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What I'm Reading
Four or five things at once--but all re-reads! I'm wrapping up Beauty Queens in class, so I just completed a re-read of that. (Satire! Sex-positivity! Intersectional feminism! Why isn't this in every classroom everywhere?) I'm also teaching Persuasion in a different class and I'm really enjoying coming home to Austen and tea every day. About a week ago I picked up Divergent so that I can re-read that in time for the movie AND work my way through the whole trilogy--I cannot BELIEVE it's taken me this long to get to Allegiant. Plus, my book clubs at my other school are reading The Sound and the Fury and Great Gatsby. I've taught Gatsby before, which means that I don't need a full re-read, but I haven't gone back to The Sound and the Fury since I read it in college and--much to my surprise--really enjoyed it.
What I'm Writing
What Else I've Been Up To
Nesting! Having a house is a lot of work. (Thank GOODNESS for the snowblower my mother gave us, and also for Mr. S's willingness to get up early and snowblow...all the fricking time. This is a real Buffalo winter.)
OOH! And because it's so disgusting out all the time, we finally went ahead and bought a piece of indoor exercise equipment!
At the moment it's hanging out in our living room, which isn't the prettiest, but it means I use it pretty regularly. Eventually it would be nice to put it upstairs, either in our room or the "rec room" (board games, table, yoga mat, keyboard). But until we can get three-pronged outlets up there so we can plug in a TV, I know it will just gather dust. So, one thing at a time. I am horribly out of shape and biking is hard, but it feels SO good to be moving again.
What Inspires Me Right NowMy students! I feel like this is my go-to answer, but seriously: I work with such great kids. My upperclassmen at the one school are incredibly thoughtful, articulate, and motivated, and my freshmen at the other school are so curious, open-minded, and full of energy. Mr. S said to me recently that he thinks the reason I'm a good teacher is that I'm so interested in what teenagers are interested in, and I think he's right. I find my kids completely fascinating, and the things they have to say about the world are so, so, so smart and important.
What's up with you?