Saturday, April 06, 2013


So, this is a thing that finally happened:


See that lil' teeny adult tooth, finally poking its way through in the front? Exactly 3 years, 6 months, and 14 days after he knocked out the baby tooth, his adult tooth decided to finally come in. We have been waiting for that one FOREVER. Homeboy has been taking a lot of toothless pictures for the last three years.

Also, he has changed a little bit since the night he knocked it out at Chik Fil-A.

Henry tooth

Gah. Those cheeks.


Here's another thing that happened today.


The print copy of the magazine came. All official, like. And I am all up in it.

And lest I should get too excited about myself, overnight I grew a blemish the size of a small mobile home on the end of my nose. So there's that. The universe is keepin' it real.

Despite having jury duty and almost getting put on a jury for a case that would have given me nightmares, it was a relatively good week. (I got dismissed from service--thank you, little baby Jesus.) I feel like I'm back in the rhythm of school (MFA school and teaching school) and color coding things and making lists and reading my tail off, which is SO right where I want to be.

I finished two books this week, and both were further proof that this program has exposed me to wonderful writing that I never even had a clue about... I finished Denis Johnson's Seek this morning, which was an intense book of essays, and amazing writing. The other one I finished was George Saunders' Tenth of December yesterday afternoon. I found myself wondering what rock I'd been living under, not knowing that Saunders was out there. If you would have asked me even a year ago if I even liked short stories, I would have said no. But I've read so many recently that changed what I thought a short story had to be. I am just beginning to feel like I might--maybe--get them. Or want to. Anyway, I have a bajillion other things to read first, but as soon as I have some free time--ha--I'd like to eat up some more Saunders stories.

Last night I also started listening to the audio book version of Sat, Sugar, Fat. It was so compelling I didn't want to turn it off. As I said, it's been a nerdy read-fest over here.

I'm counting the minutes until I get to leave for the LAT FoB and visit with a bunch my homies from school. I can't wait. I know I'm going to be useless when it comes to staying up all night to maximize my time with everyone, but that doesn't mean I can't try.

We're heading into the home stretch for this school year. My kiddos have their AP test in one month, which means this is the month of essays, essays, essays, grading, grading, grading. Like, probably one or two per week, per kid. And this is the first year I've had 100 AP kids. Y-I-K-E-S. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Well, at this point it's more of an I have to. So I might as well just make it happen.

And that's about it. Painted nails with Roo last night. Coffee and books this morning. Little league game this afternoon.

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