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Friday, October 23, 2020

Life: Friday Ramblings


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Life:  Friday Ramblings


We had a really good time at...
...Villa Roma!  This is one of the few trips we make each year that's actually relaxing.  There's no crazy itinerary to follow although I did suffer with that and no need to wake up at the crack of dawn.  Instead you go around leisurely and really get to enjoy the time spent.  My favorite part was spending the week with my grandparents.  This is the first year that I felt their age and it made me appreciate it all the more.

I'm super impressed with...
...my daughter's ability to talk to turkeys!  The video above has been replayed about a million times by her as shows off her new skill to everyone who care to listen.

I'm still laughing at...
...my husband and my son's conversations!  Every time my son is looking for something my husband yells out "Ohh, Arturo!!".  Finally I asked who is this Arturo person you keep calling?  He says, "You know, the little Mickey Mouse tool in the show?"  The poor guy thought Toodles name was Arturo.  Yup, still laughing as I type this!

I cried my eyes out when...
...a baby American Goldfinch flew into our sliding glass door and passed away.  While the bird was nowhere near our feeders, I still feel like I should take the blame.  The little guy probably wouldn't have been anywhere near our home if it wasn't for the feeders.  I haven't felt this guilty about something a in a very long time.

I double and triple checked...
...that our bird feeders meet the recommended guidelines of being less than a foot away from a window to eliminate the risk of getting hurt if flying into it.  I also ensure that shades are pulled halfway down to indicate to the birdies that there is a glass barrier in front of them.

I am completely infuriated with...
...the hybrid schooling system!!  My daughter has learned NOTHING since the first day of school and continues to fall farther behind in mathematics since we are unfamiliar with common core.  Mondays are a virtual learning day.  Her class was three minutes long.  I'm not even exaggerating a little bit.  All the teacher did was say that she missed them and that she had a meeting to attend so she couldn't linger.  I reached out to her to see if there were any opportunities available to give my daughter extra help if you want to call it that on the math that they aren't teaching.  The response was "With COVID19, there is no extra help at this time."  Is anyone else banging their heads against the wall as you watch your child suffer at the failed educational system???  Sigh...

What are your Friday Ramblings?

10 comments :

  1. Oh, the death of a poor birdy! So sad! Thank God there were no cats around to eat the body up... My cats love to eat birds which infuriates me to no extent....

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    1. Ugh, I was SO sad. Just reading this again gets me so down. If it's the birdie I think it was, she was letting me take lots of videos of her up close. Didn't even flinch as I lingered near by watching her chomp. Rest in peace.. :(

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  2. Glad you had a great trip and got to spend time with your grandparents. I enjoyed your Instagram photos. We had a robin who repeatedly flew into our window all Spring. Nothing I put in the window would deter him. Look at it this way: they don’t live forever! I am infuriated for you about the schooling. Every pediatrician I’ve heard on the topic says the kids need to be back to 5 day a week in person. The teachers here are just as apathetic!

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    1. Thank you :) That's odd! We have some Robin Redbreasts over here, but they typically stay far away. The only time we see them is sitting on a branch or swooping down to munch on some bugs. They don't come near the feeders or the birdbath. The school has me beyond agitated. After I posted this, I got into it with the teacher again. I'm on the fence b/c I don't want her to take it out on my daughter, but I also don't want her to get away with not teaching!

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  3. That video is too cute! I'm sure they love talking to her too. :)

    I can't even imagine how frustrating this school year is right now. I couldn't understand common core math either. It drove me nuts. I'm sorry you're going through that.

    Elsie

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    1. How long until the pandemic is over??? LOL That video had me laughing way too hard. I love how she tried to jump like she was going to fly with them too. :)

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  4. haha she sure has the turkey call down.

    Wait? You mean you relaxed? You? You actually relaxed? Is that word in your vocabulary? lol

    Ugg to that stupid useless crap math. They need to take that and stick it up their rear end. Dumb how they changed it. Dumb how teachers have become nothing but glorified babysitters too, heck, many babysitters are better than some of them.

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    1. I did!! I had no choice because there was no itinerary.. although I tried. Each night I would try to plan the next day to only get told “eh, let’s see what tomorrow brings..”. Um? It’s going to bring nothing if we don’t have a plan!!!! Lol

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  5. Don't get me started on school this year. I am just ready to throw my hands up and send my daughter back, though she's on full time elearning right now. She spends about an hour tops in class a day and the rest of the day in bed. Like, wtf are you even learning!? Though she's in honors classes and has maintained her high grades, I still feel like she's not getting as much out of this school year as she did in the past.

    Your daughter and her turkey sounds are amazing. Super funny!

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    1. Our education system has been dismantled and I’m not sure if it’s ever going back. I’m so discouraged by the whole system that I am ready to stop enforcing her to do the assigned busy work. Like Pat said above, they changed such a respected position of a teacher into a glorified babysitter..

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