Wednesday, November 24, 2010

GREAT GIFT IDEA!!!

This year my sister is buying my kiddos homemade crochet hats for Christmas.

I, being the nosey lil' bitch that I am, just had to check out the makers website to see just what my kiddos were getting.

Holy cuteness, Batman! These hats are AH-MAY-ZING!! She has true artistic talent so the hats come out looking exactly like the character you request. My kids are getting Bolt and Mittens. She does Hello Kitty, SpongeBob, the Yo Gabba Gabba gang, and a bunch of other stuff. I personally LOVE the "mohawk" hats. I may just order one for myself so that I can pretend to be cool.

You can email her to make your character request. She will then let you know if it's possible or not. She also does adult sized hats, scarves, booties, etc.

And, or course, it doesn't hurt to mention that she is a single mother. So, not only would you be buying an insanely cute gift, you would also be supporting a fellow mamma who's trying to survive in this tough economy.

Seriously, check her out folks...

Crochet Hats n' Stuff

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wiggle Iggle Friday

Jeez did I miss Wiggle Iggle Friday!

When I was in high school I heard a song. I heard the song. The song.
I didn't know the name of the song or who sang it, but it haunted me. A few years later a friend's boyfriend loaned me a few of his cd's. The song made another appearance. Stupidly, I never wrote down the name of the song or the artist.

So then, not only did the song haunt me, but the cd artwork did as well. I could hear the music, I could picture the cd, but I couldn't remember shit about the name. Fuuuuuuuck!

Last week, I heard the song on the radio. And the DJ, that kind, sweet, amazing DJ, actually said the name of the artist. I practically tattooed the name of the artist on my arm.

Here is the song that has haunted me for years.



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

NCLB - A PSA

Last year, I knew nothing about No Child Left Behind (NCLB)...nothing. I figured the school district knew, and they were acting accordingly. Wrong. Wrong on soooo many levels. Turns out my district knew about NCLB, but was doing as little as possible to act under it properly. This affected my kids greatly and so I launched an attack.

Long story short...my daughter, Sugar, was placed in a school across town (we'll call it School A) last year because of limited space in the school districts half-day, pre-k program. School A was not the school she was supposed to attend and I was told that she would be transferred back to her "home school", i.e. the school in our neck of the woods (we'll call it School B) the following year.

Well, School A was a dream! Her classmates were wonderful, the staff was amazing, she just simply felt at home there and I couldn't be happier. So, I started to do a little digging as to what circumstances would entitle her to remain in School A rather than being transferred over to School B. Turns out, School B was a failing school and has been on the NCLB sanctions list for the past 6 years!! Therefore, it qualified for something called "school choice" in which a parent could choose to transfer their child to another school in the district that was not failing and the district would be responsible for paying for busing. I was overjoyed. This was my out!

I wrote the Superintendent a lovely little letter explaining my request. I attached to my letter School B's state report which clearly indicated that it was a school acting under NCLB sanctions. His reply to my letter was not so lovely. As a matter of fact, he not only denied my request, but he denied me for some bullshit excuse that had nothing to do with the info in my letter. It was, in essence, the brush off. I was furious.

I launched into a verbal sparing match with this guy. He continued to stonewall me and circumvent the NCLB rules without apology. I dug deeper into NCLB rules and regulations and found that there was a complaint procedure. I drafted a complaint and emailed the damn thing to practically everyone in state government. I seriously considered contacting the media as well, but held off.

As I suspected, my school district was not operating properly under NCLB guidelines. The state stepped in and forced them to make the proper adjustments. Yes, I ended up getting my kids into the "good school". Yes, I got my way, but this was not just about getting my way.

I wondered, how many other school districts were ignoring the rules and regs of NCLB? How many other parents were forced to send their kids to failing schools because the district did not inform them of their rights? How many parents asked for a transfer and received an unlawful denial? Why should it be so difficult to take advantage of the safeguards put in place to try to ensure a good education for our children? My gut tells me that there are too many.

After what I've experienced, I want to encourage parents to go to their state's department of education website. There you will find your school district's "report card" which will give you test scores of every school in your town. If your child's school has not met was is called "AYP" for three or more consecutive years, then it qualifies for school choice. You should have received notification of the school's failure, as well as a detailed list of options for transfer. Your district is require to offer at least two options, but should be offering as a choice every passing school in the district. Your district superintendent should be working with parents to come up with a restructuring plan to improve student performance. My district was not doing any of this. Is yours??

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Update Post

I guess if I'm back I should do an update post right?

Well, if you remember, when I left I had just given birth to a baby girl.

Yeah, well, that happened again...I now have four kids. All girls.

Worry not, dear readers, hubby got himself taken care of. The sperm have left the building. I no longer have to worry about getting knocked up. (Can I get a hooo-raaaaaah)

So yeah, to remind ya, I have Sugar, who's 5, Spice, who's 4, Everything Nice, who's 18 months, and Baby Luna, who is 2 months. I'm busy.

Before I stopped blogging my Hubs got a great job and was making enough that we were living comfortably. Since then he has gotten promoted, gotten a raise, and we were doing so well financially that we were able to buy a car to fit our big-ass family and we were tentatively shopping for a house. Then, he found out his company is shutting down in December. Bummer.

He is in the union so he is confident he will be able to find work again right away, but he was warned that the other companies pay on average $4/hr less. So we will once again be struggling to make ends meet...plus we have a car payment AND a new baby. Shit.

I am still working in the legal office and loving it although my available hours to work are limited because of the kids.

I always found myself saying things like "this would be a great thing to blog about" or "I wonder if people still go on plurk". Those things started popping into my head more and more so I figured it was time to make an appearance here in bloggyville. I can't wait to build my readership up again and go full force.

So...what did I miss?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gearing Up For a Comeback

I miss you all.

I miss my blog.

I'm coming back...

As soon as I figure out how to fix my layout...I seem to have effed it up royally.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Peace Out

As you probably guessed...I am abandoning my blog. Simply put, I could give a shit less about it anymore. I just don't have the time or the energy to do anything with it.

HOWEVER...

I miss my bloggy buds and would like to move our relationship out of the bloggy universe and into...

real life **gasp**

I have already started contacting some of you to give you my other email address. (Ya know, the one I actually check on an almost daily basis.) I will continue to do this little by little until I have switched over my entire bloggy brigade to the dark side. *Mwah-ha-ha-ha* If I haven't contacted you yet, don't get your panties in a bunch...I'm getting there. Feel free to leave me a comment here or email me at:

lunanik.secrets@gmail.com

to let me know you'd like to keep in touch. Of course I'd like to keep in touch with as many of you as possible.

I won't be deleting my blog just in case I feel the urge to blog again at some point. I mean, you never know, right? But I won't be posting anytime in the near future so feel free to delete me from your reader if you haven't already.

See you on the other side...

Luna