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Weekend Thoughts

Randomness…

Friday, 1/20
Inauguration:

  • First thought- we’re screwed.
  • #vomitty
  • How did this happen?

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    Recycled band uniform? Red gloves? Really? OK…

 

School: For those parents who think it is perfectly ok to do drugs while pregnant– come teach them for awhile. The frustration, not only for the teachers, but for the child is intense. Sometimes I just hate people.

Saturday, 1/21/17
Women’s March on Washington: Inspiring! I think the most amazing thing is that it happened on ALL 7 continents! (Way to represent Antarctica!) Non-violent, no arrests. The intelligence, kindness, compassion, and dignity was amazing.

Do not get me wrong– I am not wishing Donald Trump to fail– that would hurt us all. I would like for Donald Trump to learn– to allow himself to grown and be enlightened. I would like for him to be a nice person and set an example for the young of this country– a POSITIVE example. Why shout hate and lies constantly? Why rant and rave like a lunatic toddler that hasn’t had a nap in 4 days? Is that not exhausting for him? It exhausts me.

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#teacherproblems pt. 2:When Stupid Kids Return,with Power

“And that’s why I feel like this hearing was a perfect metaphor for the worst of the education system in America,” Noah said. “Here’s a student who’s clearly not proficient in the required subject matter, but because of the system, we know they’re still going to get pushed through.”

Betsy DeVos.

I do not personally know ANYONE, Republican or Democrat, teacher or otherwise, that thinks this lady is a good idea. So what the hell?!

The above quote is from an article from Huffington Post, Trevor Noah Eviscerates Betsy DeVos Over Her Confirmation Hearing.

How has it come to this, and WHAT are we going to do? This dumbass thinks teachers are overpaid, and that we no longer need to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Um, wait what?

Well, at least we will be able to defend ourselves from grizzly bears while teaching fractions.

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Only in the Darkness Can You See the Stars…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017.

For many years I taught 5th grade social studies, which included a unit on Civil Rights. It was my favorite unit to teach, mainly because of MLK. His insight and intelligence, his patience and nonviolent actions during such a tumultuous time was incredible. And educating children about him was an honor. To this day I keep several of his quotes in my classroom.

mlk2This one seems especially appropriate (& terrifying) given some upcoming events…. and the next 4 years.

And of course I would show my students the I Have a Dream speech… but my favorite is King’s last speech– the mountaintop.

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.

Difficult days ahead. Yeah, I think we can all relate to that.

And I don’t mind.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

And so I’m happy, tonight.

I’m not worried about anything.

I’m not fearing any man!

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!

Perhaps reviewing MLK’s words will help us all remember that during the darkest days, stars shine brighter.

The Theme

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It’s New Year’s Eve. As I write this I have less than an hour until it is officially 2017. I can honestly say I have never felt more apprehensive about an upcoming year (or 4). I am NOT a political person, but I am a fairly intelligent person, and the approaching “change of the guard” at the White House already has me nervous.

But there is NOTHING I can do about any of that mess… Though as hubby is from the UK, I s’pose I have an escape plan…

Enough of that junk. This year’s THEME (I do this instead of resolutions) is: GET MY SH*T TOGETHER!

I have turned into a scatty-bat-brain and I do NOT like it. I have a new handy dandy planner (one of those fun ones that is like a sticker book and you can decorate and add more organizing junk to). I want to continue to purge the house, focusing on the kitchen and Miss Priss’ room (she is NOT a fan of this plan). Oh yeah, and lose a few pounds.

One goal I have for myself is to get my Google Educator certification. I meant to work on this over Christmas break, but alas, my pesky, toxic appendix had other plans. Ah well, at least I didn’t have to make sub plans!

So in light of all that is inevitably going to SUCK in 2017, I’m ready to focus on ME. I mean, if the POTUS can be selfish, why can’t I?

 

My Foot Got Stuck in the Carseat: A Parenting Memoir (cont.) x2

Ch. 3: You Wish!

Kids say the darndest things!

What’choo talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?!
Eat my shorts!
How you doin’?
You got it dude!

And now, You Wish!!

And not the charming, “As you wish…” from The Princess Bride. But a very snarky 2 syllables often used at time where it makes no sense, or worse, when it does make sense, but makes you violent (see ch. 1).

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E1 (as we shall call him) was all about this phrase. Where did it come from? No one knows. Even he has no idea. It made his mother crazy. The other kids imitated him, but never with as much chutzpah as E1.

Any adult in the house: “Hey kids, you want some lunch?
E1: “You wish!”
(not really because if the answer is no, then I can eat first which is AWESOME!)

Any adult in the house: “Has anyone seen E2’s pacifier?”
E1: “You wish!”
(well yes actually, I do, he’s crying and wants it)

Any adult in the house: “Spaghetti for dinner tonight!”
E1: “You wish!”
(no, I know!)

Any adult in the house: “Hey kids, Full House is on in the playroom!”
E1: “You wish!”
(OK, seriously. STOP now!)

And so on, and so forth.

There were only 2 things that were remotely comical about 2, 947 time E1 said this. The first was that several times he appeared to not be paying attention to the conversation at all. Then that voice would ring out from behind the game of Minecraft (which BTW is a whole addendum to the book– what they heck is that all about anyway?! No really, I’d like to know as now my kid is obsessed!) The second funny thing was that sometimes we could use his own catchphrase on him to great effect.

E1: “I don’t want to clean up Legos! I want to keep playing!
EVERY adult in the house: “You wish!”

Once or twice it elicited a rather impressive dirty look for such a young person, which was HILARIOUS! Bazinga!

And this debacle is nothing new– our kids have all had a catchphrase from time to time that they used incessantly. I’ve had kids in my class do it. It’s a kid thing. Eventually it goes away on it’s own, though usually because it has been replaced by a new catchphrase. Maybe this time E1 will pick up, “Yes most charming mother in the entire known universe… I will do everything you ask the first time with no argument or selective hearing (which remember I got from my father)… my will is at your command!”

E1: “You wish!”
(sigh)

Up next~ ch. 4: I’m NOT Going to the ER for Stitches Tonight!

Ready. Set. Go!

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I am so ready for a new year. Every year I try to pick one manageable thing to set as my “resolution.” This year my theme is #fabulousbefore40. I have decided to be a bit selfish and really focus on ME!

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Physically I have really let myself go. There are tons of excuses, but I am tired of making them. Now I will only focus on the future and getting myself in shape. I want to look better, sure. But more than that, I want to FEEL better.

I am also really starting to notice changes in my skin, etc. Not wrinkles, really… but just saggy, flabby skin. Some of this will tighten up with weight loss, of course. But I also know now is the time to put more effort into taking care of my skin. Luckily I have a pal that sells Mary Kay and has already turned me on to some wonderful products for this part of my project.

I also hope to take more ME time this year. My daughter is older and can now entertain herself better. I love to get out and walk, ALONE… even if just for 30 minutes. After her bedtime I plan to get myself to the gym and focus on ME. Eating better, healthier, fresher food is also on the list… I get overwhelmed and exhausted, so processed food becomes a norm because it is easier and faster. I.MUST.PUSH.THROUGH.

I will win this.
I will win.
I will.

#fabulousbefore40