Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WTF Wednesday: Standards of Learning BS Wastes My Child's Time... Again!

I am one of those moms who is completely opposed to this Standards of Learning/ Common Core bullshit they teach our kids in public schools now.

I even researched homeschooling my kids this year, I was so fed up. After much debate, Hubby and I felt that the social interaction and sports, clubs and extracurricular activities were worth the kids staying in school, and that I would just work with them on things at home that I felt they needed to know (like Latin, which we started last week). Plus, The Girl is in a self-contained, accelerated program at her school, and we've never had a problem with it.

Until this week.

Standards of Learning must rear their ugly heads at some point, right?

Last night, we got home from her volleyball game, and she had a bit of math homework. She understands fully that she must keep up with her schoolwork while she plays sports, and understands the consequences if she doesn't (she can't play sports). She fully accepts all of this.

I noticed her getting frustrated with her math. She'd been working on it for about 15 minutes when she declared, "Mom, I've only done 3 problems, and I still have a ton to do! This is taking forever, and I don't get it!!" 

I asked her if she didn't understand how to do it, and she replied, "No, I understand it, but it's stupid. I don't understand why I have to do it." 

The Mom came out in me, and I started with, "It's not stupid, it's just difficult. Here, let me help." 

Then I took a look at it. That crap was stupid. There's no other way to say it.

I took pictures, so you can see for yourself (click on them if you need to make them bigger):

Questions 14-17 are the ones we are focusing on today. The Girl's instructions from her teacher, were to

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dependa, My Ass!

Every now and then, a topic comes along that just makes my blood boil.

Dependas are one of those topics.

No idea what a Dependa is? I'll fill you in, don't worry.

Today's vlog post: Dependa Awareness: Not All Military Wives are Dependas, Thank You!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WTF Wednesday: This Randomness is My Life

This past week has just been one of those weeks. I think I was on auto-pilot for most of it.

The joy of that is that you all get a random post of shit that went down, as today's WTF Wednesday post; a list of 10 things that just made me scratch my head.

And yes, this was all in the last week... or two maybe (since I didn't do a WTF Wednesday post last week)?? My days tend to blur all together.

These are in no particular order. Random stuff, random days.

1. My dog ate dark chocolate. Apparently, that's the worst for dogs. I was picking The Girl up from school, Hubby was getting ready for work, The Ginger was outside playing, and Ariya was digging in my purse to consume my Lavender Blueberry Organic Dark Chocolate bar that costs me effing $3 each at the health food store it takes me 15 minutes to get to. The puppy is fine; no adverse reactions. And I'm now out of my favorite chocolate.

2. I've seen shit that makes me want to NEVER drive in Tucson again. A few days ago, it was the lady in front of me who, at every stoplight, hit herself in the head 4 times. It took me a few stoplights to pick up on the pattern, and then I had to seriously question my sanity for picking up that there was a pattern. Today, I watched the guy next to me at a stoplight hold his hand about 3 inches from his face, yell and scream at it, then give himself a huge bear hug as the light turned green, and drove on. Not sure how long he and his hand had been fighting, but I'm glad they got it under control so he could focus on the road again.

3. I helped a friend move, while in flip flops. Yeah, that was stupid. 10 minutes after getting there, I skinned off the top layer of one of my toes. You'd think I would have learned from my past of breaking pinky toes and ripping out a toe nail while moving a changing table once. Nope. After the skinning, I did go

Monday, August 18, 2014

Yes, I Flip Off My Dog, Especially When She Goes for My Coffee

Every Monday I sweep, vacuum, and mop. I'm not sure if it's the OCD coming out in me, or the fact that I know if I do it every Monday, it actually gets done, but it's been like this for about 2 years now.

I used to drink my coffee before I cleaned house, but I found that I just gulped it down instead of savoring the amazingness. So, I figured out a way to have fresh coffee waiting for me when I mopped myself onto the couch.
Pretty sure this is how Ariya pictures the situation.

Then my effing dog struck. Apparently, she has developed a taste for coffee creamer.

Not the coffee. Just the creamer. The creamer that sits in my coffee mug, waiting for me to get done mopping.

Of course I'll explain. I can tell I'm getting some weird ass looks right now, with questions of Why does she have a mug with just creamer and no coffee, and why is it in a place where her dog can drink it?

Picture my sweeping/mopping area as an upside down capital T. I start at the skinny part (the bottom of the T), which is by my front door, sweep and mop down and around to the wide part of the T, and plop myself onto the couch, which sits across from the kitchen down at the bottom of the upside down T. I check email, blog, print out orders that need to be filled, all while the floor is drying around me.

It's a pretty awesome system.

Back before Christmas my Keurig died and my coffee pot died, both within a week of each other. So, I

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Strep Throat Reindeer Games

I love a good game. Ticket to Ride- awesome. A scary video game that I watch Hubby play- hells yeah. Hidden object games-my favorite!!

But I'm completely over the stupid reindeer games the military makes you play when you suspect a family member has strep throat.

In the 2 years the kids and I have been in Arizona, it has tried hard to kill me twice now and has infected The Ginger and The Girl a few times, too. I started getting sick the week after we got here, and have been sick with strep, or a random flu, or whatever, about every 3 months for the last 2 years, with 2 of my bouts knocking me out for almost 2 weeks each time. The Ginger is the same way, with strep every 3-4 months. The Girl has only been sick twice since we've been here, so she definitely got Hubby's immune system.

2 years of going through this every 3-4 months, and you'd expect a medical facility to... help. Right?

Instead, we end up playing this game with the med group here on base- the Strep Throat Reindeer Game. The object of the game is to get your strep diagnosis and antibiotics in a timely fashion, with as little headache as possible.

I've yet to win this game.

I'll give you all the exact scenario I go through whenever The Ginger, The Girl or I get sick... so, like every 2-3 months.

One of us wakes up in the morning with a sore throat, with or without a fever, depending on the mutant strep strain's configuration.

I call the base medical group appointment line to make a doctor's appointment. No appointment can be given, because they do appointment-free walk-in strep swabs from 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm. The "rapid" strep test takes an hour or two to show results (more on that in a second), and if the test is positive, they just

Sunday, August 10, 2014

8 Years Between My Sister and I, and You'd Never Know It

This past week was my sister's 25th birthday. Her boyfriend messaged me a day or so before her birthday and told me he wanted to surprise her with a trip to Tucson for the weekend, as we haven't seen each other in like 2 years. 

I was overjoyed. 

My sister didn't find out she was coming to Tucson until the boarding passes printed at the airport. She cried. I cried. We're a big ol' crying family.

So, while she was here, I wanted to fully take advantage of it and have her do a vlog post with me- her first vlog post ever. We figured the best thing to talk about was how there are 8 years between us, and we are the only two siblings in our family. Back in the 80s, that scenario was pretty rare, so it made for some interesting happenings growing up.

Without further ado, a very fun vlog post for you all today, "Growing Up With a Huge Age Gap Between Sisters."

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WTF Wednesday: Courtesy Flush and Mail Call- Two Stories for the Price of One!

I had this whole WTF Wednesday post planned out, and then today hit. I have had one of the craziest days ever.

So, you get two stories in one post today. Yes, both of these happened today, and yes, they both completely true.

I say it a lot, but I couldn't make this shit up if I tried...

WTF Story #1: Courtesy Flush... Please?

I've been doing a detox for the last 3 days, which means lots of water and smoothies. I have to pee about 57 times a day, and usually at the most inopportune times, like when I'm running errands. I headed to the grocery store and bolted for the bathroom as soon as I walked in the doors.

I'll paint a little bit of a picture for you- not a huge grocery store, which means there wasn't a huge bathroom. 3 stalls, 2 or 3 sinks- that's it.

I do the pee dance into the bathroom, where there's a cart full of groceries sitting outside, so I do expect to see another person in there. What first catches me off guard is that the person is in the stall, but there's one-sided talking going on. What catches me off guard second is the fact the person was in the middle stall. Not as huge of a deal as it is with a dude taking the middle urinal out of three (according to Hubby, that is), but I'm one to head for the furthest from the door.

So, I throw myself into the first stall (still doing the pee dance), and I realize that the woman is on her phone. Okay, whatever, I've peed on the phone, too. My best friend back east and I take baths while we're one the phone with one another; it's all cool. I squat to... do my business... and...