It was so interesting to have my schoolwork done already yesterday. I usually work after church and don’t get home until 3 or 4, at which time I mostly just pout until bedtime. Instead of doing that yesterday, I went to the mall! Woo hoo!
I recently tore one of my long-sleeve shirts while taking it off (I must be getting stronger), so I wanted to find a new shirt. I found two. They were both only $12. Awesome!
The Gus is for scale.
In the evening, I watched some TV and didn’t pout at all.
I wanted to do something unusual this weekend because it’s an unusually long weekend. I briefly considered an overnight in a hotel, but I have to play piano for the childrens choir this morning in church, so I had to stay local.
Instead, I asked Denis to go on a road trip. We decided to visit the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. I hear about it every once in a while and have been curious about it. It is a collection of medical specimens and oddities originally gathered for doctors to look at. Now it’s open to the public.
It was a really cool old building.
It was smaller than I thought, and really crowded. It was interesting though. They don’t let you take pictures inside because many of the displays are actual body parts from actual people, and they say pictures would be disrespectful. I only got slightly queasy. There were LOTS of fetuses in jars.
After the museum, we went to King of Prussia mall. I have been there before, but I forgot how truly gigantic it is. We walked and walked and walked, and I still think we might have missed some of the mall. It was cool though.
They have every store imaginable.
Today is already the second day of my weekend. Woo hoo! We are off on President’s Day, but we also take the Friday before off too. It’s called “Winter Break” and is there in case we don’t get any snow days. Believe me, we really need this break. The kids have been so squirrely lately, and the teachers have been so sick.
I got up at my regular school day time yesterday and went in to school. I got caught up on all my grading. I have a little planning to do before Tuesday, and of course there is always a lot of long-term stuff, but otherwise, this will be a worry-free, guilt-free weekend of relaxing.
I didn’t take a picture of my classroom work yesterday, so here’s a picture of Gus sitting next to me in the dark this morning:
The aquarium light looks bright in this picture. It’s pretty dark in the room though.
I got a valentine from a student on Wednesday that was a little foil package I was supposed to lay on a table and punch. That was supposed to break a packet inside that inflated a small balloon. It mostly worked (I had to help the balloon break free from the packaging).
It was very interesting. I had never seen such a thing before. The balloon made sizzling noises while it inflated, and it got cold. I was curious, so I cut the balloon open:
Clear plastic packet and some water.
I did a little searching on the internet, and it appears to have been an acid/carbonate reaction that produces carbon dioxide (like vinegar and baking soda). Clever.
Every once in a while, I like getting and trying new things when I see them at the grocery store. I recently saw “Orange Crush” flavored Pop Tarts. I was extremely curious, so I decided to try them.
I have had orange-flavored pastries before – orange scones, orange-frosted cinnamon rolls… It seemed like these had the potential to taste good.
They weren’t bad, but they didn’t really taste like orange to me. They were just kind of a sweet/fruity taste. My favorite flavor of Pop Tart is the brown sugar and cinnamon kind. I think I’ll stick with that for my Pop Tart needs.