Friday, September 15, 2006

If you Sprinkle When You Tinkle, Be a Sweetie and Wipe the Seatie.

Ha! I don’t know why, but that just popped into my head. I don’t know if I’ve ever actually seen that sign in someone’s home, but I seem to remember it from sales catalogs in the 70s. It made me laugh then, and it makes me laugh now.

So my kid took standardized reading tests (Gates, I think, if that means anything to anyone) earlier in the week, and the results came back yesterday. You know how those tests usually give you a percentile and then a sort of grade-level equivalent thing? Well, the kid scored in the 99th percentile, and the grade-level mark they gave him was “PHS”. I had to follow an asterisk to the bottom of the page to find out that it meant “Post-High School”. Now, I am fully aware that this doesn’t mean all that much, and that my son is no Doogie Howser, but . . . WOO! :-)

Now, the trick will be to help him avoid the “school is easy so I can coast” trap both his dad and I fell into. ‘Cause lazy? Runs in both our families.


My sister is going back to school to get her degree in teaching kids with special needs, and one of the classes she has to take before her actual Education classes can start is a math class. She hates math, but I’ve always liked it. (But English/Reading/Writing came easier to me, hence the [useless] English major. Did I mention something about being lazy?) Anyway, I’ve been helping her with her homework (how weird is that when she’s 32 and I’m 35?), and I’ve found that solving the problems has been so much fun! Hello, X! It’s been so long since I’ve solved for you! I really think I’ll get a math degree someday. Just for the sake of getting it.


Switching gears, can anyone direct me to a good source for “felting”? I’m curious about it.

Okay, that’s it for me. Back to stupid work.


Katy said...

Are you interested in needle felting, wet felting or knitting and then putting it in the washer aka fulling? I can send you links and info on and/all of them.

-Katy the Fiber Arts Enabler

Sarah Louise said...

Oh those standardized tests--I remember being so impressed in 4th grade that I was reading at a 9th grade level...

and laziness--oh yeah! I know all about that.

And my goodness--I had no idea there was even something called felting, much less many varieties...

tut-tut said...

Look at the book Pursenalites; this is a great source for felted bag patterns. You knit them up in Cascade and then toss them in the washing machine.

Wait until ninth grade rolls around . . . and it will, faster than you'd ever believe.

lazy cow said...

My mother-in-law has that stupid tinkle quote, complete with a teeth-gnashingly twee cartoon of a little boy, stuck up on her toilet door. It drives me crazy every time I visit, as I can't get it out of my head for days.

Joke said...

Katy (& BabBab),

In my mind's eye, felting was something that required powerful, hydraulic machinery.


Amy A. said...

My favorite potty quote comes from my community swimming pool where I grew up.

"Welcome to our 'OOL', notice there is no P in it, please keep it that way." :)

weirdbunny said...

I've finally started to do a side bar, and I've put your blog on it. Hope this is ok?

My daughter has made a sign for our toilet door with the if you spinkle rhyme on it.

BabelBabe said...

i always equate felting with the Mad Hatter and mercury poisoning. but then i have always been a bit of an alarmist.

weirdbunny, we are honored.

Velma said...

I had a felting episode last winter. Really, it was more like felting fever, and it resulted in a costly visit from the appliance repair man. My washing machine never fully watch out! The fever's gonna getcha!