Tuesday, January 29, 2019

SOL: Found Time!

I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice"to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, BethKathleen, Deb, Melanie, Lanny, and Kelsey
 for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

Some days are more stressful than others. This morning was one of them. Until . . . I found two hours! How often do we find two hours? Well, this is how it happened. I dropped my husband at the Park & Ride and was on my way to watch my grandson. My daughter called and we were chatting when she mentioned that if we (grandson Jack and I) were going to the library today, we needed to be ready to go as soon as I arrived. And that's when I realized that it was Tuesday, the day my daughter works late and doesn't leave until 10:30. It was 8 am so I did the only logical thing. No way I was going to turn around and fight the heavy traffic going back to my house. I pulled off the freeway, found a Starbucks, and proceeded to use my time wisely (well, mostly wisely). 

  • I sent a text and arranged for a driver to take husband and me to the airport for an upcoming trip.
  • I visited the Heavy Medal blog to see who won their Mock Newbery (Sweep).
  • I asked my daughter to order diapers for an upcoming drive for refugee families sponsored by our women's group at church. (I couldn't get my online Costco account to work.) Who wants to go to Costco when they have free delivery?
  • I read a few slices of life and realized that some of you were in town for ALA. I really should have sent out a call for bloggers in Seattle for the convention to meet up for an IRL conversation (next time for sure)!
  •  I checked out the results of our KCLS Mock Newbery (Front Desk). I like that they included a link to the write-in votes.
  • I felt vindicated that my choice for this year's Newbery (Ghost Boys) received 5 write-in votes on the Heavy Medal Reader's Poll. The only title receiving more write-in votes was The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle (my second choice) with 12 write-in votes.
  • I visited the library site to request titles I still want to read from last year. And paused most of those requests until after my upcoming trip.
  • I pulled up my pics from Saturday's visit to the ALA Exhibit Hall to share with you. A big thanks to Thrift Books who made exhibit passes available to Friends of the Library members in our area. That was the high point of my week! 
  •  Top stack of books is for sharing.
    Stack pictured above is adult titles.
    Liturgy of the Ordinary was the
    only book I purchased and it was 40% off!
     ARCs I want to read (before passing 
    on to teachers & students)!
     Two stacks of ARCs for my
    lunchtime book club!
    I missed the Nikki McClure signing, but 
    love the free 2019 calendar, Share the Future!
    Both of these picture book galleys,
    The Magic of Letters and Home is a Window
    have captured my heart. Put them on your watch list!

    And then it was time to head to Mr. Jack's house so we could drive back to Grandma and Grandpa's house for library time, play time, and lots of time for reading books together!
    This giant bunny sculpture outside
    our branch library is a must visit 
    for the little ones. Jack is no exception.


  1. What a book-filled morning. A great use of time. What a sweetie your grandson is, too!

  2. That's an impressive list of accomplishments in your 2 hours! I always enjoy your writing - it feels like you are sitting across from me and we are sharing grandkid stories.

  3. Wow, what a haul! You're going to Italy! That's awesome! Reading your post made me laugh. I have sometimes "found" those moments & they are treasures! Glad to hear what you're up to, Ramona!

  4. Found time can be magical. Love your bookstacks and the pictures of Jack.

  5. What a busy two hours! I am envious of your stacks and stacks of books. What a treat for students and teachers! Jack is such a cutie! You are one lucky grandma to have him near.

  6. You did so much that it seems that you had more than two hours. The stacks of books look super inviting.