Shannon was right. She always is.

I registered for the Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference. Booyah.

Of course, I DO NOT KNOW A ONE PERSON attending, so…. that should be neat.

More on that as it gets closer. For now, PLEASE pray that I have the words and the time to write all the things I need to take with me.

Speaking of time… maybe I should explain the grad school thing.

It’s just not how I want to spend my time. I want to be a writer. And hang out with my friends and family in Marietta.

[That is officially the shortest explanation I’ve given to anyone at any point in this entire process.]

But that says it all. So there you go. And I don’t think Mt. Hermon needs explaining. Moving on…..

I feel like shaking off. You know, like when some sort of creepy crawly passes your foot on the ground and you are more than certain it instantly got into your shirt? You give one good shake just to ensure it falls off? I have felt so serious the last few days that it has become a bug in my shirt. I am NOT a serious person and all this seriousness creeps me out.

Here’s a good joke from school today. [Sharing a funny story is the blog version of a shake, I guess.]

I got observed by my assistant principal today. It went fine. The kids were AWESOME. I was blown away. After she left, one of my favorites came over and said, “Ms. Downs, can I ask you a question? How did I do?”

[insert explanation here: I tell the kids that the principal is coming to watch THEM to see if they are ready for 5th grade. It’s all part of the master web of deception that I weave throughout the year.]

I told him he was awesome. He said, “Yeah Downs, I could tell you were a little nervous. But she looked happy when she left. I don’t think you are going to lose your job.”

Huh. Okay. Well, that’s good to know. And another day passes that the 10 year olds of the world do not have to be concerned with my job security.

Maybe I should quit saying, “IF Y’ALL DON’T GET QUIET I AM SERIOUSLY GOING TO GET FIRED!”

It is apparently affecting them more than I realized. But it sure doesn’t make them shut up.

Well, we’ve had a long week. You’ve been a trooper. You deserve a good dance-off video courtesy of Dave Barnes. Happy Friday!