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A Curious Case of Multiple Hat Disorder

My Last 10 Google Searches…The Hat of a Researcher

Some may find this boring, some may find me extra quirky…but this is another glimpse inside my brain. I recently googled how to get urine out of car carpet, and I thought, hmmm, this sounds like a great blog post. I decided then and there I would jot down my next 10 googles and make it a regular article every time I reach 10. Surely there is at least one of my 10 that you have googled recently too! Right? I’m not alone. Hello? Hello? Ha! Ok here they are!

#1 How do you get urine out of your car carpet.

First of all, because I love my kiddos I dare not ever mention the unmentionable part of this…I will simply say this. There was human urine in the trunk of my mini van. Here is what I found when I googled. Apparently there was a discussion board:

This works best if you do it BEFORE putting anything else on the stain, but it still helps if you’ve treated the stain with something else.

Put a layer of newspaper, black and white, not color, on the stain. Put something heavy on the newspaper. It works.

The Atlanta Police Department used to do this for those pesky whiz and feces that defendants left in the backseat of uniform cars. It also works for blood from defendant’s nose bleeds, etc.

I was amazed as I thought they used some special industrial strength cleaner. They used newspapers, and then for possible AIDS, etc, the police followed up with a germ killer, I forget the name now. The formaldehyde in the newspapers will take the smell out of human and animal whiz and other body fluids.

The police followed up with a detergent to remove the stain if any was left after the newspaper treatment.

 

#2. What do the 11th and 12th fold of the flag mean?

So on flag day, we went to a flag retiring ceremony in our small town’s memorial park. The girls even got to join in the with boy scouts and retire a couple flags too! Anyways, the veteran who spoke at the ceremony explained the 12 folds of the flag and during number 11 and 12, AB said Mommy, they are taking about our God!! So of course I had to go home and google it and reread it. So cool! Here is what I found:

The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.

 

#3 What is the record for the longest thunder clap?

It was 2 am when I jotted this one down. It was the first thunder storm of the summer and it had me up and interceding. I was very sure lightening was going to come into my bedroom and get me. This particular storm had thunder claps so stinking long. I didn’t count it out, but it seemed like it was 40 seconds long. Realistically it was probably only 12 but it felt like 40,000,000 seconds.

I wasn’t impressed with my search results but did watch a video of a really long thunderclap in Puerto Rico by an odd guy who seemed just a little off but if I’m gooogling stuff like this does it make me odd too?

 

#4 Stair Runner Carpet Images

Our house was built in 1909. When we bought it 2 years ago it came with all the lace curtains and decorative rugs. It is a Victorian home on the outside with its fancy wrap around porch. With the lace and rugs and ornate wood work, it is very Victorian on the inside too…except for one thing….us! Our Ikea couch, our plastic primary colored fisher price toys, our reclaimed barn wood dining room table. Its funny the things you think you can’t change or things you just accept to be. Just because the stair runner matches the living room rug and the foyer rug and 2 rugs in the hall doesn’t mean I have to keep this in my house forever. Yes, I know stair runner carpet isn’t cheap but I can at least google images and start to dream creatively. And for the record, I am not a fan of burgundy…which is the color that is throughout all of our rugs. One day…..one day.

 

#5. Carl E George Prepare Your Church

So I was at a Practicum training and there was this one slide on the power point presentation but it was cut off and I could only read the top half. I was impressed with my ability to read just the top half of each word and see what I actually was looking at with the exception of Carl George’s middle initial. It was actually an F and not E. But not bad. The full title is Prepare Your Church for the Future.

The speaker put of a slide of 59 “one another’s” from the New Testament, which came from the above mentioned book. It was so cool to hear them read aloud. Such a great reminder. I would love to take the girls through this list.

“…Have equal concern for each other.” (I Corinthians 12:25)

“Encourage one another daily…” Hebrews 3:13)

“…Spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)

“…Encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10:25)

“Confess your sins to each other…” (James 5:16)

“…Pray for each other.” (James 5:16)

“…Live in harmony with one another…” (I Peter 3:8)

“…Love each other deeply…” (I Peter 4:8)

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (I Peter 4:9)

“…Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another…”(I Peter 5:5)

“…Love one another.” (I John 3:23)

 

#6. Collapsible potty

(see Google search #1) I did share a few of the details of our unmentionable urine escapade to a couple close friends this past week and the discussion of our choice of porta potty came up. I LOVE the one we use. It has disposable bags and is collapsible and fits in a small bag and we hang it on a hook in the back of the van. I cannot imagine my life without this. I couldn’t remember the name of it so I googled it. 2-in-1 Potette-Plus

 

#7. Macron

During the tutor training session that the CC Practicum there was debate over the pronunciation of the Latin work. In the middle of that discussion there was then a discrepancy in the way people pronounced the word macron. I always pronounced it with a short A, but others were saying it with a long A. How do you say it?

A macron is a diacritical mark, a straight bar placed above a letter, usually a vowel. Its name derives from the Greek makrón meaning “long” and was originally used to mark long or heavy syllables in Greco-Roman metrics.

#8. Socratic circle

This term was thrown out during the morning session of the practicum but not elaborated on. I was curious to learn a little more. The link I found gives a very good break down of the terms and teaching method. Here is everything you need to know about Socratic Circles.

 

#9 Step 2 Lego table

I scored a great deal at a yard sale. A step 2 Duplo Lego table with storage underneath. I paid $4 but wanted to see what it was going for and found that it no longer is made. On Ebay it is going for $90. Woohoo! I was planning on reselling it once Malachi outgrows it but maybe just maybe this will be one of the pieces I save for grandkids….yes, I think that far ahead. Here is a picture of my Mr. Malachi enjoying it.

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Ha! You can see the carpet and lace curtains I was talking about in google search #4.

#10 STEM

I am familiar with the term STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) but not familiar with how widespread the term is used. Lydia attended a 2-week STEM camp at our library that was hosted by Hood College. That was the extent of my knowledge. I recently learned that the STEM winner in Florida was a Classical Conversations student. I wasn’t even aware that there was a STEM contest / award. After a few minutes on google….I have one conclusion….STEM is everywhere. And now I know.

 

That’s all for now. See you again in 10 more googles!

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