Sunday, March 10, 2013
What a Great Way to Start a Week
This week, many of my friends from around the country converged on Grand Rapids, MI, for the Michigan Reading Association conference. Because I'm going to be out of town next weekend for the Illinois conference, I didn't think it was fair to ask my husband to take on sole care of the girls for two weekends in a row. I was incredibly jealous of all the tweets flying around about the amazing sessions and the fun socialization happening all weekend.
Even though I didn't get to go to the conference, I was lucky enough to have dinner tonight with my friends Jillian and Lea (and new friend Kim) as Jillian and Kim drove back to Wisconsin from their trip to Michigan with all of the rest.
We spent a pleasant hour and a half talking about future conference plans: will we attend NCTE in Boston? Will we submit proposals for Minneapolis in 2014? Driving? Flying? ALAN after? What about this summer? What will you be doing? ALA? Jillian and Kim filled us in on all that we missed in Grand Rapids, and it was <almost> as good as being there (well, not really, but I'm going to pretent that it was).
The most amazing part of this conversation was that we talked almost NO books! If you know us, then you know this is not usual for us. After all, what makes us friends is not just that we're all English teachers, but that we are all voracious readers of YA literature! I guess that means we need to get together again soon to talk about our new favorite books.....