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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Patterns all around

This morning I got up at the "break of dawn" (at least around this house) for a doctor's appt. On the way over there I stopped at the local Quick Flash to grab my morning fix of smooth, hot, strangely enough, decaf, goodness. As I pulled into the parking spot at the end of the row I couldn't help but notice that there were six, yes 6, white vehicles in a row.
Then I laughed out loud.

Does anyone else out there notice random stuff like that?
I always notice the numbers. Always.
I always find the pattern. Always. If there isn't one, my brain creates one.

If the gas price is $2.36, that is easy. 2x3=6. But what about when it is $2.45? Well, 2+2=4, then add the 5, and that equals 9, and gas always has that extra little 9 on the end.
Beautiful little math problem, right there for anyone to see.

The other day at the gym the cable wasn't working, but the screen had a code number, listing the problem. While running I figured out how many different ways to get to 6 or 9 (since they are flip flopped, they were the two I picked) or any multiple of them. (12, 18, 27....)
Since there were 20 different digits, that kept me focused for the last quarter mile
Exit numbers. License plates. Bar codes. Always, always making a pattern, or a math problem, or algorithm of some sort.

Andy says I am crazy, but surely there is somebody else out there who plays with numbers in their head.
What do you do to pass the time while driving, or running, or waiting in the doctor's office on those days you forgot to bring a good book?

4 comments:

Tricia said...

I play with numbers like that. Always have. I don't have anyone telling me I am crazy, so I just thought it was normal. :)

Kathryn said...

I play with numbers like that and so does Tracy (hubby) and I think it is funny. Just like when it is 12:34 he says it is time to sleep! It is funny.

Carrie said...

Not I! ha ha ha!

I do things with letters though. I spell words over and over in my head, or constantly unscramble random letters to make words.

Karen said...

I'm curious about your math grades in school....