Bracing for Middle School?

Does your child LOVE Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Us too. Well if you’ve aged out of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I have he perfect solution:

I have to say when I started this book, I struggled to get behind it. I thought, I can’t recommend this book to middle schoolers! This boy is the poster child of bad decisions!! I heard myself lecturing my daughter about all of the bad choices this boy is making and how we are far smarter and superior because we recognize not only his poor judgement but horrible selection in friends as well! But this is James Patterson we’re talking about. He’s a master of the craft. I couldn’t just discard his work without giving it a fair shake. Boy, am I glad I did! The plot twists are phenomenal. He resists the urge to become preachy and teach a lesson. Certainly a great read for reluctant readers but don’t underestimate it’s value for all middle school readers. The main character struggles with some universal middle school issues: parents, teachers, rules, bullies, academic stress, social pressures… it’s endless. And his momma makes it better with extra cinnamon apple pie. Here’s my lazy momma version:


Lazy Momma  Cinnamon-y Apple Pie:

1 apple, peeled and sliced

1 T brown sugar

1 – 2 t butter

1 t cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Microwave until apples are soft, about 1 -2 minutes.


Menu 3/10 & endless excuses…

Hello! It’s so good to be back!! Will you forgive me for my absense if I tell you what I’ve been up to? What if I fill it with library geekdom? Because that’s exactly where I’ve been living – library geekdom – and LOVING every second of it. Indulge me.

1st – Let me introduce my MVPs (Mature & Valuable Patrons). These are my peeps. We are a senior advisory board of patrons over 55. They support the library with volunteering, advocacy, programming and most importantly – advisory services. They are a great focus group. Here’s my display set up in the library:

mvp display

They were part of the inspiration behind my research project: Services to the Aging at Perry Public Library As Measured By the ALA Guidelines for Services to Older Adults.  The research and analysis is complete. I’ve compiled it into a 24 page paper and submitted the rough draft. Ready for the good news? Drum roll please….  I’ve been invited to share it at the Graduate Research Symposium. I’m so excited. I love sharing my work with fellow library enthusiasts. I have not yet shared my work with research enthusiasts who are not library affiliated. This is a big step for me, and I’m very nervous excited about it. Wish me luck!

So enough about me… let’s get to the food.

Sunday: Grilled steaks, 3 bean salad, baked potatoes, fruit

Monday: Beef veggie soup, biscuits

Tuesday: Grilled cheese, chicken noodle soup

Wednesday: Taco salads, fruit

Thursday: Grilled salmon, rice, broccoli, fruit

Friday: Cheese pizza, fruit

Saturday: Bratwurst, cabbage, macaroni & cheese (for the kids – I’m indulging them), fruit

menu plan monday

That’s our week! I look forward to checking out all of yours as well!