Monthly Archive: August 2007

Things that dropped my jaw this week… 39

Things that dropped my jaw this week…

I sat at an intersection where a school bus stopped to open it’s doors at a railroad crossing. Like they are legally required to do. Do you know what the guy driving the van behind the bus did? Honked. He honked his horn at the school bus who was doing what the back of the bus says it will do in BIG BLACK LETTERS. Jackhole. My son crawled out of bed and grabbed his cell phone and started texting someone at 6:50am. Kids these days and their texting. He can’t even speak until he’s had his shower, but he can...

One of the many things he doesn’t tell his friends about me… 41

One of the many things he doesn’t tell his friends about me…

LilZ was telling us about how in one class this week they were taking samples of things and seeing if they had bacteria on them. He said they decided to use one girl’s hair because she admitted to not having washed it in two days. I asked proudly, “Did you tell them I haven’t washed my hair since June of 2003?” Needless to say – he did not tell them that. Many of you have asked about that when I make a reference to my stance against shampoo. Probably because most of you have normal hair (like my husband) and...

In Defense of Miss South Carolina 45

In Defense of Miss South Carolina

It is no secret that I am a map geek. I have a degree in Professional Geography and worked making maps for six years. But – what you may not know – is that in college I also worked in summer workshops for teachers where we tried to teach them how to teach geography in a way that was more than “Label the Nile” or “What is the capital of Djibouti?” We taught that Geography is more than maps. These efforts caused me to be very well acquainted with the studies that show how ignorant Americans are about global locations....

It’s like I don’t even know the world I’m living in anymore… 25

It’s like I don’t even know the world I’m living in anymore…

I was in line behind a woman at Target last night who got carded for buying rubber cement. Seriously! First – we’re carding for rubber cement now? I mean – I understand that it is something the kids sometimes like to huff and it’s dangerous and deadly and kills brain cells and I get that. But we’re carding now? Really? How old do you have to be – 18? Because in Alabama you have to be 19 to buy cigarettes. So, do you just have to be an adult? And be 18? Or do you have to be old enough...