Nothing really new here...just trying to gear up for this next week. I have to bake Monday, then take MM to physical therapy, then on Tuesday I have to get my cavities filled and then I have a meeting with the parents board and then choir in the evening. I'm on the Easter committee for the school and in the past, we've always sponsored a brunch, in which we buy all the bread, meat, spreads, fruit, drinks, etc and put a brunch together for each classroom. We (the parents board) pay for it and we do the shopping and divide everything up, serve it, etc...and apparently a couple of the teachers have decided they want to do it differently this year. They want us to just provide drinks and maybe a stipend for low income families, and every child makes a list of what they want for brunch and another kid makes breakfast for them. I see disaster. This neighborhood is almost all low income families. If we have to give a stipend to every low income family to buy the stuff for breakfast, it's going to cost SOOOO much more than just buying the stuff ourselves. Not to mention issues of kids being sick and not coming to school that day so the kid for whom they were to provide breakfast has nothing. Or kids forgetting to bring the note home, or forgetting they were supposed to bring breakfast that day...or kids from large families who have 4 breakfast wish lists to buy for, or food allergies... ugh...REALLY bad idea. Nice in concept, but I don't see it working well. I don't even understand why the teachers want to change it...they aren't the ones who do the work or pay for it. It makes no sense to me.
Lynne, I saw you post about the rating on FB. I'm sorry...that must be hard to see, even knowing it would probably happen. No one likes rejections.
Yes, Bug is definitely one of those people. She gets it from me. I cried in elementary school when I got a new teacher because I didn't know what to expect. My mother always told me to give it a chance, and in most cases, the ones I was most worried about turned out to be my favorite teachers. But I've always been apprehensive of new challenges, breaking down when I was worried I would fail at something. (Dutch Language school...I had several breakdowns as I moved up in difficulty, convinced that they had me mixed up with someone else who actually knew what they were doing) So she comes by it honestly, but I don't know how to help her, as I still suffer from it myself.
Ugh...that doesn't speak very well for that American Publisher!! I think it more closely demonstrates their own poor quality and laziness rather than the writer's journey and improvement. And I've heard horror stories about self-publishing. I'm not a writer myself...that is, I'm not an aspiring author. I love to read, and I think I missed my calling...I should have done something with English in college. I want to be a reader, but I know I'm not qualified to edit...I couldn't tell someone what to cut and where to move this and bla bla. I can find typos and I can tell a person "This character isn't likeable" or "That doesn't make sense in this part" or "That contradicts something here" but as far as editing editing, I can't do that. As much as I LOVE kind of beta reading for people, I don't feel yet like I could charge money to do it because I lack any solid credentials. All I have is my own personal taste. I did apply for a reader job and the woman asked me what genres I was interested in and I sent her a list of my favorite books and I never heard back from her, so apparently our tastes did not match up. But I don't understand how people can trust themselves to be objective in the editing process of their own material and publish it themselves without having unbiased, trained individuals look at it and give advice. That just seems to me to be shooting themselves in the foot. At least I know my own limits!
Sarah, did you maybe post at the same time as someone else and instead of submitting, it says something like "There has been at least one new post. Would you like to edit your reply before submitting?" instead of "Post successfully submitted"? I've done that before, not noticing it was a different message and if you leave the page, your post is lost.
I actually haven't really watched Spongebob. I've seen bits and pieces, but never a whole episode. But yes, Bug freaks out, usually when there's a challenge. She's perfectly capable of doing it, she just isn't confident. I saw an article about that not too long ago, and I've been trying to be better about the language I use with her, but it's habit to just say "Wow, you are so smart!" when she gets a stellar report card..you want to praise her, but forget that that sends the message that if she DOESN'T get a stellar report card, it means she's NOT smart. I need to really work on saying "You must have really worked hard" or "Wow, you must have been really paying attention!" so it's something she's got control over, rather than something that's intrinsic. And I feel SO guilty that I have passed on all my insecurities to her.
How are you doing with the weight loss? Carbs are a huge weakness for me, too!
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