Friday, November 3, 2006

I'm really not mad at you, or feeling superior...

My ACS Reach for Recovery volunteer came today.  The first thing she noticed was me holding my arm out a bit.  LOL!  REally??  I'm doing that, still??  I don't even notice it anymore.  A lot of times I prop my fist on my hip, making me look angry or indignant.  It's a cross between habit and the lumpiness underneath my armpit.  Anyway, she brought me a bag of pamphlets and a bra and fiberfill form.  To add insult to injury, the form is too big (in my opinion).  My mom thinks its fine.  She says I need to tighten the strap on my natural side.  I say that it's natural to droop a bit and I need to take out some of the stuffing out of the form.  I guess I've always been used to the smaller side and just don't see bigger is better.  To me, bigger is fatter.  (hmmm, reflection on society these days??  the obsession with weight?)

Speaking of weight, I need to stop eating the boys' Halloween candy...  My mom made yet another DOUBLE batch of chocolate sauce.  We all had a serving for dessert last night and I put the rest in the freezer.  I'm tempted to dump it out when they leave.  Gary may kill me if I do...  I think we should have just melted all the boys chocolate and use that as a sauce.  That way it would have been a smaller, more managable amount and we would have gotten rid of a bulk of the halloween candy.  Two birds, one stone.

Speaking of chocolate, have you experienced a chocolate fountain yet??  Paula Dean has a new show and in the chocolate episode she sticks her tongue in the cascading chocolate.  She also pulls a man out of the audience and gets him to do it too.  I went to a women's thing at our church in VA and we had all kinds of goodies and there was a fountain there.  It's sooooo good.  Actually, my favorite things to drench were the strawberries and marshmallows.  Yeah, you think that marshmallows is such a kid choice, too sweet and all that.  but it really was yummy.

I was reading a friend's blog about her 2nd graders math being too hard for her and her husband to help him.  We had a similar incident this past week.  My mom was helping the boys with homework and gave up on the math.  I had to read the "family link" to understand what they wanted.  They can't just teach straight math, they have to teach 10 different methods to add numbers greater than 10.  I told my child how *I* learned, add the numbers from right to left carrying digits, and he called that "old school".  LOL!  He said that his teacher preferred the "old school" method too.  Whatever happened to simple memorization??  That is the fastest and most straightforward way to do math.  All these other "tricks" are just that, tricks.  It takes twice as long to estimate, then do the math.  Listen, I like math.  It's sorta easy and makes sense to me.  It is a straightforward thing.  And it's something where you build upon skills.  You have got to memorize the tables.  It's the best way.  It's the foundation for math.  I think all these tricks are for older kids.  Ones who are into the reasoning phase.

Do you think I found something I get passionate about??  LOL!

Monday and Tuesday are no school days.  Plus next Friday.  We are going to work in the two new child friendly movies.  The Santa Claus 3 and Flushed Away.  I love going to the movies.  I need a popcorn fix.  :-)

2 comments:

am4039 said...

I remember trying to help my kids with math. I was like ok you need to do it on your own so you know how to do it. LOL. I didn't want them thinking I couldn't do it. Sorry the form is to big hopefully you can get it to fit right.

chevyz71gurl74 said...

Oh goodness...
Math was my worst subject ever...
I can honestly say i hated it with a passion...
so much that i failed my sophmore math and had
take it over my senior year with the sophmores...haha
The teacher my sophmore year was no help at all, if you didn't catch on...too bad....and that left me as failing that class.

I think they are too hard on kids this day and time...
sad when parents have a hard time helping them cause it is
too dang hard to understand.

Hugss..~Terri~