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Friday Five

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1. This week son's been taking the CAASPP test.  This is the new Core curriculum test.  His accommodations due to his 504 plan mean he's with a smaller group of kids which helps with his anxiety level.

One more year of homeschooling and then he'll be attending the local public high school.  Trying to get him ready and get his skills up to par so he can succeed.

2. So while son is testing, I've been working at Ruby's Diner(they have the BEST foundation drinks).






















 Also been going to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  Musing over these ending scenes, knowing I have to build them to a powerful climax and then end with a denouncement.  No easy task!

Been listening to LOTS of Ed Sheeran:




See?  Lots of feels I'm trying to capture in this revision!

3. Right now reading ROOK by Sharon Cameron:


4. Just finished reading CHILDREN OF THE EARTH (END TIMES)

My YABC review: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/18027-children-of-the-earth-end-times

Teaser: Satisfying conclusion…

Friday Five

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1. Nothing like having the director of a math lab ask to speak to you alone.  Yup, some girl's mother called to complain that my son made an insensitive comment to her the day before at another school location and she didn't want to come to the math lab.

This brought up memories of a similar incident that happened way back in the third grade.

Sigh.

We spoke with son and hopefully he'll realize he can't talk smack to some who are very sensitive.  I also emailed the other school's teachers, who said they'd never heard son doing anything out of the ordinary.

So the whole middle school drama has begun.  Ugh.



2. I admit I've been in a funk these past few weeks.  Hate when depression starts to rise it's ugly head.  Love reading YA author Heather Brewer's posts as she also deals with depression.  I personally feel the more we discuss this issue, the less stigma will be behind it.

This is how I feel whenever depression comes my way:













3. One thing that does h…

Friday Five

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1. Son is slowly getting better.  Doctor still has him on a strict schedule but 'bumped' his academic time to one hour segments and no more than 4 hours a day.  This isn't as hard to do as last week's thirty minutes per class time and only 2-3 hrs for the day.

Whew.

His teachers and doctors are trying to stress the importance of wearing a helmet.  But you know teens.  They think they're okay and the exception.

I can't stress the importance of wearing a helmet.  One of his teachers showed him his FB with a friend who cracked his skull while skateboarding.  Love when others try to help me out with this as everyone knows, no one listens to Moms.

Love this site: http://longboardgirlscrew.com/2012/01/ten-important-things-about-skateboarding-helmets/












2. Ugh, with more family drama.  Need to stay out of it even if I know this one person's choices right now will carry serious consequences.  Sigh.

3. Now with something I LOVE to do besides writing--read books!

Just …

Friday Five

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1. Well our Easter weekend wasn't the best.  First, husband's Uncle Gene died after a prolong battle with prostate cancer.  Gene always to me was a great example of what a Christian should be.  He walked the walk and just didn't spout off against others who weren't Mormon but found goodness in everyone.  His loss will be felt but I'm happy that he is no longer in pain.  His funeral will be this Saturday.

2. Not long after that, I had a knock at the door.  Son walks in acting kind of dazed.  Just when I started to close the door someone cleared their throat.  I looked and there was a strange woman with a teenage girl.  Long story short-they 'found' son unconscious.  Apparently he took a turn too fast and hit a parked car.  She insisted to walk him back home.  We spent the night at ER where they did a CAT scan and Xray to check for problems.  Both came back negative.  Then had a follow-up visit with doctor who told us he has a mild concussion and to limit aca…

Friday Five

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1. This week's Spring Break so I've been kicking back and not answering anything that has to do with

a. Education
b. State Testing
c. Lesson plans


2. Got this fab box of books from the lovely YA Books Central:

**Reading REBELS BY ACCIDENT-Miriam is an Egyptian teen who ends up being sent back to Egypt to live with her grandmother after getting in trouble.  Then she gets caught up in the Egyptian revolution.  I really wanted to read this one as Eihab, my brother-in-law is an Egyptian national and has lots of extended family still in Egypt.  He kept me up to date on what was going on during the revolution.


3. Also been going to Omar's Exotic Bird store and playing with these cockatiels.  Husband says it's about time to get another one.  They're so cute, smart, and inquisitive.



4. Been reading CHARLIE, PRESUMED DEAD:

This novel feels very similar to Gayle Forman's JUST ONE DAY only this time it's two girls searching for the truth behind Charlie(their boyfriend…