Saturday, October 12, 2013
It’s been a while, but I’m back. The new business office for my husband is open and humming along. I think it was a good decision, but only time will tell. Working from home has its perks, but quiet and privacy are not among them. That’s not even counting the effect on the rest of the family. I really missed the chance to come home and have an hour to myself at the end of the workday, before the crowds descended. While he had a lot of time alone, I had NONE. (except the 20 minutes driving home from work. Going to work I have a sleepy teen with me, so it is kind of like being alone!). It has only been a couple of weeks, and its Open Enrollment so he has been on the road anyway.
I had a fantasy that a business office would mean that I would get the room to myself. Not so. But I got my own little space, so no complaints. My husband left quite a bit of his work stuff in there, and I still need the storage and computer/printer for the online sales. It looks pretty funny in there actually. My husband has a thing about using what you have. (upcycling?) Last year we modified an old swing set he had built years ago and made a beautiful container garden.
This time he insisted that we use the raised platform bed that was already in the room as a way to get storage for the online stock and shipping materials. It looks terrible, but I must admit it works well. (Until I need something up there. We’ll see how much he likes it after he has to climb up there and look around, LOL) The Ikea bed is like 7 feet high with a desk underneath. So he just put lots of stuff up there out of the way. Whenever I sit at that computer I feel like I’m in a cave. He is quite pleased though, and it keeps everything in one place.
So now I can have a little time alone at the end of the day, my sewing space, and things are out of the way. What could be better??
Stay tuned for my next devious plot to get my kitchen cabinets repainted. I like the idea of leaving the top cabinets off white, and painting only the bottom ones another color. I’m thinking about a Mustard Yellow (not Frenchs!), Slate Gray or Olive Green. Its only paint, right? Lets see if he goes for it.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
I am so tired of this “college for everyone” mentality in the US. College is not for everyone. It’s a fallacy that all children can learn and be on a certain level in the same amount of time. We have now screwed up an entire generation of kids with this ridiculous notion. There are so many young people who were pushed toward college, took loans and now are in huge debt, who probably were not even “college material”. As you know you can’t tell the bank, “Well I never finished college, so I don’t actually need that student loan. Thanks anyway, but I won’t be paying it back.” I don’t say that to be mean. When we used to provide vocational education/training in high schools kids could graduate and be college or work ready based on the courses they chose to take. Now, its college and career ready, which still means college, because as we know vocational training is gone from most regular schools. I have news for you Arne Duncan. Many kids should not be sent off to college, based on loans they can’t repay, to train for jobs that are becoming obsolete. This attitude that everyone must be prepared to go college is bad. Don't we need skilled trades people?
I say we stop changing the education system every year or two, and try something long enough to see if it works. Common Core has some serious issues, and I am afraid the disaster that is Secondary Education in America is about to get a whole lot worse. No one asked my opinion, but if they did I would say this: Start with a vocational/trade focus in regular high schools. The middle and top students are going to go college anyway. We don’t really have to worry about them. It’s the rest of the kids we need to catch before they fall through the cracks. Sure its all about rigor, but why can’t the rigor be in a subject that will be useful for a middle class person working in a trade that allows them to live a comfortable life and support themselves? Rant complete, that is all!
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Dear Friends Obsessed with Football,
I know it’s THAT time again. I see you all in your special shirts (and some of you with hats too). I understand the desire to participate in an activity you love, really, I do. What I don’t understand is why you don’t understand that not everyone loves football. At work I was gently reminded that I’m supposed to wear my college colors on Fridays. The premise is that it will excite the students about going to college. I’m pretty sure though that it is just a secret plot related to college football. I’m not sure if my college had colors. To be honest I’m not even sure if they had football. I now live in the South, which seems extremely college football oriented. Maybe attending college in New England prevented me from developing this affliction? I hope you enjoy the season, but please excuse me from the festivities. Thanks
PS: I wish that everyone could get that excited about academics.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Stormy rainy Saturdays are perfect for movie watching. I didn’t get to watch any today. If I had had my way though, I would have curled up on the sofa with my 3 most perfect rainy day movies. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Cinema Paradiso, and Truly Madly Deeply would have been screened in a private showing just for me. These films all make me cry, which is something I prefer to do alone. It was just that kind of day outside. I did have fun though watching my son teaching my daughter to play her new trumpet. Seeing them work together toward a shared goal was awesome. I’m very impressed with his patience and ability to break it down for her. She was very cooperative (no small thing!) and excited. I think this is going to be a great activity for them to do together once she knows a bit more. Life is good!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
I recently found an old photo of my husband and I right after we started dating. When I look at the image of myself I see someone so young and free from the burdens and worries of life. I was 26 so I suppose I must have had some burdens and worries, but I can’t remember what they were. I may have worried about stuff like boyfriends and break ups. There might have been some trouble coming up with enough for rent at times, but certainly nothing major had gone wrong in my life to that point.
Now about 20 years on I have learned some important lessons about how the universe works. Although my troubles don’t seem so bad compared to many others, they were mine and I felt them each acutely. When I look at that picture of myself so young, fresh and full of possibilities I feel a little sad. Just a little. It’s true that I had a lot to learn, and some real heart breaks coming my way. I suppose that it's good we don’t know about that ahead of time because we might just give up. Life is good, and I know now that is true partly because of the hard stuff that we have to go through which changes us in some important ways. When you look at your children do you regret knowing about all the ways the world is going to hurt them?