|Good things for the week of 12/5/10
||[Dec. 5th, 2010|07:17 pm]
A Dedicated Follower of Fashion
1. HENRY WALKED|
...and I got to see it! Henry's taken the last week to begin standing in short bursts. The problem with Henry standing is that he's capable but he just doesn't seem to like it all that much. Usually, he'll start standing by accident; he will be leaning on Ellen and she'll move slightly and BOOM. Henry's standing, which he'll do for a number of seconds until he recognizes that he no longer has any support, at which point he'll either
2. WE SOLD A CAR.
By "we", I of course mean Ellen, as she's far smarter than me in almost all things and would, of course, be the one to accomplish something like this.
For about a year now, we've had THREE cars. My beater (a Toyota Corolla), Ellen's car (a far nicer Toyota ____) and a third, older Toyota Corolla. Gifted to us by Ellen's parents (who no longer needed it) the spare Corolla has been taking up space in our garage for months now. Ellen's been swearing up, down, and sideways that she was going to find a buyer for the car... and this week she did! We sold it back to a Toyota dealership in Fairfield for a very fair price. When you consider we were given the car for free... that price becomes all the more attractive. For the first time in a loooooong time, we have a sizable chunk of money to play around with. I think we're going to buy a new couch.
(In the interest of keeping this "Good Things", I will refrain from mentioning that we haven't received our money yet. Or that one of our remaining two cars OF COURSE decided to shit the bed this afternoon. ONLY GOOD THINGS!)
3. TEACHERS LOVE TEACHER COMICS
I think my comics had more appeal when they were "slice of life" strips dealing with things like my cat and disasterus dates. When I decided to make the comic solely about teaching, I knew that almost nobody was going to be interested in the topic. It's like a niche inside of a niche. That bein' said, this week I posted my "It Gets Better" strips in a couple of teacher forums (including LiveJournal's teaching community) and I was floored with how many people freaked out about the strip! I have no real plan or designs in regards to the comic, so my "self-promotion" is limited to the weekly link I make between LJ and the comic's proper website... but damn, getting the strip in front of an audience of teachers has been an eye-opening experience.
4. DONORSCHOOSE BONANZA
As I mentioned over at the comic blog, Borders was running a promotion where, by buying any item, you could get a $15 dollar gift certificate to help out schools on the DC website. I'll go into details some other time, but suffice to say, I had a HUGE haul, thanks to my family, friends, and readers of the comic. Conservatively, I believe I took in somewhere around $1200 dollars worth of new books for my classroom... with more to come, I'm sure.