Mar 25, 2011

Hodge Podge Post of News and Coolness

Lot's of things going on. I'll apply brevity for both our sakes.

If you live under a rock and haven't seen, I have two contests running. Carol. Elana. Awesomesauce.

Anita Laydon Miller has started a middle grade blog. If it's anything like her author blog, it'll be filled with pragmatic advice, hilarious anecdotes, and interactive discussions.

Christine Fonseca has been contriving a release party for her non-fiction book 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids. Originally deemed to be released in the beginning of May, 101 has been shipped!

And so if you were waiting to order it, there's no need to wait! Here's a little more info via Amazon:

Pssst! Want to know a secret? 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Handbook is a must-read for gifted kids ages 8 to 12 who want to find success in school and life. If you know gifted kids, they will love the 101 awesome secrets, tips, and tricks included in this book! 
Chock full of fun suggestions and practical strategies, 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids covers topics including bullying, school performance, perfectionism, friendships, and sibling rivalries. Fun quizzes, tip sheets, and practical Q & A sections from other gifted kids and preteens make this book fun to read and give gifted kids insight into everything they've ever wanted to know about being gifted. Proven strategies for dealing with stress management, parents' and teachers' expectations, anxiety, cyber-bullying, friendship troubles, and more make this the must-have guide for every gifted kid!
Purchase at Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and don't forget to give Christine a shout out! (She didn't know the book was released until just the other day!)

I am participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge just because I feel like challenging myself. I know, I have a death wish... Anyway, click the blog button over on the right for details about the blog fest.

Next fall I am taking a class called Educating Diverse Learners. Hi. So excited about that one!

I am a couple of weeks away from my two hundredth post!

I quit my job on Wednesday. I got hired on Monday to be a server at a family restaurant in town. I am calling it Operation: Inhibition Annihilation.

Oh, and it snowed 8" this week. After the first day of spring...


  1. I'm ordering the book. I know it's one my 11 yo will read.

    Good luck with the A-Z challenge.

    It snowed for us too. Not that much though. My 8 yo asked why is it snowing when it's spring. I told him, this is Calgary. It even snows in the summer (though fortunately this is not super common).

  2. I'm doing the A-Z challenge too. Good luck!

    Awesome contests! Have a good weekend!

  3. Why doesn't snow come before and not after. I'm ready to see grass!

  4. As a former server I can say being a server is total Inhibition Annihilation. There is nothing like the need to earn money to get you out of your shell. Plus it is a great way to observe people. Good Luck.

  5. Yay, Christine! So excited for her release! This one I have to have for my kiddos!

    That sounds like a really cool class, J!

    And that challenge is pretty dang cool. But intense. Good luck!

  6. I love this post - and your contests..AWESOME!

  7. Congrats to Christine!!

    Good luck at the new job! I was a server for years. As long as you can be friendly and funny with customers you're golden.

  8. Good luck with your job. I'm sure you will be a very friendly server. I would be a terrible one because I'd forget everything or drop something. But I would be smiling! Good luck on Op IA!

  9. Thanks for the publicity! I really appreciate your support!

  10. Ooooh, good luck with the new job, I'm sure in ten years we shall be eating in Jonathon's restaurant chain :)))

  11. PS, don't forget to hire Dezzy as your cake baker then, I'm brilliant in making cakes :)

  12. Good luck at your new job. Thanks for posting about Anita's new blog. I bookmarked it.

  13. Hi Jon. Lots of good stuff going on here. Good luck with the job. And that class you're going to take looks great!!