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OK, fair warning.  I actually read something that got me fired up enough to write a blog post.  That doesn’t really happen too often around here, so I’m letting you know:  If you don’t want to get smacked in the face by a flying opinion, either a) duck or 2) kindly leave the room :)

I don’t know if you read about the teacher who sued Chartiers Valley school district.  Wait, which one, you say?  They’ve been sued so many times in the past few years, it’s hard to keep them all straight.  Anyway, I’m talking about the applicant for a Social Studies teacher who is also a Veteran.   Here’s the article at the Post Gazette.

There’s so much BULLSHIT in this whole situation that I don’t even know where to start.  Plain and simple, Chartiers Valley School District has CONSISTENTLY put their sports program ahead of academics.  They have done this by “bending” the rules (or, you know, breaking the law…whatever) and now the taxpayers are paying for their mistakes.  There have been other mistakes, too.  Mistakes that don’t have anything to do with sports, but politics.  And poor judgement.  And people who have power who do things for their own agenda.  Remember the Assistant Superintendent Tammy Whitfield?  Yeah, she has money going to her.  And then there’s the whole Tim McConnell situation.  Great coach.  He’s also my neighbor.  Nice guy, supports our business.  But he had a job that he wasn’t qualified for.  I’m glad that he’s still the coach, but the way he got into that position was just not cool.  Not necessarily his fault, but it involved more blunders from Chartiers Valley.

The teacher who got the job instead of the applicant who was a Veteran?  Football coach.  I don’t know him from Adam.  He’s probably a very nice guy.  But, plain and simple, he shouldn’t have gotten the job when there was a more qualified candidate.  The situation would be totally different if they were applying for a job with a private company.  But this is for a SCHOOL DISTRICT.  Their salaries are paid by TAXES.  Do I think that the majority of parents would rather have a great coach or a great teacher?  We want great teachers!!!!!

Nepotism exists.  Plain and simple.  “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”  Well, that’s all fine and dandy.  Maybe it can give you an extra “push” if you know somebody.  It should be a tie breaker.  But if there isn’t a tie??????  HELLO!!!!! Jobs should go to the most qualified person.

OK, I feel better.  Do I want to run for Chartiers Valley School Board?  Hells, no.  Do I want to vote out every person that had anything to do with these situations?  Hells, yes.

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Jul
26

How Many Dimensions Are REALLY Needed?

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I took the girls to the movies yesterday.  We saw Ramona and Beezus, and it was really cute.  Even though I cried a little.  So did Becca.  Chloe?  notsomuch.

Anywhoo, Ramona and Beezus was NOT in 3-D.  Amazing.  You know why?  Every movie in the world now is offered in 3-D.  As we watched the previews, EVERY SINGLE PREVIEW said “in digital 3-D.”  So what.  Yes, 3-D can be cool.  We say Toy Story 3 in 3-D.  Why?  Because that movie was a big deal.  My kids had been waiting for over a year to see it.  Figured it was a nice extra treat to have that extra dimension.  But it really ISN’T necessary for most movies.  It’s sucking up theater space (you need one to show the 2-D and one for 3-D) and the cost is insane!!!!  I’m boycotting all 3-D movies.

Phew.  OK.  I feel better now.  Thanks for listening.

/rant

Heather

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Jun
08

I’m Ready, I’m Ready, I’m Ready!

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Tomorrow is the last day of school.  Here’s a list of things I’m ready for:

  • SLEEPING IN!
  • Heading to the matinee
  • Lazy mornings in PJ’s
  • Trips for ice cream
  • The kids splashing in the pool
  • The drive in
  • Riding bikes on the trail
  • Carnivals

Things I’m not looking forward to:

  • “I’m bored!”
  • “She hit me!”
  • “I’m hot!”
  • Keeping their brains working

So, I guess I AM looking forward to summer.  But I also get excited about them going back to school.  Seeing that back to school is 76 days away, I’m just going to enjoy the Summer stuff first.  Then I can get excited about new pencils, glue sticks, teachers and outfits.  I’ve decided that I’m going to take some time to ACT LIKE A KID this summer.  I may even put my bathing suit on once or twice.  Why?  Because this is the last summer that I am IN MY THIRTIES!  I’m going to be carefree (I hope), fun and silly.  I will eat popsicles.  I will draw with chalk.  I will jump rope.  I will teach my kids to do a cartwheel.  Don’t get me wrong…I’m not going to be a boring, strict 40 year old.  But I think I’ll suck up the last bit of my thirties, and then get back to ‘the grind’ once I turn 40 and school starts again.

ENJOY THE START OF SUMMER!!!!!

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Nov
30

Uh, Never Again

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Well, the day after Thanksgiving I decided I would go shopping.

At 5:00 am.

Really.

So, I got myself ready and headed out to Target.  I got to the parking lot around 4:50.  There wasn’t a spot to be had in Target’s lot, so I parked in the lot next door.  I got in line to enter the store.

The end of the line was around the building at the loading docks.

Really.

I got inside and there weren’t any carts left.

Really.

I dragged my but back to a very large air hockey table that was on sale for fifty bucks.  (This was the gift I told my folks that the kids would like – and they will).  I grabbed the table, and, without a cart, dragged it through the store.  I offered one guy ten bucks for his cart.

Really.

I still didn’t get it…he had something large to get.

So, I propped up my air hockey table and headed to the front of the store to stalk people for a cart.  I finally got one.  I tried to do some more shopping.  I had the best of intentions.  I was going to get all the shopping done.

HA!

I waited in line at the electronics counter (because I needed an iPod Touch) for over an hour to pay for all of my crap.  I did save ten percent because I opened a Target charge, and got 25 bucks in gift cards back.

I left the house at 4:30 and got back at 7:45.  And I just went to one store.

Really.

Have a great day!

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Nov
18

The Crazies, They Are A Comin'

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You know the crazies are coming, don’t you?

I mean, they’re coming for me.  I’m assuming that they’re coming for every other person (or at least every other mother) in the world, too.

It’s that month between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It’s one month of slightly controlled chaos, enormous amounts of pressure and lots of extra calories.

I don’t mean to sound like a Scrooge, but I’ve NEVER been big on Christmas.  I take that back.  I was never really big on Christmas once I had to be the grown up (even before I had kids).  I don’t like deadlines, I stress about whether or not I bought something for all the people on ‘the list,’ should I have joined that cookie exchange and did I send cards out to everybody that I got a card from?

Ugh.

So, because Thanksgiving is not until next week, I’m sticking with the whole “Let’s make a better Heather” theme.  Smoking habit?  Kicked. (Don’t get me wrong…I still want to smoke.  A lot.  But I won’t).  Exercise?  Check – five times a week at the gym.  Weight?  Working on it with the exercise and some bland tasting, low calorie foods.  Except for the bag of Heath bars I bought that were on sale after Halloween.  But they’re very small :P  I’m doing all the crap my doctor wants me to do.  I just need a check up at the dentist, AND I need to get my hair done.

So, tomorrow I’m going to get my hair cut and colored.  Let’s see…I’m going to look back at some old posts…The last time I got my hair cut and colored would be August 13th.  More than three months.  Which explains the roots that are over an inch long.  And the greys.

Oh, the greys.

So, tomorrow will be it for a while.  The last thing I do for me until after Christmas.  Then I’ll be officially diving in.  Present buying, cookie making, wrapping, cards, decorating, attending concerts, making treat bags for school…the list will go on forever.  I’m gonna slap a smile on my face and enjoy it, damn it!  Really, I am.

I just hope I don’t come out on the other side of Christmas as a smoking, lazy, 50 pound overweight mom with a crushed sense of self and a crushed sense of humor.

But hey, then at least I won’t have a hard time picking out some resolutions for 2010.

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