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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bit by bit by bit with a guest appearance by Alex Trebek

Musings from a hotel room...

1.  I use the word "bit" a LOT in my stories.  I am editing one right now and it's there ON EVERY PAGE!  A bit of this...a bit of that...No.More.Bit.

2.  I had an Italian Beef Sandwich at Geno's East yesterday.  YUM.  Chicago food=yummy.  (Chicago style pizza, I am coming for you.  Tonight.)

3.  Folks around here LOVE their libraries.  AND the youth librarians know all the kids by name!! Literacy is alive in Illinois!

4.  My hotel has skinny mirrors.  I want to take one home with me.

5.  I watched the National Geographic Bee on TV this morning.  (Hey, I was taking a small break from editing.  Truly I am getting a lot done. I promise.)  Anyway, Alex Trebek hosts the finals.  I have a special interest because I am the sponsor of our school's Geo-Bee, and have been for the past ten years.  However, with budget cuts and time constraints, I have been thinking that next year we will not be able to participate in the Bee.  No time to run it, no money to fund it, no personnel to help...

And then I watched these children, 12 and 13 year-old brilliant, BRILLIANT children and...I guess I'll be hosting another Bee! (And getting my own subscription to National Geographic!!  So many places in the world have new names. I bow at the feet of these amazing kids.)

6.  I miss my kids.

more  later


P.S.  Um, this has been bothering me a little, so I'll just say it.  This year, all of the National Geographic Bee Finalists were boys.  Come on, girls!  A bit* more geography-love, I say!

* Oh no!  There is is again!


Jess said...

You had me at Alex Trebek. I love the way he occasionally treats Jeopardy contestants like they're morons for getting a question wrong, or tells them the answer as though it's sooooo obvious (when he was given the answers before the show).

And now I want to know where to buy skinny mirrors. You would think they would have a skinny mirror store :)

Myrna Foster said...

I think a little "bit" is okay. It's you. I'd miss "bit," if you cut it from your vocabulary. :o)

erica and christy said...

"bit" is better than mine, trust me! (really, just, yeah...).

I am HORRIBLE at geography and just today my 10-year-old straight-A son said to me "Do we live in the country of Wisconsin?"

The girls should overtake at any point. :)

Sarah said...

Good luck with next year's Geo Bee :) I remember participating in the one at my elementary school--it was fun, and I hope the one at your school gets to keep going!

...and I'd like to know where the skinny mirror store is, too :)

(Also, I just sent you an e-mail about a library-related event from my .edu address, and I'm only mentioning it here in case it gets lost in a junk folder.)

storyqueen said...

jess-Alex! He's such a conundrum. Love him, but he annoys me sometimes. I could not fit a skinny mirror in my suitcase:(

Myrna-a suppose a bit it okay, right?

Erica-now I am intrigued...what IS your word??

Sarah-just found it in the spam! Thanks for the head-up. I will be responding in a bit (hahaha).