I have neglected "the chat" for sooo long! Geez. I want to catch up on some stuff. I had put some stuff on here and not posted it! The topic was school visits... from last year! At this point they are really old news and I had already posted this stuff on the Blue Rose Girls, but I still want to post them here because the visits were a good experience and I have some good drawings from the kids and some nice photos to share. So, here we go:
These are some letters I've gotten from kids:
This one is pretty normal until you get to the bottom!
There was a great picture attached. This kid is an artist!
And then there are these drawings from Holly from Alabama... (I posted 2 but there are a whole bunch - it's an alien epic story!)
Third, I was in Alabama last week (aka "last year")
It was exhausting, and, of course, I got sick. I'm going to become known as the girl who pukes or almost pukes in people's cars! How embarrassing!
The Librarian's daughter Ellie wrote me such a cute letter:
I'm afraid I didn't life up to her expectations! Almost throwing up in their car was probably not what she was expecting.
All the kids in this class in the front row wore alien hats made out of construction paper. How clever! I wish I had a closer shot of it.
OMES school had a contest based on my upcoming book POP! They had a jar of bubble gum and all the kids guessed how much gum was in it. The closet guess got to win all the gum and a copy of my new book. This 3rd grader won! He was so funny. He said he'd be able to chew it all within several hours. (I hate this photo of me - bad steroid puffy face day - but it's worth it for the picture of him)
All the classes decorated the halls. It was great to see all the artwork inspired from my books! I had no time to take photos but one of the librarians kindly took some and made copies for me on the spot! Amazing.
Below is a kindergartner who read her story for me. She is a really accomplished writer.
Even though I didn't feel well, had a bad headache and almost threw up several times, I think it was worth it.
Back from Evanston, IL
I just got back from Evanston, which is near Chicago. It was a short trip and I almost missed the plane to get there! I got stuck in traffic on the way there, couldn't figure out where to park the car and kept driving around in circles, then waited in the wrong line to get my ticket (couldn't print it out because my printer was out of ink) and I waited and waited for soooo long because the two customers at the desk were all-demanding. One was arguing about some odd looking thing that she wanted to take on the plane and the other was a foreigner who was all involved in some discussion about currency or some such... so I got all huffy and started pacing and then when I FINALLY got to the counter she said "You're at the wrong counter. This is Jet Blue. You want South West." "Oh my god," I said. "Oh my god..." And no wonder I didn't go to the right line--there was no counter! There was so zig-zag maze to a guy at a desk who said "Can I help you?" and I said "Yes, I need a boarding pass..." and he said "Can you give me some space please? Please back up and let me deal with this customer," and he pointed at a hippie looking woman bent over, digging through a dozen looking bags and odd packages. Why the heck did he say "Can I help you?" then??? I only stepped forward for that reason! Anyway, the guy spent forever with her because none of her packages met regulation and they all had to be duct taped and so forth. So by the time he said "next," and I said "I'm going to Chicago," he said "Good luck, you've got 7 minutes." I RAN to security and threw off my clothing and belt, etc. I managed to get through with not one but two pocket knives! Lovely. I also did that on the way back. I didn't do that on purpose, mind you, I just forgot to take them off my keychain.
anyway, when I got to the plane the guy said "Are you Meghan McCarhthy?" I huffed, "Yes." He said "You're one lucky lady." As soon as I sat down the plane took off. I"m not kidding.
So I got to Chicago and the car drove for an hour before I got to the hotel. The water went on and on forever. At first I thought--oh my god, the ocean! How nice! Uh, stupid, It's Illinois. There is no ocean. Yeah, lake Michigan. It was almost 90 degrees on the day I left and I'd come with a winter jacket that I had to lug around. It was really pretty-- there were runners and cyclists going along the water and there were people sitting on the beach. And the city sat behind. There were ferries and I even spotted a ferris wheel.
When I got to the hotel I took a walk to the water.
I noticed that I was in a college town--Northwestern University. There were a lot of pretty buildings.
The day arrived after a restless night of not getting any sleep. I got up at the crack of dawn. I gave my first speech in the auditorium to the little kids and then we did our first rotation of activities. The librarian had come up with a real cool bunch of activities for the kids. In the first room kids made rockets out of tubes and paper and cardboard pieces. This was based on my book Astronaut Handbook and on my webpage where I show how to make your own rocket. In the second room kids did exercises based on Strong Man and the back page that shows how to do exercises. In the third room kids got to make bubble gum based on my book Pop! which is coming out in a month. I heard it was a big mess, but how cool is that? I tried a piece--it tasted like sour lemonade.
I slept until noon today. It was short and fun but exhausting. These things always are!
Some cool projects from Orrington Elementary
The librarian sent me some photos from my day at their school (I managed not to take any photos, which I'm annoyed by since I took not one but two cameras! I guess I was just too distracted or something...). Anyway, all the kids drew self portraits of themselves but with BIG eyes, just like I do my characters, and they put them on their lockers. How cute is that? They also made ones for all the teachers! There was also an "alien room" where a bunch of kids drew aliens and their drawings hung from the ceiling. Another fun project was to demystify the puzzling Mona Lisa (based on Steal Back the Mona Lisa!) by drawing new clothes on her.
It's just so cool to see these things. I have to keep reminding myself that these things are based on MY books! I'd love to go back in time and tell my teachers in school that this would happen. They'd never believe it. I don't think I would have either!
I saw these videos and wondered something: I can't seem to get any publicity for my books and this crazy yo-yo guy who can't actually yo-yo AT ALL (you'll see!) managed to get on multiple TV channels. There are MORE, but I'm just posting a few for your viewing pleasure. Not only does this guy not yo-yo, but he made up a fake organization! It's all so crazy. And he admits that he is a failure when it comes to speaking to school children! It's all such a laugh. Why can't I get on TV? Is it because my publisher doesn't bother? Should I try myself? Do I need to wear a crazy hat and use yo-yo's? Okay, my talking is taking away from the viewing. Enjoy!
Lastly, this is why I love Youtube!
I've done some school visits latel and I want to share some photos so stay tuned!
Hello all It's a new year and I haven't posted! I have lots to post about. I mean, lots. But, there's no time. I must go to bed so that I can wake up early (yeah right). I just had, had, had to put this up now because I couldn't stop laughing when I found it. Now, perhaps this is because I have a very juvenile sense of humor and clearly I did then as well - although then I was a juvenile so I think we can conclude that I was just plain deranged. So, without further adieu, I bring you my first "newspaper article." Or is that "Newspaper Magazine"?
Yes, yes, I’ve neglected the blog. Shame on me. I promise I’ll write more unimportant and meaningless remarks more frequently this year. I swear it! And I’ll give more visuals with my new tiny camera. (I have a big, expensive camera but I want to always carry around around a smaller one so that I can always get “the shot.” What does “the shot” mean? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned. My sister bending over and showing some of the sun that don’t shine anyone?)
So, what happened this year? Where was I? What was I doing? The answer is: not a heck of a lot. My car got broken into AGAIN:
And my horn broke. I’ve been driving around with transportation laryngitis. This is a shame because I was becoming a true irritable New Yorker, with repetitive and meaningless angry horn honking and all.
I was enjoying myself. Look at me the wrong way? Oh yeah, I hit the horn. Taxi blocking up the road with slow wealthy manhattanites removing their expensive brand-name luggage at a snail’s pace? Oh yes, yes, a big long horn honk to you! But no more. Now I just chew on my gum really hard and grit my teeth and hope that no one hits me and that the slow people remove themselves from the road. Lots of times an angry driver behind me will honk for me. Thank goodness for that.
I’m proud to say that I purchased my very first wallet. It’s a bacon wallet.
Isn’t it cute? Okay, perhaps cute isn't the word. Now I can be organized with my money! No more losing it. No more not having it with me and having to have my sister cover my share of the bill. Oh joy 2010!
Okay, so what else? As I mentioned in the Blue Rose Girls blog, I figure I can’t get much sicker than I’ve been.
This is an example of what my life has been life. (If you don’t like reading about certain medical things then skip this!) I don’t think I ever mentioned the spinal tap that I got here. Ever had one? If you haven’t then don’t get one! What’s worse for me was that the person doing the procedure was clearly a student. The other doctor was instructing her – “When you hear a pop you’ll know you’re into the spinal column.”
I was one of the unfortunate who victims who leaked spinal fluid… for days, and days. 5 days to be exact. “Spinal headaches are caused by leakage of spinal fluid through a puncture hole in the membrane that surrounds the spinal cord. This leakage decreases the pressure exerted by the spinal fluid on the brain and spinal cord, which leads to a headache.” It’s good fun, folks! Every time I lifted my head off the bed (no pillow allowed) I would get a searing pain. I couldn’t get up to get food or go to the bathroom because it felt like an axe was chopping my head in half and I’d start immediately vomiting. When I didn’t show up for thanksgiving my parents got concerned and drove down from RI to come to my rescue. Thank goodness they did! I was not getting better and could go anywhere to get food or drink. They called the hospital and was told to bring me to the emergency room. Unfortunately emergency rooms aren’t equipped to do what’s
So that's that story. I could have made it more graphic and detailed, but I thought I'd spare you. Anyway, I was much better after that and was able to walk out the door like a normal person! But the above story is an example of how hard I’ve had it. I’m not complaining, mind you. I’m just illustrating that things have to be better. My body has gone through a heck of a lot. In my planner for 2009 I wrote down my symptoms each time they were debilitating
June 9 - Headache, queasy, nauseous, fatigue, slept. Flare-up? Virus? Prednisone?”
June 10 – sick until past 4 -queasy, fatigue
June 11 – vomited – migraine?
June 12 - Called out sick. Woke up nauseous. No headache. Vomiting.
June 13 - Chest pain breathing
June 14 - chest pain breathing
June 16 - Slept all day
June 17 - Itching, queasy, slept
June 18 - Itching in morning. Queasy upon waking
June 20 - All over body itching- morning bad – out of it. Fatigue until past 6
And that’s how my planner looked on and off for all of 2009. I have been doing better these past few months and the planner has been blank! I went from 20 mg of prednisone (as the doctor put – the med ages you) to 5. Finally I think I’ve found a medication that will help me. After about 6 months of Imuran much of my symptoms have gone away. So hopefully I can soon say I AM BACK!
What does this mean for you, my loyal reader? Well, more blogging. More meaningless blather. More whining about rotten milk and stale bread purchased across the street. Back to the simple things, you know?
Since I need to play catch up, here are some good things I did this summer:
I enjoyed my parents' house and did a lot of canoeing...
I forced myself to go running up some very high hills...
I went to the fair...
(sugar from good ol' dough boys)
(looking inside the "arts and crafts" barn that had neither art nor good crafts. It was a joke worth visiting ONCE. After that it hurts the head.)
And I did rock climbing for the first time! I made it all the way to the top (my mom didn't get a good picture of that - figures). The only problem was that I didn't know how to get down! My arms really hurt from hanging on and yelling for help for so long. Finally I let go and let myself drop. It's not such a big deal once you make yourself do it!
Also, I’ll show you what new book things I’m working on. I made a new little video for my book POP! Watch it here.
I also made a music video for Halloween. View here.
So happy 2010! Rock on with your big bad selves.
I'm sorry that I haven't written in a while... but here's something to keep you entertained (or not). I was visiting the Blue Rose Girls (a group of picture book authors and artists who have a blog and get together for...)nnoy
(I moved the video because it kept playing everytime the page loaded, whether you wanted it to play or not, which was loud and a
ing! - so I moved it)
Yup, crazy Meghan made the video. This is only the intro. Stay tuned to see who will win!