Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cheese Days 2016 is here!

Tomorrow is the start of the 2016 Green County Cheese Days in Monroe, WI. Rachel and I both teach in Monroe and the girls go to school there too. If you haven't heard of this festival before you are truly missing out! It is so darn fun. It is all about celebrating cheesemaking, dairy farming, brewing beer, and the Swiss heritage of the people who moved to this area many, many years ago. 

To learn more, go to this Travel Wisconsin page, OR go to 

If you are anywhere near Monroe, WI you should make the trip out for either Saturday or Sunday! (Sunday is the big parade.) It is well worth the drive. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

New school year overload = guilt...

I'm not really sure where to begin...but holy moly has this beginning of school year kicked my butt! I haven't been posting, I haven't been reading as much, and I have SO much guilt about it. Does that ever happen to you? I now I need to figure out a way to "get back on the horse" but certainly cannot make any promises at this point. 

In the mean time, here's a bit of a "Where I am in books right now..."

Just finished not too long ago: Sisters of Salt and Iron by Kady Cross - This was just as gripping as the first book filled with teen angst, creepy dead people and sisterly drama both good and bad. I had tons of other things I should have been dong and instead hid out and read this one weekend. :) Kady Cross remains one of my all-time favorite young adult authors ever.

The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger (5 Books) - This is one I've had for quite a while on my TBR. I decided to swallow it whole just before school started here. I did pretty good trucking through them but did drag a bit after the first two. I do have to say that I had hoped that the characters I loved so much from the young adult Finishing School series were in the books more but they really aren't sadly. 

Now reading: The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey - I loved this first book, The Girl at Midnight, from the cover to the story and its incredible creatures and world. It is getting me to read even when I really need to be doing other things but that's ok in my opinion. It's just as good as the first one so far. 

What's up next? - I'm never truly sure where I'm headed next with reading, except that I have learned I cannot read books that have a similar theme in a row. So I cannot read a fantasy next for pleasure reading...maybe The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout will be next. It sounds SO darn good and would fit my requirements of not a fantasy next. 

The other option would be Girl Last Seen by Anne Greenwood Brown and Heather Anastasiu. I adore a good mystery, and it's co-written by one of my favorite people, Anne Greenwood Brown! She is such a truly real, smart and downright great person. 

What do you think? What would you choose next? 

I do HAVE to read a professional book next to begin more serious work on creating and completing my graduate capstone project involving building a formal makerspace in my middle school library, Invent to Learn: making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager.  

How have you been doing with your blog and reading lately?