Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I'm BACK! Also, it's Road Trip Wednesday!

Hey y'all!  It's true--I'm really back!  Today was my last day of school--last day ever at this school--and for the foreseeable future, I'm going to be a much better blogger/commenter/comment responder because I have neither full-time work nor full-time school lined up.  (I've been turning over options for part-time either or both when we get to Buffalo, but nothing too intense.)  This is the first time since I was four years old that I will not be starting school in September.  And while I have lots of emotions, as discussed for your GIFing pleasure yesterday, today I feel more like this.

Well, except for the parts of today that made me cry.  But I did really well at not crying more than just a teeny bit! 

Things I will not miss:

  • "Siri, set my alarm for 5:52 a.m."
  • Spending, by a conservative accounting, 11.1 FULL DAYS of my life each school year riding the F train.  (that's 16,000 minutes.  Not exactly a song from Rent but not chump change either.  Over the last three years?  That means I've spent about a month on the train.)
  • The pipes in our ancient, gorgeous-on-the-outside school building.  No one should have to rejoice, on the last day of a job, that they are filling up their last bottle of possibly toxic water.
Things I will miss:

  • My smart, hard-working, supportive colleagues.
  • My often-strange, always-wonderful students.
  • All the reading time the F train provided me!

And now, to celebrate, here are my two picks for June Book of the Month!  I haven't had time for Road Trip Wednesday in a while, but this was a great month of reading.

In no particular order because, well, I couldn't choose!  My full reviews are here.

In a nutshell, though: Enchanted is a really clever, lovely trip into the universes of several beloved fairytales, married so seamlessly that it feels like the real truth has finally been revealed.  Girl of Fire and Thorns is a gripping fantasy about a girl who has been chosen for a destiny she's never felt ready for.  I highly recommend them both.

Happy summer!


  1. So, does this mean you'll have to change your blog name? Or will you get on the F train every day to read, so you can still say you're "reading on the F train"? :)

    I've seen GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS recommended a few times before. I haven't read much fantasy--not a genre I gravitate toward. Perhaps that's good reason to give it a try? All the best to you, Mrs. S. on this next phase of your life! :)

    1. Honestly, I've been thinking about the blog name thing a lot, as well as the name I use (Mrs. S, as opposed to my first name) because I'm not riding the F train and nobody's really calling me Mrs. S anymore. But I think I'll stick with it for the time being, and maybe re-evaluate around my "blogiversary" in the fall.

      And yeah, I feel like Girl of Fire and Thorns is a good fantasy novel for folks who aren't as crazy about them. Also, I thought it did a really interesting job of addressing some ideas about religion without obviously mapping those thoughts onto existing world religions. (You might see things I don't there, but to my untrained eye, it seemed pretty well done.)

  2. I had ENCHANTED in my hands yesterday at the bookstore here and I ended up putting it back for now—just couldn't justify the $19.99 price tag at the time. But, I do plan on reading it! :)

    I'm trying to come up with a Rent version of your days and minutes on the F train, but it just doesn't have the same ring to it. ♫How do you measure, measure a year? :D That's on Netflix, and I think I might have to watch it again now...

    I'm thrilled for you that school is done, and it's summer vacation now! I know how long a teacher's year is and how much-anticipated summer break is (especially after those last couple of weeks in June O_O).

    1. Yeah, definitely put it on the list. It won me over initially on one of my trips to Books of Wonder because it was signed--so it was for my COLLECTION, you see, and the price tag was therefore justifiable :)

  3. Yay for you on taking a break from school. I have heard of these books but haven't read them... Will have to check them out.

  4. Both books sound good. Thanks for recommending.

    Congrats on your last day and goodluck with your future options...choices are good!


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