Behold the Quarter Grab

The quarter grab is one of our stranger family holiday traditions. (It might be more aptly called the quarter fling.) No one can remember the exact date of its inception, but consensus is it started around 1998. My dad started collecting quarters in a gallon bucket and every year each of the three children has the opportunity to stick her hand in and see how many quarters she can fling out. No tipping of the bucket is allowed. My dad steadies the bucket but tucks his head to prevent injury. After each sister’s turn, the quarters are replaced. Participants get to keep the amount that she flings out up to a $75 cap. If she chooses not to participate in the quarter grab, she gets $60, but if she chooses to participate and flings out less than $60, she only gets that amount.

I am the reigning champion of the quarter grab. I attribute my prowess to my willingness to endure the pain of jamming my hand far down in the bucket. My all-time record is disputed but is somewhere in the range of $112-$117. Check out the video below to see this year’s total…

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Happy Holidays!


I am behind on grading (ugh!) and progress reports are due at the beginning of next week (double ugh!) I was feeling more overwhelmed than usual when I started grading some blog posts tonight. (The insidious thing about blog posts is that they can hide out ungraded on your computer.) Several weeks ago students wrote blog posts using prefixes and suffixes we had learned in that week’s vocabulary chapter. Part of the assignment was to create new words using the assigned prefix or suffix. As I started grading them, I had to keeping from laughing out loud in Starbucks. Here are some of my favorites:

Pre-homework: The time that you spend procrastinating before doing homework

Pregurgitation: the period of time before one regurgitates their food or the teacher’s daily assignment

Projectful: Full of projects; This week was projectful; we had 3 projects due the next week.

Visture: to have visible texture; ex. corduroy clothing

Ex-art: art that was too pathetic to become real art

Ex-prodigy: A person formerly a prodigy but has now too old to be considered a prodigy.

Re-trickortreat: when a person or group of people get more than they were supposed to get or came back another time on the night of Halloween.