So, there are a few things that have happened over the past few weeks that are worthy of a mention on the old blog. Unfortunately, they don’t really meld together very well, so I’ll have to revert to the old listing method. However, because I think that lists are kind of a blah, lazy way of blogging, I’m going to make my list more interesting by making it Schoolhouse Rock themed! Yeah!
1. When you’re in the dark and you want to see, You need uh….Electricity, Electricity.
I traversed to the school at the beginning of last week only to discover as I walked in the door that things seemed rather, um, dark. The electricity was out. I asked them why (they had had a school delay before because of losing electricity) and they said they didn’t know, but they thought that they were going to be able to get it back up soon, so they weren’t sending the kids home.
So, I walked down the dim hallway to the window-lit classroom where the kids were wearing their coats (no heat) and trying to hold it in (everything in the bathroom is automatic – flush, faucet, soap – so they didn’t want the kids to use the bathroom unless it was an emergency). It was an interesting morning. There were a lot of hallway discussions between teachers and principal. There were a lot of false hopes when lights flickered briefly on:
Teachers: “Yay! The electriciy is on! No! It went out again!”
Kids: “Noooo! The electricity is on! Yay! It went out again! Maybe we’ll get to go home!”
There was an early lunch brought in from another school because they couldn’t make anything in the cafeteria without electricity, and finally, the inevitable, some calls home to let the parents know that they were closing school early.
2. Though Geraldine played hard to get, uh-huh-huh, Geraldo knew he’d woo her ye-het.
There is a Men’s Group at the community center where I work. They get together once a month to make food, eat food, and catch up on the latest man gossip. For this month, they put together a Valentine’s Dinner for their wives, and, as my ringleader Mike is in charge of Men’s Group, I was enlisted to help. So I decorated – Hearts! You need to cut out more hearts! – and I helped in the kitchen – Food! Give us more food!. No, I didn’t cook anything. One of the Men’s Group participants (and a familiar face around the community center) who goes by the nickname Hot Shot, did most of the cooking. Julianna (Mike’s wife and one of my fellow McCreary volunteers) and I just dished out the food. Tricia (new McCreary volunteer) and “Chris” (a pretty cool kid who goes to SPARK) were the waiters. Mike was the maitre d. It went really well. I think the couples who came really enjoyed it and it was fun.
3. We hiked along without care. Then we ran into a bear.
To help cure my I-need-more-land-on-which-to-roam I-need-to-be-outside-more-often homesickness, I made my way down to Cumberland Falls last weekend. I wore my Michigan sweatshirt so that I would blend in beautifully with all of the tourists and I wandered wherever the spirit led me. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. I could walk around without a coat (in February!) and the weather was just perfect for hiking. There are a lot of good hiking trails there and I explored a few and walked along the river as well. It was a perfect trip!
(And no, I didn’t meet a bear. But you could imagine that I met a bear…because that would be a much more exciting blog post.)
4. If you could skate, you would be great, if you could make a figure eight.
Speaking of walking around without a coat in February, the weather this past week was the weirdest that I’ve seen yet. It snowed on Sunday. It was a pretty warm, wet snow, but it was snow. It stuck to all the trees and it was lovely. It was the first real snow that I’ve seen the whole winter. I loved it. So I went out and built a snowman. And I christened him Little David after my fellow McCreary volunteer because really, he looked just like David. David is very round, with really skinny arms, and no legs. (Or something like that.) David. Snowman. David. Snowman. Who can tell the difference? As a result of this snow, I also had two snow days.
Fast forward to Thursday. It feels like spring. The birds are singing outside my window. I’m suffering seasonal confusion. It’s 70 degrees outside.
Um, I’m sorry, but what in the world kind of weather is this?
5. I put a dime in the drugstore record machine, Oldies Goldies started playing if you know what I mean.
Thursday was also Family Fun Night, which happened to be karaoke night. There wasn’t a huge turnout. I guess people are reluctant to participate in a family fun night that entails them standing up in the front of the Eagle Community Center cafegymatorium and singing at the top of their lungs. Oh, well. It was fun to watch the people who did want to participate. There was one family in particular (a family of one of the people who work at the community center) that really got into it. They sang several songs and even danced along. They were awesome.
Well, that finishes my list. For now. In a piece of sad news, I have not seen the cat that has been wandering around here lately. This makes me sad, because I like cats – but people around here seem to like dogs. So all I ever see are dogs. However if I ever do see that cat I know what I’m going to say to him: “Hello cat, you look good.”
P.S. Go ahead. Do it. You know you want to click on those links and listen to some educational tunes!