Galsies, linking up with Anne in Residence for Currently 07.2020 and with Trista at The Classy Chaos for her 20 Questions post. I enjoy putting together posts like this with prompts to respond to or questions to answer. Speaking of which… would love to have you join me for July’s 10 on the 10th link-up. In case you are new to the 10 on the 10th link up, please click here to learn more. This month, on 07.10.2020, we will be answering 10 questions about patriotism.
For today’s Currently 07.2020 we are posting about what we’re cooking, photographing, sharing, trying, and wondering. And they came straight from Anne already in ABC order!! You know how I like my alphabetical order.
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Hawaiian macaroni salad. As in this Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe I found on Pinterest. With ham, pasta, pineapple, carrots and green onions all splashed with this tangy dressing, I am pretty sure all the food groups are represented. Paired it with brats on the grill and baked beans.
The mound. On one of our recent walks into the desert near our house, we came across this 6-7′ long and 2′ high dirt mound. There was a cross made of weathered pieces of wood wired together with a clothes hanger on one end of the mound. And an arrow attached to the cross. Seemed very strange.
Two weeks ago, we walked back out to see if the mound was still there, and still as we remembered it. We found it to be pretty much the same except the recent rain had washed away some of the dirt in the middle. I had forgotten but PC remembered that there were shovels about 3 feet from the mound and they were still there. We decided to call the police.
The police (2 EPPD and 2 school district police cars because it was behind a middle school), took a look and a…sniff…and determined that it wasn’t a grave. Or if it was, maybe it was for an animal (small brontosaurus?). And that the shovels had been in the desert for awhile (maybe the grave had been too?). The police dismissed it and we were on our way.
Our pool. Or we were, until Lauren and Cami got sick. The kids have come over to swim 2 or 3 times so far this swimming season. But then Lauren and Cami came down with this ‘bug.’ Had hoped to be able to have them over for the 4th of July. Not sure that will happen now. How cute is this little mermaid?
Hello, Fresh. Lauren has started subscribing to Hello, Fresh meals in hopes of uncomplicating one area of their very full lives. They had a ‘backlog’ of meals so she offered me one. I chose these gouda vibes burgers. Oh, girls! Not only were they positively delicious. But also fun to make. We had a glass of wine and did the cooking together – between phone calls from my mom who was having a bad evening. The package contained everything we needed to make the burgers and wedge potatoes: ground beef, check; potatoes, check; but also onions, tomatoes, mayo, sour cream, even paprika.
How school is going to look next year. Even though I am retired, I am interested in what my former district is planning for the fall. Would like to return to subbing some but only under the right circumstances. And I have a vested interest because Lucia could begin kinder in August.
I still receive emails from the El Paso branch of the American Federation of Teachers and participated in a survey they sent out about my preferences for back to school plans. The results of the survey were released recently. The response to this question about social distancing spells things out pretty well.
Is social distancing a realistic expectation of your students?
1. Again, clear results – 4:1 No:Yes ratio. Kids are going to be kids, regardless of age.
2. Basic leadership tenet Districts are going to have to address at all levels, “Never give an order you can’t or won’t enforce.”
3. From classroom (you) all the way up to Superintendent, the leaders of the District are going to be faced with this challenge.
4. A great comment/truth from Elsa Luna, the EP AFT Elementary VP, “Little ones won’t understand the importance of constant washing of hands, keeping masks on. Parents send kids to school, even when sick, because we’re also daycare. These little ones don’t understand staying apart from others, especially from teachers. Even 5th graders reach out for hugs from their teacher!”
With our cases going up close to 200 a day, I am not certain I will be too anxious to begin substitute teaching right away. Will have to see how the germs settle.
I recently began following Trista’s blog at The Classy Chaos. She says that her blog allows her to share life’s experiences and her thoughts as she strives to retain a little bit of class while juggling the chaos of life. Me, too, Trista!! Except I have given up on class and just hoping to maintain a wee bit of sanity.
When I came across these questions on Trista’s blog I decided to take her up on the invitation to join her link-up featuring my responses.
10 – Morning person or night owl? Generally a morning person. But have been having trouble getting up as early as I would like.
So there you have it, my answers to Trista’s 20 questions. But inquiring minds want to know…what would your answers look like?
In a comment below or your own blog post, won’t you join Anne for Currently 07.2020 and Trista for 20 Questions. Let me know what you are currently cooking, photographing, sharing, trying, and wondering. Then copy and paste these questions with your good answers.