My Week, So Far, in Pictures

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I heard Humphrey chewing something early in the morning, and thinking it was the tag on his bed I arrived too late to rescue the notebook on which I have recorded my Bible reading plan. Hence, a new one:

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because there’s nothing like a Moleskine notebook.

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And it isn’t enough that he chewed my handwritten notebook, he had to have a go at my Silhouette glasses which now look strangely deformed and made getting by on an old prescription annoying in more ways than one. Hence, a new pair:

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of which I am quite fond.

 

But perhaps best of all is the little quiz I gave in Math to check for understanding, only to read this note written at the bottom of one:

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Ah, teaching. There are few joys in this world quite like the joy it gives me.

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45 thoughts on “My Week, So Far, in Pictures”

  1. Have to be careful with our dog & the post as if she gets the chance she defends the home by shredding anything that comes through the letter box. Love the colour of your glasses especially the case as a Bike geek I’d describe them as Bianchi Celeste.

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    1. Love the name of that bike: Bianchi Celeste. Those Italians. They do everything perfectly. I really think I ought to buy one to accompany my glasses. 😉

      Although, my husband did buy an Italian bicycle when we were last there, an exquisite Pinarello which is also blue.

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    1. The children, what can be as fresh? Or, as fun? They have few, if any, inhibitions which is one of the things I love best about them.

      And, I am wearing my glasses more and more these days as contacts become frustratingly like stickers on my eyes…with vision which is less than desirable. Perhaps you understand with your own glasses.

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      1. Definitely understand! I find working in an office in front of a computer makes my eyes so tired, I have to wear my glasses to see on the journey home 😦 You’ve inspired me to look for a lovely new pair so I enjoy having to wear them more!

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  2. We adopted a French bulldog this summer. She is a lovely wonderful dog expects when it comes to books. Any book that I have touched and then send on the stairs to take up later is of great interest to her. Usually library books that I would never buy are now in ever growing collection of truly dog eared books. I finally learned to put stuff up immediately. She is too adorable to actually yell at.

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    1. See, your dog is a bibliophile! Or, she loves the scent of your on whatever it is you have touched. These dogs of ours give a fresh new meaning to dog-eared books. Quite literally. And, no need to “apologize” for misused words; I read your meaning completely. We love our books. We love our dogs. The end. 🙂

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  3. It was too early for me to post my comments with reading them first. Please ignore misused words. I hope one gets the general idea. We love our little black eyed monster despite her attraction to books.
    Joe

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    1. And just now, returning from Trader Joe’s, I saw a clerk with the most adorable, black round glasses! Isn’t that just the case, once you buy something new you see something you like even better? I’m glad you have a similar pair. I’d hate to be out of date with my glasses less than a week old.

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  4. One day I came across my dog chewing on my copy of Anne of Green Gables that I’ve had since my 8th birthday. I was not happy, but I did gather it all up and put it in a ziploc bag.
    Really, the chewed up glasses turned out nicely. 🙂
    And, what a cute note!

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    1. Oh, that’s painful when the chewed upon book is a treasure. My childhood dog chewed on my mother’s father’s New Testament, and it was a sore thing for her to come across. All his writing, all his notes, and now they are fairly tattered. I’m glad you at least have the pieces of your Anne of Green Gales.

      And, it all did turn out for good somehow…new glasses. New notebook. Learning children.

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  5. Does anyone use the expression “chewed out” any more? As in, “She chewed out her dog for chewing up her journal”? I just realized I haven’t heard that previously common phrase in some time. Years, maybe.

    I wish you’d been my math teacher.

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    1. Ah, a good question, Linda. Chewed out; when was the last time I heard that term? Yet in light of recent events it brings on a whole memory of my youth when kids lived in constant ‘terror’ of being chewed out by parents, teachers, neighborhood adults.

      I wish I’d been your math teacher, too. Somehow, math is much easier for me to teach than reading, perhaps because I struggled so as a child. Reading is something I’ve always known how to do, which is rather difficult to explain to someone who doesn’t get it.

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  6. I like your new glasses!

    I vividly remember finding that our dog had chewed up my retainer in high school…yuck. It seems like they will chomp on anything we accidentally leave out!

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    1. Retainers! I almost forgot about those. Dogs love whatever it is of ours that they can find. They seem to have no barriers to what might qualify as “yucky”. I’ve seen children (and teachers) go to all kinds of lengths to get retainers back: out of the garbage cans, even.

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    1. I’ll bet you’re much better than you think you are. It’s surprising what we know inherently, or how we’re able to solve problems in our every day lives that require mathematical concepts without us being aware we’re drawing on them. Like, “I have 246 pages left until I finish this book”, or “I’ve read 23 books so far this year.” *wink*

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    1. Thanks, Nadia. Sometimes this week I’ll catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and wonder if it isn’t someone else, or if my signature red lipstick isn’t a little harsh with bolder glasses. It’s an adjustment, but the ease of seeing again makes it all worthwhile.

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  7. This post really made me smile! I am a teacher too. Very hard job, but rewarding. I teach high school and my students have decided to draw cat pictures on their papers lately to amuse me.

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    1. I loved learning that you’re a teacher, too! It is a hard job, there is so little down time and it’s become terribly bureaucratic. But, the joys still offset the woes. I go into my classroom, and close the door, and teach the very best I can trying to ignore the minutiae which threatens to overtake me at every turn. Um, I mean email.

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    1. I don’t think Humphrey has learned a thing! He’s chewed my favorite pair of J Jill pants, no longer available, my notebooks and my glasses. My husband says I’m the responsible adult and need to put everything away. Apparently I’m the one who needs to learn a lesson! 🙂

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  8. You really are having a bad week, but it seems to have gotten better. Love the glasses and the note! I think Humphrey was just trying to tell you it was time for a new notebook and glasses.

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    1. Oh, we have the edges of pillows shorn off, and the skirt on my grandmother’s armchair. In fact there is very little untouched my Humphrey’s voracious mouth. It’s fun to receive these comments and see that we are not alone.

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    1. There was never much teaching of the metric system in America when I was a child, but now we have really embraced it. Thank goodness! The children can be more international now. xo

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  9. Oh, Humphrey!! This has the makings of a great picture book for children. 🙂 BTW, can I send Humphrey my glasses? I’d love a new pair, especially if they’re from Tiffany’s!!

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    1. I’m sure Humphrey would dearly love to chomp on your glasses; he is not very picky. I loved these glasses, especially since they’re from Costco and they were very (very!) inexpensive considering how much they are at an optical shop. I couldn’t be happier with how they were made, too, so I strongly suggest going there.

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  10. I too have experienced those messages at the end of written papers and there is so much joy when you come across them; oddly enough, I too had to change my glasses but unfortunatrly,’ no one ‘chewed anything of mine :))

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    1. You wouldn’t believe the math concepts I teach, things we didn’t learn until middle school! Not that the kids are any smarter than we were, mind you.

      Thank you for your kind words, always you are my friend.

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  11. Ah, yes, the joys of animals and eating things… Every cardboard box in this house has been destroyed by the cats. The dog is mostly well-behaved, but I would be pretty upset if he ate my glasses. They are the only pair that are the right prescription at the moment and I can’t see a thing without them.

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  12. Such a sweet note! Oh the joy, I wish my retired students would have a little of that innocence when they try to tell me how to run the class!

    Gorgeous new glasses and notebook, but no pic of the culprit?

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