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Fell on the Ice Today

January 23rd, 2012 at 07:36 pm

We had a bit of a snow/ice storm on Saturday evening. When I went into the school on Sunday afternoon, it was a bit slushy and there was a couple inches by the library steps.

This morning as I was following the mid-schoolers to the chapel, I watched as one of the 8th grade girls slipped and fell on the ice. Silly me took her same exact path - guess I thought if I took it slowly enough ...

Nope. Slipped and did the splits bow legged. Thankfully I wasn't wearing a skirt! Also, thankfully only teachers/adults witnessed my fall! I had several people come up and help me up. Lots of people heard about it and asked me throughout the day if I was ok. Other than my hip and lower back being a bit sore, I am/was fine.

I'm just glad I didn't re-injure my tailbone. (Wincing even at the thought!)

We are supposed to get more snow/rain/ice tonight and possibly in the morning. If we do, I wouldn't be shocked to get a two-hour delay, or possibly even a snow day (ok, I'd actually be shocked for that - because we're only supposed to get a couple inches.)

Today I finally introduced my 8th graders to the remainder of the books I'd bought over Thanksgiving. I found out as I was cataloging them yesterday that we already owned two copies. Oy! Before I do my next book shopping extravaganza away from a computer, I must get our cataloging system upgraded -- then I'll be able to have a searchable book app on my phone and can avoid purchasing books we already own.

Anyway, most of the new books I intro'd went right away. One of my students did a book talk on "13 Reasons Why" by Asher. He was the second student to read it (maybe third?) but after he finished I had two girls clamoring to read it next. Big Grin They actually were trying to take it away from the student who had just renewed it that day. Rolleyes

I was really surprised that some of the boys took out titles which I'd kind of thought only the girls would go for... Sara Dessen/Rebecca Friend/Meg Cabot. Books about relationships and high-school ... maybe that was the draw, high-school. Smile These are definitely books that I won't let anyone under 14 check out. So, some of my 7th graders would qualify, and all of my 8th graders.

I've had several requests for the one Sonya Sones book we don't have - I'd almost purchased it before, but some of the reviews made me question the wisdom. However, as I've been seeing some of the other books in our library, and if I kept it limited to 8th grade ... I'm also looking at the book series that starts with "Crank" -- School Library Journal says 8th grade and up. It was requested by several students today.

Of course, I am all out of gift card money right now, so unless we get another monetary donation ... the kids will have to wait. Smile I just love seeing teenagers (especially boys!) so into books. Big Grin

One other book I intro'd to the 8th graders a few weeks ago - The Scoripo Races - was checked out for the second time today. (It helps that a fairly popular boy read it and liked it .. he's also the one who did the book talk today) -- It won the Printz Honor today. Printz is an award for outstanding literature for young adults.

The majority of the books which won the various awards and honors today, I have not read. However, as I have Scholastic Dollars or gift card money, I will be changing that. Big Grin

Oh! Today at the teacher's meeting SrN said that a donor called and was very upset at hearing about the pre-school being broken into and wanted to know what she could do to help. So SrN pulled out our wish lists and gave the donor some ideas. I'm curious to find out what (if any) items from my list will come. Smile I'd be most estatic about a second slanted book cart - although if I really do end up having an assigned assistant next year, it won't be such a big deal.

Truly though, I'd be ecstatic with anything off the list. Big Grin

So ... I've had several spendy days in a row this weekend. Saturday, Sunday and today. Not a whole lot in the grand scheme (maybe $30 worth total) but probably at least $12 of it was completely unnecessary.

I didn't go into the big town for church this weekend - ended up sleeping/resting most of Saturday and part of Sunday. I guess I was really tired (Friday morning I was 5 minutes late for work because I kept pushing Snooze.)

I really need to call my doctor about getting a prescription allergy medicine. One of the things I bought this weekend was a 5 day dosage of Alavert --- $6!! Ugh and double ugh! I don't know if it will work or not for me yet, because I had one dose left of the OTC Allegra D. Will find out tomorrow.

I also need to contact the company I worked for this summer to make sure they have my current address. Just waiting on their W-2 to do my taxes.

I have all my paperwork put together for my seminar reimbursement -- should be about $468 if they accept all my per diem receipts.

Between the tax refund and my seminar reimbursement, my EF will have a nice boost in February. Big Grin

9 Responses to “Fell on the Ice Today”

  1. mjrube94 Says:

    Hey Laura, I'd love to donate some books to your class. I have 45 credits on paperbackswap .com and will never use them all. If you can use them to encourage kids to read, all the better! I know there are Meg Cabots available, and one Somya Sones. Take a look and let me know if you're interested in any. They can be shipped directly to you.

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    I hope you feel alright after your fall.
    (My pride would be the most bruised. Embarrassment )
    Some Advil, a hot bath and some hot tea.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Mjrube!

    The Sones book we don't have is "One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies" it doesn't look like that one is on paperbackswap. I'll have to do some more looking to see if any of the award winners are on it - I'd especially like the Caledecott and Newberry ones. You'd be surprised how often kids look at the posters of award winning books and want to get a book from it! (I need to also figure out how to get the updated posters!!)

    Looking Forward,

    Yep, my pride was most bruised. Smile Unfortunately, I think I'm getting used to falling (third fall this year at the school - two times before thanks to my shoes!) Fortunately the only thing bruised so far is my pride (and a couple skinned knees ...)

  4. mjrube94 Says:

    That sounds like a depressing book! I read 13 Reasons Why with my daughter. She saw it was an award winning book in the teen section and went for it (she was 12 at the time). Some *really* heavy topics in that book, wow...

  5. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Yes it does deal with some heavy topics. Unfourtanately, suicide has been a big problem here - esp. with young people. Frown

  6. laura Says:

    I totally, totally, totally hated 13 Reasons Why. I read it two years ago and wouldn't let either of my girls (who are now 14 and 13) read it. Then again, I'd much prefer them to read the classics, the 14 year old has read G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown series and liked it Smile.

    Glad your back is OK! Stay solid in the next wave of nsow!

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    Glad you didn't hurt that tailbone again. Ouch!

    I had to do a double take on that age - I didn't turn 14 until mid way through my freshman year. But I guess that's right, all my nieces are being denied entrance to Kinder when they age 4 though their birthdays are way earlier than mine was. (Like they'd literally turn 5 a week or a month into school, but these days you have to be 5 to start Kinder - I'd be a year behind as a December baby).

    Yay for the EF!!

  8. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    It is another book I keep for only 14 up. I didn't love the book, but did think it dealt with the issues of suicide and survivors guilt fairly well - for a book aimed at teens. Is it the best out there? Probably not, but it is one of the better ones I've seen in that matter. If suicide wasn't a big issue here, I wouldn't have passed it on to the kids.

    I don't think I've heard of the Brown series - will have to check it out.

  9. frugaltexan75 Says:


    We have 13 year olds in 6th grade, and a few as old as 16 in 8th grade. I think the 16 year olds were held back a year or two.

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