Sunday, August 5, 2012

Weekly Wrap-up for August 5, 2012: What I've Been Up To.

It seems like it has been a few weeks since I wrote a real update on what's been going on around here. However, this post won't be too long, since my joints are a bit swollen and typing is a bit painful.

First, A Victorian Celebration came to an end last week. I have a wrap-up post half-written and I am hoping to get it up tomorrow. It'll announce the last few winners, as well as highlight some awesome things that happened in June and July.

I've also been working a bit at the park. I am nearing my last day (the 17th), so we've been even busier trying to cram in maintenance that can't wait until next summer. In addition to my departure, most of our college kids are leaving the same weekend, so you can imagine that the full-time rangers are taking advantage of all the bodies. We've spent the last two weeks laying down new woodchips on all the playgrounds in the city...which believe me, is a TON of work. I have come home every day exhausted and with sore muscles.

I've also been prepping a great deal for my new teaching position! I picked up text books a week or two ago, so I have been reading and working on organizing some classes. I've been outlining sections from the World History textbook in anticipation of turning them into power points. I've also been poking around the mythology books I ordered, as well as all the resources I got from the teacher who usually teaches the class. I have some new ideas for the class (comic book heroes!), so I'll really dive into that class in another week or two. The only class I haven't done anything for is the sophomore English class. I've taught the second half and parts of the first half, so I'm not as worried about it as the other two classes.

The biggest news this week is the launch of the new Classics Club website. I'm so excited that it "launched" and that so many people have decided to join! I'm looking forward to all the new reviews, members, and of course, book lists.

Alright, that's about all my hands can handle. Have a wonderful week everyone!


  1. Hey Allie - You might like to use this website rather than power point. This way, you have access to your presentations everywhere. Plus, it's a little bit more animated. :)

  2. I've been meaning to stop by and congratulate you on your new teaching position. I wish you much success with it.

    Thanks again for hosting the Victorian Celebration. =O)

  3. I'm so excited for you to start your teaching job! I'm going into my fourth year as a 'proper' teacher with my own classroom and I still remember the excitement of putting my first displays up and teaching my first classes. I look forward to the start of every academic year, but nothing beats that first year in your own classroom.

  4. I can't wait to hear all about your teaching job. I hope you had an amazing weekend Allie!

  5. I joined! The classics club sounds awesome. I need some motivation to read some. Or I need to stop accepting so many books for review.

    I hope the end of your summer job and the beginning of your real job goes smoothly. Happy reading!

  6. Oh my, you have been busy! I imagine it will be a relief to be done with the hard park work. Good luck with putting together all your lesson plans and have a good week!

  7. I think it must be terribly exciting to teach such content as you do, Allie. And, my highlight of the week is signing up for your Classics Blog. So love it! I think I might read mostly classics from now til I die.