1. I read a few months ago that some sort of El Niño (or El Niña?) pattern in the Pacific Ocean was keeping the wind down in Cheyenne. Matt and I remember it being far windier here last time, so that made sense, sort of.* I believe that the pattern is OVER. With 55+ mph gusts today, it is startlingly windy. Bridget shrieks when 20 mph wind blows on her face, so you can imagine how fun she might be today. In the car she said "I hear a HOOOO sound!" There are also plenty of sideways trees, flip-flopping birds who accidentally get caught in the wind the wrong way, and small unidentified objects blowing through the air.
*I can explain, in basic terms, many weather phenomena to small children, but when it comes to wind I am at a loss.
2. We are #2 on the housing list, if anyone is keeping track. This means we will move sometime between next week and August, as far as we can tell. Your guess is as good as ours.
3. Conversation at lunch:
"Eat your lunch, Bee."
"NO! I want to smell flowers in the BACKYARD!"
(there are no flowers in our backyard, and Bee is awfully sassy these days)
Don't forget that Saturday is the annual mail carriers' food drive day! Hopefully our mail carrier will do better than last year, when the sub set our mail on top of the bags I carefully set out. There is another reminder in the photo-a-day album to the left : )
I read at Gracie's school today, and it was a lot of fun. Bridget thought she was the bee's knees because she got to sit on the special carpet and listen. It was in preparation for two things; I am running preschool picture days next week for her school, and I'm hoping that reading to her class will make them more likely to cooperate with me, and in two weeks I'm a Wyoming Reads volunteer at the library and will be reading to two groups of 45 kids, and wanted to be sure I'm not completely out of practice for group reading. I will not be dressed as Cat in the Hat, though there is an outside chance that I will see Governor Freudenthal.
6. Matt and I watched two genealogy shows this year: Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS, and Who Do You Think You Are on NBC. They were extremely different, and we loved them both. If you're looking for a summer show when there's nothing else but reruns on, track those two down. Truly fantastic. Though we could have done without the cheesy summary music video at the end of each episode of Who Do You Think You Are. Just saying, NBC.
7. I was startled to learn of two "worst ever" disasters in history in the last month that I had never heard of before. It's not like I have a complete working knowledge of every historical event in U.S. history (far from it) just because I taught history, but I think it's really strange to not know of things that hold "worst ever" status.
7a. The Ashtabula Bridge Disaster of 1876, the worst ever railroad disaster in U.S. history
7b. The SS Sultana explosion of 1865, the worst ever maritime disaster in U.S. history
My mom and uncle went to visit the train disaster monument recently (they grew up in Ashtabula) and Sandra Dallas talked about the SS Sultana at the lunch on Saturday. Both are fascinating, though I apologize in advance if you aren't into reading about terrible disasters of the 1800s.
8. I'm not sure, but I think the Wicked Witch of the West might have just blown by in our backyard.
9. Here is the list that I found when I opened my notebook:
hair thing? [sic]
salt for steps
Huh. No idea. But it's always good to put interesting food on one's list, don't you agree?
We did spot a daffodil in our neighborhood this week (just not in our backyard). Daffodils and tulips are my favorite spring flower; today is a good day for thinking of daffodils—58,175 of them are planted at the May 4 Memorial at Kent State, to remember both the tragedy there 40 years ago and the number of Americans who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. It's one of my most favorite memorials.