Two Weirdos

Preparations for my big move this summer have been taking most of my free time, so I don’t have much time to enjoy my garden these days. Yesterday I took a stroll through and noticed that two of my weirdest flowers were blooming.

The pitcher plant in my pond didn’t bloom last year, because it wasn’t well-established yet. This year I got two blooms. They look like flying saucers. Ha!

I love the color.

I love the color.

Here's what the bottom looks like.

Here’s what the bottom looks like.

My dragon lily is blooming too. This usually blooms in the first warmth of spring. It’s been a confusing couple of months for this plant though, because it was so warm early on, then cold again. The flower usually smells like rotting meat, but only for a day or so. I missed it. I’m not too disappointed. It’s a very convincing replication of the odor.

So weird.

So weird.

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2 Responses to Two Weirdos

  1. Lauren says:

    Sorry you missed your rotten meat plant. I’m not even being flippant. I am genuinely sorry.

    That other one is pretty cool looking!

  2. Lauren says:

    Um, I don’t know why that says that in the link. It’s actually a link to a stinky plant.

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I regularly wipe off the student desks in my classroom. Mostly it’s about keeping the writing surfaces clean, but it also helps keep germs from spreading.

I usually use Clorox disinfectant wipes – lemon flavor. I like how they smell. Recently, I got a sample pack of Lysol wipes – lavender flavor. I used them yesterday, even though lavender cleaners never smell like lavender. I like what real lavender smells like, but artificial lavender scent is awful.

I was surprised. The wipes smelled more like lavender than any cleaner or air freshener I’ve ever smelled. I still like the cleaning power of the Clorox ones better, but now I know where to go if I ever need a more authentic lavender scent.

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It’s been a crazy week. This is the last week of classes for eighth graders, but not the rest of the school. This coming week, the middle school goes on overnight field trips. The week after that, there is still more class. The kids are restless. The teachers are busy.

Heidi hasn’t had her baby yet. Kayla gets married tomorrow. Today is graduation day at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. (That doesn’t really have anything to do with anything, but I heard it on the news today.)

I’m looking forward to this weekend. We have Monday off. It will give me extra time to sort through stuff at my house and pack a little.

I don’t have a picture to go with this post, so here’s a picture of Jackie Chan that I had in my phone:

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A Cube

Moving to Hawaii is complicated. It’s far away, and it’s across water. I briefly considered taking nothing but the clothes on my back, but I do have a few household things that I would like to take along.

There are cheaper ways to send stuff that take greater effort and more time. But I don’t have much time, and my supply of effort is running low. Instead, I’ve decided to go with a company that has a shipping container that’s a six-foot cube. They bring it to your house, you load it, you lock it, and they ship it to Hawaii. It is more expensive, but still do-able.

Yesterday I talked with the people on the phone about some questions I had, and I asked about an email they sent regarding a discount of some kind. They said they needed more containers in Hawaii, so they were offering $300 off for anyone who was going there. Woo hoo!

Now I just need to figure out which 216 cubic feet of possessions I will be taking…

I even called after the 72 hours had passed.

I even called after the 72 hours had passed.

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Friends and Co-workers

A couple of my co-workers are retiring after this school year. Linda and Kathy have both been at the school for a while, so they are well-known and well-loved. Kathy’s husband worked with me at my former school, so I’ve known her for a while now.

Yesterday after school, Kathy stopped by my room and said that while she was shopping, she saw something that reminded her of me, so she got it:

Perfect for my new place

Perfect for my new place

I guess I will need to get some flip-flops. I don’t think I currently have any. My summer shoe of choice has been sneakers the last few years.

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