just a little update

Mrs. G. just returned home from Los Angeles. She spent several days there helping Miss G. move into her first apartment without a roommate. There are so many advantages to living alone, but Mrs. G. thinks we can all agree that pants and bra optional are right at the top of the list of sensational and the old razzle-dazzle.

Mrs. G's apartment is sweet and girly. Pink quilt, lavendar sheets, twinkling lights and artwork done by the children she works with.


Mrs. G. wants to take a moment and (once again) brag about Miss G. She interviewed for a new job at 7:00pm on a Thursday night and was offered the job by 4:00pm the next day. It is such a gift to have such profound respect for your daughter and her choices. Quite simply, Mrs. G. admires her daughter greatly. She is a good egg.

Also, Miss G. is wild about sloths. Wild. She always has been.

The only bad news to report is that Miss G. called Mrs. G. tonight and said she saw a small roach in her pristine cabinet. Miss G. is terrified of roaches so Mrs. G. gave her the only advice she could think of: Move! Of course she was just joking, so she went on Amazon and told Miss G. which roach bait to buy. She also suggested breathing in a paper bag so Miss G. wouldn't pass out. The fear. It is real.

Another great thing that happened in L.A., Mrs. G. had lunch with Heidi of Smalltown Me. They had a wonderful visit and once again confirmed the joy of meeting derfs in person.

Let's not talk about Mrs. G's hair because during a dark night of the soul, she cut it herself. It's just hair, right? 

Two weeks ago, Mrs. G. started a teaching program that will certify her to teach science to 5th through 9th graders. Science? Right brained Mrs G.? Yep. There is a shortage of science teachers here in Washington and Mrs. G. is excited to challenge herself. She feels certain she's a good enough teacher to make any subject interesting. Pardon her ego, but this is her talent. To take what's eh and make it aaaah! The program will take a year and a half, plus six months of student teaching.

She plans to keep on blogging though things will occasionally be light around here as she digs into cellular chemistry and calculus. Don't worry, she will do her best to not leave you hanging.

One thing she would like to reiterate is that it's never too late to start over. Even if you're scared and, yes, Mrs. G. is scared. In many respects she is starting her professional life over again...from square one. But this path, Derfs, it feels right.

More later.

And just because...


In conclusion, a cellular chemisty haiku...

pH scale is used

indicates the acidity

or the basicity








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Reader Comments (29)

cool science haiku
the derfwads love Mrs. G
blog when you have time

Congratulations to Miss G on moving into her new place and generally rockin' adulthood!

I'm a bit envious that you got to meet Heidi in person!
You both look great in that picture.

Miss G, you are in good company.
The Bloggess gets credit for making me realize how very awesome it would be to have a pet sloth.

Congratulations to you both!

Mrs. G, You have a great smile.

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi B.

This post makes me so happy: A wonderful update about Miss G and a fabulous news about you. Brava G ladies!

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJen on the Edge

Congratulations to you both. The apartment looks lovely, very inviting.

Starting over can be a great thing. I left corporate America 15 years ago to begin making jewelry full time, and have never looked back. Sometimes it just takes a while to find what we really want to be doing.

And it will grow back, but you might like having it short. I just had mine cut short too!

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

You look like a kid in that second photo. I'm checking into the Praxis exams, considering substitute teaching.

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternaomi d

Life is full of new beginnings. Good on you! What lucky students they will be.

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah J

Glad you had the chance to help your daughter settle in, I imagine it was a special time for the two of you. Good luck on your new adventure. Really good teachers are so rare and I think you will be one of the rare ones. Just think of all the lucky students that will come to actually like science when they take your course.


July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDarla

I would like to move in to Miss G.'s apartment --how lovely! Also, living alone for a few years while you're young is absolutely the best experience. Everyone should get the chance.

I lived in an apartment with roaches once --not one roach, but many, many roaches. However, then I moved to South Carolina for a while, where they have a REAL roach problem --and some of them are as big as cats. Thanks for reminding me of one of the benefits of living somewhere with cold winters!

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCassi

I adore you and your people and your people's places.
Bravo on challenging yourself! If you could bump to an endorsement for 10-12, my school will be ready for a new science teacher next year......we could be colleagues!!
Consider. ;)

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie (bad mom)

You look happy in that photo! Good for you and you will be a kick-ass teacher!

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterknittergran

What a lovely update post! Congrats all around and sending you good thoughts from this sometimes right brained science nut!

(I'm fairly certain my highschool bio teacher was right brained. Such a wonderful class.)

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCourt

A friend of mine who is also no fan of roaches puts *everything in her pantry* in ziplock bags. Not a bad idea if you just want to be extra sure the bugs can't get in there. She also painted the inside of her pantry *bright white* - I doubt landlords would notice or mind (of course you could just ask first), and it helps her feel confident about what's stored in there.

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie O

It was sheer delight to meet you in person at at last!

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSmalltown Me

meeting online friends in real life is a refreshing breath of air in this stuffy world...I met Jen On The Edge the beginning of July, and it was wonderful! My selfish side hopes we hear from you more often than not...preferably once a month. At least. :)

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

meeting online friends in real life is a refreshing breath of air in this stuffy world...I met Jen On The Edge the beginning of July, and it was wonderful! My selfish side hopes we hear from you more often than not...preferably once a month. At least. :)

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

You can only imagine how proud i am of you, and grateful that I have a fellow traveler on this crazy science teacher path. Good on you, lady!

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterilyanna

Oh, what a nice place! Lucky Miss G, and congrats to her for scoring a new job.

And you and Heidi look so sharp! So sorry I missed you - I was in Chicago.

Regarding the cockroaches, Miss G should go to LA's Chinatown and find some ant chalk in one of the little gift-type shops there - this is a contraband, so you have to act like you're buying bootleg booze, but it's a insecticide that works great!

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Snow

Cassi, when we lived in NC, there were large roaches that flew...in the air!!! These West Coast little guys are nothing. I'm surprised Miss G. found one because we scrubbed that kitchen CLEAN.

July 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterMrs. G.

In upstate New York
singing with Lynda Barry
songs of underwear

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRainbow Motel

I'm happy for you! Joy!
I'm teaching again in the fall, happy for me too!

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermeredith@whynot

How fun. Envious of your relationship. Wish I had a daughter. Bet you love having her on this side of the U.S.A.?

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I too am jealous that you got to meet the awesome Heidi! Oh, and that sloth photo? Fabulous! Good for you for reaching out to try something new. I'm looking forward to brushing up on my science through your posts.

First, any good teacher can teach a subject well because they understand what learning entails. You'll do great.
Second, I feel verklempt looking at your girl's new digs. What a time of life!

Yup, it's just hair. It'll grow out if you absolutely hate it, or if you have a great hair cutter in the neighborhood.


July 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGail

So much to report! The teaching course sounds exciting. I think it could be fun to teach science!

July 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatience

Wonderful update. Congratulations to Miss G on her new job and apartment and good luck with your new beginning!

July 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter~annie

Helping/watching your kids fly is the most fun!

July 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenn @ Juggling Life

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