. Many of them do not read outside of school and have no idea what to get. Some DO read but don't know what would be a good next book. I was stuck on my own adult paranormal romance kick and didn't want to spend my time reading "little kid" books. However, I started reading books from my library just for the purpose of recommending them to jr. high students. To my surprise I've found many of them excellent and "unputdownable." I'd just like to recommend a couple to you.

Deadline by Chris Crutcher. This author writes a lot of sports books and I thought this would be one, too. It is, but it's also so much more. It's the story of a senior in high school who finds out he has one year to live. He decides to forgo treatment and keep his illness a secret from everyone. He spends his last year doing things he wasn't brave enough to do before he got sick. I don't want to give anymore away, but I'll just say that there were lots of tears at the end. This was a super book. I've been recommending it to boys (I usually read more "girly" books).

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. This is a disturbing book about an anorexic girl's obsession with her caloric intake and family issues. After her friend dies, her health deteriorates severely. This was a fast read and a very good book.

Finally, I'll leave off with Identical by Ellen Hopkins. This is about a pair of twins who both have major problems at home, at school, and, with their peer relationships. I couldn't believe some of what happened in this book. It's hard to imagine such "worldly" teenagers, but I guess they're out there. The end of this book had a twist that made me gasp.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My Muse scarf

Monday, January 4, 2010

Books I've Read 2010

* denotes CHS library book

*1) Undiscovered Country--Lin Enger (1/1/10)
*2) Wintergirls--Laurie Halse Anderson (1/3/10)
3) The Center of the Universe--Anita Liberty (1/3/10)
*4) Blood Brothers--SA Harazin (1/11/10)
5) Taken by the Night--Kathryn Smith (1/12/10)
6) My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon--PN Elrod (1/13/10)
*7) Identical--Ellen Hopkins (1/17/10)
*8) Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen--Susan Gregg Gilmore (1/23/10)
9) Let the Night Begin--Kathryn Smith (1/24/10)
*10) Generation Dead--Daniel Waters (1/27/10)
*11) Deadline--Chris Crutcher (2/3/10)
*12) Burn--Suzanne Phillips (2/11/10)
*13) Ghostgirl--Tonya Hurley (2/14/10)
*14) Hush, Hush--Becca Fitzpatrick (2/15/10)
15) Lies My Teacher Told Me--James Loewen (2/16/10)
16) Pleasure Unbound--Larissa Ione (2/17/10)
*17) Thirteen Reasons Why--Jay Asher (2/20/10)
*18) The Poison Apples--Lily Archer (2/22/10)
*19) Shooter--Walter Dean Myers (2/28/10)
*20) Along for the Ride--Sarah Dessen (3/3/10)
*21) Jumping Off Swings--Jo Knowles (3/6/10)
*22) Story of a Girl--Sara Zarr (3/9/10)
23) Vampire Academy--Richelle Mead (3/16/10)
24) A Bite to Remember--Lyndsay Sands (3/17/10)
*25) Newes from the Dead--Mary Hooper (3/19/10)
26) Passion Unleased--Larissa Ione (3/20/10)
*27) Plain and Simple: A Womans' Journey to the Amish--Sue Bender (3/21/10)
28) The Art of Racing in the Rain--Garth Stein (3/27/10)
*29) Bad Girls Don't Die--Kate Alender (4/2/10)
30) Catch a Mate--Gena Showalter (4/4/10)
31) Mrs. Perfect--Jane Porter (4/7/10)
32) Fallen--Lauren Kate (4/10/10)
33) Flirt--Laurell K. Hamilton (4/15/10)
*34) Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side--Beth Fantaskey (4/16/10)
*35) Coraline--Neil Gaiman (4/17/10) read aloud with Graham
36) Sizzle--Julie Garwood (4/23/10)
*37) Wake--Lisa McMann (4/23/10)
*38) After--Amy Efaw (4/30/10)
39) Safe from the Neighbors--Steve Yarbrough (5/4/10)
40) Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict--Laurie Viera Rigler (5/9/10)
*41) The Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins (5/16/10)
*42) Fade--Lisa McMann (5/20)10)
*43) Gone--Lisa McMann (5/22/10)
44) Her Fearful Symmetry--Audrey Niffenegger (6/1/10)
45) A Reliable Wife--Robert Goolrick (6/4/10)
46) The Midwife's Apprentice--Karen Cushman (6/5/10)
47) The Late, Lamented Molly Marx--Sally Koslow (6/9/10)
48) Wisconsin Death Trip--Michael Lesy (6/12/10)
*49) The Mark--Jen Nadol (6/14/10)
50) How to Read Literature like a Professor--Thomas C. Foster (6/16/10)
*51) The Short Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer (6/18/10)
52) The Lighter Side of Life and Death--CK Kelly Martin (6/24/10)
53) My Name is Memory--Ann Brashares (6/27/10)
*54) Hold Still--Nina LaCour (6/29/10)
55) Medieval Lives--Terry Jones (7/1/10)
56) Soulless--Gail Carriger (7/2/10)
57) Changeless--Gail Carriger (7/4/10)
58) Mona Lisa Awakening--Sunny (7/5/10)
59) Dead Place--Rebecca Drake
*60) Looking for Alaska--John Green
*61) Rikers High--Paul Volponi
*62) Life As We Knew It--Susan Beth Pfeffer
*63) The Dead and the Gone--Susan Beth Pfeffer (7/18/10)