- It's mid-January, so I finally feel safe in saying congratulations, friends: we have survived another season of unnecessary apostrophes! We can at last turn our gazes to the contents of our mailboxes without fear. I love Christmas cards and newsletters so much, so I've more or less made peace with the trauma I'm dealt each holiday season as my eyes are repeatedly assaulted with good-intentioned missives from "The Smith's" or "The Jones'." (IT PAINED ME SO MUCH TO TYPE THAT LAST PHRASE.) Now we're back to the standard fare of bills, ads, and scams every day! ...yay?
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- We've reached the time of year of Late Starts. Schools around here will do just about anything to keep from outright canceling (and the parents are guh-RATEFUL) because we don't want to send our kids to school through July. Enter: the two-hour delay! -30 degree wind chill? Two hour delay! Slick roads? Two hour delay! Blowing snow causing low visibility? Two hour delay! We have one today, which is why I am writing this rather than packing endless lunches for our kids (someone remind me to write a post regarding how much I loathe packing school lunches). I'm not really sure why there is a two hour delay on this particular day; we had a full day last Friday and I'm pretty sure the temp was almost exactly the same as it is this morning- like, to the degree. Expected temperature of -4 at 8 a.m.? Check. Wind chill of -22? Check. Lightly snowing? Check. This also means I have to sign off social media for extended periods of time as I get unreasonably bitter toward people who live in warmer climates but still complain about the cold. "Brrr! It's thirty degrees out today! I searched everywhere and finally found my gloves lololol. #cold #winter #socold." Me:
- A while back I went on a field trip with Caedmon's class to the Science Center of Des Moines. I'm pretty sure that, in addition to keeping all the children in your group alive, chaperones are supposed to help keep the kids engaged and point out interesting things they might learn. I would have done that (the latter, I mean, not the former; all my kids made it back alive, thank you very much), but I got distracted by how much these conceptions of dinosaurs on display there
And does that mean this
was actually this?
Something to ponder.