Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's Sunday!

A new week is upon us and before I get sucked back into the school thing again I thought I better let everyone know I'm still alive! {waves}

This last week was good. Well, mostly good. Zach settled into his schedule, I settled into mine, and he even decided wearing a uniform to school was ok. Some days he didn't even change out of it when he got home - just untucked his shirt!

Tuesday was my first lab for Oceanography. Well, let me say that again - this is my first lab ever. Yep, that's right - I only had to take one year of science in high school (thanks CA for the great education!) and I took general science (no lab required). I need to find new lab partners though. Those boys ignored me. I don't know if it was because I was old or a girl (or both!!). I have smart ideas - just listen to me fools!

Wednesday I knew I was only going to get my running in if I got up at 5. Which I did. And I ran five 2 minute intervals (5K101 Week 1), without wimping out on a single interval! Yay me! Then later that day I proceeded to break my foot. Now I'm stuck in this for at least three weeks.  I guess I will be walking that 5K in October - but I'm still going to do it!

We call it "the boot of shame"
The rest of the week passed uneventfully. Well, you know except for hobbling around and pulling my hair out over math. Won't you all be glad when I have no more math classes!?

So this week, I have a paper due (not all complicated like a before - more of a narrative - much easier to write!) and I may have a test in computer class. We'll find out, I can't remember.

And that was last week. I'll try to be better about getting on here and venting - goodness knows I have so much to rant about (just not a lot of time!)

Have a great week!

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, August 25, 2011

What's Your Song? 8.25.11

I had a hard time deciding today. I wanted to choose something off Hollywood Vampires by LA Guns, but honestly, I love the whole album (yes, I called it an album) so much that I couldn't decide. And I do love these guys a lot:


And I love this guy a lot too:

So I decided why not combine both of them? Here it is - Kick it up a Notch by Phineas, Ferb, and Slash!



Don't you dare forget to link up with Goodnight Moon and see what everyone else is listening to today!

Until next time ~ Kris

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pour Your Heart Out: I'm a Bad Mom

Today I'm linking up with Things I Can't Say to Pour my Heart Out. Check out her link and if you comment on any of the link ups remember rule #1 - be respectful!



When did my dreams become more important than my sons future? I can't really answer that, all I know is that at some point it happened and I feel like the worst mom in the world.

Zach went to private school for K and 1st, I homeschooled him for 2nd and 3rd, and last year I put him in public school. It was during that time I needed something do to with myself, so I went back to school to follow my dream of becoming a teacher. But I feel guilty every day.

The education system here (both private and public) are terrible. And that's the nicest thing I can think to say about them. We had our issues when we homeschooled, but nothing we couldn't (or didn't) sort out.

He is really enjoying being in "regular" school, but it's easy to see why. He's "one of the brightest" in his grade. Kills the standardized tests (not that I put any stock in those), and has his few select friends. I've been informed that even though he rarely pays attention he always knows the answer.

But he's not learning anything new. All I heard last year was how "great" I did homeschooling him. All I did was teach him what I thought he should be learning and needed to know to succeed. And the reality is no matter how involved you are - if the education is sub-standard there's not a whole lot you can do about it.

Now that he's started 5th grade, and I've spent some time with recent high school graduates (who don't know how to write papers or do simple math) I know he's being shorted. I want to give him every tool that I can to be successful - not just in SC but anywhere he chooses to go to college. And I want to keep my dream alive too.

That it agonizes me to make the call to quit school and go back to homeschooling shows how selfish and terrible I am as a mom.

Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Last Week Was...

Crazy. Zach and I both started back to school. Zach on Tuesday and me on Thursday. By Wednesday I was so stressed out by the numskulls at the transportation office I was ready to scream. Actually, I think I might have, in my car, whilst banging my head on the steering wheel.....

Turns out my son, who has one year left in his current school, is going to the wrong school. The school the transportation office told me to send him to - up until an hour before they told me he was in the wrong school. Thank God he's a good kid and I'm a good parent, his Principal and I discussed how to work things out on Tuesdays, when I can't pick him up because I have a late Science Lab. I guess being involved pays off, even though that's not why I do it.

So far he likes 5th grade, uniforms and all! Of course, they really don't do anything the first week - so we will see how he feels next week =) Here's my little man on his first day of school...


Then it was time for me to head to school. Tuesdays and Thursdays I have English and Science - so I headed off to my English Class, which is a literature class. Homework - read these chapters in these two books. Cool, I can do that, after all I love to read. But - the print in said books was so small, I couldn't read it. Quick email to my professor - yes I can download and use them on my Nook! Whew - because that would have been bad if I couldn't have done any of the reading. My science offering this semester is Oceans and Man. Cool. Homework - read the first three chapters.

Friday I headed to my Math and Computer class. I think we all pretty much know how I feel about math. But, after this I still have two more - so it's time to just suck it up and get them done - in a row hopefully so I don't forget anything! Then I found out in my computer class I have the wrong Operating System and Office Suite on my netbook. I have HP (need 7) and 2011 (need 2010). Now I'll have to carve out time to sit in the computer lab at school. Apparently a lot of time. The netbook is the only windows computer we have - and I'm not buying new programs for one class. Especially one that is a step backwards!!

So I guess the week went ok. Lots of stress. Lots of homework. Lots of doubts - but in 16 weeks it will be all over (for me at least!).

And now the big question - when am I going to fit my 5K training in......

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What's Your Song? 8.18.11

I've missed almost of month of link ups with Goodnight Moon. I'm embarrassed and ashamed.

We were on vacation for three weeks - for one of those I didn't have internet. For the other two I have no excuse. But while we were road trippin' we listened to a lot of music. Hubby has XM in his truck and since I got to pick the music the two stations of choice were Hair Nation and '80's on 8. I know you guys really didn't expect anything else, right?

So for my coming back song I picked one that I heard while traveling. I really loved it back then and I still love it (and shamelessly I remembered all the words when it came on the radio!).

Enjoy, from the year I graduated, Kyrie by Mister Mister!



Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I'm Back!

I know I've been gone for a while - we were on vacation after all, but now we are back and school starts next week - Boo! Kidding - boo for my college classes but yay Zach will be busy again!

We had a good time - we went to Columbus to visit the Ohio Caddicks and then to Michigan to visit my dad. Unfortunately, the memory card in my camera got corrupted and I lost all my pictures. I do have a few that I took with my phone to share - but the pictures of the zoo and the family are all gone. Boo again!

But I'll share what I have - aren't you guys the lucky ones? =)

This is the pool in New Albany, OH
pretty spiffy, huh? 

On the road from Ohio to Michigan

Who's the meanest Aunt?
Me!
My nieces in nephew in their
younger days!!

Erik's shopping basket at the Dutch store
Good thing it's so far away from SC or we
would have ended up with so much more!

Also at the Dutch Store

The pool in Lansing, MI

Lunch on our last day of the trip
we were in Bob Evans ~ YUM!

So there's part of our trip in pictures. The fun times we had are memories and now it's get back to the reality of life again!

I hope everyone whose summer is coming to an end has an awesome new school year!

Until next time ~ Kris