Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Eight Points with No Return

1. I want to comment on the Atlanta Public Schools' cheating scandal. I've typed out my observations [rantings] and general conclusions [more rantings], but I've found that they come across as rather scrambled and crazy. Maybe I can revise it?

*raises puny fist*

2. My friend Laura's in town from Florida and camping out at her daughter's condo so that she can be there to allow the installers of new cabinetry access to the kitchen. I hung out with her yesterday, and Laura asked [cajoled] me into helping her put together her daughter's new gas grill. There were two brains [Laura's and mine], two sets of directions [Laura had the ones in English; I had the ones in another language, but we had the same pictures], and not much brawn. We needed brawn, then brains. I guess this is why God created Adam first and then Eve.

*remembers own grill being outsourced to nephew, Andrew*

3. Tallulah has taken to camping out in a potted plant on the deck to watch the birds. She thinks the greenery camouflages her rather superb, yet geographical location to the bird bath.

*shakes head*

4. It dawned on me yesterday that I now have three former students[that I know of] who are high school English teachers: Claire, Tabitha, and now Mary.

*shakes head again*

5. I read Same Kind of Different As Me. Loved it.

6. Last week's yard work brought me this week's poison ivy. I chatted with a PA at the Clinic in the Walmart in Clayton, Georgia, just to make sure that this inflamed mess on my arm was indeed poison ivy.

Me: I just want to make sure that this is poison ivy and not a virulent form of an unknown infection or a bite from some pesky, but deadly, insect.
PA from Walmart's Clinic: Yep. Poison ivy.
Me: Why does it look so inflamed?
PA: Cuz it is.
Me: Should I buy something to put on it?
PA: You can, but it won't do no good. Two weeks with stuff on, it will be gone. Two weeks without stuff, it will be gone.
Me: I've been putting Benadryl on it.
PA: Uh huh.
Me: Any other advice?
PA: [drily] Don't get in it any more.

Bwhahaha. So funny. Except not.

7. I'm in love with Healthy Choice fudge bars. It's probably the chemical additives.

8. I heard this song the other day on the radio. The first time I have heard it in years. I know that we [my friends and I -- this song came out in 1967] used to speculate [just like the folks at the dinner table in the song's lyrics] as to why Billie Joe McCallister jumped off the Tallahatchee Bridge.

But I don't think that's the point of the song.



  1. Girl! That arm so doesn't look good. Did the lady at the pharmacy also tell you not to scratch it because it will go away in 2 weeks :P. And now you have me wanting to hear your rant about cheating and the Public School system....taps foot while impatiently waiting :)


  2. Oh that looks miserable. I can still remember when I saw my brother with the worst case I have ever seen, cracked face and all UGH. I loved Same Different as Me too, my friend (wonderwoman, I call her) puts grills together by herself, used to work at Home Depot for fun and they had races to see who could put them together fastest. Me I would be clueless, I would pay the extra $10.00 to have them do it! Wonderful post as usual! Lori

  3. And I love Tallulah, thinking she is hidden. Cats are just such characters :-)

  4. Oh yowza on that arm, sister. I've never had poison ivy -- counting my blessings on that one.

    As for Tallulah...she cracks me up. Like Mother like Cat...

  5. Hi, I don't know if you remember me but I was also a former student of yours at KMHS :-) My name is Diana Sevidal. You taught me my 9th grade year in 2001-2002. I'm also an English teacher now. I will be teaching 9th grade Literature and Composition at Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, GA. I have to move by the end of the month. I'm very excited. I hope I can keep in touch with you as I go through my first year of teaching. I'll need/want all the support I can get :-)

  6. Of course, Diana, I remember you. Congratulations on your job --- and best of luck to you --- email me anytime -- I'll be happy to give you all kinds of advice from my seat here in retirement.


  7. Cathy Johnston McClureJuly 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Well Harriett, Girl Friend.......I see I finally need to comment on your blog....which, BTW I love!! But going to a PA at the Wal-Mart Cinic???!!!! Hummmmm.....given my considerable experience with Wal-Mart folk up here in E. Tenn. I think you may have done better by looking for a local "witch Dr."....maybe you did!!! Like reading about your recent reads also. Got that Kindle yet??

  8. Cathy Johnston McClureJuly 19, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Oh yeah..............you don't know why BJMC jumped off the bridge????............