Friday, July 24, 2009

oh dear, it's been so long.....

hi all, i'm back from my mostly-unintentional absense. it's been a crazy few months since my last post. the last week of may up until the last day of june was spent recouperating from a series of unfortunate events. and then since july 2nd i've been immersed in a course at oise learning the ins-and-outs of being a teacher-librarian (my position for next year which i'm pretty thrilled about). it was a super-intensive course, normally a full semester, but for the summer session crammed into 3 weeks! needless to say, when i wasn't sitting in the ugliest, most uninspiring classroom at u of t for 5 1/2 hours a day or on fun class field trips to places like another story bookshop and the beguiling, i was completely immersed in projects, projects, projects! throw in an occasional stress-induced meltdown here and there and well, now you basically know what my july has been like.

the good news is that my course finished yesterday and there's still 6 weeks of summer left before school starts. yay!

i absolutely hate doing a post and not giving you any pretty pictures to look at so i'm posting just a few of the wonderful books i discovered (or already knew but re-discovered) in doing my final project/presentation about fractured fairy tales (stories based on original fairy tales but involve some twist...and often quite funny!)

that jon scieszka guy ("the true story of the three little pigs" and many other awesome books!) is pretty much a genius. if you don't know his stuff and you have kids, pick up "the stinky cheese man and other fairly stupid tales". so funny!


Anonymous said...

So nice to see you're blogging again!
and a teacher/librarian, that sounds like a terrific job come fall. Everyone loves the librarian. You'll be surrounded by books 'n books
the course sounds dreadlful and lengthly and entirely un-fun. but is over now, and indeed, much summer to spare! ENJOY!

CheleBele said...

Welcome back!!!! I have not called because I know you were super busy in July. Will call soon.


Carla said...

Those are great books, I've read some of them too!

Why are the U of T rooms all so ugly? Not a great atmosphere for learning. Tiny windows with faded yellow or brown walls, and always cold! Glad you finished your class! It sounds like it was interesting.

tania said...

oh yay you are back!!!!!
i was just about to email and see how you have been and i am glad you are out and about. i am SO jealous- i would LOVE to be a teacher / librarian at school-
:) yippee! that sounds just fabulous- congrats!