In January, Matt and I headed to New Orleans for a Scrabble tournament. I played in a lite open division (players rated 1300 and less) and I did fairly well. I ended up 8th overall and won $115 for being the 2nd highest of those who started out in the lower half of the division. My rating had a nice large jump and briefly I was in the top 10 in the nation for ratings gain.
In February I headed to Austin for the TCEA convention. My cousin who works at a hotel there was able to give me a great discount at a Hampton in for the week. It was an interesting conference to attend and this year I had someone to each lunch with a few times.
Matt did a great job on my Valentine's day flowers this year. He got me a bouquet of purple flowers. We went to dinner at Maggiano's which was delicious as always.
I've had to step up as a leader among our district librarians as we are making an effort to make some changes for us within the district. I helped draft a letter that we presented at a board meeting in February. We are planning a meeting with the superintendent and plan to attend the next board meeting on Monday.
I applied for a Leadership Institute that is part of the Texas Library Association as well. Matt has pushed me to apply for some time now, but I wasn't eligible to do so until this year. I found out at the beginning of March that I was accepted as a TALL Texan. I'll be going to training for five days in Dallas this summer. I was one out of 24 librarians accepted from across the state.
Matt and I went to another Scrabble tournament at the end of February - this time in Houston. We both didn't do very well. I was in division 3 and he was in division 1 but we both ended up in 9th place out of 12. He actually moved up some and I moved down about 4 places from our beginning rankings. I lost some rating points at this tournament. On the bright side, we did get to have lunch with Josh while in town.
Spring break was last week and I was a slug for the first half of it. I slept late, read, and watched t.v. I finally got productive on Thursday when I started cleaning the house. Matt took me to dinner on Sunday night since we didn't get a chance to do anything fun. I told him that I earned dinner and a margarita after cleaning the toilets.
Yesterday Matt found out that his collection of African American Funeral Programs has won an award. It's the Texas Digital Libraries Trailblazer Award. We are going to an awards ceremony in May.
So for your viewing pleasure here's a picture of my foot now that it's bruising nicely.