In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Enjoyed book breakfast with my colleagues- treated them to book reserves, cookies, coffee and tea! Our focus this time was on new books in categories and then on professional collection updates. You can see a few sticky notes on books, those are the ones teachers reserved for future use. We lent out around 30 reserves that morning.
Finally, I’ve had a long l-o-n-g walking weekend. A good weekend. An exhausting weekend. My husband took windsurfing classes for two days and came home tonight pretty confident and pleased with progress. I had our kiddo and all his activities for the weekend. Plus our sweet dog to take care of… So, thought I’d show a glimpse of the day:
First we rode the MTR and then ran around 5 blocks over to the Discovery Bay ferry terminal and caught a ferry over for a wonderful play date. Discovery Bay is a wonderful place but some friends might remember how I feel about riding on ferries/being on the water… I reflected that morning on Wonder by R.J. Palacio and how a long while ago I thought that Auggie’s play date was quite a long endeavor. Now, here I am going an hour by a few modes of transport to provide my son with a little time with a friend… worth it of course, just made me think:
Then we zipped over to Sheung Wan for soccer practice, really, it is soccer practice, Soccer Milan- not football with this organization- which we took a ferry and then a quick MTR ride and then walked 6 blocks over to the soccer field that was right at the waters edge where a quick boat was taking people to Macau and a helicopter pad (helipad) was at the top of a building… The soccer instructors really reminded me of my son’s soccer classes in Oregon with game after game for skill practice and then a quick fun soccer match at the end. The parents there also reminded me of Oregon parents- the quiet ones watching from the sidelines, the loud cell phone talkers, the stand at the sidelines and coach/yell at their child ones, and the ones who laugh at the whole thing (me)…
Once we were done running from place to place, my son convinced me to bring him to the library, how can I turn that down? We met a few girls he’s friends with and they zipped around the library looking for books on spies. After a while I grew tired of their process and showed them the correct dewey number, so tired I was… And they selected four spy books to research with on Monday. I borrowed them and now my kiddo will be bringing them to school for them to investigate their odd mystery.
And we came home with spy books, enjoyed dinner and a load of down time… but then I zipped out with my husband and enjoyed a delicious dinner and big band swing dance evening for a few hours. Danced for a few songs and then crashed for the evening.
You’re thinking to yourself, Debbie, when did you READ? On the ferry, MTR, soccer field-even though it was raining, at the apartment, and in the library I used my mini-iPad and immensely enjoyed reading a Netgalley copy of Hide and Seek by the talented, amazing Kate Messner. Shall review soon. (A reader always has a book along… it is a desperate moment when I find myself without a book!)
Sunday was a tiny bit quieter although my son and I did take a two hour walk around Wan Chai and Causeway Bay and I also took an hour walk with a friend while my son was at Sunday School. It was a walking weekend!
Final picture- my son jumped up and down and pointed up at the mountain when we were walking back from an errand “Mommy, there’s our school, there’s Bradbury! Sure enough, our school is up there! (Had to take a picture!)
PS: I will post soon about the brilliant Alan Gibbons author visit to Bradbury School…
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Here are past posts on Hong Kong Transitions through the weeks: I bounce between professional and personal reflections.
Week 29: Styling Librarian Hong Kong Week 29 Update
Week 28: Styling Librarian Hong Kong Week 28 Update
Week 27:Styling Librarian Hong Kong Week 27 Update
Week 26: Styling Librarian Hong Kong Week 26 Update
Week 25: Styling Librarian Hong Kong Week 25 Update
Week 24: Styling Librarian Hong Kong Week Update Week 24 The Vietnam Edition
Week 23: Styling Librarian Hong Kong Update Week 23
Week 22: Styling Librarian Hong Kong Update Week 22
Week 21: Styling Librarian: Hong Kong Update Week 21
Week 20: Styling Librarian: Hong Kong Update Week 20
Week 19: Styling Librarian: Hong Kong Update Week 19
Week 18: Styling Librarian Hong Kong Update Week 18
Week 17: Styling Librarian: Hong Kong Update: Week 17
Week 16: Styling Librarian: Hong Kong Transition: Week 16 Update
Week 15: Styling Librarian: Hong Kong Transition: Week 15 Update
Week 14: Styling Librarian: Hong Kong Transition: Week 14 The Thailand Edition
Week 13: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/10/22/styling-librarian-hong-kong-transition-week-13/
Week 12: Hong Kong Transition: Week 12
Week 11: Styling Librarian: Hong Kong Transition: Week 11
Week 10: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/10/02/styling-librarian-hong-kong-transition-week-10/
Week 9: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/09/23/styling-librarian-hong-kong-transition-week-9/
Week 8: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/09/17/styling-librarian-hong-kong-transition-week-8/
Week 7: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/09/09/styling-librarian-hong-kong-transition-week-7/
Week 6: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/09/02/styling-librarian-hong-kong-transition-week-6/
Week 5: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/08/26/styling-librarian-hong-kong-transition-update-week-5/
Week 4: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/08/19/styling-librarian-hong-kong-transition-week-4-update/
Week 3: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/08/13/styling-librarian-hong-kong-move-update-week-3/
Week 2: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/08/03/styling-librarian-hong-kong-transition-positives-and-negatives-week-2-update/
Week 1: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/07/27/styling-librarian-post-about-hong-kong-move/