Saturday, February 16, 2008
This post is about my total lack of understanding about the celebration of this holiday for small children. My 2 yr old is in school 3 mornings a week. I got an email about Valentine's day and was sent a list of the names of the kids in his class. I thought, "You cannot be serious, they are 2?" But I was wrong, yes, my 2 year old got many a Valentine, with gift of pencils and small pads of paper, oh and candy. I don't want to seem ungrateful, but WTF! Personally I see it as a waste of paper and time. Since my son cannot have milk, most of the candy was not available for him. He was not that interested in the pencils. I admit that he did do some art in one of the pads. Am I scrooge or do others think 2 is too young for this? This is just a make work project for the parents. Now I did send a treat of carrot muffins for the class to share, but individual gifts? No thanks. I will wait until my son is old enough to get the idea and participate in the gift giving.
Monday, February 11, 2008
I have made quite a bit of progress. Yeah me!
01 Make this list √
02 Do a monthly list evaluation (1/34)
03 Clean the inside of my car (1/30)
04 Drive 5 km/h slower to reduce emissions. Started this. Sorry for those of you who are behind me.
05 Do work for a charity
06 Write to my foster child in Africa
07 Write to my foster child in SA
Family / Personal
08 Ask directly for what I want
09 Believe, think, talk and act positively I have tried this.
10 Decide what to do with my frozen embryos
11 Get closure on evil Uncle K
12 Have a family outing once a month (1/34)
13 Have more contact with my oldest sister
14 Have my mother over once a month
15 Make birthday dr appointments for boys
16 Plan fun things to do in the summer
17 Say “Please” more
18 Update my medical alert bracelet
19 Wear makeup everyday for 2 weeks
Health and Fitness
20 Buy a new weight scale I have decided against this. The one that we have is consistent, even if it is 5 lbs off.
21 Do months breast exam
22 Do more yoga (2x week)
23 Drink more water I am trying!
24 Get a massage once a month (2/34) YES!
25 Get my eyebrows done 3x (1/3)
26 Go a week without sugar
27 Go to bed before 11 at least 4x a week
28 Monthly massage Duplicate here. Changing this to ?
29 Reorganize my weekly schedule
30 Try pilates
31 Work on posture (stretch for 5 min every day) Not doing great on this one.
Food / House
32 Bake once a week (4x so far)
33 Create my own cookbook of things we like to eat.
34 Eat more organic foods
35 Clean kitchen before bed 5x a week Hmm, well, I am close on this one.
36 Clean out 3 kitchen cupboards
37 Do a clothing purge I tried on every blouse that I own and got rid of quite a few. Pants are next.
38 Do more gardening
39 Finish configuring new laptop . Done!
40 Follow cleaning schedule
41 Get dataloc for my laptop
42 Get pda connected to new laptop
43 Get rid of old VCR tapes
44 Go back on cash only for a month
45 Learn how to bake the hearty bread that I like to eat
46 Paint deck
47 Patch holes in family room wall. Started. Need to be sanded, primed and painted.
48 Purge desk
49 Purge furnace room
50 Put up whiteboard
51 Rearrange laundry room
52 Replace downstairs bathroom fan
53 Replace downstairs toilet
54 Replace Master bathroom fan
55 Replace Master toilet
56 Replace toilets
57 Replace weatherstripping on front and side door
58 Stop using plastic grocery bags
59 Touch up paint in hallway
60 Become a foster parent
61 Open bank accounts for boys
62 Potty train LB
63 Read book on parenting boys
64 Read book on praising boys
65 Sign up kids for swimming
66 Start teaching my youngest french
67 Blog once a week (average) I am on track for this one.
68 Buy a new winter coat (one my size). Done
69 Create scrapbook for BB
70 Date my husband once a month
71 Donate excess yarn
72 Finish kids journal
73 Finish scrapbook for LB
74 Fix kids journal db
75 Fly both of my new kites
76 Get a dog
77 Get a singing prayer bowl (in C/ root chakra)
78 Get my Irish passport
79 Go to 5 hockey games
80 Go to the Opera
81 Have an outdoor family vacation
82 Learn 2 new Harold Arlen songs
83 Mediate 3 times a week
84 Piano lessons
85 Pick up french again
86 Post 10 books on BookMooch
87 Read a nonfiction book every month
88 Read Reggio Emilia book
89 Register the birth of my sons in Ireland
90 Start having something to do while watching tv
91 Start knitting again
92 Take a pottery class
93 Visit Portland on vacation
94 Work on family tree
95 Write an email to a friend once a week
96 Do certification exam 1 (If I am ever going back to work then I need to keep up.) Taken and Passed!
97 Do certification exam 2
98 Do certification exam 3
99 Do certification exam 4
100 Learn Java
101 Write Java exam
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Of course, I cannot claim to be free from all racial stereotypes. I have to admit that I have chuckled over jokes about Asian drivers, oh and H.ondas too. I do live in an area of town where 30% of the population is Asian, many first generation. I moved here knowing that and I can't say that I regret the lack of whiteness. Many stores around here have multi-lingual signs and Asian foods are available in the grocery stores. I like the food and the people. It is a good place to raise a family.
Update on the list coming soon.
Note: After thinking about this, I want to say that I was not trying to suggest all Americans are race obsessed. I think it is more just that racism is so strange. Of course, Canada has not had a Black Prime Minister. We have had a woman, Kim Campbell, but she lasted a very short time. Maybe, I didn't have a point.