02 August 2006

What a day to return to blogging...

It's got to be close to 100 degrees out, and the only a/c in the house is in the bedroom (though I am grateful that we have one at all!) yet here I sit, in a very warm room, writing for the first time in about a month. And I am glad to have power- those poor people in Astoria just can't catch a break.

The heat's not so bad if you sit very still.

I almost feel a little depressed that it's August already. July went very fast. I had so many plans for things I was going to get done, and most of them haven't happened yet. I did take a photography class, which ends tomorrow. It's been great. I had to shoot on an SLR film camera, and learn how to develop the film and make enlargements. Very old-fashioned in this digital age. But I have to say, though I miss the instant gratification of being able to see a digital picture immediately, the satisfaction I get from having an enlargement come out just right (or as close to that as my amateur ass can get) is so much better.

I've read a lot and I feel good about that. Here's a list off the top of my head (my book log is upstairs and getting it would require breaking from my mostly-still state. )

Young Adult:
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Messenger by Lois Lowry
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Next: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (best title EVER!)

Naked Reading: Uncovering What Tweens Need to Become Lifelong Readers by Teri S. Lesene
Next: Classroom Management Simplified by Elizabeth Breaux

Map of Bones by James Rollins
1776 by David McCullough
Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes
A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger
Washington Square by Henry James

And now I am off to finish my Weegee paper that is due tomorrow. And if you're looking for something to do, the Weegee exhibit at the International Center for Photography is excellent- I think it's there for another week or so.


NYC Educator said...

Pardon me if I've already recommended this, as I've done so frequently, but you really ought to check out The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexandar McCall Smith. It's simply wonderful, and he wrote a half a dozen sequels that are, remarkably, just as good.

Mamacita said...

I LOVE "A Wrinkle in Time" and all its many sequels. L'Engle is one of my all-time favorite writers.