Thursday, November 12, 2020

Random tidbits on a rainy Thursday evening

 This week is flying by. After the relief of the election being called for Biden last Saturday I've found myself feeling a good bit lighter in general. I know the toddler-in-chief is throwing temper tantrums and making threats, but all of my worries about what he might do to steal the election, which kept me awake at night for months, seemed to evaporate all at once when I got the news, like a pin popping a balloon. I burst into tears from sheer relief, and ever since I've just felt like no matter what Trump tries to do over the next two months, it just doesn't matter anymore. He's pathetic and I can't wait to see him gone! 

My buddy Little P. continues to be a joy. I got Gregg a new pair of binoculars for his birthday, and he suggested that P. might want his old ones. They're not very good, but I knew that a little kid wouldn't care about that, so I took them to the office with me the next day. I told his mom about them that morning before I saw him and she said, "Has he been talking to you about binoculars?!" with a funny tone of voice. I said, "No, why?" and she told me that he had been talking about wanting binoculars off and on for a while! She said it was almost eerie how in tune with him I seem to be! Of course, I told her it was Gregg's idea, and it was, but the coincidence was perfect. You should have seen his face when I gave them to him that afternoon! He was so happy. The day after that his beloved uncle, visiting from Atlanta, came to pick him up from our school, and despite being thrilled to see his "Uncle JJ" he came to my desk to give me a hug first thing. He said, "Mrs. Barlow, my uncle JJ has four motorcycles!" and I looked up at the uncle, laughed, and said, "P., everyone should have an uncle with four motorcycles!" They left together after that, with the uncle teasing his sister, "See ya later....I'm going to buy this boy a cheeseburger" because P. and his mom are vegetarians. Mom just rolled her eyes at her brother and laughed. They're such a nice family. Uncle works for the CDC in Atlanta and was quite handsome and all the office ladies had to come out and meet him and talk to him. You can tell P. worships him! A close relationship with a "cool uncle" is something to cherish.

The remnants of Hurricane Eta have been blowing over us for two days now, flooding the area with rain and making for the kind of afternoons that you just long to be at home curled up with a good book. Speaking of books, I had some drama with my Barnes and Noble Nook account. Apparently a bunch of servers went down and there was a mass erasure of libraries for a whole bunch of customers, me included. I nearly had a heart attack; I've had a Nook for years and years now and my digital library is up to about 200 books. That's a lot of money invested even though I shop the "$2.99 and under" deals a lot. I ended up calling Customer Service a couple of times, and now I'm glad to say that my whole library appears to be back after two or three weeks. Such a relief!

I'll wrap up this random post with some pictures I took over the last couple of weeks. As usual, I'll try to catch up on my blog reading and commenting over the weekend. 



Homemade empanadas the Spanish teacher at our school brought to me for lunch the other day! 

She's such a sweetheart. She's forever making or buying food for her classes to add to their Spanish learning experience, and she always surprises me with lunch when she does. These were absolutely delicious! 

The Marcoman.



I snapped a picture of my vote last week......


......and then this is my friend Marian and I raising a glass of champagne last Saturday after the Biden/Harris win was announced!


Last, the view from the front doors of our school on Monday morning right as the first class of the day was starting. It felt like a good omen, the beautiful rainbow with our flag in front! May it be so.

Have a great weekend!


51 comments:

  1. I suspect our fired president is terrified he's going to have to learn the harmony part in Jailhouse Rock.

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    1. "the harmony part of Jailhouse Rock" Hahahaha!!!! Good one, Dave!! You have such a way with words!

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  2. I believe your rainbow may be a double, or has reflected itself beautifully in the sky.

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    1. You know, I thought I saw a faint double in the sky, too. The rainbow was so vivid (not really captured in this photo) that everyone that had offices looking out at it took pictures and posted them all over social media. It was a rare beauty!

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  3. I think many people have seen that rainbow this week.

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    1. I think of leprechauns and pots of gold, and good luck when I see a rainbow...and Joe Biden is Irish!

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  4. I think last Saturday ....there were a lot of champagnes glasses clinking......

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    1. And people dancing in the streets! I loved it all!

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  5. I think we found the end of the rainbow - last Saturday!

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  6. I saw your rainbow in my head , i have also been so happy, relieved, giddy, but wary. Trained for four long years to be distrustful of just about everything. Great binocular story! LOVE

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  7. What a lovely set of events and coincidences - little P. and the binoculars, the delicious surprise lunch, the rainbow - and last but not least, the champagne!
    Your lighter, happier mood shines through this entire post, like the champagne in the glasses (not a very good analogy, but I guess you get my meaning).

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    1. I do get your meaning! Lighter like champagne bubbles climbing up the glass! :)

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  8. So many champagne glasses were clinking last week, you could hear the sound all the way here. I love your friendship with Little P!

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    1. I've grown increasingly fond of the little guy. :)

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  9. I'm sure I also heard all the cheering and clinking glasses from all(or most) USA bloggers right across in the East of England!
    Love the idea of passing on the old binoculars to someone who will love them

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    1. According to his mom, he's mentioned "birdwatching" a couple of times. She has no idea what prompted that, but a pair of cheap binoculars might be the start of a hobby for him. I think it's good to encourage even passing interests young kids show. You never know what might turn into something down the road!

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  10. I love hearing about you and Little P....he sounds like a great kid! You are lucky that you are allowed to hug him. I think that over here teachers etc. are not allowed to even touch their pupils if they have fallen and hurt themselves!

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    1. We both wear masks, and our hugs are kind of quick and sideways so that we're not facing each other! I'm very careful.

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    2. I meant that teachers have not been able to hug/comfort little kids long before covid !!

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    3. Oh! My mistake! Actually, P. is not a student at our school, he's much younger than our students. His mother is one of our Guidance Counselors and since the lower grades dismiss an hour and a half before middle school, a bus brings him over to sit in his mom's office to wait for her to get off work. Mom and I are friends, and have now visited each others' houses. I would be much more careful about ever hugging a student who actually attended our school!

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  11. It's a new day. I share your relief.

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    1. I'm ready for the new year to get here, and the inauguration.

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  12. Good to hear your lightness of being after such a heavy time. Love the story of P and the binoculars. My 6 yr old GS loves using mine.

    Your Spanish teacher is so good to bring the culture alive for her class. Back when my daughter was in high school, she did a speech about Vietnamese culture for a social studies class. One of my work colleagues was Vietnamese and helped provide not only pertinent information, but she also handmade fresh spring rolls for the entire class. A lesson they all fondly remembered.

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    1. Our Spanish teacher is a real treasure. She works so hard to bring Latin American cultures alive for her students, even when it involves her spending her own money and free time to make it possible.

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  13. lil P! marco! empanadas! votes! booze! rainbows! can this post get any better? NO!

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  14. That last picture says it all.
    I am loving Little P. That boy is going to be something and you will have reason to be proud. It's not just having great fun uncles that are important. Precious loving "aunties" are invaluable too.

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    1. My favorite comment in a while! Thank you, Mary.

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  15. We share your relief, things are looking better.

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  16. I never vote a straight party a few other races that need my vote.
    So happy you are feeling better. Now the orange one needs to depart.
    Take Care.

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    1. I normally wouldn't vote straight party but this year it felt important to do it to send a message. Good to hear from you, Gayle.

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  17. We are getting the remnants of your hurricane blowing over the Atlantic right now.

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  18. That's awesome about the binoculars! I'm glad you made Little P's day. (I almost called him "Mr. P," which is what Dave's students call him -- LOL!)

    I didn't realize the bad weather we've been having this weekend is from Eta, as Tom said above! The things you learn through blogging!

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    1. That's funny, Steve. Yesterday late in the afternoon the principal let Little P. use the school intercom, and he announced to the whole building: "Hi, I'm Mr. P--- . I wanted to tell everyone to have a good weekend!" He called himself Mr. (firstname) and it made us all laugh!

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  19. I think the country is breathing easier these days. Our William has an old set of binoculars as well, and it is a very big deal to him. He also has a very cool uncle. At least that is what my son tries to tell him. :D

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    1. Haha! I never really had an uncle I was close to. Gregg and I tried to fill the cool uncle and auntie roll to his nieces and nephews when they were small. Not sure how successful we were--I suppose I could ask them!

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    2. I am SURE you were the cool uncle and auntie !

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