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The New Chair!

G made this chair in school!  It's nice and sturdy.  He called me around noon to come pick it up because obviously he can't bring this home with him on the bus.  I was so very pleased to see how well it turned out.  He has about three weeks of classes and then he says he is done with school forever.

Dear Adult Children: You Stink.

I have to promise you something.  And that is that your adult children are going to disappoint you.  They're going to live their lives in all kinds of ways you really, really wish they wouldn't.  And it's tough.  You want to support them without appearing to support all of their decisions. 

I can tell you that my oldest is 19 and it's already hard.  Do you know what it's like to chat with your son's old best friend's parents, and learn that their son is in medical school at an elite university, and what is Patrick doing?  Minecraft.

I was disappointed that he didn't apply to colleges.  And no matter what you say, it does reflect badly on me.  This is the little guy who learned to read before kindergarten, who used to have aspirations, yadda yadda yadda.  But it's his life.  I can be disappointed.  But it's his life. Even if his choices reflect badly on me, it is his life.

I came across this dad's note to his adult children, not in some bitty…

OTC Birth Control

Now the Great Council of Self-Important and Wise Physicians has recommended that birth control be available over the counter to... well, anyone who wants it. Good news, I think! No, not because I believe birth control is a really kewl thing but rather, if you do? Pay for it your own stinkin' self. Most insurance plans won't cover OTC stuff.  This would end a lot of the bickering about religious institutions being forced to act against their convictions under Obamacare. All millions of Americans would ask, though, is that you make this available only to people ages 18 and up. Like cigarettes. No one wants a six-year-old using this stuff. Same with antibiotics: if we're over 18, it should be available without a prescription. How often have we had to go to the doctor with a raging ear infection or case of strep throat, wait for hours, paid the $25 copay, bla bla bla, and meanwhile? Infect everyone with our nasty bugs. I'm thinking all but the super-antibiotics…

City K-6 Champion!

Emperor tied for City Champion in the K-6 division of the tournament today.   :)

Santa Delivers Presents

* * * * * * * * Oh my goodness, Santa visited me this afternoon and told me I needed toys for a Mewy Cwimmis.  I got all kinds of kisses and hugs from Santa as well.  He brought me plastic toys and letter blocks (just what I always wanted!).  D got annoyed.  "That's MY pillow!"  He's a bit concerned that the pillow will go missing or he'll discover pointy toys when he tries to go to sleep tonight. I probably encouraged this thieving behaviour by filming him as "Santa." It's all fun and games until he touches MY stuff.

Little Walking Feet

G had his ankle patched up after an accident in gym class last year.  A few months ago he started walking on the side of his foot and his orthopaedist made him wear braces and go to physical therapy.  It got worse instead of better.  It looked as though his tendons would need to be sliced, tightened and all this other stuff pretty soon.  We were referred to Dr. Bonar's place to find out what to do next. Her office was awesome.  We got an appointment within two weeks, and her people are friendly without being fakey-syrupy.  She told us to not use the brace and not do the special exercises.  I spent just under $100 on "hiking shoes" and if G isn't doing better in a couple of months, she'd like to see him again.  That's it.  G has been very happy this afternoon.  We thought Dr. Bonar was great, but we'd prefer not to see her again, you know?  Only thing is, there are times when "hiking shoes" are gonna look dippy, but that's the price you pay …

How to Deal With Evil Republicans This Thanksgiving.

Mmm.  Relish that vegan side dish you bring to the table this year and remember that you don't have to listen to these people.  Remember that our side won and not only that?  Your oldster Republican Grandma won't be around to cast her vote for much longer, baybee.

"If you’re unable to respect Grandma’s Birther views, instead respect the human lifespan. Breathe easily in the knowledge that you’ll have many more ballots to cast than Grandma and that the tides are changing in this country." Article.

I'm surprised the author celebrates Thanksgiving at all, and doesn't have some "Day of Mourning" or somesuch silliness.  Whateverr.

Woodjie Pumpkin!

Woodjie is helping to make chocolate pretzel treats this year.  Later I hope he will be able to make the sugar cookies.  Of course, being allergic to milk and eggs, he can eat neither.   Woodjie is perfectly happy with Oreos for special occasions.

Starting to Hate Christian Curriculum

I'd really like to homeschool a serious science student from the Christian perspective.  But I'm starting to think that I need a more secular program.

Take this LIFEPAC sheet, for example.  It's about five years old, so Pluto is still a planet.  Easily explained.  Cross out Pluto, and your textbooks are instantly updated!  Not a biggie.  But seriously.  This is an English assignment in which Emperor is to look at the diagram of the planets and answer the questions.

He got the question about which planet would be the hottest incorrect.  He answered Venus, and the correct answer is Mercury.  I marked it wrong. 

Emperor was unhappy.  Venus is warmer because it has an atmosphere which traps heat, he explained.  He shouldn't be marked wrong!

I suppose "according to the diagram," Emperor is wrong.  Mercury should be the warmest planet.  But it simply isn't.  I checked Mr. Google and confirmed that Emperor is factually correct.

Maddening.  Do I have to drop my …

Seceding From the Union

So a lot of people in certain states would sure like to secede.  In this technological age, they decide not to do the normal thing whereby they stockpile weapons, hold secret meetings, figure out who their leaders are and start to make a battle plan and all that.

Nope.  They go right onto the government's website and sign a petition about it.  That will work.  I'm sorry, but how lazy can you get.  People want to vote by email and now I guess they want revolution at the click of a mouse as well. 

Now the government doesn't have to worry about all that effort with counter-insurgency and whatnot.  Just print out the list and go. 

So easy!

Don't even tell me that this whole thing has absolutely zero to do with the fact that a black man is president.  Because you know what?  No-one would be saying this stuff about Jimmy Carter if he were re-elected.  I remember comments about Jimmy Carter being a peanut when I was a kid, but that's about as nasty as it got.

Anyway.  The…

About Elf and G


Elfie has been home all week.  Coughing, headache, fever, really bad asthma symptoms.  I don't get why no one else has gotten sick, but he's been to the doctor twice and now has a Z-pack and an excuse note to stay away from school until Monday.

We've gone to the school about a zillion times (ok, twice) and gotten worksheets, books, looked for this and that.  He's been advised to study for his health exam; wasn't that nice of the teacher to email me that he was missing a test?

But Elf tells me that will be impossible.  Once his class was over, he just recycled his notes.  Being all eco-friendly and stuff.  Otherwise he would have just thrown them out.  Aaargh.

He feels a bit better and goes back to school on Monday.  He misses the routine and all the teachers are so sweet to him.  And I know they are tryyying to teach him organizational skills.


G has been walking on the side of his right foot instead of the bottom.   His right ankle was totally crushed awhile b…

Privacy in School?

Bio-Tracking Students

A present from the Gates family.  You just have to love those people.  They have no kids of their own, but they don't adopt puppies or go on Auntie overdrive like normal people.  Nope.  They're billionaires, so they are spending cash on public schools.  Schools say thanks and then do whatever the Gates family wants.

What they want is to make sure little Johnny knows how to read is biometrically "engaged" in class.   So they're funding bracelets to track the kids' attention and collecting data about everyyything.  Diane Ravitch blogged about how teachers would ensure kids are really, really "engaged" in their class if it meant funding for them:

"One suggested she would pick students at random and scream at them; everyone in the class would have a faster heartbeat, not knowing who would be humiliated next... there were suggestions of soft porn..."

OkayyI think we can all agree there are some things that should not b…

Lost on Planet Politics!

I wish everyone would just shut up already.  I'm even starting to get tired of people I agree with because just saying that the sky is blue can cause a lot of drama!  I've been offline a fair bit recently, but I thought I'd check in with a cute political ad accusing Kevin Morgan of being a space alien.  At least I think it's cute because I think they're kidding.  You never know though.  I found this in my mailbox today...  I swear I cannot make this stuff up.