Melissa, getting a book signed by Junot Diaz, the sexiest author at the show.
Fibre Space, in Alexandria, on Saturday night. Poor Melissa, my non-knitting daughter, didn't see this visit coming, but I tried to make it quick! I love this store! I know, you're shocked by this news.
Bob Balaban. He was the narrator in Moonrise Kingdom, he's in all of Christopher Guest's movies, and now he's an author of books for 7th graders!
As for teaching, I am really getting into my groove, so to speak. It's definitely a ton of work, teaching a new curriculum, but the energy at this high school is fantastic. The faculty and administration are truly a team, which allows for wonderful things to happen. The students I taught the past four years are here and it is such a gift to be able to see them at this age and maturity level. So many of them are leaders of the school and I know they have exciting futures ahead of them. The bonus is, that when my students see all of these great kids come by to say hi and give me a hug, I get a little "street cred" with my new classes. And good lord, do I need it. If I only had true freshman, it would be pretty easy, but I have quite a few 10th and 11th grade-age repeaters who are beyond tired of taking English 9. Not tired enough to do the work and get out, but tired enough to make it difficult to ignite the energy in the class. It is definitely getting better, but it has been an uphill climb at times. But I am just as excited about teaching as I've ever been and I'm truly motivated to make English relevant to these kids.
And now, I get to grade a small mountain of papers on this fine Saturday morning. Have a marvelous weekend!