Yeah, there are some downsides to Oklahoma. Tornadoes are a major one. Drumright has been hit twice by tornadoes, once in the 50's and once in the 70's. They're a way of life here. We've made them our school mascot. At times, it seems a bit disrespectful. We yell, "Go Tornadoes!" at sporting events. Maybe it's not disrespectful. Maybe it's more of a homage to the fact that this town sticks together and rebuilds in the face of adversity. Thankfully, I've never needed to seek out shelter in one on of my neighbors' storm cellars since moving here. But, I have seen this town come together and rally when wildfires forced a city-wide evacuation. I witnessed families helping other families rebuild. Money, possessions, homes, hope. They were all shared.
Now that I've gone off on a sentimental tangent, let's get back to the present. For the past couple of weeks, the weather has alternated between divine and downright chilly. One day, it's warm enough to go out for a run. The next day, I'm wishing for my parka. Saturday, my sister called me to remind me that a snowstorm was headed in. And, like all Oklahomans do, I should probably go to the store to stock up on milk and bread. The weather was actually pretty nice. I didn't even wear a jacket to the store. I stocked up on some essentials. Milk. Tortilla Chips. Cheerios. That's what you'd stock up on too, right?
As much as I've enjoyed this unexpected time off to read and relax, I'm ready to be back at school. I've got too much to do in the next couple of weeks. Last year, we only had one snow day. So, having 6+ this year has been quite an adjustment.
Since this post is already a random hodgepodge, here are two other pictures I took last week.
And, a short rant. Why do students feel compelled to rescue cardboard boxes that are going to be thrown away and store them in my classroom?!? I don't have enough room in my classroom for all the stuff I have in there right now. Yet, the cardboard boxes keep showing up. And, I keep sending them back out. Unless, of course, I can come up with a math project to use this box for...