24 September 2007

Christian = Cannibal?

Posted on the announcement board at the local Church o' Christ:

O taste and see that the Lord is good

Posted on the announcement board at the local 7th Day Adventist's church:

Vegetarian tasting September 29th

I know, I know, I'm reading it all wrong. But it makes ya wonder, yanno...

17 September 2007

NaNo? No, no.

I'm debating about Nano this year. It's fun and all, and having done it 3 times already, I have no doubt I can write 50,000 words in a month.

Which is pretty much the point. Or the problem. Or whatever.

I mean, do I really need another half-assed novel sitting around begging me to work on it? I don't have time to work on the others and they make me feel guilty and inadequate enough. Do I really need to add another guilt trip to my life?

No. Hell, no.

So instead, I'm thinking about "cheating".

Technically, as I understand it, it's against the rules to work on an existing project. You're supposed to create 50,000 words-o-crap on some brandy, spankin' new project.

That seems sorta silly.

So - if I do NaNo at all - it may just be random chapters that I've been meaning to write on the other three novels. Or I may work on a(nother) storyline to tack onto the already-gigantic Novel #1. ('cuz it needs more characters and plot. Really.)

Or maybe I'll just blow the whole thing off and watch from the sidelines.

11 September 2007

Money, It's A Game

So Ms. Five is in kindergarten. This is very exciting for everyone, of course. A lot of changes - new schedule, new friends, going to school EVERY day (not just 2 days a week), etc. - but we're getting used to it.

Harder to get used to is all the MONEY we're shelling out for various fees and fundraisers, all to benefit this public school, which, um, aren't I alreading funding by paying my taxes?

Yes, yes, I know - if anything in this world is underfunded it's public schools. But I mean, really, c'mon. We have, thus far:

  • paid a $45 kindergarten supply fee
  • received a Wish List from the kindergarten teacher of things she still needs
  • paid a $50 computer lab fee (OK, haven't actually paid that yet...)
  • received a request to collect Box Tops for Education
  • purchased $34-worth of items from the catalog fundraiser for myself
  • purchased $57-worth of items from the catalog fundraiser for my mother, grandmother and sisters
  • foisted the catalog fundraiser on all other relatives within reach
  • received a request for bake sale items
  • received a request that we volunteer to staff game booths at the Fall Festival
  • received a request that we order books, because the teacher gets credit towards books for the classroom if we do
  • received a request for items to include in a gift basket to be auctioned off at the Fall Festival
And I think I've even forgotten a few things.

It's the 3rd week of school! Do they think we're made of time and money? With a demanding full time job, I have neither the time nor the energy for volunteering (let alone the patience, but that's another matter). And I am still paying off my GODDAMN student loans, I do not have a whole bunch of extra cash. (Come to think of it, I don't have ANY extra cash.)

I'm sure I'll get lectured for complaining (enter the former PTA president??), but I am feeling seriously bombarded right now.

The bigger question, of course, is: WHY are our public schools in such dire straits that they have to raise tens of thousands of dollars from their students' families? Where is all this money going?? (They haven't really mentioned what the fundraiser money is for.) The scariest thing, though, is that we're in a ritzy, white, upper-middle class community -- what the hell must it be like in the inner city of Itty-Bitty City (or any city)? Frightening to think on...