One thing I'm grateful for this week is food because I'm Muslim and in the month, this is the month of Ramadan that's currently happening right now. And during the month of Ramadan, we fast from sunrise to sunset. So I've been fasting and I've been, you know, as usual when you're fasting, I was very hungry. I'm still hungry. And yeah, so I'm very grateful for food. And fasting has helped me realize what these unfortunate poor people have to go through every day with their lack of food and their hunger, which I can barely like, barely go through. So, it's helped me build a new appreciation and sympathize with them. Anything that's been particularly difficult? One thing that's been difficult this week is obviously fasting. It started off difficult, but I'm still getting used to it.
I love books. Ever since I was a little girl, when we lived out in the country, and the bookmobile would come to our little neighborhood grocery store about a half mile down the dirt road. And it came on Saturday mornings and I would go with my mother and my sisters and I would get, I don't know, an arm full of books. That was back when I was reading short story books as a young child, but advanced as the years went by, I forget when it stopped coming but I was pretty heartbroken when the bookmobile no longer came to our little rural community, it was a kind of like a bus filled with books. It was a wonderful thing and my favorite day of the week, because then I could go and read to my heart's content. So, I've always loved books.
Am I -- envelope or envelope? And I think I vacillate between the two, which may be hard to believe, I think. But I've been making a point of trying to correct some -- would want to call it -- like speech patterns I may have, just from growing up where I did. Some of them I just roll with and I'm like, that's me. This's what I know. But I do know the word “inning” in baseball instead of “quarters” or “periods” or "halves" they have "innings", the top of the first "inning". I'm one hundred percent I was raised as an "enning" guy as though it's spelled "E-N-N" and my girlfriend brought that up to me a few years ago, and I was in denial briefly. But then I was like, yeah, I probably do that. I should probably try to change that, and so I've been actively trying to switch that up. Same goes for "Illinois", which I was -- one hundred percent and "Ellinois" type of person, like you spell -- as though the state started with an "E". I was "meracle" person, like "do you believe in miracles" and I've been trying to actively change that to "miracles", because I feel like "mir" is probably closer to what it should be, closer to the "M-I-R" sound than "mer-". "Envelope" I just haven't really decided. I think naturally an envelope, but sometimes if I can take my time, if I'm reading the word, I'll be like this time I want to say it like envelope. My girlfriend is a first grade, and she's big on spelling rules, so I asked her this question and she was firmly "envelope" cause that's what the spelling dictates. But the quick counter argument would be --and I don't know this, I didn't care enough to look it up -- but it's like how about the word "entourage" or "entree" do you pronounce that "entree" and "entourage"? I'm guessing it probably has to do with the language of origin. But yeah, I guess I'm sufficiently curious now and I’ll have to go get to the bottom of that. But yeah, I guess if I had to pick one, I'm team envelope for now, but I'm open to change.
I am going with this week's featured question. Would you rather have anchovies or pineapple on your pizza? This is both easy, but hits on a topic that's been very confusing for me. I would rather have pineapple, I'm vegetarian, so not interested in the anchovies, for obvious reasons, though I don't mind that people eat other ways. Even when I did eat meat, I didn't like anchovies. I understand, they're probably delicious for somebody, just not me. But a confusion, I don't understand at all the internet rage over -- it was like a year ago -- the pineapple on a pizza is a horrible thing. I don't know where that came from, or how that could be a concept cause I enjoy pineapple on a pizza. It becomes the sweet to the savory balance. Sweet and savory. It's like a nice addition to a pizza. And back when I did eat meat like ham and pineapple on a pizza. Oh my goodness. I remember when that was this crazy new thing when I was a kid, and we went to Pizza Hut and got ham and pineapple pizza. Oh, I'm telling you, that was like "OH WOW". And then it's delicious for the same reason that putting pineapples on a ham when you roast it is delicious. So I remember when that was novel, like, oh hey, there's that idea. You could put pineapple on your pizza with ham, and wow and it works, it does. Even as a vegetarian I'll put on, you know, savory ingredients galore and olives and stuff, and pineapple can make a really wonderful compliment to it. So I don't understand how it suddenly became gross or weird or whatever.
I would rather be a mythical creature because mythical creatures include dragons! And I love dragons a lot a lot a lot a lot! What do you love about dragons? Their wings, their venom, also their frost breath, they're -- what they look like, that they’re mythical creatures, that they can fly, that they can sometimes poison things and also they are -- some of them can breathe underwater and some of them can camouflage and turn colors. Do you have an all-time favorite feature -- dragon feature? My favorite type of dragon is rain wings because rain wings has camouflage scales and venom that can shoot from their front fangs. Would you want venom that shot from your front fangs? Yes, of course, I would! I could see how camouflage skills would be useful. I could play an amazing prank on someone with camouflage scales. Yes, plus imagine hide and seek. I could literally just go like I feel like blending into a couch. I want to lay down. I would have a hard time trying to find you when it’s time to clean up. Oh. Now your head is really spinning with ideas.
What was sad at school this week or hard? Well, there was one sad thing, that I’m losing my teacher. What’s happening to her? She has to go teach in person. I know. And is she happy about going back to teaching in person? No. No, what did she say to you this week about going back? Well, she said she would miss us a lot. And what do you think is one of the best things about her? What's one of the best things? That happened? No, about your teacher. Why do you like her so much? Because it's the same teacher that my brother had and we’ve just been together for so long and it's my teachers first time teaching online. Do you think she did it really well? I think she did the best she could.
This week I am grateful for my students. I teach fourth and fifth grade as I've mentioned many times before and this had all the makings of a very difficult and very complicated and very frustrating, very stressful school year. And I was pretty cynical in August of 2020. I was relatively certain it was gonna be terrible for everybody. I was ready to do what we had to do to stay safe. But that didn't mean I was going to enjoy the year. I thought my kids would hate their masks. I thought my kids would hate staying in their seats longer than they used to. I thought my kids would hate not learning in groups like they used to. I thought every day it was gonna be this awful fight just to get through. But as it turns out, I was just reminded of how resilient kids can be and how awesome they can be. And surely we're all going through this collectively, which almost makes this class perhaps more special than many other classes I've taught. Most of the time I have not taught a class while going through a pandemic in my life. So it's been a struggle in many degrees, but it blows my mind every week how well my kids have handled things, and how optimistic they've been, and just what pros they've been. Sometimes I hear parents speaking for children, speaking of how they can't stand another day wearing masks, or not being able to high-five their friends. My class and I collectively agree that we can't wait for the day where we never have to wear a mask again, when we can take the plastic barriers off our desks and emphatically throw them into the trash or recycle, and when we can high five for real again. We all miss that, but on the same hand, we're not gonna sit here and just mope in the meantime until we get back to it. What almost everyone's done is just -- my kids have just gone on with life and they've adjusted to the way things are. You can still smile at kids, and you can still read smiles. We've had to change we've had to adjust, but you find this equilibrium where things are anything but normal but it feels normal. I can still give a nod to -- a nod of…
Okay, I have had a weird experience with a salesperson. And this is with a door to door salesperson and it was about -- let's see four years ago. I was living in Aztec, New Mexico in a rental house. My husband was at work, I had two small kids at the time, and a man came to the door selling vacuums, which would, y'know, like "no, thank you." Not only was he selling vacuums, but he was selling like --I think the vacuum cost thousands of dollars for a vacuum, which especially at the time we were just so broke, with my husband working as a poverty lawyer on the Navajo Reservation. We had no money and I was certainly not going to buy a thousand -- multi thousand dollar vacuum cleaner, but for some reason and I can't remember why, uh possibly because I've been bred to be very uh accommodating, I let the guy in the door so he could -- he said " couldn't I just vacuum your rug. You looks like -- if -- you just look like you could use some help vacuuming the rug, which is in hindsight a little bit offensive, but I do remember that was the -- that was the sales pitch to get in the door. "I'll just clean some surfaces. You tell me no, I leave." Well, this person -- this man, he must've been in his, I'd say, early thirties maybe. He would not leave. And he kept pushing these articles at me about how like all of my furniture and pillows and mattresses must be just like 98% bed bug and dust and mite poop and like -- so like went for the terror angle and kept vacuuming different things and just like, "oh look at all this dirt, can you even believe this filth that you've been living in?" Like, "thank you. Thank you for showing me how dirty I am. Please go. I cannot afford a thousand -- multi thousand dollar vacuum cleaner. Please go." But he wouldn't go. Finally my husband comes back and I'm hoping that he's quite a bit more direct and a lot less worried about hurting people's feelings, that he'll get the guy out of the door, and even he couldn't get the guy out of the door and it had to get to the point of the most…
So I was eight years old and I was with my family, my parents and my brother and we were at a fair. And I wanted to play some games. There was this one prize I thought was really cool and it was at one of those games where you throw the darts, you pop the balloons and then see how many balloons you can pop. The guy running it was, yeah, I want to say he was Lithuanian based on his accent, it was very thick. And he came by and you know, I told him I want to play he's like, “okay, no problem. We can do that.“ So, I hand him some money and he hands me the darts. Well afterwards, I got done throwing my darts. Then he kept handing them to me and he goes “try again. Try again. Try again.” And he wasn't asking me for money at all. I was very confused because most of the games you would pay before you play. And so he just kept handed me the darts. I’m like okay well if you're not gonna charge me that's okay. So I began throwing more of the darts each time and then I decided I was done. I tried to walk away and he grabs my shoulder and goes “no, no you have to pay now.” I thought okay. I thought I was gonna owe him a few extra dollars and turns out it was up to $110 that he was looking for. I started to freak out and I can't remember where my parents were at the time. I think they were sitting at a table watching and my brother was off somewhere else. And so I looked at my parents I told them come over I have a problem and so they came by and the guy asked like “oh this your son” like yeah. “Well, he owes me $110.” And then that is when my parents snapped and they went “why?” and he was like “oh well he kept playing.” My mom -- that was to the point where she had red in her eyes, not so much angry at me but angry at the fact that the carny took advantage of me and thought he's an 8 year old kid, he doesn't understand this and you just hustled him for a ton of money. But…
But what if you wanted to save some money? I do want to save some money. Yeah, but what would you do with it? Let's say you saved money for a whole year, just a bit of it. And at the end of the year you had $50 dollars, then what would you do with it? $50 dollars! How would I have $50 dollars? Because each week you would spend some money and save a bit of money. Oh what would I do with $50 dollars? Yeah. I -- wait aren’t you gonna spend some of the rest on maybe some toys, like some dinosaurs. Dinosaurs? Yeah, because you can never have too much dinosaurs. Alright, what if you had $5,000 dollars? I would spend a lot of it on, I would spend some of it on Roblox and some dinosaurs, some more Magna Tiles and some books. And if you had five million dollars? Okay, I do not, I cannot answer that question. Why not? I can’t answer it because I have no idea what I would do with five million!