More dogs! More babies! Smokers! Everywhere! Toy stores! Dear God, the heavenly toy stores! Book stores! Exclamation points on all the signs! Jewelry stores! Krapfen! That strange old woman at Cafe Griensteidl who yelled at me because apparently I was wiggling my foot in an offensive manner! ("Ach! Dein fuss!")
I'm not doing a lot of posting lately, because I am in the thick of Cybils judging, and we're not supposed to blog about the books until the winner is announced. But I did install a schmancy new widget to the right (thanks, Anne and SmartLinks!).
From E. Lockhart via ACAFATC, the "Are You Privileged?" meme. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to feel good or bad about myself when I finish.
From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.
Bold the true statements. 1. Father went to college 2. Father finished college(and grad school) 3. Mother went to college 4. Mother finished college(and grad school) 5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor (I'm not sure if this really counts, since my brother-in-law is a lawyer, but he's only been my brother-in-law for a couple years. My dad taught college courses after I was an adult.) 6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers. 7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home. 8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home. 9. Were read children's books by a parent 10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18. 11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 (piano, swimming, gymnastics, voice) 12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively 13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18. (Just after I turned 18, when I went to college.) 14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs 15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs (I don't know how they did it, but I went to college without taking out any loans.) 16. Went to a private high school (Very proudly a public school girl. Some of my friends from the next town over used to worry that they'd get shot if they visited me at my school. Wimps.) 17. Went to summer camp (Only a couple times, and it was in high school, for dorky things like choir and careers in education.) 18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18 19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels (Motels on road trips.) 20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18. (Heh. Second daughter all the way. Also, I wore my dad's clothes most of the time in high school.) 21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them 22. There was original art in your house when you were a child (No, although I always thought that the prints of Picasso's Don Quixote and the blue guitar man were unique to us, and was therefore surprised to see them in museums.) 23. You and your family lived in a single-family house 24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home 25. You had your own room as a child 26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18 27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course (taught by my dad, in fact) 28. Had your own TV in your room in high school (This TV is still alive and currently in my master bedroom.) 29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college 30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 31. Went on a cruise with your family 32. Went on more than one cruise with your family 33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up 34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family
All the finalists for the 2007 Cybils Awards have been announced! Check out my category, Middle Grade/Young Adult Nonfiction (with the charmingly unpronouncable acronym MGYANF). And wish all the panelists luck as we arm-wrestle toward our winners . . .