Monday, November 11, 2013
So, exercise with the kids is fun, right? Well,. my little daughter came home from school all excited because she had learned to run in to jump rope (you know, when two people turn the rope and one kid jumps). She really wanted to show me how she can do that. I praised her highly and told her that when I was a child, I never quite got the hang of that.
So the next day my husband brought a long rope home from his school and we took turns turning the rope and jumping. Not me, though, because I'm shy.
The next day, we were all out there taking turns. Even me, because I was feeling brave. At first, I tried to run in, but ended up immediately stepping on the rope or jumping with one foot and then stepping on the rope or some other variation of that theme. But still I persisted until I could run in and actually jump.
Then I had a brilliant idea. I could attempt to run out.
I tripped, and did an award-winning superman dive straight into the rocks. Now, these are not small rocks. These are over a foot in diameter.And they're close together. And they're not smooth surfaces.
And what do I have to show for it? NOTHING! A tiny scratch on one finger and one knee and some sore spots. Not even a bruise. Because I am apparently superman. And I'm proud to say, that the rope didn't hit me on the way out.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
My most recent effort has been to drink three quarts of water every day. It's been interesting to me that I notice thirst more than I did before. And water tastes good. I'm trying to kick my diet pop habit. I've tried before and gone back to it. This time I've decided that diet pop is ok in limited amounts provided that I drink enough water. It's going well.
My other goal has been to go for a walk every day. I've gone most days. Certainly more that I would have without the goal.
This week, my goal is to continue with the water and walking and add more fruit and vegetables. That's hard for me. They aren't something that I look forward to. I like fruit and vegetables well enough when I eat them, but it takes real effort on my part to include them as a regular part of my diet. I'm more of a grain person. So, wish me luck. I'm going to need it.
Monday, April 29, 2013
There was a horrible accident in my neighborhood on Saturday night. A 17 year old girl was driving and hit three 13 year olds and one 15 year old. Two of the kids were treated at the hospital and released, but one was flown to Primary children's hospital and is expected to survive while another was also flown to Primary children's, but didn't make it.
As near as we can tell from the police and witnesses, there was no one to blame. Just a very dark night, and an unlit country road with no shoulder to speak of. Certainly no place for pedestrians in the dark.
This is the sort of community that will rally round in support of all those involved. We're all just heartbroken. These are such good families and my prayers are for all of them.
Friday, February 01, 2013
Last night I threw a tantrum. A real screaming tantrum. I almost never get angry or frustrated enough to lash out, but last night I did. I even made my 15 year old son cry because he thought I was angry and yelling at him, which I was not (and yes, I assured him that I was not angry with him, he's done nothing wrong). And now I'm so upset with myself that I can't hardly function.
So what got me so upset? Math. My son is in 10th grade. Do any of you have high school children? Our state has happily embraced common core curriculum. And the problem with that is that there is no math book (according to the school administration). So my child comes home from school with homework, but no text book. He takes pretty good notes in class. He copies every example the teacher does on the board. But there is still no explanation of how to do the math that you would get in a text book. So we're left with the internet. We sit and search the internet for help. It's an experience in frustration with every assignment.
Until this year, my son has gotten "A"s in math. Now he's fighting for a B-. And it's not like I've never seen this sort of math before. I'm a college graduate, but math was quite a while ago and I need the little review that I used to get from his text books.
So, here's another question. When was the last time you needed to work out a quadratic equation or graph a cube root function or use a logarithm? Unless you're an engineer, or a parent trying to get your child through school, when do you actually use this stuff?
Also, if you know a great math website, please share.
On the more positive side, I did not drown my frustration with sugar or other bad diet choices.
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