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Back to School and Other Happenings
Story is a high school sophomore and Coraline is in the fourth grade.
Stephanie here. This week was incredibly busy because both of my daughters went back to school. Story is a high school sophomore and Coraline is in the fourth grade. I am savoring the moments as much as I can these days.
When people ask me how Story is doing these days I relish in the opportunity to tell them about my favorite human who I have the privilege to know. Sometimes I get tears in my eyes when I talk about how much we've been through, especially if I talk about things we endured (and the sweet moments we had in spite of all that) when it was just the two of us. This kid will never cease to amaze me, and I often get caught gazing at her in awe. She's already accomplishing more than I ever would have wished for her at this age, and she's just getting started.
P.S - Notice my Mariners sweatshirt?
I finished my second book in a hotel room in Seattle with post season Mariners games on television, wishing I could be there in person. They hadn't played beyond regular season games since 2001.
The Mariners were always a staple in my household. When we lived in Alaska, I made sure to check the baseball standings in the newspaper. I'd gone to games at the Kingdome as a kid with my dad, and then with friends as a teenager to watch them become AL West Champions in '95 and '97. My "Cyberdad" Frank Gonzales was a regular at their home games and we had many conversations about how they were playing over the years.
This summer, to pay homage to their games getting me through the four days and 16,000+ words it took to finish CLASS, I decided to pay for an MLB TV membership and watch as much of their season as I could.
And My Oh My what a season it is! First place in the AL West!
I should also mention that CLASS was featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s 40 new books for fall reading: Choices for everyone as well as Library Journal’s Fall Book Preview | The Titles To Read in 2023. We’re officially two months away from the release date, and I couldn’t be more excited to share this book with all of you.
Thank you for reading, and I’ll see some of you in Cedar Rapids next week at the Housing Iowa Conference!
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That’s all for this week, folks. Remember to follow Stephanie on all your favorite social media platforms @stepville. See you next week!