Saturday, December 31, 2011

One Little Word

Yesterday I talked about New Year’s Resolutions in regard to reading in 2012. Today I’m looking at resolutions for me. I always make resolutions, usually to get healthier: eat, exercise, etc. But about a week ago I read Two Writing Teachers’ blog about One Little Word. Picking one little word to live by for the year. I love that idea. I didn’t pick one at first, just let it percolate in my brain a little bit. Then, in my favorite thinking space – my car – it came to me the other day.


Such a small word, isn’t it? But it means a lot to me and encompasses everything I want to work towards for this year. My favorite quote is one from Gandhi stating, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I talk about it with my students a lot. I can't change the entire education system in the United States but I can be the best teacher I possibly can. So this year I plan to focus on this word.

·      Be the best wife, mom, teacher, and friend I can
·      Be good to myself
·      Be a role model for others
·      Be a writer
·      Be a thinker
·      Be a reader
·      Be true to myself

Are you participating in One Little Word? If so, what’s your word for the year?

Have a wonderful New Year’s Day and hope your 2012 is off to a wonderful start. 


Reading Franki Sibberson’s post at Nerdy Book Club today got me thinking about resolutions. Like Franki, mine always revolve around getting healthy. Maybe I will run, maybe I will commit to five workouts a week, etc. But in regard to reading, what are my resolutions? I’m planning on joining a couple of reading challenges this year.

Donalyn Miller calls Goodreads her reading brain, and I agree. I am doing a better job on actually tracking each book I read. According to the site, I have read 263 books this year. For 2012 my goal is 300. They don’t have a new widget yet on the site to track the progress for 2012 but as soon as they do, I’ll be adding it to this site.


John Schu of Watch Connect Readand Colby Sharp of Sharpreadsare hosting this multi-year challenge – to read all the Newbery winners from 1922-present in chronological order. I will be joining them on this two year challenge.


Laura of LibLaura5 and Anna of A to Z Libraryare hosting this multi-year challenge – to read all of the Caldecott Medal and Honor books from 1938-present. I don’t think I will necessarily do this one in order, but as I can find the books.

State Awards

In Illinois we also have state awards. The nominees will be announced sometime in February (I think). I read all 20 nominees for Monarch (aimed for readers Kindergarten-3rd), Bluestem (aimed for readers in 3rd-5th), and Rebecca Caudill (aimed at readers in 4th-8th). So I plan on reading all 60 of these books before the start of the next school year.

My only other resolution in regard to reading is to use my library more. It is so easy to order books online, and I do that all too often. This is how I end up donating books to my middle school library because I want to read it but it ends up being too mature for my students. I am trying to cut down on how much I spend on books so I want to focus on using my public library more and only buying the ones for my class that I know will fit my classroom.

Now I need to finish my last book of 2011, which will be 264 – The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale. So far I love it. And I’ll be back tomorrow to post about my personal resolution, which will be my One Little Word as I join Two Writing Teachers. I’ll share my word tomorrow.
Cheers from my home to yours. Happy New Year!
~ Katherine

Yesterday's EPL Result:

Unfortunately the LIVE Commentary broke down yesterday... so here's analysis and the result itself:

Yesterday's EPL Result:

Liverpool vs Newcastle United:
This match was played at Anfield where 6th placed Liverpool hosted 7th placed Newcastle.
The main story was that striker Andy Carroll started against his former club Newcastle.

Defender Daniel Agger broke the deadlock for Newcastle in the 25th minute- from an own goal.
Forward Craig Bellamy equalised for The Reds 5 minutes later ( in the 30th minute).
Bellamy scored again in the 67th minute to make it 2-1.

Captain Steven Gerrard came of the bench in the 73rd minute, and 5 minutes later, he scored after a good pass by Jordan Henderson placed past keeper Tim Krul at the far post to provide 3 points for The Reds!

Captain Steven Gerrard celebrating his winner for Liverpool to make it 3-1 against Newcastle.

FULL-TIME: Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 1

Liverpool move up to 5th place (leapfrogging rivals Arsenal) and Newcastle stay in 7th place.

2011 iphone diaries

the year begins in the heat of north queensland

my cousin and sister in the flooded park

words for our future children

taking pictures on the way from brisbane to toowoomba

sleeping in a pitched tent in my grandparent's garden

sunday morning at my aunt's house (before being jumped on by wide-awake children)

belle riding on m's shoulders

the super 8 that m picked up at a swapmeet

a rainbow on valentine's (m cooked a picnic basket's worth of food and we took the girls to the park)

sleepy sommer in the back of the car

some old photographs from a wooden chest. left, my mother as a child and right, my young grandparents

some angry geese we met on our adventures with the girls

spiderbite sick belle getting cuddles from her mother

dinner with maria- she'd flown me to victoria to shoot for her salon

some art i liked pasted on the wall of an elevator in melbourne

the beginning of our street when it wasn't yet ours

a map of the town & the first inspection

the first few nights spent on the cold floor (but we couldn't have cared less)

making it home

days later when m had finished putting the ikea furniture together

our mountains

our special place at the end of the street

a place found while exploring

on a ferry, taking sommer, belle and freya to luna park

taking the three sisters to see the three sisters

red dirt land

adventure to a graveyard

a late night swingset date with m

painting the girl's bookcase & belle's picture for m

leaving on the greyhound bus

shooting danielle in front of the harbour bridge

danielle asleep on the long train ride back from the city

lighting the fireplace for the first time

our day and night of snow

m editing a short film i shot for a clothing label

winter fog in katoomba

two very magical lines

sweet writing in m's journal

shooting a lookbook for milk & honey

early morning bondi

m asleep beside his sister, ashlin

taking m's sisters to the cinema in perth

flying over sydney

my gatepass

one of the billabong models busking in a french train station

fruit for dinner in paris (thank-you pregnancy cravings)

m and his camera, at a restaurant in provence

travelling across europe by train

seaside cafes

a boutique hotel in florence (and me hiding in my hair)

the view from our balcony in cinque terre, italy

the view from to the right, a garden of umbrellas

m sleeping on the train back from the airport

a train crushed by a falling tree when there were storms in the mountains

a note m left on our blackboard after an argument

the warmth that is us

m's 21st birthday presents, a guitar and a banjo

arriving in auckland, new zealand at night

a monstrous rock at piha beach

m in our hotel room

later on in auckland, the image i'd shot for bic runga pasted on a wall

a naked tree a few stations over

picnic by a waterfall

the only day of sun in many months of cold

the pub down the street, with forever lit fireplaces

me reading in a bookstore in the city

interview in yen magazine

the beginning of a belly at 18 weeks

night trains through vietnam

saigon through the taxi window

our hotel room in nha trang

restaurant by the river

a cat startled by a family of scuttling crabs

lazy beach days in hoi an

summer fruit

pre-meal uno ritual

shopping for things for alba in markets

a drawing and a tiny dress for alba

alba's hammock & stuffed animals from saigon

25 weeks

our new rocking chair, with car lights streaming through foliage onto our door

spring flower picking

wishing goodness for our baby

28 weeks and an iced chocolate from my favourite cafe

making tiramisu to quieten cravings

picking up my little brother from the station in the pouring rain

monopoly with zake and m

my favourite grocer in the world

30 weeks & lunch inbetween hypnobirthing classes with m

late afternoon walks down our street

photographing the lead singer of the preachers

my early christmas present from my love

my brother getting his first tattoo (a few days after a very messy 18th)

zake's flying spaghetti monster tattoo

in my best friend's pool in the townsville heat

my sister and cousin painting me

my rainbow belly

watching the birds in the trees from our bed

35 weeks

one month left

pictures by me and by my love, taken on our iphones throughout the year.