May 03, 2010


My folks sit and wait for the vast economic destruction of their hometown. As if Hurricane Ivan wasn't enough... I am sick for the communities on the Gulf Coast.


I'm sad that Lynn Redgrave didn't win her fight with breast cancer. It has nothing to do with it being her. I'm sad when any woman doesn't beat it.

I consider breast cancer somewhat of an inevitability as I approach the age my grandmother was when she was diagnosed. To me, it's not about 'it won't happen to me', but staying vigilant.

Last month I got the all clear again... I'm still cancer free.


I need to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. It's not the job I'm doing now. It's fine to pay the bills and it pays well... but there is more to life than this.

I think.


I'm in the process of trying to get an educational change for my 2nd son. He wants to go to a high school where he would be on a fast track for Math Science and Engineering, dual enrolling or having professors from the local University, FAU, coming to teach him. He would have many credits of actual college sciences under his belt... not AP, but no kidding in the classroom credits.

Lockheed Martin engineers come into this school twice a week to tutor these students first hand in Physics with Calculus... their Sophomore year.

To do this, however, he must start in Pre-Calculus his freshman year. Currently he leaves 8th grade with only Alg I, which means he will do virtual learning of Alg I this summer, Alg I again with his classmates, Geometry and Alg II in the evenings of 8th grade and the following summer, in preparation. I am trying to get it changed so that while his classmates are in Alg I, he can take virtual Geometry on a computer in the classroom so he doesn't have to jump through hoops with his taking Alg I twice and Geometry at night and Alg II the following summer.

We'll see if I can get this passed. Once again, we have a non-round peg student being shoved into a round hole. Let us see if they'll help to create a square hole for him...

BTW, I don't want him to go this route. I want him to enjoy life and not have the pressure... but this is HIM wanting this. If it's important to him... I'll make it important to me. I've let him know that the minute he wants off that crazy bus, I'll find another path for him.


My husband received an iPad for free at the convention he was at this weekend.

It's really cool.

It's cooler when it's free...

Posted by Boudicca at May 3, 2010 03:39 PM

I am currently trying to get one of my daughters in to the school of her choice and have been jumping through hoops too, so I know what that feels like. Sometimes I find it amazing that some of the parents of my kid's friends won't go to bat for them and most of the time it's because they are not involved enough in what is happening in their kids lives so that they don't even know that help is needed.

iPad? At a convention? Just color me green...

Posted by: Lemon Stand at May 4, 2010 05:42 AM

WHAT? A free iPad? I wanna see it!

I'm waiting for Apple to produce one with a built in camera so I can Skype on it. I'll be first in line for that one.

Posted by: Angus of Jura at May 4, 2010 08:10 AM

My cousin has a beach-front condo in Panama City Beach. She's also waiting for the sludge.

Regarding Mr. T's ambitions... I'll think happy thoughts for him.

I graduated high school at the age of 16 and 3 months. And went off to college. And... my education ended up a train wreck. But my parents went wrong allowing me to go live in a dorm at age 16. I was not responsible enough to not have parental supervision.

I was hoping you'd be offering the iPad as a contest on here!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at May 4, 2010 08:47 AM

I think it was Lynn Redgrave.

Posted by: Cappy at May 4, 2010 10:38 AM

What do I wanna do when I grow up? Does that mean have to grow up first? yikes. College was the beginning of the mess of my life. Until I graduated, I kept trying to do what I thought other people thought I should do. Well, ok, that continued through the marriage, too. Turned out that I am another of those non-round pegs.

Congrats on the cancer free!

Posted by: Jean at May 4, 2010 10:47 AM

This is why I stopped at having 2 kids... I think 3 or more would've done me in. Heh.

Some kids love that high level of learning. They prefer to have lots to do rather than too little. Good for Mr. T! And I love that crazy bus thing. LOL. He will likely thrive on the pressure because he will be the one controlling it. I bet he'll go on to great things.

An iPad... I've been trying to decide if I want one of them for reading books or if I want a Kindle instead. They are very cool devices (I never win stuff so I doubt I'd ever have one handed to me - LOL). I worry about it being too much like reading a computer screen instead of a paper book. I can't do screens for long sessions of reading - drives me nuts. If I do decide on an iPad - I will wait for the next gen before buying. I've seen one in the Apple store and now they say Kindles are coming to Target stores - so I want to compare.

Decisions Decisions.

Posted by: Teresa at May 4, 2010 10:54 AM

Congrats on being cancer-free! Hope it continues to be and that your expectations go unmet ;)

Mr T sounds like our oldest child - driven. She's still on the crazy bus, Bou! I do wish she would lighten up sometimes and just kick back, but she doesn't seem to be wired for it. (Now, I also wish I could light a fire under the middle boy! The one who does nothing but kick back is probably more distressing.) I guess if your son has got the energy and focus for it, he'll just power through the workload. That does seem like a mountain of math, though!

Posted by: PeggyU at May 4, 2010 12:19 PM

It was Lynn Redgrave, sweetie.

Posted by: Lynn at May 4, 2010 02:58 PM

Crap. Good catch. I'm so sucky with names... this is why I should never do societal posting.

So... if I were going to give an iPad away, it would have to be Cappy for catching it first! But alas... I have not one to give. He'll have to settle for a THANKS!

Posted by: bou at May 4, 2010 03:26 PM