Fri, May 14, 200412:37 PMGood morning! It’s another great day to be a duck. My classroom overlooks a courtyard in which a momma Mallard is raising her 13 ducklets to adulthood. They are so cute & the students always come in & ask “where are the ducks?” They of course all follow their mother & in their line, when she stops, they all run into each other. It’s like in a cartoon.

I got up REALLY early this a.m. I have been having trouble falling back asleep once I get up to go to the restroom. Since I was awake anyway I went with Kevin on his paper route. We stopped in to visit this adorable little old lady who is on Kevin’s route. She had sent us a “Congratulations on expecting card” so I wanted to meet her. Can you imagine sending your paper boy a baby card? That is so sweet! I could barely remember to tip mine at Christmas time when I had a paper boy. She is the epitome of spry- living alone and up before the crack of dawn. I want to be just like Evelyn when I grow older.

When I got home last night, Kevin met me at the door. He told me that we had a small problem & I had to close my eyes going into the kitchen. He’s been tearing out cabinets and painting & replacing linoleum to make room for our new dishwasher we are buying –ostensibly for Mother’s Day (but also because Kevin hates doing dishes as much as I do). So I figured that somewhere along the way we had sprung a leak or something. I was only mildly concerned because one thing about my dear husband, he can fix anything. How wrong I was!

Instead of a small problem- he got us a new range!! It’s beautiful! Keep in mind our old stove was so old- it was brown, the lights didn’t work. The temperature was between 60-70 degrees off so we had to make a mark with a permanent marker to indicate the right approximate place to turn the dial. Plus on the stove top, there weren’t any markings about which burner goes to which dial, so I was forever turning on the wrong burner and burning holes in our burner covers, so we drew with a marker a diagram for each one (classy, I know!—I also put scotch tape by each light switch with the name for each light because I could never remember which switch went where!) Plus because the stove was so old, it was permanently dirty. NOW, we have a light, storage under the oven, it’s CLEAN, it’s a flat top cook surface. I’m SO excited!! What a good husband I have! (of course, he has the ulterior motive that I”m going to make him delicious homecooked meals now… which remains to be seen ) Did I mention I’m so excited? I just had to brag on my DH a bit.

The taquito (the baby) is moving around a lot. We can even play a game with it, where if we tap on my tummy, it bops us back! It can see light too, but I don’t have any proof of that. I bet it’s like if you look at a flashlight through your hand.

Only 2 days after today of school! My students are throwing me a surprise baby shower after school today- Of course I’m not supposed to know, but they aren’t as sly as they think they are . Today they all got their yearbooks so I am allowing them some time to sign those & look at them. Then Monday and Tuesday we will collect books and do some review games and then, and then (sniff, sniff, sob) I’ll be pretty much done teaching! I’ll still have finals to give to about 1/4 of my students, and I’ll be teaching a 2 week summer school course, but it’s about over!

Recommended reading: The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

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