Friday, April 07, 2006

Was it really a day off from school?

My husband took the majority of the day off from work today. He was at work and back home before I was even out of bed. We cancelled school for the day. So much possibility for my day -- I was going to go out shopping, during school hours, by myself -- something I haven't done in almost two years now.

I didn't. Instead I putzed around the house. I'm still in my bathrobe. And dare I say, I'm enjoying the heck out of my day!

I always find it so surprising that when we take a day off from school, we don't really take a day off. I mean we don't do our scheduled schoolwork, but learning is still going on.

Today my son decided to do an experiment with a pound of acorns he brought back from South Carolina. Some are soaking in water, some are planted in dirt, some he cracked with a hammer, others he left alone. He has continued to work on his forester project for scouts without my asking. Woo-hoo.

He researched, outlined and wrote a report on hermit crabs.

He snuggled up with me in bed and we read more about the American Revolution.

He's been studying geology a little this afternoon.

He's been in the garage with his dad using the band saw again. I have no clue what they were doing.

He made his first fried eggs today. He was disappointed that he cracked the yolk in one egg and overcooked the yolk in another. I told him that was okay because I'm 40 and I still can't fry an egg.

For phy ed, he went outside and played in the pouring rain. He splashed in puddles. He tried to get the dog to play with him but the dog just wanted back in the house.

My husband bought some concrete mix on his way home from work, and they mixed it up and did something with it. I have no clue what they made.

So today we've done science, history, cooking, reading, construction and phy ed.

Not bad for a no-school day. The day is only half over. I wonder what he'll come up with next!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

I'm a snot

I'm a snot and I admit it.

I was at a meeting tonight. Before the meeting started, a friend introduced me to a friend of hers. We were visiting and the topic of homeschool came up. The new acquaintence had a baffled look on her face. Then she asked THE questions.

How do you do it? Doesn't it drive you crazy to homeschool? How can you be around your kids all day?

I smiled and said, "I love being with my son."

Then I stared at her.

She got the point.

I'm a snot and I love it. I just don't get why it drives people crazy to be with their kids. *That's* what drives me crazy.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Cool Time and Date

Did anyone get up early this morning and look at your digital clock at 3 seconds past 1:02? At that time it was 1:02:03 on 04/05/06.

This will never happen again. That is, unless you are one of those people that puts the day in front of the month. In that case, you will have to get up early on May 4.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Changing clocks

I hate daylight savings time. Really, I hate it. Who can go to sleep an hour earlier? Not me, not my son. Who can get up an hour earlier? Definitely not me. Not my son.

Of course if I had a job in the "real world" I would. We survived when my son was in public school, too.

The animals are all on old time still, the human animals are too. We're not hungry at lunch and dinner time. It just stinks.

My son and I were discussing it this morning. He woke up late again and we didn't get school started until 10. Of course last week that would have been 9 and would have been fine. But starting at 10 really puts us behind. It puts us in a bad mood. My son declared that while the majority of America does the daylight savings time thing, we should not. I then asked him how he would keep track of appointments, den meetings, play dates and the like. He thought it would be easy. We discussed it further and he started to change his mind. He then expanded his thinking and came up with how it would be difficult to go to the movies and watch favorite TV programs. In other words, he figured out it would be a royal pain in the butt.

So he decided it would be best if we conform and change our clocks. I hope within a week we're good to go.

Everybody is too crabby here right now.

I've had a friend tell me many times which is "real time." I don't know if fall time is real or spring time. I don't care. I just don't want to change clocks anymore. Can't we do away with it? Is it really necessary in today's society? Really?