Saturday, November 29, 2014

Celebrate this week!

Join us each weekend for Celebrate this week with Ruth Ayres.  
 When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build.
A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!

1.  A stop by the Stenhouse booth at NCTE
I jokingly told Chandra Lowe that I could open my own Stenhouse bookstore
as I circled the booth chanting, "Got it, got it, got it."  She replied that she knew I would succumb to the call of a new book.  She was right.  I purchased Poetry Mentor Textsand Chandra shared her Trader Joe peanut butter cups with me.  
Perfect combo - book love and chocolate love.

2.  An expert packer and loan of a bag
My son Blake helped me pack my books so nothing would get bent
 and even let me borrow one of his Tom Bihn bags to haul my treasures home.  

3.  Bathroom art
No, not graffiti.
Our plane arrived in Seattle 45 minutes early!  
I discovered beautiful art outside the restroom near baggage claim  
and wondered where the rest of the collection was displayed. 

Yes, the rest of the alphabet was in the women's restroom
(still wondering it there's a set in the men's restroom too)!

4.  Bellevue Regional Library
I dropped my husband at the dentist and headed to the library where I found a pristine copy of Janet Wong's Minn and Jake at the Friends of the Library bookstore.  While I meandered around the library, I discovered the bookmark for You Choose the Next Newbery at KCLS.  I've already read Brown Girl Dreaming and The Meaning of Maggie.  I can't wait to read each of the titles chosen by KCLS children's librarians before the winner is announced in January.   Even though I'm retired, I'm hoping to lead an after school book club to explore these titles with students!
What other titles do you think 
are possibilities for the 2015 Newbery Award?

Brown Girl Dreaming
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
The Fourteenth Goldfish
The Meaning of Maggie
Rain, Reign
The Crossover
West of the Moon
5.  Continued fall color
Two trips in November...each time I was frightened
that all the leaves would be gone by the time I returned,
but I'm still enjoying brilliant displays.

6.  Writing by the light of the Christmas tree
A big thank you to Ryan and Lance for setting up the tree for me.
It's not decorated yet, but a lighted tree fills me with delight.

7.  SNOW!
Our Saturday sprinkling of snow in Seattle!


  1. Ramona, it was so great meeting you at NCTE. The best part of NCTE for me was connecting with friends that I only knew from blogging and Twitter. You have many wonderful things to celebrate. Thanks for posting the Newberry bookmark. I've read a few of them, but not all of them. That helps me decide what to read next. :)

  2. What a wonderful collection of celebrations! I need to get caught up on my reading for that Newbery list. My niece was running the half marathon this morning in that cold Seattle weather. So great to meet you last weekend!

  3. Love hearing about all these good things, Ramona, and that art is marvelous. There is some lovely art at our airport too, but rarely do I get a chance to take a pic. As for Newbery-I like Absolutely Almost, at least on the list. Thanks for all the pics-always love seeing...

  4. I'm with Linda - Absolutely Almost needs to be on that list!