Week in Review

And just like that, another week has come and gone. Where does the time go, seriously? *shakes head*

This week was a good week, despite my initial reluctance to go back to work after a long, luxuriating spring break. It was good in large part because of my English III students, with whom I began reading our first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. If you've been following along with me on the blog, you know that I think this book is wonderful and I'm so, so happy that my students are starting to agree with me, too. I love seeing their eyes light up when we discuss the book, and this from students who are self-professed "nonreaders."

If I don't talk a lot about the other two groups of students I teach, SAT/ACT Verbal Prep and AP English Lang, it's because their needs are not as desperate as those of my English III students. These kids are desperate to pass the FCAT and be able to graduate next year, and they were placed in my class so that I can help them improve upon their reading comprehension skills. They are juniors, but many of them are reading far below their grade level. Which is why it's so rewarding as a teacher to see them connect with a book the way they've connected with The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

So that pretty much was my work week. Friday night, Ricky and I went to Cracker Barrel for dinner. He had chicken fried steak and I had catfish, which is very unlike me since I'm not that much into fish. But it was delicious, as were their biscuits and cornbread. Sometimes I think I would cheerfully murder for their biscuits and cornbread. (Just kidding. I think.) Other than their sinfully delicious food, I also quite like the decor of Cracker Barrel, especially their cool old advertisements hanging on the walls!

After gorging ourselves, we waddled back home and watched Pride & Prejudice -- his first time, my 3rd or so. He laughed and sighed at all the right parts, and when I cried like an ever-loving fool at the end (like I always do), he hugged me and told me he loved the movie. I knew there was a reason I picked him. ;)

On Saturday, I posted two book reviews on Examiner (I'm their Miami Books Examiner) after a long hiatus: The Hunger Games Series and Twilight the Graphic Novel: Volume One. I did some more research for my thesis and then lazed around the house a bit before Ricky came to get me so we could buy a gift for his cousin's baby shower. Then we drove up to this restaurant in Broward called Smokey Bones and had the BEST. BARBECUE. EVER. Seriously, Smokey Bones makes the most delicious pulled pork I've ever had.

All in all, it was a relaxing weekend. I enjoyed it muchly. (Hello, my name is Annie and I like to make up words.)

Well, I'd better go unplug myself so I can get ready. Today my boyf's cousin is celebrating her baby shower, and I sincerely hope this means I won't have to play those silly baby games. *shudder*

Here are some of my posts from this week that you may have missed:

I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing Sunday! :-)