I woke up at 4:30 this morning. I couldn't make myself stay in bed any longer by 5:30. Before taking a shower I cleaned the bathroom, which put my shower time at a more normal hour. Now that's making good use of time, yeah?
Yesterday evening we had another homework emergency. In Emma's new class, they're stressing independent research done at school rather than at home, which I'm all for, but this is still a transition for her. They're working on an energy unit, and she ended up having to research "by products". That's kind of vague, and from our conversation last night she didn't get a lot of direction from the teachers. First of all, she spelled "by" incorrectly in her first searches and ended up with links to "buy our exclusive whatever". Then the teachers typed it in as "bi-products"!! Because of these problems she got special permission to work on it at home. Amid the tears, we had settle on something a little more specific than "by products" and then find some kid-readable sites. Luckily, she has a savvy parent :-)
But formatting and printing still had to be done this morning before school, and in our future is the creation of an interactive model of a nuclear power plant, with its by-products. We're going to use dry-ice in a cup as a cooling tower --the interactive part is that the other kids will get to pour water on the dry ice to make it steam away quickly. And we'll get some of those yellow and black radiation stickers. No, I don't really think it's going to be fun during the creation process, but she sure learned a lot about nuclear power last night!
This morning I managed to get chocolates in all the Advent Calendar windows, pick up Christmas stamps, find a few Christmas trinkets for certain days in the Advent Calendar (including St. Nick's Day, on the 6th). Oh, and I also managed to get some grading done.
As I was out and about this morning, everyone I interacted with was so pleasant. The people who work the morning shift at Panera know me and are always so nice. This morning as Brandon was making my latte, we talked about They Might Be Giants. And I love going to our post office because I know all the people who work there (just from going to the post office over the last 13 years), and everyone is so nice. Mark, the guy at the counter this morning, keeps firewood on our property. Heck, the guy who drives up our long driveway to deliver our mail will say "Hi, Emma! How are you?" when she answers the door. One of the benefits of living in a small town, and being there for many years. It was such a pleasant morning.
I hope everyone else is having a pleasant day too.