Phones in our house started ringing early today—it was the school department calling to let us know of the Google outage that was crippling the universe, including millions who woke up planning to attend school virtually. The robocalls and emails alerted us to the outage and promised to let us know when it had been… Continue reading Google Is Not God
Rhode Islanders just learned last night that there will likely be no announcement of reopening plans for the fall until August 17th. The Governor has said that the first day of school, statewide, will be August 31st. This would mean that parents and families would have 14 days to make arrangements for the fall. If… Continue reading Two Weeks Is Not Enough Time for Parents (or Teachers) to Plan
We’ve been at this Quarantine Life now for more than two weeks and my state of Rhode Island found out today that remote learning will continue statewide through at least the end of April. I appreciate that my governor (Gina Raimondo) is taking it slower than the governors in states like Kansas, Virginia and Vermont… Continue reading My So Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 4)
Hope everyone who can is staying home. I sure am—we haven’t left our yard for ten days with the exception of a walk with the dogs and that was me getting away from everyone else for a little while. It wasn’t their fault—I was impatient and frustrated. The walk didn’t really work to cure my… Continue reading My So Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 3)
We are closing in on our first full week of the #quarantinelife and as with most things, there is beauty and frustration to be found. The stolen hugs from my children throughout the day, the comfort wear and a dog to pet or play fetch with any time of day are blessings. And I am… Continue reading My So-Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 2)
Humor will be a vital part of the journey through this COVID-19 pandemic. In my case, much of that humor will emanate directly from my new reality being home with husband and three sons for the foreseeable future. I suspect many of you can relate. One of the ways I always tend to keep it… Continue reading My So Called #QuarantineLife (Chapter 1)
Every year at Christmas time, we moms really feel the pressure. Sure, we feel it during back-to-school season and in June when school is wrapping up but there is something unique about Christmas that moves us in the direction of trying to be someone that we’re not. In my case, this attempt to be someone… Continue reading Gingerbread Houses Aren’t my Jam. And That’s Ok.
I just signed up for Weight Watchers. It will be my second time using their app to track my daily points. It worked last time—and then, as with most things, I grew bored of it and stopped doing it. This is not a character trait I recommend, by the way. It certainly would have been… Continue reading I’m Back on Weight Watchers — Because of School Choice?
After wrapping up a busy week that included 4 evening school events in six nights, I had some thoughts and decided to share them:
No, I’m not doing this. That was my response to the social media pressure to post photos of my three sons in honor of the new made-up holiday—National Sons Day— that had Facebook and Instagram ablaze over the weekend. I can admit that I was tempted—but I decided to take a stand against all these… Continue reading Saying No to All These Made Up Days