larking(v): to engage in harmless fun or mischief (Merriam-Webster's Dictionary)
*I'm a 30-something first time mom to a beautiful baby girl. *I'm an English teacher and literacy coach on hiatus for the indefinite future while I take on the biggest teaching job of my life -- motherhood and all it entails. *I am a Midwest girl at heart, though I spent five years living in the mountains and loving it. *When I was five, I asked my mom if she would make me a shirt that said "Born to talk." *I wore heels almost every day of my pregnancy, but I am just as happy pulling on hiking boots and stomping around a dirt trail. *I've played the violin for over 25 years, attended a conservatory for college, and can't imagine my life without music in it. *I worry that, once my daughter can understand what I'm saying, she won't ever know if she should believe me or not because I can't turn off the sarcasm. *One of the proudest days of my life was when my high school students voted me "best dressed." To be fair, most of the other teachers looked like they were ready to hit the climbing wall at the gym after work -- but still, I'll take the compliment, thankyouverymuch. *I'm a mystery-novel-loving pescetarian who spends way too much time online.
I've been blogging since 2007 in separate places about books I've read and, more recently, about life with my new baby. Both blogs started to blur together and it seemed strange to keep compartmentalizing my life, so I've decided to combine everything here on larking.
Did you notice the url? It's a reference to one of the poems I loved sharing with students back in my previous life as an English teacher. (A little depressing, I know. Most of the time I'm a "glass is half full" person. Really.)
I also have a little shop on etsy I just opened on April 9th. Most of what I make is from upcycled book pages -- I love the idea of crafting new things out of something beautiful and old and giving it a new life, especially when that thing is covered with what I am obsessed with the most: words, words, words. (Did I mention that I'm a lapsed English teacher who can't shut up?)
Welcome to my blog! Please drop me a line any time: larkingshop at gmail dot com.