November 15, 2011

Time, Family, and Decisions

My eldest is on a college tour throughout the State of Fl... six schools in three days. When they offered it up for $375, all expenses paid, we jumped at it.

1) I don't have to haul him to every State institution.

2) I don't have to haul my kids as well as we'd probably go as a family.

3) He didn't have to listen to our opinion; he could form his own while talking to his friends.

We have seven State public schools in Florida. Some of them are huge, some are smaller. You all have heard of the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles, but there is also North Florida, Central Florida, Gulfcoast, South Florida, and Central Florida, not to forget my alma mater, West Florida, that they are NOT visiting.

He has been pretty bent that he wanted to go to UCF, which is the 2nd or 3rd largest school in the nation. He has friends whose siblings go there and he's heard all that is grand and he just KNEW this is where he wanted to go.

I've not been so sure. I think he prefers to be a big fish in a small pond and I did tell him, at a big school like UCF, you aren't a number, but an approximation. "There are approximately 62,512 students..."

But it's his deal and I told him he had to figure it out.

He's 1/3 of the way through his tour now, having seen UCF and UNF, with North Florida being the equivalent of the school I went to... 13,000 students.

I sent him a txt and asked him what he thought of UCF and the reply was, "It was OK". I could sense disappointment. I asked about UNF and got, "I really liked it..."

So we will see. There is no doubt in my mind that he could get into any he wanted to except UF. UF is very competitive and honestly, I told him as great a school it is, he needs to remember, they still have 800 kids in a class. Ringo has good grades and he's going to do well on the ACT and SAT. Plus, with Eagle Scout and his music, he'll be pretty well rounded. We're not stressed.

UNF has a GREAT music program, as an aside.


Mr. T is very frustrated with his Biology teacher. I'm not sure what the deal is with Catholic Schools and their incredibly sucky science programs. I know two points don't make a trend, but our data points point to a serious problem in this department.

He got in the car the other day, over himself, the situation and his teacher.

Done, he was.

I said to him, "Listen... they aren't going to spoon feed you in Honors Biology..."

He looked at me with complete exasperation and said, "MOM! I'm not ASKING to be spoonfed. I'm just asking for a little food!"

When he gets in the car now I say, 'So, how was Bio? Any food today?" He always shakes his head...


Our 20 year anniversary is tomorrow. Yikes! How did that happen? I remember when my parents were married 20 years!


Funny story about that baby quilt that I posted a picture of yesterday. The bloggers know this story.

When I put a block quilt together, I pieced together the pinwheel blocks, then pinned them intermittently between the solid blocks. After the row was sewn, I pulled out the pins, pinned the rows together and sewed. Then I pulled the pins out, pinned the border on and sewed. When the entire top if finished, I pull out the pins, I sandwich it together, pin some more and quilt it.

There is a step there that is important, pulling the pins out.

I got all the way to quilting and I noticed this nearly 2 inch piece of metal in between two blocks. To my horror, I'd not only forgotten to pull a pin out, but it was now quilted INTO the blanket. I used pins with a bright yellow ball on the end, and a 1.5 inch pin itself.

In my head, I've now envisioned the pin getting all rusty and some baby getting poked with it and getting tetanus, because that's how my brain works.

So I went out into the garage and got some pliers, moved the head of the pin to the edge of the fabric and snapped off the metal from as close as I could get to the head of the pin, and then pulled the pin out, leaving that little ball.

The baby quilt, in one of those squares, has a little yellow ball floating around in it. Every quilt has a mistake or two. As the Quakers used to say, 'Only God is perfect' and they would intentionally put mistakes in their quilts.

The pin head is mine. Although... not intentional.


20 years. I'm dwelling...

Posted by Boudicca at November 15, 2011 10:01 PM

Twenty years isn't bad. Keep going!!11!! You're only a third of the way to your diamond anniversary.

With all your kids, don't forget that the Florida CC system is designed as a feeder to the Universities.

Posted by: The Thomas at November 15, 2011 10:57 PM

Thomas- Yeah, I ahve told him about the CC system. He just doesn't want to go that route. It is unfortunate because I think it is a GREAT route. Bones will go that route for sure...

Yeah, I just can't get over it. It's like I blinked, my kids are almost grown, and we've been married 20 years. Holy crap.

Posted by: Bou at November 15, 2011 11:01 PM

Time flies when you're having fun, happy anniversary!

Posted by: Peter at November 16, 2011 03:23 AM

Happiest of Anniversaries! Just think, if I was married to the same man I would be WAY past you. ;-)

Posted by: vwbug at November 16, 2011 05:40 AM

Happy Anniversary! :-)

That's a pretty cool deal the tour of schools. I like it! I'm glad he gets a chance to see so many and then make a choice. We all do the same thing... hear about a place from others and are very excited only to find once we get there, it's just not "us" - what a letdown. So happy he's finding this the easy way. I'm sure once he gets to college, he'll be very happy, even if it's not what he thought he wanted at first.

Posted by: Teresa at November 16, 2011 03:00 PM

LOL about the quilt.

If he goes to UCF, I'll have him over for a nice, home-cooked meal whenever he wants. :)

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at November 16, 2011 06:38 PM

Speaking of touring the schools ... We visited Michigan Tech (Houghton-Handcock on the Portage) as part of our eldest's tour.

On the way up we visited around the U-P seeing waterfalls and such.

We drove straight home from Houghton so that she would understand how far from home she would be.

Turns out it wasn't necessary as she was not impressed with the school. Just as well as she opted out of Engineering in her sophomore year (after she had finished Diff Eqs and Organic Chem) and switched to History.

As a point of information, Houghton is the same distance from our house as Vanderbilt is in Nashville. Choices .. choices.

Posted by: The Thomas at November 16, 2011 09:11 PM


Posted by: resumes at November 18, 2011 01:55 AM

I think you have a happy family! It is the most important thing in our life! the family - is the most valuable thing indeed

Posted by: cv writer at November 18, 2011 03:00 AM