Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sunday Salon: Visuals Edition


Family and Life:
Oooh, good times are happening here! Friday night we watched "Kick it", a documentary about the Homeless World Cup. I didn't even know that existed, but it was amazing. 8-men soccer teams from 48 countries around the world compete annually. They work with the men to get them off alcohol and drugs and to get their lives back on track.

Saturday I used part of my tax refund to buy a new camera (Canon 60D). I only bought the body (which was on sale) since I already have good lenses. And, it does video. I asked the guy about photo printers and it turns out Canon had an offer going so I got a $500 photo printer for free since I bought a nice camera. How's that for a great deal?! I am so excited, the printer prints up to 13"x19".

Saturday evening I went and saw the "King's Speech" that I have heard so much about. It totally lived up to my expectations! Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were fantastic. Actually all the actors were, and the costumes, the sets, the story... all wonderful!

Work:
This coming Tuesday is an important Board meeting for us Teacher Librarians and our Library Technicians since they will be starting to vote on which cuts to enact. So, Tuesday night could be a long one and some of us are going to speak, boy do I hope it isn't me. I did that 3 years ago, the last time we were on the cut list, and did not enjoy that experience one bit.

Another possible cut is shortening our school year by getting rid of the 5 non-pupil days that we have and 5 instructional days (so that we don't lose instructional minutes, every remaining school day would be 15 minutes longer). That's a 5.5% pay cut for teachers. What I don't get is why they don't do furlough days for all workers in the district so that we could each take fewer days and the cut would be more equitable....

Books and Reading:
I really have discovered that I've got to alternate adult books and YA books. The YA books are so quick, enjoyable, and I feel like I get more read when I put YA books in the mix. Not to mention that I really enjoy them. I love my adult lit as well, but it definitely takes me longer to read (especially when it is well over 600 pages like Cutting for Stone!).

6 comments:

christa @ mental foodie said...

Good luck with the Tuesday meeting. Husband is a city employee and last year all city employees had to take furlough (prorated by FTE).

60D looks nice. I'm still using my ancient 20D and 30D! But the lenses are the critical parts anyway (or at least that's what I told myself so I don't go buy more bodies :)

Yes I have to alternate adult and YA. Like you, YA are quick reads, but I need the adult novels (and Non fiction) for balance. But if I was to aim for quantity of books I read, then I'd definitely choose YA to make up the numbers lol :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Congrats on the wonderful new camera; can't wait to see all your new photos.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Christa--Budget cuts are just so not fun! I am excited that the 60D also does video and is good in low light (for the dancing photos I take)

Diane--I know, I'm putting pressure on myself to take better photos now that I have a better camera!

Aths said...

I hope the board meeting goes well! I wish there would be no cuts, but that's being too hopeful. Instead I hope the cuts are minimal.

You had a wonderful week, it seems! I haven't heard of Kick It, though I've heard that kind of idea reflected in many places. I need to look for it.

Alyce said...

That camera looks fantastic! And how awesome that you got a free fancy printer too!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Aths--It's the morning after the Board meeting and I haven't heard anything from my colleagues that attended (I went to a workshop for all of us)...

Alyce--I have yet to test my free printer; it's a little intimidating!