Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Sunday Salon - Not a Good March

I have never done end of the month wrap ups on my blog.  Yes, others do it, yes, I read them on others' blogs, yes, it's fun to see the stats, but I just don't do it.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe this past month is a good reason why I don't. 

March was not good to me as far as reading went.  For what it's worth, April hasn't taken off with a bang either, but my plan is to remedy that before the month gets away from me.  Anyway, back to March.  Did I even finish a book?  According to Goodreads, I did...Adventures in Nowhere, but it was at the very beginning of the month, so it's just a blur in my memory.  Did I do a lot of reading?  Not as much as I would have liked, but I started some books:  Alice in Zombieland, Hailey Twitch and the Great Teacher Switch, and The Wilder Life.  These are all good books, but they just didn't hold my attention.  I've been in a reading slump before, but enough already!  I want a book that will "catch" me.  So, last night I started reading Hourglass while I took a bath.  2 chapters in and so far so good...let's hope it lives up to all the blogger hype.  I really need to get through this one, for me, for my reading inspiration, for the love of blogging.

April is a busy work month for me, but I've got to learn to prioritize so that it doesn't consume me.  For those of you with children or who are in the education industry, you know that states give standardized tests.  The end of the month is the TAKS, Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, test in Math and Reading for our 3rd and 4th graders.  They have been busily preparing, we have been anxiously stressing over practice test scores, etc.  Once it's over, I'll be able to breathe a whole lot easier and so will my teachers.

After that, it's adoption anticipation.  We went for our 2nd and final day of PRIDE training yesterday.  Now, we have CPR/first aid on Friday, our home study on the 13th, psychotropic meds on the 14th and then behavior management on the 23rd.  We've got almost all of our paperwork turned in, so after the 23rd, she can submit for our license and then we just wait on a phone call.  My oldest step-daughter is coming over today to help me clean out and redo the middle room for a nursery and my mom's coming to go get the material for all the nursery "stuff."  My grandmother and I will spend next Saturday sewing everything.  It will make for a long day, but in the end, it will be so worth it.  This is the material that we will be using.

It's gender neutral because we won't know if we'll be getting a boy or a girl until the phone call comes.  We don't have a preference one way or the other, just a healthy baby to love.  It's amazing to think that our life will change overnight and I'm trying to prepare for it in a month.  Pregnant women have 9 months to do all of that...hmmm...maybe I'm crazy!


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

When you mentioned PRIDE training, it was a blast from the past for me. I spent more than three decades working in social work, in the child welfare system. In the last three years of it, I specifically worked with foster parents and training, as well as behavioral management (for the kids).

Interesting experiences. I wish you well in your adoptive journey.

Working in the educational field is one I thought of pursuing, and had almost completed my credentialing when I realized that I do better in one-to-one relationships with kids; hence, the swerve over to a master's degree program and social work.

I'm glad I made the switch, even though social work was a very stressful life choice.

Now I'm writing about it...have five books that delve into these issues.

Sorry about rambling on...your post triggered some thoughts...LOL


Alleged Author said...

I want to read Alice in Zombieland! I hope this month is a whole lot better than the last. Social work is a very rewarding job even if it is stressful.

Jess said...

Wow shelly!!! I love reading about u guys adoption process and I am just so excited for y'all!!
I too have found myself in a reading slump! Your post has inspired me to start an end of the month roundup so that I can hold myself accountable !!!

bermudaonion said...

You're not crazy at all! I hope everything goes smoothly for you!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

It seems quite clear to me why your reading has've been busy in real life. That's okay. I know the feeling you talk about, though, when nothing sticks, when you are reading words and longing to set the book down. I hate that. Sad to see that you felt that way about Wilder Life. I'm very hopeful for that one, but perhaps I should not be.

I'm not doing much today. Sitting on my front porch, enjoying this glorious day. Here's my Sunday Salon post. Hope you will stop by and say hello.

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