Monday, September 29, 2008

Children's Literature and Childish Pics

Well, well, well, guess who'll be teaching an online section of Children's Literature in the Spring? Moi! Yep, you got it. The university in Oklahoma offered the section, and I have until Friday to say yes (and I will be saying yes). I'm really excited since I haven't gotten to teach this class since I was a Masters student, so it'll be good to whip up a reading list, put together a syllabus, and delve back into my favorite discipline. Above is a smattering of titles that I'll probably teach.

In the meantime, I got camera happy this morning.

Isn't my baby Daisy getting sooo big? 25 pounds big! I, on the other hand, have lost 27. *happy dance*

Happy Monday everyone.


  1. Andiloo!

    Congratulations on the job!

    You look so cute! I adore the longer hair. Daisy looks cute, too, but it's a way different sort of cute.

    How have you managed to lose 27 pounds? Walking the dog? Eating less? Give, lady!

  2. Thank you, Nancy! I'm really excited about the teaching gig. Now if I can hunt down a full time one I'll be set! And I'm finally getting used to my long hair. I didn't like it so much at first, but it's been short for so long I just had to adjust. And as for the weight loss: I walk a lot (every day), eat less, and try to eat fewer processed foods.

  3. Congrats on the job and the weight loss. Looks like you're having a great start to your week :)

  4. Excellent work on the weight loss! Now if I could just motivate myself.....

  5. You look great! and I love the longer hair. Congrats on job. Whoo-hoo!

  6. Oh, and I like you lit-picks. I did a paper on Parvana's Journey for S last fall using trauma theory. Good luck on new teaching gig.

  7. And by the way, very cute pics! Daisy is adorable, and so does her mama :-)

  8. Congrats!!!

    I'm totally with Nancy: the longer hair is awesome. :D You look great, and I'm so jealous of your skin!!!

  9. Cute pics! Are you going to make it to Chicago for this?

  10. Congratulations, Andi! And look at all those great books! Teaching them must be such a great experience. Both for you and for the students.

    You and Daisy look so lovely :D

  11. Excellent news! I have always thought the best, most profound books are children's books.

  12. Woooooo how pretty! And you look pretty good too! ;)

    Congratulations on the job! I know you will love this one; it sounds right up your alley! I know I would love being in it.

    I still need to read Skellig. And The Secret Garden was one of my favorites growing up. I read it a LOT. It's one I can't wait to share with Ellie.

  13. I love Rainbow Fish!! Congrats on the job and the weight loss!

    Nice photos, too. Such a pretty girl! (You, too, Andi! LOL!)

  14. Thank you for the award, Kim!!

    Samantha, I am having a pretty darn good week. Must improved from last week. lol

    Tammy, the only reason the whole workout/weight loss thing is working for me is that I'M BORED working from home. Bored is good generally, since I really like working from home, but I have to get out and get movin' or I wanna put the covers over my head and hibernate forever. lol

    Thanks, Fem!! The hair is driving me nuts, but I've finally stopped fighting the curl, so I figured I'd let it stay for a bit.

    Aww, thank you, Kim.

    Eva, my skin is a work in progress. I have REALLY combination skin, so it's oily in one spot and super dry and flaky in another. It drives me up the wall in general.

    Lu, I would probably trade off an in-demand body part to go, but I don't see any Chicago trips in my future. *sob*

    Nymeth, I'm not sure my students enjoy the class as much as I do, just be cause we read the texts strictly from an adult/literary perspective. In some cases that means the sweet message falls apart. In the case of Rainbow Fish they usually realize that the poor fish is mutilating himself to fit in rather than just being unselfish. Amazing how we can read things/see things differently as adults.

    Amen, Deb!

    Heather, I have a sad admission. I've never read The Secret Garden. I hope Susan isn't looking. lol I team taught it with her in Spring 07, but I never finished it because I was getting thesis stuff together and B's mom had her wreck around that time, etc. My head was definitely not together, so I need to get off my butt and read it now. hehe

    LOL, Thanks, Lezlie! Daisy and I are starting to look eerily similar. The sun bleached us both over the summer months.

  15. Holy smokes you are gorgeous!

    And you got a new job. And you love books. And you are smart. I think I'm going into overload here.

    You lost a Daisy!

    (Sorry I know there's a lot of !!! in there.)

  16. Congratulations on the new class. Sounds very fun!! Nice pics, too. :)

  17. OMG. Wow. lol

    And it's Heather again, I'm just too lazy to log in correctly ;)

  18. You look beautiful! Your hair is really rocking it. I am trying to grow mine REALLY long...I told my hairdresser I want to aim for Carrie Bradshaw fabulous in my thirties, at least with my far it's just above my shoulders...

  19. Congratulations on the job and the weight loss!! Starting something new is always exciting. I'd like to take a Children's Lit. course some time.

  20. Congratulations on the job and the weight loss! How did you do it? I've been such a slacker in the weight loss dept.

    And Daisy is adorable!

  21. Congrats on the job Andi! That's awesome news.

    You look great girl!

  22. LOL, Nik! Thank you on all counts. I feel less tired and pissy just reading your comment. You make me smile, girl!

    Thank you, Melanie! I can't wait to start planning it!

    LOL, Heather/Estella! It's like To Kill a Mockingbird all over again, isn't it?

    Courtney, thank you! Growing mine out has been torture! I think I've had it short since 7th grade or something, so having a mane is really quite odd. I'm not quite to Bradshaw status, but I'm working on it! The next step is to get it colored because I have little grey ones taking over! EEEK!

    Lisa, it's great fun teaching children's lit and taking children's lit courses. It's especially fun to analyze them from an adult perspective as opposed to a child's. Or to examine the conflicting messages for different audiences. It's a hoot!

    Purl, I quit eating and I went out walkin'! OK, well, not really. I try to eat better food (ie less processed, fewer sugars) and I do walk about 4-5 days a week. I was doing more but my work schedule and a bad knee got in the way.

    Thank you, Iliana!

  23. Awww, such cute pics, I'm glad you got camera happy.

  24. You look great! Congrats!


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