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Encrypted Message

As I was walking from my classroom to the office, I went past this:

I was fascinated that nearly all the letters were written backward. At first, I thought someone was trying to do it on purpose. I tried to read it backwards to see if there was a secret message. It’s gibberish, so I decided it must’ve been a little kid. I wondered if it was some kind of developmental thing to write letters all backward.

2 responses to “Encrypted Message”

  1. Deborah says:

    Yes, it is a developmental thing. 🙂

  2. Lauren says:

    Yep, developmental, and I am going to guess that the child is left-handed, too. The natural motion is to write away from your body.

    When I first started teaching preschool I freaked out when Elizabeth (left-handed) did this consistently. I thought I had a child with dyslexia or something.

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Towel Hunt

I got a Target gift card for Christmas, and was wondering what to do with it. I was thinking about maybe getting some new bathroom towels. I think new, soft towels are an absolute luxury. Plus, my current towels are unraveling a little, and I have houseguests here a lot more often that I did in Baltimore.

I’ve shopped around in the store and online, but it’s hard to find white towels with light blue accents, which is what would match my current bathroom rugs. I did find a pretty good match, but it’s cream-colored, and next to my white shower curtain and my white rugs, it looks kind of dirty. So I would have to get new everything? My gift card isn’t that big. I think I’ll keep looking…

Christmas in January

I didn’t check my mail on Saturday, so I checked yesterday. I had a package! It was from Debbie in Tennessee. It had Christmas presents in it! Woo hoo!

Everything she sent is so fun, but I have to comment about the mug. I have a Superman mug already, and Debbie knew that, but she had to send me this one because it is HUGE. I measured water as I poured it in. It’s 32 ounces. It holds a quart of coffee. Ha! That’s awesome!

Grocery Snapshot

Lauren was saying that she read a thing that said to take pictures or videos of your everyday life at home. Then later, you can look back on it and remember what things were like.

In keeping with that idea, I decided to lay out all my groceries from my weekly shopping trip. Every once in a while, things drop off of my list, or get added, so this may look different some time later in my life. For now, I present, my food for one week. (Actually, I have other food at home already, so this isn’t the only thing I’ll be eating for the next week.) Also for the archive, this cost $116

As requested, here is the list of prices (approximate amounts, for the sake of speed)
2 packs beef jerky $19
peanuts $5
2 packs flax $10 (which I just noticed are missing from the picture)
saltines $5
dozen eggs $4
2 gallons milk $13
4 frozen dinners $20
butter $7
rice pudding $5
Asian pears $7
artichoke $6
Parmesan cheese $11
tax $4

Roaming Reptile

Last year, the eighth graders and seventh graders had a contest where one class hid a small plastic lizard in my classroom somewhere, and the other class tried to find it. Then the finders would become the hiders. It was fun.

This year, the new eighth graders thought it would be fun to do again. There had been a few back-and-forths, when one of the kids hid the lizard in a place on the floor. Our cleaning guy must’ve thought it was trash and threw it away.

I told this story during faculty devotions, and Diane said she had a lizard she had confiscated as contraband from a second grader. Yesterday morning, she left it in my room. Yay! Let the games continue!

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