October 24, 2011

Old Lady

The smoothie wasn't bad. It tastes a bit watery, but it's fine and I think my diet is so high in fiber that anything added to said shake was absolutely no big deal.

Bones wants one tomorrow. I'm hoping he likes it as I'd like him to eat a good breakfast and this could be it. The key was telling him it was mine and not his... as he proceeded to assist in the buying of the ingredients. Suddenly he wanted it.


I walked into the lobby at work today and there were some scary young men standing at the desk.

I walked through to the breakroom to put my food in the fridge when I said to the engineer next door to us, "So... are we interviewing for Kindergarten slots?"

He replied, "Interviewing? Hell they're HIRED. Today is their first day!"

I couldn't believe it. I got to my cube and said to my Tech Lead (who got the promotion, Woot!), "Kindergarten started today. You'll see them all over the building."

Young. I said to our assistant, 'They've been driving for... what? Six years?"

Then there was some crack about if I just waited 8 more years Mr. T would be with us. I told them I aspired for him to do better...


I'm furloughed probably as of tomorrow. My TL is looking for a new project for me, but I have a lot to do at home, and I'm fine.

The workload projected for this year was far exceeded by reality. I'm waiting on a new contract to get me through the year, but things are so busy here... I'm cool.


I'm tutoring Pre-Calculus and I'm pretty appalled by how the public schools are teaching matrices. The girl I'm tutoring is taking Pre-Calc in the junior college and when I said to her, 'OK, remember when you did this in Alg II?" she replied with, "Oh, our teacher just had us plug the numbers in our calculator."


Fortunately, that is not the case at my kids' school. I sat down with T to teach him matrices tonight and was pleasantly surprised that not only did she expect them to know how to do it, but she gave good notes.

The status of our education system is very very bad when it comes to math and science. But that's another post... it hurts my head tonight.

Posted by Boudicca at October 24, 2011 09:36 PM

If my siblings are any indication, English and History are going down the crapper, too.

Posted by: Andrew Phule at October 25, 2011 01:06 AM

Simple things mean so much these days. I'm glad I taught my two to read a map, change a car tyre, manouever in confined spaces and reverse uphill in a car with a manual gearbox. My daughter was impatient at the time, but the penny dropped when she came home one day and said how she took the wheel of her friend's car because she felt she couldn't drive it into a multi-storey car park. she was so pleased with herself and gave me one of her lovely `looks` :)

Posted by: Hogday at October 25, 2011 04:23 AM

Andrew- I think it depends on the schools. I will say the Catholic schools are great in History and English. My kids have had some fantastic teachers and readily talk about History at the table at times. They had a History teacher who brought in a Holocaust survivor, they've had some great discussions and WWII is something talked about a lot. And their English is really jacked up. It's great.

I'm actually happy with their Math. But... their Science? I can't go there right now or I'll stroke. I'm probably going to post on it as a vent.

Hogday- I think one of the best things about my Dad teaching me to drive manual is I could drive anyone's car. I was never in a situation where I was reliant on someone. If someone has been drinking and they had a stick shift? I could drive it. Probably as a single female the best skill I had.

Posted by: Bou at October 25, 2011 06:04 AM

new math.... ::beats head against wall::
our child is DOOMED. We just don't have her often enough to undo the damage that is being done in her math class. A few weeks ago, she demanded a calculator and instead got a lesson in long division and multiplication. She's in high school and can't do long division and multiplication. DOOMED!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at October 25, 2011 07:50 AM

SO important to have good teachers. I decided at 15 after a string of failed exams that I was hopeless at math and had my Mum fight the school to allow me to withdraw and focus on the subjects I was good at. Fast forward 8 years to me teaching Excel to accountants at KPMG and I couldn't believe I knew more about many of the formulas we were using than they did. Turns out my math skills were great - I just had awful teachers! Not sure in the scheme of things it had a major impact on my life BUT I'd love to go back in time and give the 15 year old me crying over algebra at my desk a hug and the funding to get a tutor!

Posted by: Shaz at October 25, 2011 04:52 PM

We didn't let our kids use calculators until they could pass a quiz on doing it manually. Then we stopped teaching them at all because there wasn't enough time in the year to get to everything we needed to get to. We all thought back to our math education and realized that we didn't really use matrices much even through college.

Posted by: Heresolong at October 25, 2011 06:48 PM