Friday, February 4, 2011

Random Ramblings

Hello. Its been a while. Things have been busy.

I had a stress dream last night, except for instead of being naked and walking through the halls of a deserted school frantically searching for my classroom, It was performance night for the show I'm working on, and I suddenly realized that I didn't have any actors, and, for some reason the show was being performed on a lake with lumenarios, but the really stressful part was the no actors thing. Everyone was laughing, and I just wanted to crawl into a hole and hide.


I'm taking classes at a community college for web design, and I just realized the difference between community college and "real" college. Good Teachers. I just know that the higher ups in the community college system are all sitting around talking.
"I know, instead of hiring TEAHCERS to teach our classes, lets hire someone who does the job that we are trying to teach!"
"Good idea, Ralph! Everyone knows that a teacher is just someone who can't DO what they TEACH. Otherwise why would they be teachers? If we hire someone to TEACH what they DO, what could possibly go wrong..."

Oh, I don't know...maybe you get a person who has absolutely no idea how to explain what it is that he does, gives everyone 4.0's because he really can't be bothered to actually look at the quality of work being produced, while telling all the students that their work sucks because it is not at the level of his work. No shit, Sherlock, we're STUDENTS. We are LEARNING. A little positive reinforcement might go a long way.

The term "independent learner" is taking on a whole new meaning for me.


We've started having weekly meetings for our family, and, after only two weeks, I can't imagine living life without them. We sit down and talk as a family about the things that are working for us and the things we want to change. We bring up issues that we are having (ie. cat food is being put in the cat water...not so good...) and discuss solutions. Ilya brings up her own issues (ie. wanting more playground cute...). We appreciate each other and talk about our goals. It makes living life intentional rather than haphazard.


Ilya got accepted into two very exclusive preschools (the benefits of having an anal mother who submits preschool applications years before the child will actually attend said preschool). We have to decide by tomorrow which one we are going to send her to. The biggest problem is that one is in north Seattle and one is in West Seattle. We essentially have to decide where we want to live for the next two years by tomorrow. AGGG. Too much pressure.


I am absolutely in love with coffee. And Adam and Ilya. Coffee, Adam, and Ilya.


I am working with a nutritionist and have lost 10 pounds so far! She's awesome, and I feel really healthy. This links to her old website. Her new website will be up soon and it is going to be awesome, if I do say so myself :)


I ordered groceries from Amazon Fresh today and somehow ended up with 20 pounds of bananas. It was my fault, but if anyone needs some organic bananas, let me know. I've got plenty.

That's it for today. Munchkin is awake and ready for play.


Vanessa said...

Banana bread! If you need a simple, tried and true, best ever recipe just shoot me a note on Facebook! Hope today was much better than yesterday and you get a good stress free sleep tonight!

Brendina Pederhold said...

1. But at least it's a theater stress dream! Yay theater!

2. I knew it! I knew there was some reason I went to college. Of course, I'm sure there are good teachers at community colleges, too. CIP- my dad and your husband...of course the fit the "if you can do it, you can teach it" bill, but they're good teachers, too.

3. Those sound like great conversations. Ilya's going to grow up never remembering a time when you didn't have them. She is going to have some awesome organizational skills.

4. Congrats! A good dilemma to have, but oh boy, I can't help you there... We won't be returning to Seattle in the next few years. When we do, though, it'll almost certainly be to South Seattle... Which is closer to West Seattle, but more accessible by bus to North Seattle.

5. In that order?

6. What Vanessa said. Also smoothies.

Brendina Pederhold said...

This is Stina. I miss you! I love reading what is going on in your life. I love coffee, too. Yesterday at work (I got a job!) I got a free "dirty chai." Chai with a shot of espresso. YUM.

Love you.