Since Monday . . . .

. . . I have:

*Not vomited
*Only cried a little bit
*patched and touched up paint on several dings in several walls
*painted the front door to hide the wood putty I used last week to hide the damage our aging pooch did to the door before we realized he’s developed some kind of anxiety problem which necessitates him being outside whenever we aren’t home — unless we want more woodwork chewed up and shredded to bits
*discovered more pain dings I forgot to to fix
*read the next two novels in the Stephanie Meyer vampire series (really a good distraction from the stress, but I have a love hate relationship with these books — they aren’t that well written, but I LOVE them, well, except the third one)
*avoided reading any of the relocation package details (though it is better than we were lead to believe — if our house doesn’t sell within a few months, the company will buy it from us — yay!)
*found out that our new I171-H, all stapled to its notarized, authenticated and certified statement of authenticity, is now in the hands of the provincial officials who JUST NEED TO SIGN THE DAMN PAPER!

ahem . . .

*looked at more real estate on line
*received countless offers from friends to watch my kids and/or help me pack stuff up
*my kids!  oh my word!  I think I’ve been neglecting my kids!

Ha!  No worries.  School has been getting done and the younger two are still alive and well fed so, though I may not have been paying as much attention to them the past few days as they would like, I haven’t really been neglecting them.

Three vampire novels in under a week though, that’s something.  I mean, vampire books?  That is so not me.

Oh, and back to the kids thing for just a minute.  When did pre-school become such a given?  I mean, when I was a kid, hardly anybody went to preschool.  When I decided to homeschool my kids I knew people would think I was weird, but I never expected anyone to look at me like I have three heads because I didn’t put them in “school” at the age of two or three.  When did that become the norm?  Just curious.

Which reminds me of a time (total stream of consciousness here) when a woman at church was giving a lesson (I have no recollection what it was supposed to be about) and she was going on about how we just don’t understand how lucky we are because in some countries, other countries,  parents just send their children, from a very young age, to government run schools where the government decides what is and isn’t important for them to learn, and these kids are totally influenced by what they are taught in these government schools, and this just seems so normal to the parents that they never question it and don’t realize or question the agenda behind the education.  And I just sat there thinking, “Duh.  Are you really saying that and exempting yourself, your children and the U.S. educational system from it?  Really?  Really?

I have so much more I could say on that, but I’ll leave it alone for now.  It’s just frustrating, trying to find a home in a sparsely populated area with a million tiny little school districts, because I am going to start sending my children out into that system sometime in the next few years and so I have to take that into account as we search for new digs.  I like the idea of larger schools with a wider variety of educational opportunities, but I also like the idea of smaller schools where I can probably more readily have an influence on what goes on with my children’s education.  The greater Radiator Springs area just doesn’t seem to have any schools with that much of an educational variety, so I guess I just go for the best small district I can.

And, for the record, if a school district is going to bother to put up a web site, they may actually want to address their academics on said web site.  Making a big to-do over your sports teams and the fact that you will send my fifth-grader to a week-long science camp with high school students as the camp counselors just really doesn’t make me want to move into your district.  Especially when I look up your fifth-grade science scores for the state tests and they S.U.C.K.  Fat lot of good that camp is doing.  Unless, of course, you are trying to get young girls experiencing unprecedented rates of precocious puberty a date to the junior prom.

I’m just saying.

And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt says hello.

6 thoughts on “Since Monday . . . .

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Chris Moran

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  2. I’m glad you’re doing okay and have neither puked nor cried!!! 🙂 Good news about the company buying the house if it doesn’t sell. Good luck with everything – you’re busy!!!

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  3. You hit it on the head with school. I’m so frustrated with our local schools, but to open enroll we are looking at quite the drive. One direction has lots of opportunity but low scores (AND a similar website) while the other direction is a solid system with little variety. I’m figuring it will be a year or two so I have awhile. Shoot, maybe we’ll join the relocated due to job crowd by then and I’ll have a whole new set of worries 🙂

    Sounds like your doing good considering. My guess is the best therapy would be for that piece of paper to get signed…yesterday!

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  4. Christina

    wow, awesome relo package! And I hear you on the schools and web sites… I will cross a district or school off the list if I can’t find basic info about their academic programs, classes offered, stuff like that. I don’t care what their mascot is or if their motto uses the word “excellence” 7 times in 3 sentences… I want to know what my child will actually learn!!

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  5. I think I’m going to recommend that you refrain from making fun of the sports mascots once you arrive in the Greater Radiator Springs area.

    I’m only half kidding.

    Those people are freaking NUT!JOBS! about their high school sports. Just saying. Avoid drawing them into a discussion about their football teams at all costs.

    I hope that piece of paper gets signed soon!

    Gretchen

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  6. I’d say you’re holding up pretty darn well, all things considered!! Wow – I can’t believe that’s in the relocation package. They’ll buy your house?? Even in THIS market? That’s pretty darn good. Good luck with the school stuff…glad we don’t have to worry about that for a couple years.

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