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Snow. May 23, 2012.

• One of the things about traveling that is very trying for yours truly is the bathroom situation. Specifically, taking my 5 year old daughter into a public bathroom. For one thing, public bathrooms are revolting. For another, she has Performance Anxiety, and has a very hard time going in a big room with other strangers doing the same thing.

Which is completely understandable when you think about it…

Apparently it helps if I sing the Pee-Pee song to her. So if you are ever in a public bathroom and you hear some poor woman in a neighboring stall singing “pee-pee-pee-pee-pee-pee-pee” to the tune of the Alphabet song, have pity – it’s me.

• The other day I uttered the words, “Oh, there better not be a pterodactyl in my kitchen!”

Snow. May 25, 2012.

• Every morning my husband slobs sugar all over the counter when he is making his coffee. So when I come make my coffee, I set my cup down in a sticky, crunchy mess. And then I get annoyed and spend 3 minutes chiseling sugar off the counter.

Every morning.

It makes me feel kind of stabby, truthfully.

• Here is another excellent article by Peter Gray at Psychology Today – Doing More Time in School: A Cruel Non-Solution to Our Educational Problems. Apparently there is an initiative in the Boston Public Schools to increase the school day from 6 1/2 hours to NINE AND A HALF HOURS a day.

NINE AND A HALF HOURS. Is that insanity or what?

A snippet:

“Why are we so unimaginative in our thinking about our children’s needs and how to solve them? We try to solve every problem through the school system, and that system always fails. It fails primarily because children don’t like school. People don’t thrive and learn well in settings that make them unhappy. This point is so obvious, yet is almost completely ignored by educational policy makers.”

Snow. May 26, 2012.

• Happy Memorial Day, y’all!