Dust from the Book Fairy

Archive for March 2008

Kate and Jim McMullan’s picture books, I Stink! and I’m Dirty! are buckets of fun to read aloud to kids.

I Stink! is about a garbage truck; I’m Dirty! is about a backhoe loader.  Both have plenty of attitude, as they tell you about what they do, with loud, raucous noises:

Garbage truck: “See those bags? I SMELL BREAKFAST! Crew? Get me to the curb!”

Backhoe: “RRRRRM! RRRRRM! Who wants to be clean when it’s so much fun being dirty? Clunk! I just LOVE my job!”

They sound like “boy” books, don’t they?   I’ll admit that my boys love them, but so do the girls.  When I finished reading it aloud to the second graders for the first time, they immediately begged me to read it again.

So, I decided to do I’m Dirty! as the library’s door decorations for our Read Across America celebration.  I printed out the title and authors names, and drew a huge backhoe.  The kids colored illustrations from the book that I found on Kate McMullan’s website.  It was a blast.  Hopefully, I’ll get some pictures posted of that soon.

Horrible: Stolen $$

Hosting the Book Fair fundraiser this week & next. Constant flow of 2-10 kids at a time to shop, especially during lunch/recess times.

Primary Grade Teacher sends several little ones in to shop right after they finished lunch. About seven other kids, from all different classes, wander through while they were there. (Little kids can’t count money or read prices well, so they take longer).

One of the primary students SETS THEIR $ DOWN on a display & walked away from it! Common sense, come on! So frustrating, for a couple of reasons:

A) I don’t see this event so I can advise student of the idiocy of such an action. In a kind and loving way, of course 😉

B) I have no way of figuring out the culprit. It could be one from Primary Grade Teacher’s room, or a kid from any of about 10 different classes. They all have money with them, so possession of money doesn’t help narrow the suspects, and of course their teachers don’t know how much money they brought.

No Good: Flat tire

Run out of pennies for the book fair. Get permission from Wonderful Principal to run to the bank and get more before Amazing Assistant leaves for the day. Go out to car. Tire is flat. Grrr.

Call Large, Manly, Husband and sweet talk him into picking up pennies and then dealing with flat tire before school lets out that afternoon since I THINK I’m scheduled to work at part-time job in the afternoon. (Notice the THINK).

He comes, tries for about an hour to change the tire in the drizzle. He is unable to do so because my tire change kit is missing something. I call in to part-time job to tell them I’ll be late because of tire. Part-time job boss: You’re not scheduled to work this afternoon. The schedule you gave me last week says I am. Argh.

Flat tire, part 2:

That afternoon, School Secretary helps put on the donut tire in 15 minutes flat. Large Manly Husband loses major boy points. Drive to tire shop and purchase new tire. Large Manly Husband loses more boy points that evening when I muscle open a jar he is unable to open. Boy points are as yet unrecovered.

Very Bad: Staff drama

Not going into too much detail here, to protect the guilty. Have you every worked in a predominately female workplace? Then you need no further explanation. For those that do need further explanation: Busybodies, gossip, power struggles, and tears were involved.

Sigh.

Weekend spent recovering.

I don’t want to get too much into politics on this blog, but AMEN.  If he can actually do what he is promising here, he’s got my vote.  This is from a speech in Beaumont TX.