I vaguely remember participating in the Caldecott Medal reading challenge in first grade, and now I have proof thanks to the great basement cleanout in Ohio. This list also demonstrates my lifelong commitment to both lists and picture books, ha. However, it is incomplete.
So, I made a prettier one. With 34 more books listed (ack!). Feel free to download and print it out for your fridge if you are a checklist kind of reader—just click the little graphic to open it up!
This post is part of a list-making project called Lists With Friends 2014, an effort to document the year in lists of all types. I love lists, and I love a good project : )
The Legend of How Matt and Elizabeth Narrowly Escaped Death By Elephant Seal and Didn't Even Know It has been told for years in our family; I wrote about it here and here in the early days of this blog.
Today, I received an envelope of old school papers from my mother, who is on a crusade to clean out her basement and get rid of things like old school papers and other assorted things. In the envelope, I found this, circa 1982:
Ignore the fact that I had not yet mastered it's vs. its; instead, focus on how I had researched a few pertinent facts about elephant seals and submitted a brief (and mildly poetic) report of my newfound knowledge for an assignment. No where does it say ELEPHANT SEALS COULD KILL YOU IN A MILLISECOND or NEVER APPROACH ONE OF THESE KILLER BEASTS. Nope, my subconscious recorded things like "slow," "clumsy," and "love to sun themselves." See? Happy, harmless things designed to frolic (slowly) in the sunshine.
I feel like maybe the blame for this narrow escape from death should be shifted from the misguided 22 year olds—especially the one who painstakingly researched elephant seal facts in her youth—to the encyclopedia publishers of the 1980s who clearly failed to emphasize the danger factor of elephant seals.
Moving poetry written by a child clearly at her wit's end. I think it's written by Gracie, though it could be even older and written by Maddie. Hard to tell. Maybe I'll commission them for a longer piece of work this summer. Heh.
I've been trying to get a head start on the summer's giant upheaval by sorting all my hiding spots for... well... crap. There isn't really another good way to describe my piling/stashing habit and what I pile up and stash. So far I've been through all the kitchen cabinets, the pantry, the bathroom cabinets, underneath my bed, Maddie's closet, Gracie's closet, and the drawer where I keep printer supplies (OK, that's a lie, more like printer supplies + 72 other things that didn't belong. But now it's back to just printer supplies). These have been the easy bits around here... now I'm down to the harder parts. My goal: not to pay for this summer's move for the next two years, like I have been paying for the move from California to Virginia in 2007.
Here is a partial list of ridiculous things I found today in the closet in Bridget's room, which isn't actually her closet but happens to be in her room:
1. Two Christmas cards from 2005 that didn't reach their recipients because of bad addresses, that I never ended up tracking down for some reason. (Story of my life). Working on that today via Facebook.
2. Thank you note from Maddie to Jill and Curtis. WHEN MADDIE WROTE LIKE A NEW THREE YEAR OLD. Oh, for goodness sake. It's a wonder we've received any gifts from them since. Going in the mail tomorrow.
3. A Panera gift card (??). Strange, because I am extraordinarily organized when it comes to gift cards. I keep them in a little tin and know exactly how much is left on each one. But this one I had to check online: it was originally for $50!! What?? Where did I get a $50 Panera card?? I was happy to find I have $2.31 left.
4. A handwritten list of ten things broken by movers in the move from Colorado to California. Item #5 is "Matt's spirit." Hee hee.
5. A pull-out guide from Real Simple about how to cut clutter by determining what you should save/throw away in personal files. Ahem.
6. Fall Activity Guide from Tracy, California, 2006. Useful!
7. Envelope addressed to one of my college roommates who probably thinks I'm dead. Stamp on the outside: $.37. No letter inside. Nice.
8. Maddie's formal picture from preschool picture day.
9. Metrochek with $12.95 left on it.
10. Premiere issue of Wondertime.
I just can't wait until I tackle my craft area properly : )