Thursday, April 5, 2018

Currently... (Vol. 27)

Happy...  that the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, which has long been a source of contention in my house, is over.  It's nice not to be a March Madness Widow any longer.  

Enjoying...  my spring break!  It's been fabulous!

Elated...  that my long time, most favorite band in the whole wide world, Bon Jovi, is being inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame next weekend!

Walking...  13 miles today.  This is the longest distance I'll walk before the KDF Mini Marathon on the 28th.  After today, in terms of training, it's all downhill from here!

Looking...  forward to seeing Pretty Woman the Musical and Get on Your Feet in Chicago!

Not...  participating the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge as I have the previous two years.

Loving...  the audiobook Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman.

Beginning...  to re-listen to the audiobook Ready Player One (before I see the movie).

Finished... with Erin's book challenge!!!  (See below)

Completing...  the third day of the Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge.  (See below)

Disbelieving...  that once I go back to work next week, I only have 34 days left in the school year!  

Shopping...  for hiking poles and a lightweight hiking backpack.  (Any hikers out there with recommendations?)

Proud...  of my fellow educators who stormed our state's capital on Monday to advocate for public school funding as well as funding for other public services such as fire departments and police.

Concerned...  about the possibility of future work stoppages and for what the future holds for education and educators in this country.

March in a snapshot:
1) View in my mirror one morning, my new walking shoes, last sunrise before daylight saving time.
2) Representing my alma mater, my busted bracket, snow on the first day of spring.
3) A rainy March for Our Lives in Louisville, Twin Falls State Park (WV), hiking the Endless Wall Trail (WV).

What have you been up to lately?

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Book Challenge by Erin 8.0 Progress To Date - COMPLETE!

• 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
Master of the Mountain by Cherise Sinclair
Read Jan 22-25

• 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “L”
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Read Jan 21 - Feb 2

• 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) red cover
The Royal We by Harriet Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Read Jan 1-20

• 15 points: Read a book with a character’s name in the title 
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Read Feb 15-23

• 20 points: Read a book from this list: Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books with Plot Twists
The Couple Next Door by Star Lapena
Read March 10-18

• 20 points: Read a book with the words “house” or “home” in the title
The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer 
Read March 18-28

• 25 points: Read a book by an author whose first and last name begins with the same letter
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Read Feb 23 - March 3

• 30 points: Read a book that was originally published in a different language than your own 
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Bachman
Read March 28 - April 4

• 30 points: Read a book where most of the action takes place on a form of transportation i.e. bus, boat, car, plane, etc.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Read Feb 3-15

• 35 points: Read a book with a character that suffers from a debilitating physical illness
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Read March 4-10

Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge

Bev from Confuzzledom nominated me to participate in this challenge last week. I will gladly play along by adding the quotes to the bottom of the three posts I have scheduled for this week; I just won't nominate anyone.  Here is my quote for today (Day 3):


  1. Glad to hear they are getting inducted.hope things get better with your legislation for teachers.

  2. I cannot believe how fast this school year has gone by!

  3. i tried to read RPO but couldn't! i need to try again (i was distracted last time) so i'm back on hold at the library :(

    1. I can see where it would be hard if you were not in a proper mindset to read it. I do remember zoning out during some of the parts that were about all the different gaming systems and games of the 80s because I wasn't familiar with them and they held no real meaning for me. I'm really looking forward to seeing the movie.

  4. I'm proud of teachers out there demanding better pay around the country but really pissed that they have to.

    I'm glad you've had an enjoyable spring break!

    1. I agree. Here in KY, we're not fighting for better pay, though. We're fighting to keep our pensions and opposing drastic school budget cuts. They want us to shape and educate tomorrow's workforce and leaders, but they do not want to give us the resources to do it. I, personally, just want the pension that I was promised 18 years ago, the pension that I've been faithfully paying into for two decades. This bait and switch just boils my blood.

  5. i am currently listening to the grandmother book and was thinking of doing britt marie next. Pretty Woman the Musical sounds amazing. ugh my friend and i have been slacking in our training and are no way ready for the mini!

    1. I would definitely recommend Britt-Marie. Of the four Backman books I've read, My Grandmother... was my least favorite.

      Well, I survived my 13 mile walk today so I'm as read for the Mini as I'm going to get. Good luck to you!

  6. Marshall did quite well in the tournament.

    I'm surprised you aren't going to the induction.

    Pretty Woman seems like it might lend itself well to a musical adaptation. There's no big action scene or special effects. The story has an element of My Fair Lady (Pygmalion) to it.

    1. Yes, they did. I'm quite proud of how well they did. I thought about trying to get tix to the induction, but figured they would be too costly, so I didn't give it much thought after that. I'll watch the ceremony on HBO later this month. I think Pretty Woman will be fun. I'm curious to see what songs they use.

  7. Ericka,

    You walked 13 miles? Tell me you did that on your treadmill. :) How long does it take you to walk that distance? I'm impressed ever how you did or ever how long it took. Way to go! This year is getting away from us for us for sure. I am doing the A2Z Challenge and am enjoying it. My theme this year is iPad art sketching. I reconnected with my passion for drawing last year and have been busy most days since then doodling designs. :) Have a good weekend and I'll see ya around the cyber block!

    Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z Creating iPad Art Sketches ‘Fairy’

    1. Yes, I did - 13 miles exactly. No, I didn't use a treadmill; I walked the entire distance outside at my local park. It took me about 3 1/2 hours. Thank you! (Confession: if I wasn't getting ready for a half marathon, I wouldn't walk more than 6 miles.)

      Continued good luck with the A2Z Challenge!

  8. I really liked reading Ready Player One, but the movie doesn't look right to me. I'll still probably go see it though :)

    1. Once I finish the audiobook (again), I'll go see it in the theater. I don't expect it to be anything like the book, but I'm interested to see what Speilberg does with it.


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