I didn’t realize that is now about a month since I last posted. I can honestly say, I’ve thought about writing a witty blog entry but those thoughts have quickly passed. I’ve been busy with work. I even convinced my wife to allow me to suspend the cable TV service for the summer so I refocus on family, friends, and blogging. Sadly, this is Day 2 of no cable TV and my dear wife is going through severe withdraw shakes at the moment. I’m afraid my great experiment is doomed.
Now, I know you are probably wondered what else I have been up to. I’ve stepped up to the plate and took over the Scoutmaster position in my son’s troop. I’m hoping that he will hurry up and get his Eagle Scout award in the next twelve months so I can “retire” from the job. I’m also still my daughter’s Girl Scout troop leader. We are bridging over into the next level: Cadettes. New uniform and new challenges. This summer we are planning to do a two night campout at the local state park…I hope they have Wifi!
We also managed to get our ghetto swimming pool set up for the summer. In the Puget Sound area, we don’t get a lot of hot weather but my daughters and her friends think we live in Florida. They are in the swimming pool all the time and the water temperature is only 65 degrees.
I have a reader that is one of my worst critics. She finds fault in almost every blog post I produce. She is offended about how I portray myself as a sarcastic person. She is clearly upset with my style of writing, complaining that it isn’t true, that never happened, etc. She also doesn’t like my parenting tips.
This critic is my ten year old daughter.
She doesn’t like my sarcastic tone. I explain to her that my Blog is titled “Blog of Worthless Advice” and that it is meant to be funny, not serious. She doesn’t like how I give the impression that I hate kids (I don’t really hate them). She also wants me to brag more about being an Assistant Scoutmaster and a Girl Scout Leader (although some of her friends think that is odd until they hear about all the fun stuff we do).
Now, you can see why I avoid swearing on my blog (oh, and I can curse like a sailor if I wanted to). I know that she will soon be logging on, reading my blog, and coming over to critique my last posting.
Jeez, it certainly is hard being a blogger. Putting yourself, your thoughts, your writing style out there for the world to see (if they can find you). It is one thing to have a nice imaginary stalker like Cyndi out there but it quite another to have a ten year old critic giving your last post a big thumbs down. It is a good thing I get to review and approve the comments….
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you need someone to tear down your blog and make you feel bad. I’ll send my daughter over with her red pen of death.
The red pen photo is from the Website http://www.fendrihan.com. I don’t get a commission but it is one sweet looking pen if you want to check it out!
I know you are all dying to hear how our Girl Scout Troop is doing. We have nine Girl Scouts in our troop with active and supportive parents. I’m very lucky to have the support of the parents because I couldn’t do it alone. I have enough trouble dealing with my own children much less nine Girl Scouts in the age range of 9-11 years old.
None of them are “bad”. Sometimes, you have to have a witty sarcastic title to hook your blog readers in….
This is the big Girl Scout Cookie time of the year. We are on track to sell about 1000 boxes of cookies this season. My Cookie Manager Kristen told me we sold about 800 in the presale and now have about 200-300 more to sell. This is what our Girl Scout Troop has committed to. What we don’t sell, we have to buy. At $4 a box, we want to make sure we sell every last box of cookies. If you need some Girl Scout Cookies, keep us in mind!
Over the next few weekends, we’ll be selling Girl Scout Cookies outside of your local supermarket or drug store. Our Scouts are still young and cute so they can sell the cookies fairly easy. I was talking with another mom from an older troop (her daughter is in 8th Grade) and she said it was harder. On the other hand, she did have a few boys at her middle school excited she was selling cookies and wanted to buy some.
at the Key Arena in September. We are extremely excited about both events. Last year, the Girl Scouts had an awesome time with the indoor rock climbing at the gym. Stone Gardens had two of their staff helping and encouraging the girls the whole time. They showed the Scouts how to put on the equipment, how to climb, and how to descend correctly. Very easy going and safety focused. They offer a non-profit rate as well so it was fairly affordable. If your Girl Scout Troop is the adventurous type, this is definitely an activity to consider.
The other event we did last year with our City of Kent Parks & Recreation Department basketball team (most of our Girl Scouts played on) was the Seattle Storm game in September. I have an awesome Dad (Joel) who is great at organizing these outings. He set up last year’s event and is doing it again this year. Thanks Joel!
Last year, we had enough tickets sold to do the Fan Tunnel at the beginning of the game. Our Girl Scouts and Girls Basketball Team, along with their parents and siblings, created a Fan Tunnel for the Storm players to run through and out onto the court. A very good experience for everyone involved. Again, I’d highly recommend getting some firm commitments from your troop members and booking a block of tickets to the Seattle Storm. This year we plan to have 50 tickets and have 38 tickets sold. So if you are free on Saturday September 7, this is a good chance to see some professional basketball in Seattle for only $20 a ticket.
If you do want to go, here is the Group Sale Rep’s information: