Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet

Day 94


Well, you don’t really need to smell my feet.  But today was the day of the PTO haunted house.  There was a friendly version from 5:00 to 6:00 (lights on), trick or treating through the school hallways from 6:00 to 7:00, and a scary version of the haunted house from 7:00 to 8:00 (lights out).

There was no chasing of the pregnant art teacher by ghouls.  There were many cute and clever costumes, lots and lots of children, and tremendous noise levels.  Denise’s grandson was adorable as a Lego block.  Denise herself wore an owl costume that her daughter created, while Holly utilized her pregnancy to great effect as an eight ball.  I put very little thought or effort into my representation of Little Red Riding Hood, but the kids grabbing candy from me didn’t seem to mind.

Freaky Friday

Day 93

It’s not everyday one gets to film the principal dressed in a ghoul costume chasing the pregnant art teacher as an advertisement for the next day’s PTO haunted house.  And go through several takes because the assistant principal keeps wondering on mic if it’s causing the art teacher to go into labor.

The Know-It-All

Day 91

I have this cousin who is studying mechanical engineering as a freshman at one of our state universities.  The kid is practically a genius, yet as laid-back as they come.  He has a very dry sense of humor, which (you will shortly see) his mother shares.  Anyway, this recent Facebook conversation between him and his mother cracked me up.

Cousin:  Spectrophotometric analysis prelab! it’s like Christmas in October!!! And it’s just such a helpful skill in the real world!

Aunt: It IS helpful in the real world when you need to determine the concentration of a chemical in a solution by evaluating the amount of light the substance absorbs. I use one all the time at work.

Cousin: Lol. The Internet has betrayed me.

The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side

Day 90

 Since I’m not superstitious, I will state unequivocally that the fact I left out part of the coffee-maker (no coffee today), almost left the house in my slippers, briefly lost power in a storm, and had a no-show volunteer this afternoon had absolutely nothing to do with what happened this morning to my mirror.  After all, I also had fifth graders run my checkout desk like pros, a brilliantly-behaved first grade class, and a student this morning who declared herself a “library ninja” (complete with stealth moves).  It’s all just a part of life in all its messy glory.

Chain Letter

Day 89

Caitlin over at theroommom nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  I always enjoy reading Caitlin’s comments and know she understands the whole “kids and their books thing.”  Being the information nerd queen professional that I am, I went on a search to discover the background of this award, and found absolutely nothing.  There are some rules, though, and they sound suspiciously like a chain letter.  However, since Caitlin was so nice to nominate me, and it lets me showcase some of my own favorite blogs, I think we’ll call it a networking tool.  That’s it, a very nice award and networking tool!

The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link to the site. (see above)
  2. Write seven things about yourself that other bloggers don’t know.
  3. Nominate fifteen other deserving blogs.

The seven things:

  1. I’m shorter than a lot of my fifth grade students.
  2. I’d rather recaulk the tub than cook.
  3. English literature and mystery novels make my day.
  4. Chocolate always wins.
  5. I once played a Korean in our high school version of MASH (we were a very heterogeneous student body).
  6. If the NHL would get its act together and actually have a season this year I would be thrilled.
  7. I have been to the island of Inishmore.

Fifteen Blogs :

  1. Love, Meesh
  2. The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee
  3. On the Way Home
  4. Sew Many Ways
  5. Grumperina Goes to Local Yarn Shops and Home Depot
  6. Happy Stitches
  7. Knitting to Stay Sane
  8. Wendy Knits
  9. Now Norma Knits
  10. Awful Library Books
  11. A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette
  12. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
  13. Cheap Chic Home
  14. Gourmet Felted
  15. Handmade by Rosie Pink