Hi All! G here. Happy Saturday! How was your week? Ours was...interesting.
I attempted to take a week off this week for the first time in I couldn't tell you how many years, but downtime doesn't seem to work out for me very well.
First I was tormented with gorgeous weather which every time I stepped out the door to try to enjoy it, I was assaulted by horrendous allergy attacks. No fun. So then you take allergy medicine so you can enjoy the outdoors, and the next thing you know, you're too tired from the medicine (supposedly non drowsy) to lift your eyelids. I also spent a lot of the week trying to work out plans for the Mother's Day Brunch I am having at my house on Sunday. But if I had looked at my horoscope I would've seen it was going to be "a bad week for communication."
Shopping, cooking, cleaning, and trying to get foods on the menu for everyone's diverse dietary needs (while in a Claritin fog). We've got the vegetarian faction, the non-glutens, the non-carbs and the low calorie people all, I think, covered at last. I don't care, I'm making the 3D Chocolate Cheesecake anyway and I'll let you know how it is.
Bookwise, the LOST HEIR is in the Book Design phase now. What that means is the page layout for the paperback - choosing styles of chapter headings and little doodads that go between the spacebreak sections, and where to put the page numbers. Critical decisions, my friends!
Then because I'm a big star and all (cough, cough) a reporter called me from the newspaper and asked about my thoughts on the new Johnnie Depp movie, Dark Shadows.
Me (secretly wondering why anyone cares what I think of this movie): Oh, yeah, I am excited to see it. Love Johnny Depp.
Reporter: How do you think the movie will compare to the old TV series of Dark Shadows?
Me: (Long pause...) Huh?
Reporter: It ran back in the late 60's and early 70's.
Me: Uh...when I was a toddler? LOL. No, I was watching Big Bird and the Monster formerly known as Cookie Monster (who I understand is now called Veggie Monster these days, and that's just not right.)
So that's how I got to make a clueless knucklehead of myself this week with a Media Person. Which is always fun. If anyone sees Dark Shadows let me know what you think!
Anyway, I also got to read a really fun book on my big nonexistent week off, which I will discuss in a later post. It was SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT, The Scepter of the Ancients, by Derek Landy. Possibly the high point of my week "off." I enjoyed it.
What about you, E? I understand there was a bout of fisticuffs you had to contend with at school.
E: Yeah, I broke up a fight at school this week, literally over spilt milk. One boy spilled chocolate milk on another boy in the cafeteria. Whether it was accidental or on purpose, I don't know. Fortunately I was just a few steps away, and was able to get them separated before either kid could really hurt each other.
If you ever wondered what it's like for a teacher breaking up a school fight, first of all, a good teacher can sense it's coming. (Or maybe that's my martial arts training.) In my vast experience of breaking up fights, usually a loud NO like you would yell at a puppy is enough. But occasionally you have to jump in because the boys (usually boys) lock antlers like a couple of moose (mooses?)
G: Moose. *g*
E: At least I didn't get thrown into the condiment table like last time and spend the rest of the day smelling like Italian dressing.
G: The important thing is, you didn't mess up your hair.
E: Ha ha. Well, I learned something interesting from all this. I noticed afterwards that the girls actually get kind of scared when boys fight. They don't think it's manly or hot or anything like that. So, boys, if you're trying to impress a girl by fighting, you're only going to upset them. You'll do better with the young ladies first and foremost by making sure you're not sporting a starter 'stache.
G: What's that?
E: A youngster's moustache that has like ten hairs in it. Seriously, guys, learn from one who has walked that road! It's not good. My high school picture has me with a starter 'stache. You have to look very closely to see it.
G: OMG it's a good thing you didn't have that when I met you.
E: I finally wised up. *grins* Anyway, it was interesting to note the differences in the girls' and boys' reactions after the fight. Like I said, the girls get upset/scared. They were thanking me for restoring order, but the boys' reaction was the opposite--they were wanting to high-five me. Like I always tell my kids: "Being in control of one's anger is a sign of maturity." Interestingly enough, the day after the fight ALL of my students were amazingly well behaved!
G: I wonder why! So, E, I mentioned Skulduggery above. What did you read this week?
E: I just finished reading Stephen King's 11/22/63, a time travel book where a guy tries to go back in time and stop the Kennedy assassination and see what kind of "butterfly effect" it has on modern times. It's a big book--850 pages!
G: What did you think?
E: The first 800 were awesome, the last 50 i didn't enjoy quite as much. I thought it was very good. King's still got it. As always, he's awesome with his characterization and his way of immersing you into the culture, in this case, the culture of the late 50's early 60's.
G: Well, the next book is one that we are going to read together, book 1 of The Sisters Grimm series, The Fairy Tale Detectives, by Michael Buckley. I'll bet some of our blog visitors have read that! Anyone care to join us and talk about it on the blog in a couple weeks? (Next week I'll have more to say about Skulduggery by Derek Landy.) I really enjoy reading these great middle grade books. I get to be a kid again--or it might be that I never entirely grew up. *g*
Until next time, here is my "WHOA DUDE" link of the week. This bizarre giant sea blob/jellyfish/crypto-creature was caught on camera by one of the undersea video cameras that the oil companies use to monitor their deep-sea drilling rigs. Apparently, scientists don't know what it is, but you can tell how huge it is by its size next to the oil pipeline!!! Enjoy. xo, G.