Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A new day has dawned

The other day as I prepared another meal for my family. I yelled, "dinner is ready," and then I realized the boy was at baseball, the oldest at work, and the youngest was hanging out with friends. So I sat down with my husband right-wrong he was on a long distance business call and so I asked myself. Why do I do this? The answer; because this is what a good mom does. So I placed things in the microwave to be warmed and waited for all to return home. We ate around eight thirty that night.

The oldest came home and said, "I'm not really that hungry. I ate late."

The boy came home, I placed his food before him and with nose wrinkled. He said, "We're having this again."

Next was the youngest, "I'm not eating that. You know I hate that stuff."

That's it!" I said reaching for a notebook and pencil. "Your job is to make a healthy food menu for dinner this week. One in which each one of you will take a turn making and cleaning up."

Their eyes went wide, but they reluctantly agreed thinking they were going to make a menu of take out and drive throughs.

"Oh no, no." I said wagging a finger in the air. "This will be a menu of home cooked meals not ready made chicken nuggets and ardery clogging materials."
Let's be real for a minute it wasn't going to be the healthest menu, but it was going to be homemade. Our first family meal was Monday. The oldest cooked spaghetti. Tuesday was blueberry pancakes, sausage and scrabbled eggs.

Right now, I am doing the happy dance. I haven't had to cook, or clean up in two days and this has made me very happy. Do I care whats for dinner? No, because I don't have to cook it and no one right now is complaing because their cooking. YAY! This moment isn't going to last but please let me revel in it while it does.

Some days are just harder than others.

Today has been a very hard and trying day. Most days are not like this at school but today was just one of those that make you thankful for your wonderful blessings and breaks your heart in two. First thing this morning I was met by a teacher who has a new student. He leaned in and whispered, "I have a new student who gets easily irritated. If he explodes hit the panic button the office will come running."

Luckily, I didn't have to hit the button. The new student seemed to be fine while I was there. I left and returned less than an hour later to watch him being hauled out of class. He had, had an episode. (He is exibiting signs of schitophrenia) I entered the class while his teacher took care of the students needs and I tried to settle the others down. Next, I read with my kids and then was off to the next class where my teammate asked one of her students where he was yesterday because she missed him. The child broke down into tears. The teacher came over and dismissed him to go to the bathroom for a minute, then filled us in. He was beaten yesterday by his mother with a belt. She was taken out of the home and isn't expected to return for a while.

These are the kind of days some of these kids go through and my biggest complaint is I don't have enough time in the day to do everything I want.

This was just my day. I can only imagine what the school councelors and principals day is like.

So tell me how was your day? My prayers are with both these kids.

Monday, April 19, 2010

PC verses Mac.

Sorry I haven't written in awhile my computer got a virus from a facebook app and it's been at the computer doctor for over a week. Today's its first day back and my fingers are finally happy and feeling at home plunking on the slippery black keys to type my next blog.

This brings me to the actual subject of this blog which is PC verses Mac.

I chose to buy a PC because I thought it would be easier to work in the writing world with one. My thinking was that most people I know own a PC. The only people I know that own a Mac are graphic artists and designers. So naturally I felt as if I should buy a PC-- which I did. I have sucessfully written six novels, a couple of short stories and a magazine article. However, amongst all my writings I have had the occassional virus and not being computer savvy myself I have to rely on others to fix it and get me running again. Whereas if I owned a Mac my husband would be able to fix it. (I know what was I thinking.) Well here it is. I was thinking that when I sent in a query letter that the publishing companies would have an easier time reading my ms and my formatting would not get messed up in the electronic transfer which all of this is very important when your trying to impress the pants off a publishing company.

Mac side; If I had a Mac computer I would not have gotten a computer virus from facebook. I would not have been without a computer for over two weeks which has put me behind on writing, emails and keeping up with other varies callings. My husband works on Macs and could have fixed my computer. And lastly I would not have had two viruses in the last six months. Yes two so as you can see I'm tired and a little cranky that I keep getting these dang viruses and from facebook no less.

So, today Mac's win! ( I still love you my little computer pal.)
Tell me what's your opinion PC or Mac?