Saturday, February 1, 2014

Celebrate 2/1

Discover. Play. Build.

This is a fabulous idea from Ruth Ayres in which we write about something to celebrate each Saturday. I am looking forward to participating in this link up each week and hearing about the awesome things happening in everyone's classrooms and lives.

#1 Zumba 

The secretary at our school is also a Zumba instructor.  She has set up a time on Thursdays to do a free Zumba class for us.  This week was the first week I was able to get there.  I had such a great workout and I can't wait until next Thursday!

#2 Eating well  

I have been meaning to get better with my eating habits for a long time.  This week, I got the groceries for it and spent time cooking some healthy meals.  It was nice to have the food this week so that I would not end up going out to dinner for a fast meal.

#3 Two more Cold Days.

Monday and Tuesday were two more bitterly cold days in Wisconsin.  Our schools were closed and I was able to get some things done at home and have some extra reading time.

#4 Patrick Ness   

If you ever have a chance to go see this fabulous author, you should go.  He spoke so eloquently about the ideas that he has and the passion behind his stories.  He prepared a script for an audience member to do a mock interview.  It was hilarious.  It was a small gathering at the bookstore and I loved the casual atmosphere and the witty things Mr. Ness had to say.  I absolutely devoured the Chaos Walking trilogy a couple years ago and A Monster Calls is brilliant as well.  I am excited to read More Than This and The Crane Wife, both of which I purchased this week and got signed.

#5 Good Books 

I have SOOO many great books to look forward to lately.  I may have gone a little overboard on the digital library site this week...but there are some awesome books out there!

#6 Awards

Watching the Youth Media Awards on Monday morning and adding some titles to the TBR as well as celebrating some titles was really fun.  I was so excited for Amy Timberlake and excited to share with my students that One Came Home is a Newbery Honor book.  The first school author visit I set up for my school was Ms. Timberlake last spring.  I love that my students have personalized, signed copies of this book.

What do you have to celebrate this week?  I would love to hear from you in the comments!


  1. I bet your students were equally thrilled to see Amy's book win an honor medal this week! That is a great something to celebrate!

  2. I've been trying to take the time each weekend to prepare a couple of meals (big enough for leftovers too!) to get us through the week. It's definitely worth it. Hoping I'll be able to stick to it as a habit. I just bought More Than This too--looking forward to reading it.

  3. How fun that Amy visited your school and your kids now "know" her! I am sure you were all excited! I hear you about that book pile. I received two orders this much reading, not enough time!

  4. Love hearing that Amy Timberlake visited you & you have copies of the book-how great for your class, Andrea! And I adore the books by Patrick Ness, agree about the 4 mentioned & still have that latest to read-too many on my stack! So great you got to see him! Glad you had a good week; no snow days for us, but snow, so I have the weekend to catch up (except for the Super Bowl!). Have another good week!

  5. I loved Amy Timberlake's book One Came Home How exciting to host her! Your students must have been so excited when her book won!