Feeling better today. As long as I don't do anything strenuous–loosen the lid on the pickle jar, say, or carry a baby up the stairs. But the rest of the time I'm no longer drowning and I can take a full breath. I even slept for six hours last night. At this rate of improvement I'm thinking I should be good as new within a few days. But if I can't access my own pickles by Friday, I'm going in, quack doctor or no.
Monthly Archives: August 2009
About nine o'clock last night I was sitting on the couch with my kids, listening to the usual chatter and clamor of six (not so) small people vying for the spotlight, procrastinating bedtime, enjoying the breeze from outside when I realized it was getting progressively harder to breathe. Coughed off and on for a while, like I'd inhaled a little too much water. Pretty soon I didn't recognize the sounds coming from my own chest. I was whistling with my mouth closed.
New Sunday assignment.
The town of Moses Lake has built a new school. Something to do with massive overcrowding–classrooms set up in hallways and storage closets; concerts staged on the playground for lack of a gymnasium large enough to hold all the students let alone an audience. You get the picture.
1 – box of 10 broad markers (classic colors)
1 black Ultra Fine Point Sharpie permanent marker
6 fine point Expo dry erase markers (Blue or Green preferred)
3 Highlighters: yellow, pink, green
5 red pens
3 large pink erasers
3 boxes of 24 Crayola crayons, 1 box of 16 count crayons
2 sets of 12 Crayola colored pencils
1 – box of 24 colored pencils
240 plain, yellow, wood pencils. No colors or décor.
pencil sharpener with a lid for shavings
pencil top erasers
3 pair Fiskars scissors, one blunt, two sharp tipped
A zippered bag for storing supplies
2 – 8 1/2" x 5" plastic school boxes (no zipper)
1- plastic folder with 2 inside pockets (not a binder)
1 pack of writeable dividers
2 – 1" 3-ring black binder (no zipper)
1 – 2" 3-ring white binder with clear overlay pocket (with inside pockets)
$5.00 for film processing, art supplies, miscellaneous items
14 glue sticks
3 medium bottles of Elmer’s glue
2 packages of wide ruled, loose leaf notebook paper
3 single-subject wide ruled spiral notebooks
4 black bound composition notebooks
6 boxes of Kleenex
1- bottle of 12 oz. hand sanitizer
1 pack of post it/sticky notes
1 12 in./metric ruler
I am also given the option of bringing:
ziplock baggies (sandwich or gallon size)
paper cups, napkins
extra Expo markers
1- bag of candy (individually wrapped, no nuts, no chocolate)
1- box of crackers, pretzels, non-sugar coated cereal, etc. (healthy snacks)
We've been in the mountains of Northern Idaho for almost two weeks. The cabin does have a water tank and plumbing of sorts but the pipes were leaking and the water smelled strange, so we went all-out mountain style–washing dishes in the river, doing laundry in a plastic tub by the fire. Shampooing in the swimming hole.
I actually prayed, standing there in line, not only for survival but to retain full mental acuity following the ride.