This post is more to convince myself than you, so just humor me ok?
My son has been consistently slacking off this year at school, making sure his grades are barely passing, if we’re lucky enough for that at all. Since March the boy has only been allowed outside sparingly on the rare instance that all his grades are passing or a milestone was accomplished. When we found out he passed the TAKS test was one such occasion.
However, despite the rule in our house being “Failing grades = no outside/freedom/tv/fun” this child is unfazed. I vowed to him over a week ago that if he didn’t pass all of his classes at the end of the year he would be grounded the entire summer and have to do manual labor around the house, such as scrubbing baseboards, cleaning cabinet doors, and other tasks I can think of that are completely unnecessary and totally obnoxious so maybe we won’t repeat this lazy attitude towards school next year. He’s on track to fail one class for the entire year I’m sure of, but Social Studies, Science and Language Arts are all failing grades for the final six weeks of this school year. But as the summer for him draws closer (next week) the more I feel bad about having to take away his summer in this way.
I always keep my promises though and that is something I’ve been very diligent about throughout my son’s life so the poor child is going to find out what life is like for those that don’t try hard enough to succeed. Manual labor, doing a job he does not like or want to do.
It’s so hard to be consistent when you really don’t want to exact the punishment you promised in anger.
Last week, someone casually mentioned to me that this would be an ideal time to return to school full time to obtain the kind of degree that would allow me to do the job or have the career that I want rather than settling for what my current abilities will allow for in the job market.
Initially I dismissed the idea thinking that it just wouldn’t be financially possible for me to do that. Then over the weekend I started doing some research on the idea. After doing some math of course. The math worked out, much to my surprise so of course, I had to start researching what I would major in if I were to go back to school full time.
Let me first tell you, I’m not a very good student. I have to work extra hard not to be distracted, because I’ll be honest, it doesn’t take much to distract me, it’s not as simple as showing me shiny things but being a blogger, I am naturally distracted by the internet. As I write this, my internet is not up, I am only writing and yet the temptation is beginning to really wear me down.
So naturally, I have my doubts about being able to be a full time student. Successfully anyways. However, I have always felt that if I could finish a bachelor’s degree, I would have a lot to contribute so now that there is actually opportunity for such, I can’t exactly back away now and say, oh no, that’s not for me. Well, I could but then I’d be mad at myself forever.
So from the research I’ve done, it’s looking like the University of Texas at Arlington or Texas Wesleyan University might be the two leading, and closest, universities to offer a discipline like what I’d be after.
They both offer a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Communication Technology and I would minor in Journalism. Wesleyan is actually my boss’ alumni college, his eldest sons’ and a current associate attorney, and a former attorney’s so that’s one thing in Wesleyan’s favor. But they still can’t beat UTA.
The University of Texas at Arlington is actually my first choice and that’s because I’ve attended classes there before, I know the campus fairly well, or at least the buildings where I had classes, and the big bonus is that tuition would be free for me because I make less than $65,000.00 a year. I make WAY less than that. 😀
I’m so in.
Here’s why this is something I’m seriously considering. I don’t want my son to start life like I did. In debt. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but from the moment I found out I was pregnant with my little guy, I’ve wanted to give him every advantage I could, and this is just one more of those that I’d like to give him.
If I am successful, my son will be the first of my mother and fathers’ children and grandchildren to go to college, finish college and go forth with a degree, that was actually paid for by his parent. I would like for my son to start life fresh, with a degree and a clean slate. I’ll take out loans, work a second job, whatever I have to do to facilitate his college career being as unadulterated as possible with work and worry about money. Sure, he’ll work – but not like I’ve had to during school. I’d like him to work for play money while his mom handles the expenses, so that his mind can focus on what’s important, the education.
So am I going? Common sense points to yes, finances point to yes, the economy even points to yes. This is still a fairly new idea to me, ideally I’d go this fall, or the fall of 2010, in order to be finished before my son graduates from high school. I still need to think about it some.
As much as I would love to discuss the debate with you all, I can find no words for most of my opinions about it that aren’t curse words, so we’ll just not talk about it. I think I do know now who I will vote for though.
You’re going to vote right? I have to vote early because I’ll be on a cruise on Election Day but I’m definitely voting. You should too.
Now we’ll save the politics for another post. On to Wednesday Fwd:
Don’t you wish there were tech support for real life problems outside the computer? I guess they call those therapists and they’re not covered by the company but in a perfect world….
Shoulda kept him as a boyfriend!
**INSTALLING A HUSBAND **
Dear Tech Support,
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.
In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as
Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1.
Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.
Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.
What can I do?
First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.
Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme.html and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.
If that application works as designed, Husband1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.
However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1.
Please note that Beer 6. 1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta.
Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)
In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.
In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend: Cooking 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7.
We’ve got the right stuff today don’t we? It’s raining here, but that’s refreshing for some reason today, rain brings a clean smell to the air, I like it. So I’m not discouraged by it today. Not sleepy either…yet.
Today I wanted to tell you about my recent experience with Fossil. I wanted a Fossil watch for a long time before I bought one. Since they came out I liked them and I finally spent the $60+ and bought one for myself in 2001, I hit a great sale at Foley’s and bought a nice Ralph Lauren purse that year too.
I am that rare chic that can say I have all of four purses, two are black, one is brown and one is my navy blue (looks black) Ralph Lauren purse that I bought that year. Never before had I left a store with 2 things costing over $100. That was quite the luxury.
Anyways, so I wore the watch every day until around January (that’s seven years of trouble free watch bliss) when I took my watch to the jeweler to see what was wrong with it, I figured just a battery even though I’d recently had it replaced. But sadly the jeweler came back and told me the winding mechanism was broken so the watch was unable to keep time.
However, he told me I had bought wisely because Fossil has one of the best warranty programs around. It costs $27.00 to send the watch to Fossil (not including your shipping costs) which is here in Dallas to their service center and they will refurbish it for that price.
You can have your specific problems fixed, or just have them refurbish it. You have to fill out a form and send it to them, but that’s not a big hassle.
I’m a big supporter of Texas companies so I was pleased to discover that Fossil is a Texas company, headquartered in Richardson, Texas.
So I sent my watch in finally a few weeks ago, I’ve known I needed to send it in for over seven months, but I put it on the back burner because I had a cool Dickies watch that hubby bought me to maintain my sanity i.e. allowing me to still know what time it is.
Friday I received an E-Gift Certificate from Fossil in the mail for $75 with a letter detailing that because they no longer make the parts to fix my watch they were sending me what they deemed the replacement value was of the watch + $25 to ensure any shipping and handling costs would not make this inconvenient for me. WOW!
My beloved Fossil Blue could not be repaired. Naturally I mourned for a few seconds but feeling like I had won the lottery I immediately got on Fossil.com and started shopping for my new watch, truly feeling spoiled. I’m a sucker for customer service. I mean that, it’s why I’m still with T-Mobile even though the service has really pissed me off at times.
If a company has great customer service, 9 times out of 10 I’m going to keep coming back, even if I’ve had a bad experience. That’s because I know if I complain, which I rarely do, they will do whatever they can do to fix my problem. Who wouldn’t love that?
So Fossil has made me a big huge fan, one that will sing it to the masses, or post a glowing review on her website and encourage everyone she knows, or doesn’t know, to buy Fossil watches, bags, purses, earrings, belts and so on and so forth. I recommend Fossil to everyone, they have beautiful dressy watches, great casual ones, delicious accessories, I mean their selection really runs the gamut.
Check em out and send some love their way, find some jewelry or something you know you won’t be able to live without which is something they make very easy.
But now to the music you’ve been waiting for…First up…”Bad Fish” by the genius group that is sorely missed Sublime:
Thought we’d toss up Santeria as well I love that one too.
Here’s a link to “Come As You Are” by Nirvana because that’s all I could get. Now as an homage to Sublime, I’m going to post some Slightly Stoopid, which I’d never heard of until Rachel (who we all know from MommyTalk.com) mentioned them this morning when talking about Sublime. But I am intrigued and I think you will be too…
Can’t wait to get home to hear more! Happy Monday everyone and see ya tomorrow!