This week marks the 100th day of school. Ironic that our staff can’t decide if yesterday was the actual day or today, but we’re only teachers. And there is always controversy over whether we should just count the days the children are in school or those days plus our professional days that exclude them. Someone asked me yesterday, “When is the 100th day of school?” and I diplomatically answered, “Sometime this week!” The truth is that I don’t really care. We will celebrate every day this week. We will count to 100 every day this week. We will talk about different ways to count to 100. We will talk about remembering the rules of school because we have had PLENTY of time to learn them. J What is foremost in my mind is that we now have fewer than 100 days left to accomplish the monumental task of getting these little jewels ready for first grade. One third are already skilled and confident enough and I am simply “polishing the diamond”. Others need a little more chiseling here and there.
Megan sent me a link to this article about the vast range of sodium content of food. Please note that it lists a “100 fold difference within the frozen potato product category”. That means manufacturers of some frozen French fries are literally throwing salt on our wounds!! Let’s make them stop. And several people asked me how McDonald’s and others take that little 100mg beef patty and turn it into a 2,070mg burger. I don’t know! Gary and I figured our burger: 100mg for the patty, 250mg cheese slice, 180mg bun, + condiments. Even if we put on three or four or five condiments at 100mg each we still couldn’t reach 2,070. I don’t know what they do unless they start by putting about 1,000mg of sodium into their beef to cover up something.
Gary and Robert are planning their guy’s lunch today. They don’t get a chance to hang out together very often because of their work schedules. I suspect there will be a lot of talk of cars and football and summer plans.
I’m getting more excited about our trip to VT this summer. I know, I know. It isn’t even spring. But I have to at least keep it in the back of my mind so that I will be prepared financially. And I so love a road trip! There is nothing better than driving off to parts unknown, seeing new sights, and experiencing how other people live. Much better than flying in a metal tube all jammed up like sardines with a crying baby and some guy who forgot to shower.
I’m looking forward to seeing my grandchildren again. We have “lost touch” as they have gotten older. They have their own lives and are far too busy to care about mine. That is the natural order of things. We will watch Hope graduate from high school and then she will be off to college in some foreign land and we probably won’t see her until she graduates again. Austin will make polite conversation with us during our visit and then he will return to his world until he graduates. I console myself with the fact that I did the same thing with my absent grandparents. We grew close again after I became an adult and I hope the same will happen with my own grandchildren. If not, they are both on Facebook and I can continue to view their lives from a distance. Of course Katrina and I will have time to visit and talk and plan out the lives of the aforementioned grandchildren. Just because they don’t ask for my opinions doesn’t mean I don’t give them. Lol Teenagers have no idea what goes on behind their backs!
I remarked on Facebook that I wish I had the time and ability to pursue more things that I would like to accomplish. As I turn sixty there are definitely some things I wish I had learned to do. Perhaps I’ll never speak Spanish or play the guitar (both attempted), but there are a few things that might deserve another try. After all, I’m older and wiser now!
Someone’s birthday will be celebrated Thursday, and SEVEN, including mine, next month! Wow! Get the balloons and candles ready!
Have a great day!