Monday, June 16, 2008

a few more points to award

Sorry that I'm running behind on awarding last week's points. I seem to be running behind on everything these days. It's just one of those times when I feel like I can't keep my head above water and I'm in serious jeopardy of drowning. I know you've all been there.

One of the many things that I'm behind on is reading blogs, for which I feel awful. Haven't even had time to check out this month's Bookworms Carnival yet, and I am so anxious to! I'm sure Nymeth has done an incredible job!

And I'm behind on posting, too. The Blame Game, for one, which I'm now trying to remedy. Nymeth's really cool meme, for another. A book review. A couple of homeschool posts.

And school, whew, talk about being inundated. With the end of the school year upon us, we're trying to finish up a bunch of stuff, then I need to write the quarterly report, then write the "Individualized Home Instruction Plan" (IHIP) that NY requires for next year's school plan, and get a bazillion and a half things done so we can start next year's school year on July 1st.

Let's not even discuss the state of this house at the moment. Heck, I'm even behind on the laundry, the one thing I'm generally good about keeping caught up. Can I just cry now?

No. I will not cry. And I will cease all the ridiculous whining this instant! Forgive me. Now, let's get on to the fun books which somehow found their way in this week. And yes, once again, I'm going to make you read through "the others" before I get to the point earners.

*Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle...And Other Modern Verse. From Paperback Swap. For homeschooling.

*Skeleton Crew by Stephen King. Also from Paperback Swap. Also for homeschooling.

*The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. From bargain book section at B&N. Also for homeschooling.

*The Strand Prophecy by J.B.B. Winner (ARC). For review.

*Becoming a Superhero: Adventures of an American Superhero by William D. Smith. Also for review.

*ZenZele: A Letter for My Daughter by J. Nozipo Maraire. Impulse buy from used book section at B&N.

*Germ by Robert Liparulo. Impulse buy from B&N.

*The Tenth Circle of Hell: A Memoir of Life in the Death Camps of Bosnia by Rezak Hukanovic. Impulse pick from library.

*Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them by Mark Jerome Walters. Impulse pick from library--seemed like it would be a good follow-up book to one I'm currently reading.

Okay, and now for the point winners:

*Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. From B&N. Point for Chris. Even though it wasn't his favorite read, I've wanted to get my hands on this one ever since reading his review!

*Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman. From library. Point for Nymeth. Another I've been wanting to get my hands on ever since I read what she had to say.

*The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman. From library. Point for Dewey. She suggested this for homeschooling, and it was a recommendation I was thrilled to receive.

*We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin. From library. Point for Dewey. Couldn't resist.

Whew...will you people please start taking it easy on me?!! :)


Nymeth said...

Nothing to feel awful about, Debi. I know how you feel - it's going to be a busy couple of weeks for me too, and I predict I'll get behind on everything too. You're really not whining.

Hope you enjoy all the books that found their way in. I can't wait to see what you think of Death.

And using The Dream Hunters for homeschooling is such a good idea!

Jean said...

Hang in there, Debi! You'll get through this. We know you will!

Dawn said...

Oh, I have been where you are, completely overwhelmed with all that has to get done. I have three days left and am trying to get things done at school so I can be finished and packed up on Thursday. My house is suffering for it.

I hope things start falling into place soon for you and your obligations are all settled. :)

take care,

Rebecca said...

I know the running behind thing.Boy,do i ever!

I have quarterlies due,too (of course)and you know how much I LOVE doing those LOL. The twins are going to public school next year (I guess) so it looks like I get to avoid the IHIP. At least there's that.

Dewey said...

I'm behind on blogging stuff too, notably reviews. We all know how it is! And seriously, I doubt anyone ever goes, "Tsk, tsk, that Debi (or Dewey or whoever) is all BEHIND again. Because really, do they even notice? Nah! And if they did notice, they wouldn't care.

Melody said...

I totally understand, Debi! And I think you're doing very well, juggling with the homeschooling, household chores, reading and other stuff! :)

kreed said...

Drowning right along with you!

gail@more than a song said...

I think I've decided there is no way to catch up! And you have kids, school, etc...I don't think I have a good excuse/reason. Traveling maybe.

Anonymous said...

they are merciless, aren't they?!

by the way, i love these points that you're awarding now...! :D

Kim L said...

Boy do I ever know how you feel. I have been feeling behind as well, and it is hard to get motivated when the weather is finally conducive to being outside! I'm sure you'll find time somehow.