Life and Family:
Thanksgiving week is coming to a close and now I can allow myself to think about Christmas. But, before I move on, I must say I've had a lovely Thanksgiving break. My school takes off Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so I feel like I've had a wonderful rest. We had 2 other families over for Thanksgiving dinner (and played a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit after dinner), did a little Black Friday shopping, and went for nice walks. I've also managed to do some reading, but not a ton.
I created our Holiday card yesterday and ordered them and I am starting to think about presents for the family. I have to get myself into gear a bit early this year since my daughter and I will be out of the country starting December 17 (we're going to Oman to see her dad's, my ex's, family)
I haven't thought too much about work this week, which is good and unusual for me so I am really proud of myself. I did manage to FINALLY read through all the literature about completing my National Board Certification so now I just need to implement it (no small task, I assure you).
Books and Reading:
One of the best things about this past week was shopping for books with PTSA money! Given the economic climate, I feel so fortunate that I have money to pay for databases and books for our students.
As we near the end of the calendar year, I am starting to think about reading challenges for 2011. Last year I started blogging in November and got seriously swept up in the challenge-sign up frenzy. I signed up for 15 challenges and completed all but 1 of them!
- Global Reading--this is the one I haven't completed. I still haven't found a South American book that I want to read
- Graphic Novels
- Middle East--goes through next July
- Read the Book, See the movie
- Rainbow Connection
- Social Justice--one more topic for December
- South Asian Author
- Take Another Chance
- Typically British
- Women Unbound
2011 Challenges that I am considering: For this next year I'd like to do challenges that are new to me or that will encourage me to read books in genres that I know I like. Honestly, I don't want to feel like I "have" to read books because I signed up for a challenge
- Middle East--goes through July 2011
- What's in a Name
- South Asian Author
- YA Historical--my not do the official challenge since I read YA historical fiction anyway
- One, Two, Theme
- Debut Author
- GLBT--may not do the official challenge since I read GLBT to keep up with the literature for our LGBTQ students anyway
Do you have favorite challenges that you would recommend and why?