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DON'T <-Trash AWAY

Posted on 2018.03.06 at 22:17
Spring is springing, and giving me that vertiginous sensation. I know I say this every year.

I just get this vast isolated sensation with the warming of the weather. It’s not unpleasant, exactly.

The was the most perfect winter we’ve had maybe ever since I’ve been in Texas. I got to wear all my sweaters, and I got to get just a teensy bit sick of cold weather, and I got some brief respite from my anxiety about global warming, and my tendency to interpret every weather event as evidence of our accelerating doom.

Speaking of spring: next Sunday we will be at Big Bend National Park, and without internet access. I will report back in two weeks!


Rascal has abruptly entered the extremely verbal phase, where a kid will just talk and talk and talk at you. Equal parts adorable and fatiguing. No, mostly adorable.

You must read from Right to Left to get this, but it says Rascal.  Spelled M-O-S-I, pronounced Rascal.

This one is right to left, then up. I'm enjoying the fact that Rascal is really into learning how to write his name.


Here’s some cheap shoes that I got at Target:

They’d look better without socks, but they’re cheap shoes that rub your feet, and so I wear them with socks.

Then I saw these shoes on a blog:

$620! I feel pretty good about my life choices. Although I bet you can wear those without socks just fine.

Heebie! Get ahold of yourself. This is barbariously boring.


Ace is the latest Geebie to laugh and laugh and laugh at this:

Really, they all love it. She just really got it this time around.

This is my book.  Ace

Let's begin!

A kid on a unicorn - nice! She said its name is Uni Unicorn.

Their house! The end! It makes a compelling point.

What's that yellow thing on the back cover?

Some sort of pocket? What's inside?

A CD! Of course, it's a book on CD!

Isn't that wonderful?


My Polar Bear was walking on the ice when…she slipped and fell and plopped in a giant pile of snow! Then she got up and started her favorite song. Then she saw something white above the white snowy clouds. Then he hurried and tried to jump up to find it. And then he called his friend the snow owl to help him get up because it was too high. But when he got up there was nothing there! So he decided to rest and take a nap because he was tired of flying with his owl friends. But then the cloud started to shake but his owl friend didn’t see it so he decided to take a nap with jer. But then she woke up and she realized that she was sleeping on another snow owl . Then he started to wobble and wobble and wobble and he turned to the side and flipped off of the back and she fell to the ground!


My parents took down their beloved wallpaper from their bathroom:

It just became too mildewed. I don’t know how old the wallpaper is, but it’s older than me. I love it so.

My mom enlisted me to help find replacement wallpaper, and so far the best I’ve come up with is this:

Pretty good, in terms of being true to the original. Not quite as charming, or maybe I’m biased.

This is the wallpaper that I want for my own bathroom:

I ordered samples of both.

Also from my mother:

I feel like this represents something essential about my mom - the free envelope that they got from some solicitation - "REV GEORGE WINZENBERG" blacked out - the nine separate stamps in three different denominations, the charity return labels. Not that thriftiness is her defining characteristic, so much as just seeing things practically in a pleasantly goofy way.


Were you worried that Hawaii hadn’t remembered to make a monthly goal for February, or that she hadn’t completed it?

Silly. She nailed it.

Today was picture day. (Schools today have SO MANY DIFFERENT PICTURE DAYS.)
Hawaii: Did you guys pick option 4, for the backgrounds?
Me: Yeah, I guess so?
Hawaii: Option 4 was okay.
Me, recalling: [it was a lake and a tree I think? There were no generic backgrounds, just scenery.]
Hawaii: I really liked Option 6.
Me: What was Option 6?
Hawaii: An old barn. That would have gone really well with my cheetah outfit.

I suppose it would have!

Super star of the week!

Our friend texted us the following. "B" is his daughter:

B this morning said, "Yesterday, when I was changing clothes for dance, Hawaii and her friends were playing 'F-word, F-word, B-word' instead of Duck-Duck-Goose, except they were using the real words."


Pokey’s school music teacher had them put on a little dance routine for all the parents one night. He wiggled his loose tooth out during it. Gaps of the mouths unite!

On the subject of Jesus,  Pokey asks: "What does Christ mean? a bad situation?"

In some sense, I suppose so.


Hawaii likes to recite her Halloween costumes year by year, and we’ve been stuck trying to recall what she was at age two, so finally we looked it up:

ermagheeeerd. So wee. So cute.


Another karate tournament:

Pokey fights, Hawaii fights.

Rascal stands around patiently, Ace stands around patiently.

Hawaii wins a first place medal, Pokey wins two second place medals.  He fought in his match, and then was told to stay put and fight again, because they had an odd number of kids in his rink.  Winning two second-place trophies took the sting out of both trophies being the second-place kind.

Hawaii spent hours and hours over the weekend teaching Ace how to read. I don’t think Ace is developmentally there yet, but boy are they logging serious time working on it. There are sight words, and combination sounds, and sample sentences, and rhymes, and slashes through silent letters, and on and on and on. Ace can certainly memorize easy readers, so there’s something to show for all their hard work.


One of my calculus students handed this to me and said, "My sister wanted me to give this to you."
I said, "Oh! Who's your sister? Did I have her?"
The student said, "She's younger than me. She's twelve."

I turned it over:

To: Dr. Geebie.
From: Your best friend.
DON'T  <-Trash AWAY
With love <3

I laughed and laughed. My student said, "She saw me doing calculus and asked me who my teacher was. She's been asking EVERY DAY if I've given it to you yet."

I love a kid who does a goofball thing for no good reason like this.  Plus, I figured fish-bookmark, fish-toy.  So tomorrow I'm giving this to my student to give to her 12 year old student from me:

It's a little bath toy. I'll be sure to ask my student every day if she's given it to her sister yet.


Another Heebie U Calculus Tournament for high school students is in the books. This one featured more mistakes than I prefer, although not our worst. All the major mistakes were my fault - derivatives covering hyperbolic trig functions, which does not seem to be a topic anyone ever covers. Short answer proofs that I had to grade on the spot, and I didn’t anticipate the pressure of having excitable high school students crowd claustrophobically in on you while you’re reading their sloppy, sloppy work. Mistakes were made.


Off to begin copious amounts of packing for Spring Break next week. I'll be back in two weeks!


(Anonymous) at 2018-03-07 04:38 (UTC) (Link)
Great post! Worth the wait. Have fun in Big Bend...the bluebonnets out there will probably be taller than Rascal.

heebie_geebie at 2018-03-09 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you thank you!! I've never been out there, and to be honest it's been a long time since I've done a full week of camping. We've never camped more than a long weekend with kids, either. That sounds like I have more trepidation than I really do: it should be great.
violetsnvalium at 2018-03-07 12:33 (UTC) (Link)
I like the little fish-girl. (Is it strange that I come on here almost religiously once a week, punctually every Monday, just to read your weekly post? It is now the only reason I visit Livejournal.)
heebie_geebie at 2018-03-09 21:56 (UTC) (Link)
It is not strange! It's lovely and flattering. I'm totally touched that you check in with me after all these years. xoxoxo.
violetsnvalium at 2018-03-19 13:55 (UTC) (Link)
But of course! Everyone else seems to have absconded and I do not write about me any more. I love reading your journal though. Such a strange relationship that exists between LJers - I met up with someone a couple of months ago who'd been my LJ buddy for a good ten years, and we knew so many intimate things about each other, with a black hole after about 2013. I miss it! Anyway: all just to say, as long as you keep writing, I'll keep reading.
Kelly Jennings
Kelly Jennings at 2018-03-07 15:57 (UTC) (Link)

The book on CD!

OMG, I love the book on CD!

Also f*ck f*ck b*tch :)
heebie_geebie at 2018-03-09 21:57 (UTC) (Link)

Re: The book on CD!

YAY! YES! Me too! I was so charmed! By both counts!
heebie_geebie at 2018-03-09 21:57 (UTC) (Link)

Re: The book on CD!

"Charmed" is maybe the wrong word for fuck-fuck-bitch. I was entertained, though, thoroughly.
(Anonymous) at 2018-03-11 06:10 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my god, you know how much I hate the outdoors and how much I loved Big Bend, right? I am jealous.

heebie_geebie at 2018-03-29 02:16 (UTC) (Link)
It was intense, amazing, difficult and beautiful. Where did you guys stay?
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