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That mixture of curiosity and why-us when your kid gets picked to participate in a study related to his chromosome deletion, the one that is definitely causing his intellectual, motor, and behavioral issues. 

Hopefully, the study will result in a more definitive finding related to long-term prognosis for people with this chromosome issue. 

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Star-Spangled Banner: The Reality TV version

It’s just me. 

While our 2005 Class A RV was roomy, it was a PITA to drive. It was simply too damn big. When we bought it, I opted for the shorter length (25 feet), believing that length was the key factor. Nope. The important factor is width. An exterior width of 99 inches is just too damn big and makes for many harrowing moments when you’re trying to squeeze through a toll booth or park for a rest break.

Plus, because the engine is essentially inside the RV with you, the amount of heat while seated up-front was just unbearable, especially in the summer months when traveling through the Southwest. Yes, I have driven through Texas wearing just my underwear because it was so dang hot inside the front area RV. (The back part of the RV was nice and cool because it was located away from the engine compartment and was cooled by a much more powerful A/C unit.) Ultimately, we found these factors contributed to us using the RV far less than we might otherwise have. 

Since the boys love RVing and the RV is a convenient way to travel with our new puppy dog, we decided it was time to replace the RV with a smaller model. I’m happy to announce that we now own a Thor Siesta Sprinter. With an exterior width of 90 inches, it’s considerably easier to drive. During the test drive, I had an easy time maneuvering it on the freeway, as well as city streets.

This is a style of RV that I could easily drive by myself on a long trip. With our Class A RV, it was such a headache to drive that we had to take turns driving, making trips without DynaPapa’s help unrealistic. Now, I can do most of the driving while he relaxes. This means I feel no guilt sticking him with the task of emptying the poop tank. I really dislike emptying the poop tank. So many fears of something going wrong and being sprayed by poopy water. Ugh. 

Owning an RV that’s easier to drive will equal more RV trips. This means I may be stopping in your town and knocking on your door. Three things:

  1. Answer my knock. I’m not above crying on your doorstep and telling the neighbors I’m your jilted, long-lost boyfriend.
  2. Have baked goods ready cuz I need cupcakes.
  3. While RVs have a shower, I still prefer the real deal. I’ll bring my own towel and toiletries, but I’ll need to borrow your shower. 

Our RV is scheduled for delivery in 2 weeks. I’ll see you sometime after that.

…for my 40th birthday (which is a fair ways off)…

trans-parenting

Girl, please. Ain’t nobody like a show-off.

My 40th birthday is a long way off, too. Just in the past. Instead of the future, like yours & 99.73% of Tumblr.

I grew up on 70s disaster films, the death of Elvis, the murder of John Lennon, and 99 Red Balloons. I never imagined I, or the world, would make it this long. But, here I am, trying to figure out if my steam cleaner will steam out some of the wrinkles on my face like it does with my dress shirts.

This post by  sweetpeafairies reminded me of why I laugh when people say we have equal educational opportunities in the US. 

In addition to the $1,000 per child that we donate to the local educational foundation & school site committee so that the kids can have art, science lab, social studies, PE, music, computer technology, and well-maintained playground equipment (all items not funded by the state), there are several other checks we write.

Parents write a $65 check for school supplies which the school then orders. This may sound low to some but remember the district gets a significant volume discount doing it this way and there’s no sales tax. The drawback is that teachers for each grade agree upon a common list of supplies so it’s uniform to each grade rather than teacher specific but, on the flip side, it does mean the teacher knows that every student will have the required supplies on hand at the school and ready for use when the teacher wants.

Parents also give each room mother a $50 check to cover gifts for the teacher (holidays, birthday, teacher appreciation week). We’re all human so we like to be recognized. There’s nothing wrong with that. So, our kids benefit from teachers with boosted morale because they’re being recognized for the many wonderful things they do for our kids.

Lastly, parents write the room mother a $65 check to cover classroom activities such as field trips (but there’s no transportation cost because parents drive), specific classroom items the teacher may want or need, and any classroom parties the teacher wants to hold, etc.

You can see why a teacher might enjoy our school district. The need for the teacher to buy classroom supplies out of their own pocket is greatly diminished, although not completely eliminated. Additionally, there’s recognition for their hard work.

In addition to education not being an equal opportunity for every student, it’s not an equal opportunity for every teacher. Some teachers in this country have ample supplies for their classroom while others don’t and often must use their own money. For many students in this country that means their classroom experience is impacted by their teacher’s ability to afford his or her own classroom supplies. This is unfair for the teachers and the students.

And, don’t forget the cruel irony that teachers in poorly-funded districts tend to earn less money making it more difficult for them to afford classroom supplies with their own money. Plus, these teachers, who could probably most use the morale boost from receiving a few small gifts of recognition, are unlikely to get them.

There really has to be a better way to do things. Otherwise, we will continue to see educational opportunities limited simply because of a child’s zip code.

And, if you think being a teacher is easy, you’re an idiot not well informed and probably don’t spend much time in your child’s classroom.

This post by sweetpeafairies reminded me of why I laugh when people say we have equal educational opportunities in the US.

In addition to the $1,000 per child that we donate to the local educational foundation & school site committee so that the kids can have art, science lab, social studies, PE, music, computer technology, and well-maintained playground equipment (all items not funded by the state), there are several other checks we write.

Parents write a $65 check for school supplies which the school then orders. This may sound low to some but remember the district gets a significant volume discount doing it this way and there’s no sales tax. The drawback is that teachers for each grade agree upon a common list of supplies so it’s uniform to each grade rather than teacher specific but, on the flip side, it does mean the teacher knows that every student will have the required supplies on hand at the school and ready for use when the teacher wants.

Parents also give each room mother a $50 check to cover gifts for the teacher (holidays, birthday, teacher appreciation week). We’re all human so we like to be recognized. There’s nothing wrong with that. So, our kids benefit from teachers with boosted morale because they’re being recognized for the many wonderful things they do for our kids.

Lastly, parents write the room mother a $65 check to cover classroom activities such as field trips (but there’s no transportation cost because parents drive), specific classroom items the teacher may want or need, and any classroom parties the teacher wants to hold, etc.

You can see why a teacher might enjoy our school district. The need for the teacher to buy classroom supplies out of their own pocket is greatly diminished, although not completely eliminated. Additionally, there’s recognition for their hard work.

In addition to education not being an equal opportunity for every student, it’s not an equal opportunity for every teacher. Some teachers in this country have ample supplies for their classroom while others don’t and often must use their own money. For many students in this country that means their classroom experience is impacted by their teacher’s ability to afford his or her own classroom supplies. This is unfair for the teachers and the students.

And, don’t forget the cruel irony that teachers in poorly-funded districts tend to earn less money making it more difficult for them to afford classroom supplies with their own money. Plus, these teachers, who could probably most use the morale boost from receiving a few small gifts of recognition, are unlikely to get them.

There really has to be a better way to do things. Otherwise, we will continue to see educational opportunities limited simply because of a child’s zip code.

And, if you think being a teacher is easy, you’re an idiot not well informed and probably don’t spend much time in your child’s classroom.

Couch potato puppy be couch potato. Took Lily for a walk. When we came home she promptly passed out. By the way, she’s sleeping on top of the A/C vent which is her favorite spot.

Couch potato puppy be couch potato. Took Lily for a walk. When we came home she promptly passed out. By the way, she’s sleeping on top of the A/C vent which is her favorite spot.

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