Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Who's going home tonight?

My guess would be Jason. I get the feeling he is starting to mock the show. Anyone else? He's in a great position as 4th runner up. He can be signed by anyone and not be strapped to AI rules.

In other news, we have dropped the price of our house to see if that helps get people in here. Again, we are waiting until July. If it's not sold by then we will probably take it off the market. We have a particular house we like (but not love) that will suit us fine if the right offer comes along for ours. Again, we're giving it to God.

I saw an article in a magazine on how to catch and raise your own monarch caterpillars. You find the eggs on a leaf and keep the whole thing in a vase (uncovered!), etc, etc until the caterpillar hatches and goes into it's chrysalis and turns into a butterfly and then you take it out and let it go. It sounds like a wonderful idea for Ella. She would get a kick out of that. I'm not sure how keen my girlfriend Stace would be on the idea of loose caterpillars in my house, though. I would still hope she would come to group!!

We had a random dog come over to Ella this morning while she was out playing. I fell in love with her, but of course she had tags (darn!). Come to find out her name is Kahlua (fun!) and she belongs to a neighbor behind us. She was a Collie mix. ADORABLE and well behaved (well, for the 10 minutes or so I had her while trying to locate where she belonged, anyway...).

I'm not too happy with some new rulings at Coby's school. First the 2nd grade field trip to Denny's has been cancelled. They have been doing this for at least 10 years. It goes with their economics unit and they get to see the inside behind the scenes stuff and then do their ordering and tallying bill, tax and tip. They also walk there so it's a lot of fun for the kids. The decision to nix it came because (apparently) in "this area" kids are more prone to going out to eat with their families and the administration didn't feel it was necessary to do the trip. They don't ever walk with their class and invade a Denny's though. Hmmm.... This might possibly go along with a new rule beginning next year which is: No fast food allowed at lunch. Parent's will sometimes surprise their kids and show up with McDonald's or BK. I will often go to Subway and bring subs for Coby and I to enjoy. I wonder if that is considered "Fast food?" And, I want to know how those horrible school lunches are any better than fast food anyway. I think they are gross and unhealthy. But, the reasoning for the fast food rule is: "....because of the high number of food allergies (??) and the growing concern over childhood obesity." I think parents should have the say on that. Some of us don't do fast food very often and it's a treat for our kids. Nor do we have any issues with obesity. But, it makes me wonder if that's the real reason they don't want us going to Denny's? And, if Denny's and fast food encourage childhood obesity, then why are school breakfasts consisting of french toast sticks and donuts? Hmmmm??? And why (while I'm at it) is the PTA now promoting a McDonald's night where a % of proceeds go toward our playground fund (of all things....). How did that get approved?

Alright, off my soapbox for now.....


DisneyDina said...

I'm with you on that one. I can't imagine the school lunches are that much better than some of the items at fast food places. If they are worried about allergies, have they also made it a peanut free school as well?

Jessica, aka TopazGirl said...

I totally agree on the fast food thoughts you wrote - wth? How is chicken nuggets, french fries, and a cookie in the school cafeteria any more healthy (or less allergic, for that matter!) that a happy meal from a drive-thru?? That's sad that the school nixed the field trip, too. D's going to the Bmore Museum of Industry next week, and he's THRILLED. We'd both be sad if it were cancelled. Looked for you and Ella at storytime yday - and next week is the last one for the springtime. :)

Amy said...

Where do you find the Monarch eggs??? I would love to do that, but I have NO IDEA where to find the eggs!

Christina said...

You redeemed yourself! You were correct with your AI guess! I completely agree with you on the school issues. It seems alot of schools don't have good meal programs and it's sad that poor Coby cannot go on his field trip. I bet the kids were really looking forward to it. Rachel's school has a catering company make their lunches, and we are pretty pleased with them...I can remember the lunches at school and I can guarantee a happy meal was healthier them some of the stuff they tried to pass off to us!