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Christmas-Themed Random Things

Hello, friends! Happy Friday!

I’ve been a little MIA this week; life has been busy! Tonight, I’m hiding from the cold (sub-zero cold…gross), drinking hot chocolate (this paleo one…it’s actually pretty good!), and watching Fred Clause…and sharing with you all the random that has been in my brain lately. You’re welcome.

Random Thing 1: 

photo (24)Have you ever seen a cuter sheep in all your life? This lamb has been my favorite ornament for as long as I can remember. That makes sense, since he’s dated 1986 (and not just by the leg warmers), and I was born in ’85. Every year, he’s the first ornament up and the last down. I just love this little dude.

Random Thing 2:

On Wednesday, we took a group of students to see A Christmas Carol at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. It was so, so good. If you live in Denver and can get tickets, do it!

I think my favorite part of the play came from the audience, though. I sat in front of one of our kids — a massive, signed-with-a-D1-football-team senior. At the end of the play, when Tiny Tim came running out on his now-healthy leg, the boy behind me clasped his hands, let out a huge sigh of relief and said, “Oh, thank goodness.” It was adorable.

Random Thing 3:

When most kids are little, they leave cookies for Santa. Some even leave carrots for the reindeer. Not this girl. My brother and I were true country kids, and we knew those reindeer needed good fuel to fly. We set out hay.

Most kids’ parents eat the cookies they leave for Santa and maybe munch the carrots. Not mine. My awesome dad would go out in the cold night, move the hay, and make tracks in the snow with a deer hoof (Dad was a hunter; he’d save a hoof for this purpose). We would get up the next morning and see that Santa had been there and his reindeer had walked around our yard, and it was SO EXCITING.

Random Thing 4:

Today, I had to tell a student to stop sitting on his friend’s face. File that under “Things I thought I’d never say.”

Random Thing 5:

An instance of spell-check failure: A student wrote in his paper that a trip with his dad was “one of the most memorable thongs of my life.” Huh. You and your dad have a very unique relationship, don’t you?


Ok, pals, we’re keeping it short tonight. I got a new issue of Runner’s World in the mail today, and I still haven’t finished last month’s, so clearly I have very important things to do tonight. But here’s a whole slew of questions for you to answer:

Do you have a favorite Christmas ornament? Tell me about it. 

Do you like live theater? What’s the best play you’ve seen?

What unusual twists on Christmas traditions did/do you have?

How cold is it where you are?



Thursday Thoughts

I realize that it will probably be Friday before most people read this, but that’s okay. It’s Thursday right now. It’s been a while since I’ve done a random list post (a.k.a. a cop-out), so I think it’s about time, don’t you? As I mentioned on Sunday, this has been an emotional week at work, and my brain is not feeling a serious or profound post.

What’s that? You’ve never read a serious or profound post on this blog? Oh, that’s right.

In keeping with that theme, then, here are some non-profound things:

  1. I love this album:

    My students are always shocked if they find out I like Eminem. I tell them that I liked Eminem before they were born. I thought I was exaggerating, but then I googled it…turns out his first mainstream album came out in 1999. That’s when my freshmen were born. Ouch. So much oldness.
  2. Know what else is old? This laptop. Good gravy, just load the Internet, you junk monster.
  3. I just read this book:

    I liked it. It kind of made me want to run an ultra.
  4. Now I’m reading this:

    It’s weird. Please tell me I’m not the only one who likes an ultrarunning book more than a Pulitzer winner.
  5. I had to go to the elementary school the other day, and I saw this on the wall:
    photo (18)
    I nearly died. Get out of the gutter, you pervs. Those are OBVIOUSLY lungs.
  6. I need to eat this ASAP.
  7. I thought I hated both sauerkraut and olives. Then, I started the Whole30 and decided to give them another shot. Turns out, I like them both. Moral of the story: When you’re a grown-up, try the foods you hated as a kid. Maybe they are good now.

I think that’s all the randomness I have for you tonight. I had two more things, but they need their accompanying pictures, and this &@$* computer won’t load them. Another time, then.


Tell me something random about you. If you already did that list thing on Facebook and you’re my Facebook friend, you have to tell me something else.