Just what might such a "Parade of Awesome" include? I'm glad you asked. In date order, I bring you the the calendar of events...
April 4-5: Conference for my summer position as Director of Workshops and Resources (one of the Operations Director roles) at Teach For America's Chicago Institute (actual conference is in Houston, TX)
April 5-11: Maxing and relaxing with my family-in-law on Hilton Head Island, SC
April 13: Day of shadowing at the middle school where I will work next year in Alexandria, VA
April 16-17: Koha (open source library software) Conference in Plano, TX
April 24-26: Conference for my summer position as Director of Workshops and Resources at Teach For America's Chicago Institute in Chicago, IL
April 27-29: NJLA Conference in Long Branch, NJ (I'm totally pumped to be attending both the pre-conference on Tween Services and GSBA Luncheon with John Green; my excitement for all of the terrific NJLA YA Section programs is a given)
May 3: Half-Marathon in Long Branch, NJ (goal is sub 2 hours)
May 4-18: Belated HONEYMOON in Italy!
May 20-25: Wedding and festivities for friends in Denver, Co
June 5: Little brother's Rock-n-Roll wedding at the Madison Hotel (pretty!)
June 9-July 29: Rockin' out in the resource room with leveled readers, manipulatives, teaching guides and new teachers at Teach For America's Chicago Institute at our host university, Illinois Institute of Technology. (the photo is of one of last summer's resource rooms)
And then, in August, I'll probably do a few little things, like buy a house and move to Virginia.
Let the parade begin!