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in the hoosegow

Saturday, April 25, 2009


The woman seating us at brunch today asked if my armband animals were bees or wasps. "Bees," I replied. She mentioned something about them hurting or being afraid, and my husband said, "No, she's an entomologist. She likes them." She seemed perplexed and asked if I'd ever been stung. "Yes." She looked even more puzzled. She couldn't seem to disconnect the tattoo from the sting.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

house: purchased

I believe the subject says it all.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

ms. sourpuss

I feel like I spend so much of my day telling kids what not to do that I am getting a perma-frown on my face. My 7th graders were better today, although we're watching a movie. They sat and watched and some took notes (I'd explained why they might want to). Sixth grade, though, had to be reminded over and over again to be quiet and why they should be quiet (they were writing suspenseful stories and writing takes quiet to focus). I finally disciplined a couple of the worst offenders who then begged for another chance. The stories I read blossomed into intriguing tales, but wouldn't have had a chance to thrive without quiet thought.

Hoo boy.

Science club was fun, though. We ate outside, talked about how the eye works, how cameras worked, and did a quick project. They made sun prints, some of which came out nice and crisp. I have a few papers left to try some myself one day.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

why don't i?

Why don't I write more?

a. I'm lazy
b. I prefer reading what others have written
c. it gets in the way of a good solitaire game
d. it's mostly drivel anyway, so who cares?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

super bad friday

"Super bad" as in really good.

I finally got my wedding ring and it is small and lovely. We looked at fridges and decided which type to buy for the new place. I didn't have to go to work. I realized that we have 7 weeks of school left. I thought a lot about the fact that my colleagues are sad & pissed that I'm leaving and at least one is complaining to Monsignor. That makes me feel better about the whole situation. My weight is sitting just about 125, which is my goal (for now) weight.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

holy crap thursday

For some reason, I came home after my half day, ate lunch, and fell asleep for 2+ hours. I almost never nap during the day. The exhaustion, it is upon me. It might have something to do with sitting still for a 1/2 hour that seemed more like 3 hours as the rosary cycle was prayed around me. Not even my kids laughing silently at how dorky "jesus" looked with his askew crown of thorns stirred me from my Lenten prayer service stupor.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

science for poor kids

It occurred to me yesterday that someone ought to be providing the sort of visiting scholar, hands-on, expert in the school science education to underprivileged school that is provided for schools that can afford it. The question I'm still pondering: where would the money come from? There must be quite a bit, for supplies, class development, and at least a few salaries. A grant might provide starter funds, but could this sort of venture be self-sustaining?