Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Month of Wendy: Giveaway Number Four

It's finally my birthday! But the month is still going strong, so we'll be able to squeeze in another giveaway today, and a final grand prize next Wednesday.

Quick recap: Megan S. won the right to choose books for my classroom library, and Nicole of Feed Your Fiction Addiction won a donation for a local teacher who has a literacy project on Donors Choose. We're trying to help this 3rd grade teacher add more selections to her classroom book clubs, and honestly, if she doesn't get more support by August 8th, it's not going to happen. So feel free to head on over and donate to her yourself! Early Wednesday morning I'll pick a winner who'll get to pick books for our local Little Free Library. 

This week's winner will get $25 donated in their name to RAICES. I'm sure I don't have to explain why helping immigrant families and children at our southern border is important to me.  
  • Week five (July 31) one grand prize winner will receive EACH of these prizes spread out over the next year. So they'll choose another $25 worth of titles for my classroom, get $25 donated to a local Donors Choose project, pick $25 worth of titles for the Little Free Library, and have $25 donated to RAICES in their name. 
Further rules: You can only win once, but the grand prize drawing will combine everyone who enters it AND all previous entries. Also, I'll be sending you a small bookish token if you win--postcard, sticker, button, or bookmark.

AND if you choose to essentially match any of my giveaways yourself (e.g. you donate $25 of books to a Little Free Library, or to Donors Choose, or to RAICES), and send me proof of that before August 31st, my kid and I will make you a bookmark and sticker. I'd really love to see more support for the classroom project in Nicole's town! 

It feels silly to have to say this given the "prize" I'm giving, but please, no giveaway accounts.

Let's play!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Fifty Years in Pictures: Parts 5a and 5b/ 5

Wendy in her Thirties: Love, Travel, and Hiking

We got married in my parents' living room.

The best part of this picture is my death grip on the last bite of mom's homemade breadstick.

Meeting up with my best Latvian friend for the first time in almost a decade.

On an evening Salsa cruise, because we were two dancing single women who weren't asleep by nine.

This was my very first Facebook profile pic. Still love it.

Driving the short bus to take my school's hiking club on an adventure.

Oh y'know, just snowshoeing halfway up the mountain for fun. What are YOU doing today?

Wendy in her Forties: Motherhood and Exhaustion

My dad in his 80s.

Twin Day--I matched my coffee cup

Rallying for school safety

Presenting with the BookLove group at NCTE

Monday, July 22, 2019

Fifty Years in Pictures: Part 4/5

Wendy: The Travel Years
Late teens and twenties
Look at all those bangs.

Hiking with my niece and nephew.


My college roommates introducing me to cross country skiing.

Made a lifelong friend on my exchange program in college.

First morning home from freshman year of college for winter break.

College graduation

Sometime in our twenties, before we started the camping tradition.

With a niece again.

Brunch on the mountain

Pretty sure that's the night we were sworn in for Peace Corps. No idea what we're doing. 

The duck shoes really sell this outfit.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Fifty Years in PIctures: Part 3/5

Wendy: The Awkward Years
Middle and High School 
Don't say I didn't warn you.

This picture of me in my dad's parka holding our puppy got sold as Alaska travel promo, despite a) it being shot in our backyard and b) my blue eyes. Question everything.
On a carriage ride in Vienna with my big sister.

What? Why? 

I love this because I'm wearing koala slippers. That's my mom's kiln behind us.

Learning to ski. 

On the summit of Mt. Hood with my dad, 1984.

Exploring the side of Mt. Hood, later that summer. Love my dad's B. Kliban "dad cat" shirt.

High school orchestra. Viola.

8th grade. Practicing at home.

Halfway up Hood with my bestie.

A nicer shot of me and mom that same time. This is why you should get closer to your subjects when taking pictures.