Saturday, September 30, 2006
Tired of those "my precious kids/husband/dog/job/friends" mommy blogs? Then you may enjoy this raunchy sort-of-memoir. Over at Reject the Koolaid I heard about the new book: Mommies Who Drink
Definitely a must on the LDSM reading list.
(Am I gonna get some screwed up Google ads on this post, or what?)
Friday, September 29, 2006
The student sections at college football games are usually a little unruly, but student leaders at North Carolina State University just want the urinating to stop.
"They didn't want to leave the section to go to the bathroom," said student body president Will Quick. Complaints about urinating and vomiting in the stands soon followed.
Read the rest here...
(I don't recall seeing anyone peeing in the seats at the Clemson-NCSU soccer game last weekend, fortunately!)
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I may just have to start sticking food on my cats and taking pictures. I sense a trend.
"It's the same every September. After two months out of school, the four children are reduced to drooling dumbarses on every front. They are about as incapable of organizing themselves as I am of understanding why Paris Hilton is a celebrity."
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
A survey handed out to parents of students at Lester elementary in Jackson MS, has sparked some controversy. The letter was written by the P.T. A., designed to encourage their involvement in the school.
At the first parent teacher conference, the P.T.A. handed out the survey, telling parents where they could be used as volunteers. It was the last option on the page that has some up in arms. A line that read, "No, I do not want to get involved. I want my children to be thieves, drug addicts and prostitutes."Read the rest here.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
The Clemson men's soccer team is ranked number one in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll released Tuesday afternoon.
This marked the first time that the Tigers have been ranked first in this poll since November 16, 1998. This marked the 30th time that the Tigers have been ranked first in the NSCAA poll in the program's history.
Clemson is off to a 7-0 start this season. This is the best start since 1978.
Excerpt from "How to Eat Fewer Insects":
Just about every kid raised in the US in the last thirty years has eaten Nerds. And yet, just look at what's in the list of ingredients: Carmine. Carmine is a pigment produced by cochineal insects, which are ground up and purified to produce the pigment. A less purified form of the pigment, called cochineal extract, is also sometimes found in foods.
Carmine, also called carminic acid, is a powerful red pigment that is found in a wide assortment of places where crushed insects (presumably) do not belong: Yoplait strawberry yogurt, Tropicana grapefruit juice, Campari, maraschino cherries, and it might make you question just why pink lemonade needs to be pink.
Read more here.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Surely there have to be other sites with cats and food, no???
I guess that explains the "cat urine" ads...
Great, now I'm a crazy cat lady, too.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Top Ten Reasons College is Like Preschool
10. You cry for your mother.
9. You cross the street without looking for cars.
8. Snack time is a necessity.
7. You bundle up for the outdoors without caring what you look like (because everyone else looks as stupid as you do).
6. You stay at home and play games with your friends.
5. You wear your backpack on both shoulders.
4. You wear big mittens.
3. Playing in the snow is a legitimate activity.
2. You take naps.
1. You look forward to grilled cheese sandwiches.
As for #9, I swear, living in a college town and working in another, I am going to run over a college student one day. Maybe even on purpose.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Yeah, I know it's only Monday, but I'm giving you the heads up so you can spend all day tomorrow in character.
Apparently September 19 is the "official" Talk Like a Pirate Day. Who knew?
And you can knit like a pirate, too.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Read the rest here...
Proceed at Your Own Risk has some of the best Guido pictures ever. We don't really have too many guidos here in NC (except for maybe over at Duke) so I'd forgotten how prevalent they are.
If you don't know what a guido is, read this article.
Friday, September 15, 2006
It's come to my attention that the cat with bacon taped on it was definitely not the first cat to be photographed wearing food. The Lime Cat says he was first. He also wants to remind you that today is Friday and you should go home and make him a tuna margarita.
Makes me wanna go to the Keys even more (yeah, I know, this video wasn't shot there, it was shot on the Gulf, but whatever...)
Ideally, public education is the marrying of public dollars with educators, who work in partnership with parents giving weight to the concerns, interests and values of those ultimately responsible for the upbringing of the next generation. Alas, all too often what we experience is a rigid bureaucracy with a voracious appetite for public funds that is largely indifferent and unresponsive to the concerns of parents who have little choice and no power.
Read the rest of the essay here.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Every four hours this past weekend, Clemson defensive back Ray Ray McElrathbey would call and check in with his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr. But there was no need for McElrathbey, who has temporary custody of his brother because of his mother’s continuing drug problems and his father’s gambling addiction, to be concerned.
When McElrathbey and his Clemson teammates visit Florida State in Tallahassee this Saturday night, he will not have to worry about his little brother because his little brother might be with him or with one of the coaches’ family now that the NCAA will allow the Clemson staff to provide assistance in taking care of Fahmarr.
Read the rest of the article here...
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
In his new book, TIME reporter Paul Cuadros highlights the struggles of a group of Latino students at a small southern high school to start up their own soccer team and win acceptance — both on the field and off.
Read the rest of the article here.
My son's team played this team (Siler City NC team Jordan-Matthews HS) the year they won the State 1A Championships. I haven't read this book yet, but I plan to ASAP.
To buy the book, click here: A Home on the Field. Then you can lend it to me when you're done :)
Results for the past two weekends:
Triangle FC 93 Navy girls (EDSP's team) won the U13 White division of the Furniture City Classic in High Point, NC.
Triangle FC 93 Navy girls also finished 2nd at the adidas Greensboro Labor Day Shootout in Greensboro, NC, again in the U13 White division.
Hopefully EDSP doesn't have a torn ACL, as the trainer may have suggested when she went down on the field during the last game.
The U18 Triangle FC 88 Navy boys (TDSP's team) won two games against SC teams (beat CESA 2-0 and beat Bridge FC 2-1) in Region III Premier League play in Greenville, SC.
Chapel Hill HS is 3-1.
And Clemson Men's Soccer is currently 3-0.
I just usually go out for a beer (or two) myself. Not much is more stultifying than sitting in the parking lot watching youth soccer practice.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Here's my beef. Teachers, we love you so, and I know that you are overworked and underpaid, and yada, yada, yada. AND, I truly appreciate all that you do. But could you pile on any more hours of homework every night? Is ANYONE with me? Whatever happened to time for kids to play outside after school?
Read more about The Case Against Homework.