Tag: Storytime

18
Sep

Friday Favorites: The Life of a Librarian/Writer

As I write this, it’s still technically Friday! I intended to get up an hour early and have my blog post written and up for the world to see before work. Then, my alarm clock didn’t go off this morning. All was well, I still woke up in plenty of time for work but no time for a blog post. Now, as I sit on my couch with a lovely cup of tea in hand, I am ready to wrap up this week and enjoy the weekend!

What did this week bring? Well, a cold slap of reality for one. I had the loftiest, grandest ambitions for my writing and blogging this week. I thought I could get back into writing every day and blogging thrice a week. Alas. I forgot what a cruel mistress graduate school truly is. I am sad to say that, though I got an entire chapter written last week, I have written ZERO words this week. Oooo. It hurts to say that, but the truth is the truth. I am hoping for a late surge this weekend, so wish me luck. Things are really heating up in the sequel–I just need to find the time to put all the words in my head down onto paper.

In the meantime, I’ve been playing board games, doing yoga, rocking story times at my library, watching movies with Shane, and planning a whole marathon of autumn inspired baking!!! Here are some of this week’s highlights:

Curiosi-Tea House

Curiosi-Tea!

It’s official. I found my favorite spot in Mankato: The Curiosi-Tea House!!! I drove by this place one day and had to go back. It is HEAVEN in this little tea shop! They have the most adorable decorations, delicious tea, and scrumptious treats. The best part is that they SERVE tea, so you can enjoy afternoon tea with your friends! The owner is absolutely lovely and offers over 150 different kinds of tea in her shop. I literally could spend all day there, and I just might while I work on homework this weekend! Stop by for a cuppa if you want to say ‘ello! 🙂

Story Time!

Friendship Story Time

Friendship Story Time

My second week of doing story time was fantastic! Above is a picture of my preschool-aged story time setup. The theme was Friendship: we read You, A Visitor for Bear, and Two Bunny Buddies (I highly recommend all of these titles!). As usual, I had a bunch of songs, fingerplays, and dances for the kids (my favorite was the “Dancing Scarf Blues” where the kids all danced around with colorful scarves and instruments–led by yours truly). For the craft, we made pipe cleaner friendship bracelets. The kids had a fantastic time and so did I!

I get to go to two library conferences this next week, and I SUPER stoked but also sad because I’m going to miss story time! Instead, the Lead Librarian gets to lead a truly epic story time filled with BUBBLE MACHINES and a fun “sink or float?” activity. Needless to say, I am bummed to miss the debut of the bubble machine, but I know Matthew will have as much fun playing with the kids as I would. 🙂

Moonflow Yoga

This class has been my lifesaver this week. Moonflow yoga is intense, relaxing, and completely rejuvenating. I love it so much that I want to share it with you! Ali Kamenova is my favorite yoga teacher (with TONS of free classes on YouTube), and this is possibly one of my favorite classes of all time. If you’re feeling stressed or tired, click “play” and get your Zen on.

Book of the Week: Stella by Starlight

Fantastic read!

Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.

I am LOVING this book. The author has this magical way of weaving words like poetry; the characters are lovable, real, and the story is gripping. It is an honest picture of the South during an ugly period of history, and Stella is a really cool heroine. I will be spending some happy hours on the couch with my faithful mug of tea and this book on Sunday. 🙂

That’s all for this week! Happy Friday!

11
Sep

Friday Favorites!

Hey, All! Good to be back! The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, and this past week was no different. The good news is that I’m starting to get into a routine, both with school, the new job, and writing.

What does that mean? Hopefully, it means that I will be back to posting three times a week like I was before the move, AND that the sequel will be finished before the end year. That’s my new goal. It used to be September, but with all the madness of packing, unpacking, and starting a new life, I’ve barely gotten to write. I’m going to start my weekly word count again soon, and hopefully have a few new recipes to share next week as well (I haven’t had time to cook yet in our new apartment. For those of you who know me, you can imagine how much that has been killing me!).

And now, for Friday Favorites! The FIRST Friday Favorites post in Mankato! YAY! So, what have we been up to this week?

2015 Highland Games

It was a good day to be Scottish!

It was a good day to be Scottish!

I was SO excited to be a part of the Games that I’ve been attending since high school. And it was BETTER than I imagined! My goal was to sell 100 books (50 each day), but I brought a few extras. Just to be positive, you know? Well, I should have sold more because I am SOLD OUT of the second printing! I sold 118 books!

THANK YOU to all my new readers (I loved meeting you! Enjoy the novel!), old friends who came out to see me, and everyone who worked so hard to pull off the Games. I can’t wait for next year!

My First Storytime!

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All set and ready to ROCK!

My very first storytimes were this week and they were fantastic! I had a Baby Lapsit on Wednesday, and my Romp & Rhyme Storytime on Thursday. The picture above is from my Romp & Rhyme, and me & the kids ROCKED it! My theme was Back to School. We read Pete The Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, Splat the Cat, Maisy Goes to Preschool, and Mouse’s First Day. Of course, we rocked out to songs and played lots of fun games. Afterward, I had several parents thank me for the program and say they would make storytime part of their weekly routine! YAY!

Mineopa Falls

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The Falls at Sunset

Yesterday was my favorite day in Mankato so far. Shane had a day off and I only had to be at the library for storytime, so we had a WHOLE DAY together. It was a gorgeous day for biking, so Shane planned a bike ride, but didn’t tell me where we were going.

Waterfalls?! I couldn't believe it!

Waterfalls?! I couldn’t believe it!

If you’ve never biked in Mankato, be warned: it is HILLY. Some of these hills want to kill you, and they nearly did. But we are tough Hobbits, and biked to Mineopa Park up and down some truly beautiful countryside. When we got to the park, I found out why Shane wanted to come here: WATERFALLS!

What a perfect day!

What a perfect day!

We had a picnic right next to the beautiful falls. It was perfect, and such an adventurous ride! I can’t wait to explore more Mankato parks!

That’s my week in a nutshell! How was yours?

Happy Friday!