What I’ve been up to:
- I didn’t get into graduate school. The program is very competitive and the fact that my application wasn’t complete (One transcript office sent my transcript to the wrong school and it took 2 weeks to get a hold of someone who was even willing to write down my name.) made it one of the first on the chopping block. Of course that was a little disappointing, but I think it is for the best. I can still take a few classes online that will count toward my degree (at a lower tuition rate) and worry about selling my house and moving my family a little way down the line. If I apply for the next group Cindy Lou Who will be in preschool by the time I start. So I have still started grad school classes (so exciting, I’ve always wanted to do this!) but I’m not officially a matriculated graduate student yet.
- Thing 1 and Thing 2 started school. (My little boy is in kindergarten, tear.) Which has provided me a little more time to study and means that it is more likely that Cindy Lou Who’s naps aren’t cut short.
- Cindy Lou Who hit the terrible two’s, with a vengeance. If that girl doesn’t get both of her daily naps, everyone stand back and be prepared for multiple full-blown tantrums.
- It was August in St. George. It’s so hot that it saps a lot of energy and motivation out of everyone.
- I finally joined the 21st century and got a smart phone.
What I’ve been reading:
- A Mother Speaks Out: Children For Sale Now I can’t say that I have personally done a lot of research into Common Core, nor would I agree that it is really the equivalent of selling our children, and I personally believe that an increase in technology in the classroom is a good thing. However, it really seems under-handed the way it was implemented, that “financing, writing, evaluation, and promotion of the standards had all been done by non-governmental special interest groups (including the companies that market the technology) with a common agenda”. Anyone else heard much about this?
- BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice For any Calvin & Hobbes fans, you definitely should read this, also some great thoughts for finding meaning and purpose in your life. Kind of long, but totally worth it.
- A few dozen articles about health care informatics for school. Interesting stuff.
- The Business that 9 Women Kept a Secret for Decades– 9 awesome women got together and starting making home-baked goods and delivering them anonymously to people in need. Great story.
- Comments on Joseph Smith’s polygamy by Mormon historian D. Michael Quinn Anytime that you see something by Michael Quinn you can almost depend that 1/3 of the document will be his sources. The man is super thorough when it comes to citation, and very practical. So yes, it is a long, but interesting (and eye-brow raising) read.
- Family Communications by Marvin J. Ashton I read a whole lot of Church articles in preparing my lessons for the Young Women, but this is my very favorite as of late. I think that the advice given in this article is helpful to anyone in any family, regardless of their religion. Communication is not just about talking, it’s about listening.