I have a T-shirt thief in my house; my T-shirts have become her pajamas and I only get to see my old friends as I do the laundry. However, I have a clever plan to foil this T-Shirt thief. Well, more like limit the shirts she decides to use. I have a decoy drawer of shirts! To give you a little history of men and their love for T-Shirts, I have two drawers of T-shirts (Tee Shirts). Why two drawers? I have two drawers because everyone knows men NEVER throw their T-shirts away. Unlike my worthless advice, my T-shirts never become worthless. If a man does get rid of a T-shirt, it is clearly a mistake or an accidental lapse of sanity. Who isn’t insane with your T-shirt collection is in consent danger of being stolen?
Keeping that in mind, I put all of my least favorite shirts in the top drawer and move my nicer shirts to the bottom drawer. We won’t talk about the other stack of T-Shirts in my closet; those are back up T-Shirts and we don’t need to talk about those. Then there is the guest closet with the T-shirts that I only wear during the winter months because clearly they are used underneath my sweaters. Those T-shirts aren’t allowed to mingle with the summer T-shirts. Everyone knows Summer T-shirts have sarcastic sayings so you can express your brand of humor to the world and show everyone how clever you are.
Now, I have my T-Shirts in two drawers which allows the thief to use my least favorite shirts as pajamas. She ALWAYS gets the T-shirts from the top drawer, thus never accessing the bottom T-shirt drawer. So the good T-shirts go in the bottom drawer. She gets to use some of my T-Shirts and I get to keep my favorites hidden away in a safe location. It’s a fair deal, right?
Organizational Tip: Instead of stacking your T-shirts one on top of another, put them sideways in your drawer. This way you can see the different colors of shirts quickly.
Another Tip: Always organize your shirt drawer by color. All the red shirts go together, blues, greens, etc.
I think I failed to make this a worthless advice blog post with those two awesome tips. Oh well….
Let’s Whip Out Some Blog Posts!
Sorry my dear readers…but I write my blog for fun…it’s not a job. I just check in to see that I have really slacked off in the blog posting schedule. I have no excuse other than the fact that I am lazy. Sure, I could say I have been busy (and I am honestly busy) but if I say I’m lazy, people understand.
My daughter finished up her elementary career in June and will head to the middle school this coming fall. In my last blog post, we were headed off to 6th Grade Camp. Most of the 6th Grade parents were happy to have 6th Grade camp reinstated after a four year absence. Why did 6th grade camp disappear? Four years ago, one of the 6th grade teachers decided she didn’t want to do 6th grade camp anymore. Some of the 5th grade teachers volunteered to take her place but she put up quite the fuss about it. And thus we had four years of no 6th grade camp. She finally moved to another grade level to teach and our new 6th Grade teachers wanted to do camp.
We were able to attend 6th grade camp if we had enough parent volunteers. As you can imagine, I volunteered to do it. I’m lucky because my career is somewhat flexible and I can do volunteer assignments.
I was assigned to a group of 6th Grade boys; which overall wasn’t too bad. Keep in mind, the 80/20 rule of good behavior versus bad behavior applied to my group; most of the kids were good but some didn’t think that they should be good. I feel sorry for them…they now belong to me.
You have to remember, I’m a tad bit sarcastic. If you are a good kid, maybe shy, I’ll be a nice guy. But if you are a little punk, I will shut you down and give you a very good dish of your our own medicine. I will make you question why you bothered to open your mouth in the first place.
Two of my little minions, were a little on the tough side to handle. One got up three times a night to go to the bathroom. I seriously think he had a bed wetting issue. The other one was a follower of the first one. He probably would be fine if he didn’t hang out with the bad seed and have to impress him. Funny, how it all comes down to that “one” kid that is a problem; if we remove him, we remove 80-90% of the problems.
Just like society in general, we have a few people who make it awful for the rest of us.
More on 6th Grade camp in the next blog post!
A Happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome moms that take the time to read my blog; I do appreciate you taking the time away from your kids to read my words of wisdom (or rather my Blog of Worthless Advice). Of course, by reading your blog you are really just learning how to be an even better mother than before, right?
Well, it probably has been a month since I last posted something; which is just plain awful. I was swamped with work (and still am) so I’ve put a lot of projects on the back burner. Then, when I do have free time, I’ve been working on Boy Scout projects or hikes. In fact, last month we did a service project and managed to get in a hike. I’ve decided to include my Girl Scout troop in on these hikes and the girls do just. Our last hike was on May 2 to Taylor Mountain here in King County. I thought it was going to be between 3 to 5 miles but we logged in 8.65 miles on a wonderfully sunny Pacific Northwest day! You can’t complain when you get a great hike in!
I’m still behind on my work, but I’m fairly confident, I can catch up this week. Of course, this is what I say every week. But again, I think I can do it this week. It’s all about positive thinking, right?
This evening I went to my daughter‘s “curriculum” night at her school. This just happens to be my last one for elementary school. Have you forgotten about curriculum night? Or maybe you are a bad parent and have never attended one before? Basically, the teacher tells you what your child will be learning over the course of the year. In the great State of Washington, goals have changed and the names of the goals have changed. We’ve had WASL goals, we’ve had Iowa tests, we’ve had critical thinking goals, MAPSAT, BS Goals, etc. The acronyms keep rolling out and the goals keep changing but it all comes down to this: we want our kids grow up with a decent brain inside their heads.
I’m all for progress and helping my child become a world thinker who is compassionate and uses critical thinking in their ever changing world of shifting paradigms while at the same time becoming a global citizen that needs to manage her own future. How about that? Is that a “mission statement” or what?
One of the new math concepts is for our students to work on the computer solving problems. Really? The teacher had a sample problem involving pizza and two kids. One kid was named Lucas. All I was thinking while she was showing us the math word problem was that Lucas was a fat pig who shouldn’t be eating 3/8 of the cheese pizza, 4/8 of the pepperoni, and ¼ of another one. That Lucas kid is going to be one fat ass kid with weight and self-esteem issues if he keeps pigging out. Poor Lucas. Did Lucas think he found the best Seattle pizza?
My other concern was that it was fairly stupid to being solving this math problem on a computer. A good old pencil and paper would be a lot quicker and easier to use. How are they going to do the math on the fly if the computer isn’t there? Hmm? Are the children of today (and tomorrow) going to be able to do math without the use of a pull down menu? Could they mix art and math together and sketch out the problem on paper with a pencil and still figure it out?
Really, all I saw was that our schools were teaching our kids to rely on a computer to create a whole bunch of extra work to solve a simple math word problem. They can make pie graphs, charts, etc. That’s great but it is a simple problem. They don’t need to make a ten page report on it that is a waste of everyone’s time. Are we creating a society of mid-level managers that make reports for the heck of it and to justify their jobs?
“I have that twenty page report on why we shouldn’t eating Twinkles!” Conclusion: Uh, because they are bad for us? Or maybe we should eat them because it helps the fitness industry keep fitness instructors employed?
Over the years, I’ve learned that you need to watch less TV, get off the worthless texting and Instagram, Facebook, social media sites, and read more nonfiction (that was a big one tonight) and classic novels. I would also add you need to get out and experience life. Take the kids to museums, road trips, ferry boat rides, hikes, walks, boat rides, and feel the wind in your face.
Don’t get me wrong; I love the internet as much as you do. All the information at your fingertips, merely a click away…it’s wonderful.
Yet, I’m just as guilty as other parents and their children in letting social media run our lives. I have a hard time disconnecting from my iPhone. I have slowed down my use of social media. I have tried to make a deliberate effort not to check my phone when I’m doing activities with the family. I try to ignore that email buzz on my phone. It is hard. Sometimes I’m good and other times I’m not.
What are your thoughts about using only computers for school work these days? Will it work?
Today was the first day of school for the Kent School District here in the rainy Puget Sound area. To be honest, I cannot remember any first day of school being so rainy. Sure, maybe we did have a rainy day on Kauai when I was a kid but usually in the Seattle area we luck out with no rain on the first day of school. Most years, we enjoy a nice September of great sunny weather (and wish our kids were out of school in September instead of rainy June). Last year, we had awesome sunny weather until October 1st.
That doesn’t mean that our Labor Day Weekend is always good. We’ve had Labor Day Weekends full of solid, miserable rain where we were stuck in the lake house the whole three day weekend. On the bright side, this upcoming Labor Day Weekend is looking fairly good according to the TV weather folks.
Yet happiness has returned to our household with the first day of school. Over the summer, the kids did argue and have a few fights. I know that is shocking considering what an awesome father I am and how well behaved my children are. I also may have forgotten to feed my daughter lunch a few times during the summer. But in my defense, she is 10 and knows how to make a sandwich. Besides, I was doing yard projects and my hands were dirty….well, not really I wear gloves…gotta keep my hands soft.
The kids returning back to school is always a mixed bag for me. I like having my kids around but I need them to go back before I go nuts. The internet and Xbox can only entertain your kids so much during the summer before you actually have to do something with them. You know, take them to a beach, do a vacation together, etc.
However, our summer is now over. It just blew by in a hasty mess of activities, summer camps, vacations, and trips and still left me with the feeling that I didn’t do enough with my kids.
So for the next 9 months of school, I’ll plan a really fun summer of 2014. We’ll do a bunch of hiking, road trips, vacations, river rafting, and stay weeks on end at fancy resorts paid by my hugely successful Blog of Worthless Advice! So hit that “Like” button now. Make some insane comments and have your cute photo below this post!
It’s 12:15 am and the kids are bored. Sure, some parents would say that they should be in bed asleep but I disagree. Is that really preparing your children for the future? How will they ever be able to stay up all night and party like rock stars if they are asleep by midnight? Doesn’t the party just get started around 11 pm?
To encourage the children to go to sleep, I like to read them the latest Department of Labor Statistics report about the recent drop in the U.S. employment rate. Of course, the authors were a bit off the mark with their lack of taking into account the discouraged workers that aren’t included in the report’s figures. However this report did help to push the Dow Jones (and my heart rate up) to the 15,000 mark.
If that doesn’t put the little buggers to sleep, I usually like to talk about my bad experience at the local coffee shop where the coffee shop was out of my favorite flavor. Whoa. Hold on. It is a bit unsettling for the young minds of today and it does threaten their fragile belief in the miracles of coffee shops on every cover. What injustice is it that one can’t rely on their local coffee shop in this crazy world? It’s like not having the sun appear in the eastern sky every morning.
I try to avoid things that would give the kids nightmares. Like the time I had to park way out in the south parking lot of the mall and walk in a light Seattle rain drizzle without a hat! You have to have boundaries when it comes to storytelling. It is a thin line between an educational lesson and a nightmare that haunts you forever. Be careful when you talk about how your latte was too foamy or not quite hot enough. Children’s young minds are very impressionable.
If all else fails at getting your kids (or the kids that other parents dumped on you) to sleep, start making a list of all the chores you’ll be doing the next day with them. You might as well make this time into a proactive and productive planning meeting. Nothing else says I’m a winner than a very long “To Do List” written in purple color crayon on an old PTA newsletter.