Thursday, February 16, 2012

Trash Can Archaeology...

When I was a kindergarten teacher (yes, WAY back then...) we used to have this fun unit where we read about Archaeology. 

I know I know... seems like an advanced topic for Kindergarten... and I'd defend it if I remembered WHY I did it... I  am sure it had something to do with a book we were writing - but the point is it was FUN! 

I got a few parents in the class to save their "clean" garbage for the week  (read as: no food, no diapers, no tissues...) - and at the end of the week we'd split into teams, go through the garbage and make guesses about what kind of people lived in the household.

it's a little scary what your trash tells about you.

My trash today?

Empty Cake Mix Boxes: 2, strawberry & yellow

eggshells: probably just enough for those cakes

Empty Kit Kat Wrappers: 25

Empty M&Ms bag: 1(but only because there were some left in the other bag)

Snips from the tops of colorful melting chocolate: 5 (because the first 3 bags were already open)

Nearly empty can of frosting: 1

Microwave Popcorn Bags (Empty of course): 12

Unpopped Popcorn Kernels: Too many to count

Crumpled Paper Towels, stained with a rainbow of colors: Lots

Empty Kool-Aid Packets: 6 - all different flavors/colors

Wrappers from new ice cube trays - 3, double packed...

Empty 2 liter bottles of Generic Lemon Lime Soda: 1... the other 3 got thrown away at church.

Pizza Boxes: 3

Wrappers from the really yummy white chocolate bite size candies that I ate for "energy": Too many.

You know what this says about our family???

Pull out your hidden archaeologist skills and let me know...

all I know is that to my kids it says I spend way too much time and effort on treats for my youth group girls and not enough time making a healthy meal for my family.
imagine the other pictures of colorful popcorn and rainbow drinks...

Tonight I promise there will be an empty bag of tossed salad...

And a few more wrappers from those little white chocolate candies... nom....


16 comments:

Sher said...

Um, is your background gray to everyone? It's a little hard to read the green on it if you're me -- but never fear, I managed. I'm feeling a little hyper after hearing about all of that sugar. That is a gorgeous dessert you made. You are impressive! Have a great day.

TisforTonya said...

Ack! I don't know why it's grey for some people... but just in case it's not just you I changed the text color to black... nice, safe black... :)

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Your kids WANT you to cook them healthy meals? Dang. I've something seriously wrong with my parenting. :D

Gina said...

Sounds a *little* like my trash. I've been making treats to be auctioned off this weekend for a YW fundraiser. Cupcakes, cookies, cakes, etc. My trash is full of powdered sugar bags, butter wrappers and fruit containers.

LC said...

I'd like to live in a house with that kind of garbage--well, maybe for a day. Tomorrow you can fill the trash with vegetable peelings to balance it out.
Awesome cake!!

Megz said...

That's a good looking cake. Maybe next week your garbage can have lots of rubber bands from produce and maybe a few apple cores and orange peels.
And hopefully the YW didn't demolish that cake before it was properly admired.

Ellen said...

The refreshments were beautiful! Thank you so much for all of your efforts! I do feel sorry for your poor starving children, though. I should send you the pictures of the popcorn & drinks. I'll do that one of these days, ok?

Barbaloot said...

I think you trash says you're a really awesome youth girl leader!

Saimi said...

Was there a problem with your trash??
Sounds perfectly normal to me!!! :)

Kathy said...

As soon as you said Kit Kat wrappers I knew exactly which cake you meant! I love pinterest! Also, I do the clean garbage thing with my high school student. It's part of my descriptive essay unit. I don't comment on your blog very much, but I love it!

Jen T said...

My trash just seems to be full of old school papers--they seem to want to drown us here--seriously, I think the teachers could make less paper copies and save trees :) That cake looks awesome!

Kazzy said...

Sounds like a great archaeology project!

Charlotte said...

(1) trash archaeology sounds like a great idea!

(2) I've made a kit-kat cake. It was awesome.

(3) My trash can looks like that way more often than I have a good excuse.

Teachinfourth said...

I used to use this type of archeology to see what I've worn in the past...

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