Monday, January 22, 2007

Much better thank you

As I said, I am doing much better. Fiona and I went to the park yesterday on a last minute whim. We had fun. Then there was grocery shopping, amazingly that was mostly fun, too. We belong to a co-op that offers all kids a free piece of fruit when you come in to shop. It is a lovely thing. As we were going through the store she kept telling everyone that her apple was a piece of candy.

She has been very interested in the story of Heidi. She has a Little Golden Book version, the full story and we recently checked out a movie version. When we were at the store I asked her if she wanted to buy some goat milk. Now, I have to say she likes goat milk, so I expected her to say yes, but with all of the Heidi influence she got more excited than I would if someone offered me a free vacation, alone, anywhere. "Goat milk?! I LOVE goat milk!! Hurray, goat milk! Goat milk, goat milk, goat milk, goat milk! People in the dairy section were either looking and and smiling or staring and confused.

I just finished reading the Unprocessed Child by Valerie Fitzenreiter. It is about how she unschooled her child, what their values were and how things turned out. She is a bit fanatical I think in her approach, but I came away with some things to think about. Specifically, that if you want to homeschool you have to really enjoy being with your kids and you have to respect them. I've been working on these two things. I often find myself tired at the end of the day and I don't feel like I have enough energy. At least once or twice a week I look at the clock and think, "Oh, thank goodness, only an hour til (her) bedtime." It makes me think of the times when I have read Thich Nhat Hanh's writings and practiced as I could. Maybe it is time again.

I keep seeing the Six Wierd Things meme. I don't know why I like doing memes, I just do.

1. Most people are quite surprised when I tell them that I was in the army

2. One of my favorite snacks when I came home from school (I was a latch-key kid) was a head of iceberg lettuce and a bottle of red wine vinegar. I would tear off a leaf, then pour vinegar into the bowl made by the leaf, drink it and then eat the lettuce. I really, really like the taste of vinegar.

3. I dyed my hair "Atomic Pink" about two years ago. I always wanted to have crazy colored hair, but I was too afraid to do it. I realized that as a stay at home mom I didn't have to worry about my job. I also figured out it would only look sillier the older I got, so at the ripe old age of 35 I dyed my hair pink.

4. I only had three wisdom teeth and they were laying completely on their sides inside my gums.

5. My husband and I worked together (while dating and married) at three different employers. We have finally figured out it isn't the best idea.

6. When my husband was a freshman in high school he visited my high school when I was a senior. We met for the first time in a different town 13 or 14 years later.


telfair said...

HA! I remember the days where you'd read about something like goat milk, and the author would make it sound so delicious that you could barely stand it.

I'm so envious that you had pink hair! I'd love to do something brave like that.

And GB & I worked together at Widget Central, once upon a time, so I'm with you -- not such a good idea, working with one's spouse!

Andrew said...

Pink hair? Check out my picture that comes with the comment (or the one in my sidebar) ... at least you HAVE hair :o)

Andrew (To Love, Honor, and Dismay)

jackie said...

I tried home schooling my eldest. There is another thing that needs to happen with home schooling. And that is your child has to be willing do do what you ask and take some direction. Our experience was a nightmare.

meggie said...

HI Nice to meet you, & thanks for visiting my blog. You are the same age as my beloved daughter. No way she could home-school her little son- nor could I. Lots of people in the outback here do it, & do very well.
I really enjoyed your meme. My DJ did all the colours with her hair when she was 18- & has never regretted it. Good for you for doing it anyway!

Rebecca said...

yay to dying hair at 35. I have been doing just that too for the last few years, all sorts of colours! Was also tempted to get my nose pierced, but I know too many people whose piercings go septic (my Mum got her nose pierced at 55)