Sunday, February 10, 2013

Update + a GIVEAWAY!

Hellooooo! How are you? Life as a student teacher is flying by and I cannot believe that two weeks are already over and done with it. I am loving every second of it, and I just my class. I am so lucky that I have a wide range of ability levels and differences in this class, as it is giving me some great experience!

I thought I would update you all once again, but it will be in easy to read bullet form! :)
  • This past weekend was a busy one with Bacon Fest, a Skype date with Jane Porter, lunch with a friend in town and .... me falling ill with a nasty sore throat/cold. 
  • Bacon Fest was ... interesting. I can't say I will be jumping to go again next year, but I am glad I experienced it once. A lot of the bacon was really good (even if it did need to be cooked more) but the effects the next day were not so great. I am pretty sure I retained so much water I looked like a balloon. 
  • Sunday afternoon about 8 friends and I gathered for a book club meeting and Skype date with the lovely Jane Porter! It was so fun to talk books and about her writing process with her. I am blown away at how nice and generous she is! We all read The Good Woman and we cannot wait to get going on The Good Daughter that just came out! 
  • In 12 weeks I am running my second half marathon and third long distance race. As we speak I type this, my boyfriend is putting together a running plan for me. Should I be nervous? (I think so. He's gonna kick my butt).
  • Saturday after Bacon Fest I decided to skip the Zumbathon I was supposed to participate in and opted to spend the rest of the day and night in bed nursing this cold. That seemed to do the trick, until Sunday when I decided drinking mimosas while chatting about books with my girlfriends would be a good idea. The champagne immediately went to my head and I feel icky the rest of the night. 
  • After the book club chat I met up with Lesli for a lovely dinner out. It was good to see her! I cannot wait to see her again when I head up to Minneapolis for Jodi Picoult's signing and Lisa's going away party.
  • Student teaching is going *amazingly* and I am loving it! I hope I can blog some stories soon, because, oy... do I have 'em! My little Nicki Minaj (which is what I call that little girl that asked me if I was NM) provides the best material to retell! She is a total hoot! 
I am signing off for now, but first, I would like to giveaway a copy of Jane Porter's first book in the Brennan Sister's trilogy. Comment below with your email address and you will be entered to win a signed copy of The Good Woman along with some other goodies! Giveaway ends Friday night at midnight and I will announce the winner sometime over the weekend! Good luck! 


Mandy said...

Bacon fest sounds....interesting? I enjoy some bacon every now and then but had no idea was devoted to it. I find it amusing.

So fun that you get to attend Lisa's going away party! And mimosa's with friends while chatting about books is always a good idea in my book. Hope you are feeling better though!

Kara said...

Oooh, that book sounds good! Even if I don't win, I may have to add it to my list on my eReader!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I still keep meaning to read my copy of her she's gone country. whoops.

Becky said...

I LOVE that you went to BaconFest - your pictures were hilarious!

Great giveaway! And I agree with Mandy - so fun that you get to go to Lisa's going away party! Give her a big hug for me!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Ooo, great giveaway! I haven't read any books by that author! That is so cool that you skyped with her!

I am glad you'll be here for my going away party! :) It going to come so fast. :(

I hope you are 100% soon. Fighting a cold really takes it out of a person. That is exciting that you are doing another 1/2 - will you run it with Bill? I assume so since he is putting your training plan together! I am doing a 10 miler in March and then have no race plans until the marathon in October!

Stephany said...

Yay, I love book giveaways! Crossing my fingers. :)

I love that you're having such a great time with student teaching! I hope we get to hear some stories soon. Kids are hilarious!

Single Mama said...

My FB feed was blowing up with everyone at Bacon Fest, made me a little jealous!

Anonymous said...

That is so nice you get to go to Lisa's going away party. Did you guys know each other before starting blogs? Or is that how you met?

Lesli said...

I don't have to be in the drawing since I have the book (!!) but just wanted to say El Rodeo was fun--late lunch, early dinner I guess! Hope you are feeling better--see you in March! xoxo

Amber said...

Bacon fest sounds interesting for sure! Haha! An experience ;)

Glad things are going well for you!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Aww, makes me sad just reading about Lisa's going away party- even though I am not in MN anyways! In fact I think she'll technically be closer to me? I'm not sure though.

I'm glad you are loving student teaching. It's great that your kids are at all different levels because I've never had a year where they were not! I love kids that have endless funny stories :)

Shoshanah said...

My & the boy have realized we can't really work out together. Mainly because I want him to motivate me and push me to work out, whereas he just feels like I'm complaining the whole time. So unfortunately, him making a training plan for me would most likely fall. But hopefully you're a better student than me and it works out.

And I guess since I already have a copy of the book, there's no need to enter the giveaway. I am excited to read it though, I just need to get through my book club book and all the ones I've agreed to review first.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

Bacon fest sounds great to me! Did you try the chocolate covered kind!? My other favorite it anything wrapped in bacon.

Emmy said...

I love new books :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Um... I need a bacon fest to happen in my town!!!