Friday, September 30, 2011

I'm Here, There, and Everywhere

Still here. Been one of those weeks, so thanks for bearing with me. I have at least one comic strip in my head, and as long as it stays there until I can get it on paper, there will be new strips next week.

So what have I been up to? Well, the library held their annual book sale last weekend. I've been volunteering since the summer, sorting book donations. For some reason, the Library Friends thought I was very good at sorting children's books. I can't imagine why. They decided to put me in charge of the children's section for the sale. And of course, my inner voice screamed, "Tell them no!" in its teeny tiny voice that is so easy to miss when I feel appreciated. So I spent Friday and Saturday running the children's section, helping people find books they wanted, and organizing. Constantly organizing. Because when someone decides they don't want a book, they simply drop it where they stand, even if that means a raunchy teen title ends up in the picture books. And as much fun as it was, I am glad the sale is over now. It gives me more time to pick up after my family.

Marina started her second year at college. This is the first year she is full time, with four courses. I have to say, this whole college experiment seems to be two steps forward, one step back. I know she likes it. I am sure of it. But she is not a fan of homework, and she has had a lot of homework lately. The thing is, she is a perfectionist. I've always known this about her. So we are working on her time management skills. I've also given her a lot of pep talks. For example, I pointed out that she didn't think she could cut it her first year when she tried to keep up with the homework for one course. Now she is handling assignments for four courses. Granted, she is still upset about having so much work, but it's getting done. And after this semester, she only needs to take one more required course. Then it will all be courses she likes! I know that fulfilling the GED requirements is a major part of the problem because those are the only courses she complains about. It's annoying, but that is the way it is in our crazy state. You want a college degree, you need the high school diploma or equivalent. At least the credits for the GED count toward the associate degree.

In between volunteering and cheerleading Marina, I've done my best to jump back into a new term of homeschooling/unschooling life. Which means keeping a record of what Chase and Sierra are doing each day, getting them to their activities, and hoping I don't forget anything. Like paying bills. Or buying groceries. Or putting gas in the car.

Gas. I knew there was something I forgot.

5 comments:

flmom said...

Were your ears burning? I was just talking about Marina the other day to my hubby because we were discussing dual enrollment (the community college here wants to stop because they are losing money). Anyway, I am unfamiliar with your state homeschool laws. So, you are unable to make your own homemade diploma and it be accepted? Just wanted to understand as I'm confused, but that's easy with every state having its own laws.

jugglingpaynes said...

This is how it was explained to me. In New York, you can't receive a college diploma from a state school without a high school diploma or GED. However, as I understand it, this only applies to New York residents. If a student from another state enrolled, or my kids went out of state, it would not be a problem. Confused yet? Welcome to my world. :o)

TobyBo said...

nice to "see" you again. I love the leaves on your page here... are they that pretty where you are? Ours are just barely starting to change.

Inner Elder said...

Have a Happy Fall, sweetie! Take time to relax and enjoy the leaves. You deserve it. Marina will be just fine. As a life long perfectionist, I find perfectionism often results in quality work, despite the agita. Or you leave things to the last minute so they don't have to be perfect. And that works too! Love, Mom

Steph said...

It's a shame that she has to get the GED -- that seems kind of ridiculous and redundant when she's done highschool level work at home. It sounds like you've been crazy busy! :-)

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