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.

*shrugs*

8 comments:

  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 :)

    Jules

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  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

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

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  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...

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  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 :-)

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  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.

    :)

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  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??

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

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

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