Saturday, July 5, 2014


Discover. Play. Build.

Ruth Ayres has a link-up on Saturdays where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every day. Here are some of my celebrations from the week in no particular order.

I have to write this quickly because I have a list of things to do that is way to long to fit into this one day, but that brings me to one of my celebrations.

** Tomorrow morning I am going on a road trip. I will see my mother and sister and many friends. I get to go to nErDcampMi on Monday & Tuesday. On Thursday, I get to go to Toronto and Niagara Falls with my mom and sis. I am SUPER EXCITED! I am almost ready and it begins to look like I will get everything done that needs to be finished before I leave.

** Last weekend I got to go to Chicago. Some of the highlights were running along the lake, seeing my husband compete in his triathlon, spending more than 4 hours at the Art Institute, seeing Sarah Kay perform her poetry, walking in the rain, and writing in my journal at the outdoor symphony concert. It was a wonderful weekend.

** On my run this morning I had many beautiful butterflies accompanying me on the trail.

** I got a new dryer! My old one was wrecking our clothes. This one is more efficient and has a "no heat" option too. Yay for a better dryer.

** I have been able to read a lot of great books in between weeding, cleaning, and otherwise making our house ready for guests.

** With help from Laura Purdie Salas, I have written a few poems this week.
** The loss of Walter Dean Myers is not something to celebrate, but his life and work definitely deserve celebration. I have appreciated seeing the many tributes and reflections on his life this week such as the one written here by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. His work has spoken to so many and his words about diverse literature have moved many to action. The world is a better place because he was here.


  1. I chose to read Myers' Hoops to remember why he is/was so great. Awesome book, & now I'm off to find more that I haven't read. Sounds like a super week, & trip upcoming Crystal. Happy travels! Glad about the dryer-means a lot!

  2. Great celebrations! I really hope we meet up at nerdcamp, amongst the 500 participants! Can't wait to learn!

  3. Hope you'll all be tweeting from nerdcamp so I can learn too! I have a conference to attend in Chicago at the end of the month and I am very much looking forward to spending time at the Art Institute. I need to find a good bookstore to go to also! The butterflies on your run sound so beautiful!

  4. Have fun at NerdCampMI and safe travels. Glad you had a wonderful week and thank you for sharing Nikki Grimes poem to honor Walter Dean Myers.

  5. Wishing you safe travels and lots of inspiration! Have fun!