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High Five Friday

Woot! Woot! It's Friday!

Here are my high five for the week:

1) The Vermont College Writing Weekend in Montpelier was so uplifting. I smiled the whole weekend and received such great feedback from everyone. It was such a rush to meet authors like Elise Broach and the consummate editor, Cheryl Kline. When I returned to work on Monday, one of my colleagues asked, "How was your weekend?" When I replied, "GREAT!" she laughed and said, "I could tell, you are still glowing!"

Guess what? I'm STILL glowing. I have a number of grand editing tips, which I'm implementing this weekend.

2) All of my students' papers are graded and returned. Do you know what a feat that is for an English teacher? WOW! We had great working sessions today and my students worked on writing or polishing their original poems for the upcoming Beatnik Coffee House. (See previous post.)

3) After school today a group of girls from the softball team asked if they could hang out in my room until practice. Go Girl Power! We worked, and talked, and laughed. It was fun to see girls being girls, without artifice. They were supportive of one another, helped each other with their homework, and shared stories. They are awesome women-in-training!

4) A Free Weekend. Ususally my husband and I have busy/fun weekends scheduled. Cleaning, grocery shopping, painting, raking, skiing, dinner guests, etc. This weekend...as of this moment...not a darned thing. How did that happen you ask? Funny story...I bought hockey tickets a long time ago as a gift for my husband (Go Habs, Go!) and booked a room at our usual hotel in Montreal. Three days ago my husband came in while I was writing and asked, "Do you know that game this weekend?" I looked up, not liking the hesitant sound of it. "It isn't Saturday..." He waved them in the air. "These tickets are for Monday."
Oops.
Looks like I'll be tired on Monday! haha (I was able to cancel the hotel room.)

5) Today the Air Force Band played in an assembly for our school. They were FABULOUS! As an Air Force brat whose dad played the trumpet, it was very emotional. The students did us proud...they were a perfect audience. We tapped our toes and clapped until our palms were red. It culminated with a deserved standing ovation, which was instigated by two eighth grade students in the front row. As I walked back to my classroom, the French teacher and I were talking about how thankful we are that our fellow teachers organize such wonderful opportunities for our kids. We are so fortunate!

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matt_medic
Apr. 4th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Jeez, somebody had a good week! I think I might feel a little manic after a week like that too. Soak it up! Write something good, something out of your comfort zone. Hell, go to the hockey game too. GO HABS!
marjorielight
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
It was a rainy day in the 'Burgh, so I wrote...and wrote...and wrote! Yippee...good stuff, too. haha
ex_kmessner
Apr. 4th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
I think you should add.

6. Vacation is a week away!

and 7. Then we are going to the NE SCBWI Conference!
marjorielight
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
I'm so excited to see my mom, too! I haven't seen her new home and it will be good to spend time with her.

The conference will be cool - I'm coming to hear the agent panel in which you are participating. That is just one of the great offerings. Plus I'll get to see some of the writers I met at the Vermont College Writing retreat.
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