Well, I missed the “7 quick takes Friday”, so here, instead, is Monday randomness.
1. Since when did the Sunday paper become the time for gloom and doom? Our local paper seems to think that, since people spend more time with their Sunday paper, it is their duty to beat us over the head to educate us about all of the horrible things going on in the world. The large, above-the-fold front page photo was of two parents at the grave of their child, who died at birth due to a serious series of mistakes by two obstetricians who failed to tell the mom that there was a problem with the pregnancy. Inside, there was an extended article (two entire interior pages of the front section, and I think it started on the front page, too) about parents who had accidentally killed their child by leaving him/her in the car because they forgot they were there, thought they’d dropped them off at daycare, etc. The second half of the front section contained a large article about gang rape as a weapon in a war in Africa (I forget which country; it isn’t the only country doing this, since it has happened in Sudan, too). The most hopeful article in there was the one about (I think it was) Nigeria, which has a new program to promote marriage among AIDS patients. Included in the counseling and assistance to the new couples is instructions on how to avoid passing the disease to their children. One man was quoted as saying that, now that he had his son and wife to live for, he would fight the disease because he wanted to live for them.
I’m not asking for pure “sweetness and light” on Sundays, but give us a break, people! What, don’t you like Sundays?
2. The kids were arguing over which Fraggle Rock episode they were going to get to watch before I took the DVD back to the library. “Ok, already, give me a number between one and five; closest one gets to pick the episode,” I said.
“Six!” shouted the oldest.
“Eleven!” yelled the middle child, not to be outdone.
There will definitely be some extra math tomorrow.
3. We were very upset when DirecTV cancelled CCTV 9, the English language official Chinese channel. We were thrilled to discover that it was included in our satelite package; unfortunately, it was dropped not long after we came home from China. We wrote them a complaint, asking them to consider reinstating the channel. Amazingly enough, a representative called to ask if there was anything they could do for us. We discussed the situation, the representative said he didn’t know of any plans to reinstate the channel, and, in fact, didn’t know why they had cancelled it in the first place.
A month or so back, while checking for anything about China, we discovered that part of channel 225 was devoted to programming from the newly revamped 5CTV. As I write tonight, we are drooling over a documentary about Beijing cuisine, while grimacing over the occasional grammatical errors. “This style of duck is existed for a thousand years…” is only one of the least egregious examples.
Aside from a desperate need for native English speakers to improve their grammar, the programming is excellent.
4. My birthday was last week. So, in honor of it, here, finally, is my photo from Williamsburg. Due to my husband’s privacy concerns (?), no, you can’t see my face. But you can see the dress that sucked up all of my blogging time for a few weeks. Yes, the picture is not straight; my son (5 yrs old) was shooting it for me. It leans right, but so do I.
5. I had the “official” Mothers’ Socialization Dinner tonight with a homeschoolers’ soccer/chess/baseball league my son participates in. Because, of course, we homeschoolers are overly sheltered, un-socialized, and, generally, menaces to society as we know it. So, to correct this, we have “mandatory” socialization training, so that we can teach this skill to our children.
My corner of the room was threatened with flunking the “class” for being too noisy. Go figure.
I yelled back, “Flunk? This should be extra credit!”
I, of course, had nothing to do with the overly exuberant conversation going on…