Friday, May 20, 2011

Before, During & After: A School Visit


As I was racing around this morning, getting ready to leave for my school visit and shooing children out the door to school, here was the conversation in my kitchen:

Child #3: There is no real food for lunches in this house.

Child #4: You're not going to wear flip-flops, are you, Mom?

Mr. Summy: What time am I supposed to pick up Child #3 again?

Child #1: You have a good reason for doing these visits, right?

Dorothy the dog: Can we walk there?

Child #2 didn't say much of anything this a.m.


Here is the front of Reynolds Elementary School in Oceanside, CA where the students are inquisitive and fun! The visit went super well. Thank you Barnes & Noble CRM Connie and Librarian Caroline for setting up this delightful event!

A couple of unusual student questions:
"Do you want any of your children to grow up to be writers?"
"How many pages do all your books add up to?"
"Is your house haunted?"

I have never before used a popcorn machine as a stand for the LCD projector and my netbook. But, guess what? It worked perfectly. And was fun to look at.


I treated myself to a sushi lunch. Scrumptious!



David Cranmer said...

Well I have to know: is your house haunted?

Barrie said...

David, it's hard to tell. I live with teens who are up at all hours of the day and night! :)

LynNerd said...

I love the funny stuff kids say! That popcorn cart is something else!

Did you do a PowerPoint presentation using the LCD projector? I need to put something together, too.

Do you do skype visits, too? That's another thing on my to-do list. I need to research about how to do that. I like interacting with the kids, but a Skype visit is better than no visit, huh?

Living with teens - Never a dull moment, huh? Seems like just yesterday . . .

Charles Gramlich said...

Now I want sushi

Anonymous said...

Lol.I love it.Child #3 sounds just like everyone in my house,"There's no food","What's for lunch?","Get all this healthy stuff out and bring some feel food in,mom?"
Yep that's us!

Check out my second blog post(:

Veronica Voorhees said...

Hi my name is Veronica :)
I am one of the girls you met outside of the Barnes and Noble yesterday. I had never heard of your books until I went there. I began to read one of them and it was AMAZING. Can't wait to buy it!!

Barrie said...

LynNerd: I do use a powerpoint presentation most of the time. It keeps me on track! Yes, I've done skyping. Although it feels less personal, it is very convenient. ;)

Charles: I just looked at the picture. Now I want sushi again!!!

Barrie said...

AbaGayle: You crack me up! I will check out your blog!

Barrie said...

Veronica!!! Thank you so much for getting in touch. It was funny how I bumped into you and your friends outside B&N. I'm so glad you started one of my books (which one?) and that you liked it!

Teresa said...

Thanks for the vignette into your busy life! I enjoyed the early morning conversation. The sushi looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

I'm often told i crack people up.My parent's and my friends,i'll say something and they'll just bust up.
I've got to get back to answering your blog answer,thank for checking it out,tell your friends!Thanks,AbaGayle.
Oh and notice how we're all dead today(:Lol(A guy said the world ended yesterday at 6:00)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I do enjoy the humor of your day!