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Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
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June 4, 2013

A Little Stir Crazy

I started my summer vacation a few weeks early when my husband had surgery.  I think we both know we've become a bit stir crazy.  Today's episode proves it.

The UPS and FedEx trucks make frequent stops at our house.  We (especially hubby) enjoy shopping online, especially for hard to find items.  Today I was expecting a box of clothing, but a tall, skinny box was left on our porch.

"Oh! It's my garden weasel!" my husband exclaimed.

The following soliloquy ran through my head and out of my mouth:
A garden weasel?  The garden tool on TV?  You have got to be kidding me.  You really ordered a garden weasel? Why do we need that? We don't even have a garden! Did you order that contraption when you couldn't sleep at 2:00 a.m?  I seriously think you need to change your meds.  Are you out of your mind?  Why do you "need" the most random items? Why did you order a garden weasel?
He opened the box and inside was the famous TV tool.  He just looked at me with his mouth open, shocked that I couldn't understand why he ordered it.

I stomped  away and pouted on the reading chair.  A million ideas ran through my head:  I should call the doctor.  I need to hide his credit card.  The man has lost his mind!

A few minutes later, I found him in the bedroom.  I apologized for my verbal attack on his shopping habits.

"I bought the garden weasel so I could fix the patch of grass that got charred from the fire pit.  I figured it was the best tool for the job, and we didn't have one" stated my husband, matter-of-factly.  "Is that okay with you?"


I guess it's time to go read a book or organize my home library.


  1. Sounds like it's time for some "me" time - a walk, a good read, a talk with a friend. Being with someone 24/7 can be difficult (especially after having surgery) if you each don't have your own space. The HSN can be addictive - guess you need to put a "child control" on it! Good luck!

  2. Oh your hubby sounds like he is planning for his recovery. We don't have a weasel but we have every other tool in the shed so to speak. I find that I can order all the books I want if I overlook the TOYS. The latest for us is a Garmin. We have it built into one of our cars an on my phone but the one we got was a Deal Chicken BARGAIN. I mentally ordered a book. I wish you both a speedy recovery and a new book.

  3. hahaha! Your inner monologue cracked me up! You captured daily husband/wife interaction so perfectly. Thanks for this entertaining peek into your life!

  4. Great internal thinking. I, too, was wondering what a Garden Weasel was!

    All this talk of outdoorsy tools reminds me I need to buy a new pruner for my herb garden.

  5. I love this private little piece! The Man and I are in High Prep Mode for upcoming Grad Party for Darling Daughter and we've had similar conversations! Best of luck for a speedy recovery for your hubby!
    (I also like your advice on the SOL page to allow your students to talk before they write! Perfect!)
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Definitely a time to get lost in a book for a while. Don't forget to post a picture after you have organized your home library--I need ideas of what to do with mine.

  7. This is a well-crafted small moment that tells a bigger story, for sure. I have been tempted by some of those TV commercials but have refrained from buying.... for now.