Sunday, March 30, 2008

On Motherhood: Part III: Returning to Work

Part I, Part II

On Monday, March 31st I will return to work. For those of you that don't know, I am a high school teacher. I have been on leave since December 19th. This will be quite a shock to my system for several reasons.

First and foremost, I have grown accustomed to spending my entire day with my daughter. She is fun, cute, and happy. I have no need to "escape" her as she doesn't scream or cry very often, and she is pretty self-contained for a three-month old. I love to watch her interact with her environment. She learns something with each touch.

Secondly, I believe that my teaching muscle has atrophied. It is as if I am returning from summer break, but my students have (hopefully) been learning in my absence. I am also not sure what I am walking into regarding the work of the substitute. What if she has decided that she doesn't need to grade anything from the beginning of the quarter? Ugh.

I had tossed around the idea of staying home permanently, but I don't think I could do it. My husband makes enough money for us to live frugally (which I would like to do anyway), and I don't need many of our luxuries. But I feel that if I stayed home I would be wasting my education, and I would also be cheating my community by depriving them of a good teacher. (No, I'm not cocky, but I know my skillz!)

I wish I lived in a world where I didn't have to make this decision, but for now, it is either stay home and feel less than complete, or go to work and feel guilty.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ads on the Moon?

I was flipping through the channels the other day and I stopped on a Rolling Rock commercial. It appears that Rolling Rock is going to try to beam an advertisement for beer on our Moon. According to their ad-site Moonvertising.com, they are going to do this on Friday, March 21. I (lightly) searched the internet to verify the sincerity of this commercial, but I hardly even found a blog commenting on it, let alone a sponsored statement.

I can't even begin to tell you how sad it makes me to think that we are finally here. Beaming ads on the moon seems like it belongs in a dystopian apocalyptic movie. Who gets paid for the ad space? If I were to offer up my forehead to a startup dot com, I would be paid for that space. If Pepsi wants to be featured in the next Top Chef, they have to pay. Who is selling the moon?

I do not want to think of what might follow if this RR ad actually happens. Every night there is a full moon, there will be thousands of corporations beaming light into the sky, trying to force their way onto the surface. And, assuming that there is life on other planets, what happens if these signals are misinterpreted? Mars Attacks? Not to mention the fact that the beams used must take up an extraordinary amount of energy that might be better used elsewhere.

Friday night, if you skies are clear, take a look up to the heavens. We might just see the end of natural nature together.

Monday, March 3, 2008

I hate Heelys!

I know that I am not the only one that feels this way. I hate Heelys with the fire of a thousand suns. For those of you lucky enough to have avoided an encounter with the Devil's playthings, Heelys are "shoes" for children that have a wheel in the heel that can be clicked out for a skating-like sensation.

How do I hate Heelys, let me count the ways.

*Heely wearers are always children, and these children are (almost)always wheeling about a public place with no supervision.

*When Heely wearers are "supervised," the parents are blissfully ignorant to the fact that their child is putting themselves and others in harms way.

*Heely wearers often wheel directly into people and don't so much as acknowledge the collision.

*Heely wearers have to run to get speed enough to wheel effectively. This running is not done outside, but often in a store with hard floors (Costco, Target, the freaking Post Office, etc.).

*Parents of Heely wearers look like the type of people that would hold a city council meeting about "those damn teenagers skateboarding at the park at night," yet they see no problem letting their child wheel about willy-nilly.

*Heely wearers have to walk differently because of the wheel in the heel, and therefore are likely doing damage to their feet and spines.

Please, don't buy Heelys. Don't buy them for your children, or for your nieces and nephews. Don't even buy them for sworn enemies. Let this "trend" die a quick and silent death.

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Old enough to know better, young enough to change.