The last five days of school

December 15, 2009 - Leave a Response

Everybody except for me has been sick…

So Cope mainly worked on reading Little Bear Thanksgiving and The Best Egg. He can read both easily, but we worked on retention. He answered questions about details very well!


School today

December 9, 2009 - Leave a Response

Today we did PE and math on the Wii for about 90m. We will also read about Egypt again. We’ll also read The Magic School Bus Solar System.

School for 12/8

December 8, 2009 - Leave a Response
School time

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We were pressed for time so today we worked on Jumpstart typing for 30m. We also did math(addition and subtraction in workbook) for 30m. Tonight we’ll read about Egypt for 30m.

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qualia to live or by proxy

February 19, 2009 - Leave a Response
inverted quaia of colour.

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Qualia, what is it? Can it only be described by meta-language? Is it important? Can we imagine it not existing? I think. And by not understanding or applying judgment, lifeness of life or blueness of red is what it is,  for better or worse, depending on perceived perspective. Real or not is not the issue, just move forward, but don’t rely on solely what is seen, felt, or believed, because we’re  all observing and pondering the same intriguing, kinetic illusion. And in the end it is what it is,  though we have all had the opportunity to see it in a myriad of vibrant and organic  possibilities! So, let’s make this one count…

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Going Vegetarian

January 23, 2009 - Leave a Response

My wife and I decided to go vegetarian last week. While I didn’t eat that much meat anyway, I was really saddened by the slaughter and abuse of the animals. A pig is thought to have the intelligence of a 3 year old… I can’t imagine the horror and pain that they feel while they watch as their friends and family are systematically killed and or tortured. All the while knowing that they are next.

First Attempt at Forex

October 10, 2007 - One Response

I finally dove in to the forex market with a demo account at forexyard. The interface is ok, but I still need some practice with it. The forex market looks fairly volatile and risky but with attention and patience I can see it being profitable. Not today, though… I lost $10.00! In all fairness to me, I’m still learning how to read the charts, so I think it will get much better.

I’m going to try other demo accounts to see what their interfaces look like. We’ll see what happens after that…

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My son is doing so well

September 28, 2007 - Leave a Response

My autistic son C is doing very well in school. He has recently turned 5 and this year was originally placed in 5 year old special needs kindergarten. He started off fairly well in this new class, but he wasn’t  able to sustain his attention for as long as he needed. In this class there was a wide range of ages, from 5 years old to 8 years old, and the younger kids were expected to stay on task as long as the older kids. Needless to say, it didn’t work out for all the younger kids. My son is quite energetic, and when he feels finished with a task, he is ready to move on no matter how much time is left.

Fortunately for us we have a very good group of teachers. Instead of forcing C to comply with the longer task time they decided to create a transition program. The new program gradually builds up task time so that next year he will be ready for the longer time requirements. As a result of this extra attention and care he has been flourishing. He is almost potty trained, which was a tremendous struggle for us. He is writing his name, letters, numbers, other words and shapes. He is very happy and wanting to write and do other activities that are challenging to him. He is not nearly as stressed out as he was in the previous program. I think his school career has been greatly benefited by the concern and attention of his extraordinary teachers.

A certain Bank stuck it to me again

September 28, 2007 - Leave a Response

My bank that I’ve been with for about 12 years has stuck it to me again. At the risk of sounding paranoid, this bank is out to get me and my friends. It seems whenever my balance gets low, crazy things start happening. Debit card holds stay in the hold column for almost 2 weeks, sometimes the holds disappear altogether and magically reappear a week later. And then it happens… Every large hold or check goes through first without regard to date or time received. Then the 35 dollar overdraft charges start snowballing. I’ve paid out as much as 200+ dollars in one bouncing session. This time I lost 140 dollars. Now, if it was just me this was happening to I wouldn’t think much of it. But this has happened to 3 people I work with who also used to bank with this awful institution. I know that it’s my fault that I’m not recording and reconciling with every transaction, but my wife and I use mainly the debit card and check the statement online, so when holds disappear from my statement (and I’m not the only one this has happened to) I’m put at an unfair disadvantage.

So, be careful using Wachovia…

Career Paths

September 27, 2007 - Leave a Response

In my career change path, I have been looking at a number of different alternatives. I really enjoy working out and I used to teach Tae Kwon Do classes when I was 12, so I’m looking into a career as a personal trainer. The certification seems pretty straight forward and the pay seems good as long as I can get clients. I enjoy working out and teaching people, so training would be a lot of fun. Plus, the hours would allow for more family time, and that right now is the most important thing for me.

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Changing Careers

September 26, 2007 - Leave a Response

I have been a chef for about 18 years now, and I’m looking for a change  of careers. My son just started to go to school full time and I never get to see him except on Saturday morning and Sunday because of my work schedule. I really miss him. I have barely any time for my wife either because we have our time divided so that someone is always home to baby sit our daughter. Consequently, we are hardly ever home at the same time. When we do see each other it is usually just enough time to talk a little and say good night. Our weekends are filled with catching up on housework, catching up on bills and catching up on rest. We also try and get the family out for some fun time. One day a week is just not enough, though.

So, I finally have the proper motivation (pain, pain, pain) to go out and do something new.