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Valentine’s Day

I have failed, once again, in my lifelong quest to never make cute food again.

It’s always a disaster.

This time I tried to make Valentine heart cookies.

They looked cute before they were baked.

But they puffed up in the oven.

And came out looking rather eczematous.

I wasn’t sure if they needed frosting or cortisone cream.

Well they turned out tasty even if they weren’t pretty.

And I will continue my quest to avoid making cute food.

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Happy Birthday

On this day, February 4, I became a mama.

My baby boy is now a grown man.

He inspires me every day with his determination.

And his work ethic.

And his quirky, subversive sense of humor.

I was a little worried on the day he was born.

I don’t know anything about sports.  Or cars.

How am I going to raise a boy?

All these years later, I still don’t know anything about cars.

But this boy has turned me into a Super Fan.

Happy birthday, Kiddo.

I’m proud to be your mama.

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

Happy 115th birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Back in the day, before he made it big, Dr. Seuss worked in the newspaper business.

My grandfather also worked in the newspaper business.

When my grandparents would have Ted over for dinner, he would always bring a book for my mom.

I love this edition of Horton Hatches the Egg.

Dr. Seuss inscribed it, and he drew my mom’s picture with Horton.

This inscription is not particularly valuable.

I checked.

But I am a nerdy book lover.

It’s one of my prized possessions.

Horton Inscription
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Humor, Lifestyle, Mostly True Memoirs, weather, Writer

Fog Advisory

A heavy fog advisory was announced on the local news this morning.

I opened the front door to check out this North Texas fog.

I burst out laughing.

It was just a bit of mist in the air.

It’s not really fog until you can’t see the house across the street.

It’s not even an advisory until you can’t see the house next door.

I’m laughing now.

I won’t be laughing so hard come tornado season…

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Allergy Medication

Uggg.

Allergies.

When I take my allergy medication, I don’t sleep well.

When I don’t take my allergy medication, I can’t breathe.

Breathing…sleeping…

It’s a tough choice.

I haven’t been taking my allergy medication lately.

I really do need to sleep.

But this morning my nose wouldn’t stop running.

I teach English on line.

I need my voice to be clear.

I need to be able to teach pronunciation properly.

Today we studied the /zh/ sound.

As in treasure, casual, vision…

You can’t pronounce /zh/ properly when you are congested.

I don’t want my students to learn English with a cold accent.

I took an allergy pill.

I may regret it later.

But the lesson went well, so there’s that.

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The Imperative Form

Today I had an online student with barking dogs in the background.

I asked him to please quiet the dogs because they were distracting.

I muted his microphone a couple of times, telling him that we couldn’t hear him over the dogs.

I did want to give him every possible opportunity to participate.

But I couldn’t let his dogs distract the rest of the class.

Finally, one of other students said,

“Shut those damn dogs up!”

Well said, English student, well said.

Excellent example of an imperative sentence.

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