The Weekly Ramble

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it's 2004.

It’s been a crazy week. I started out strong, tracking time and trying to be efficient. But, I kinda petered out midweek. Thus, the paucity of posts on the tail end. Here’s the recap of my week, accented by my instagram updates, in all it’s momlike randomness.

Over the weekend, I did Hockey Night solo. FishPapa went to a concert with a friend of his. So, I typed a play-by-play into an email instead of texting updates. He didn’t need to pick up all my anxiety and frustration in real time. Since I knew he would be late getting home, I drank caffeine at 5 pm, thinking I’d work late. But, I used up all that adrenalin on the hockey game. We lost 3-2. Thus, my life as a hockey mom.

I succeeded in having an “outing” with each kid this week, most individually, though two were paired up. They weren’t all “exciting”; dentist, grocery shopping, etc., but they were good opps to chat in the car and focus on each other.

On pizza night, I cracked an egg on top of my pizza before baking it. I really liked that! Gonna give that another whirl soon.

On Tuesday, my second cookbook was released. That is always fun in a weird kind of way. If you have it, you can be the first to review it on Amazon. Be honest, but kind. Thank you!

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I’ve switched to drinking green tea in the morning. I’ve even lost of a few pounds. Not sure if it’s the green tea or the copious amounts of cream that I’m not drinking in my coffee.

We’ve fallen in love with Larabars during our sugar fast this past six weeks. I’ve made some at home, too. I’m not sure it pencils out since nuts and dried cherries aren’t super cheap. This week I found out that Clif Bar is making a similar product, Kit’s Organic Bars which completely organic and CHEAPER than Larabars. At least I found them cheaper at Sprouts. They might have a new fan.

Also, we discovered a nice dessert that doesn’t have processed sugars. It’s a little pricier to make since maple syrup isn’t as cheap as sugar, but I figure the economics will control how much sweets we eat, and that’s probably a good thing. These Maple-Sweetened Chocolate Cupcakes with Honey-Cream Cheese Frosting aren’t super sweet cupcakes, but my family loves them all the same.

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it's 2004.

Throwback Thursday is always interesting. I might start playing more often. Don’t you love this? Prom 1990. I had been in a friend’s wedding and this was the dress that I paid big bucks for. Rather than buy another dress, I repurposed this one, bubbling the full-length skirt. Please note: I have a very large head. Larger than my husband’s. The sleeves are indeed bigger than my head. WHAT was I thinking?!

I took my son on a college tour this week. In general, I’m frustrated that college carries the weight in our society that it does. People are judged and employed based on their degree, not necessarily their abilities and character. That is the part of the game I do not like and which frustrates me. I think it’s a false determiner. Brilliant people can do amazing things without college degrees and stupid people graduate.

That said, that is how the game is played. I’ve been on the fence about jumping in the game because there are so many things that bother me (ie. the inflated costs, the implied “requirement” of taking on debt, the lopsided politics in higher education, and that it has become the new standard when a high school diploma used to suffice). But, like I said, that’s how the game is played. So we’ll play. But, you can bet I’ll  be looking for some game-changing strategies. I’m clearly not afraid to be weird.

On a more light-hearted note, I also learned you can buy test-taking supplies from a vending machine and blue books are now green, both on the cover and in their recycled contents.

And for those who care, a baguette with butter and jam dipped in coffee is still one of my favorite breakfasts.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it's 2004.

Here’s what’s been happening on Good Cheap Eats:

Coming next week:

  • Zone Defense Assignment: The Living Areas – I’m late, Sorry!
  • Just Desserts!
  • 9 Things to Do with Your Kids Just for Fun
  • Tracking Time
  • Helping Kids Help Each Other
  • Making Juices for Kids: How?

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. I’ll be interested in hearing your ideas on a new way to play the college game…we’re about to head down that road too. My oldest graduates next yr..,easing into it a bit by doing some dual credit at the local community college (where I got my RN and was really a bargain) He’s wanting to go to a big 4 yr which I complete understand but also don’t want him saddled with crazy amt of debt!

    • We are totally in the “thinking it out” phase so everything could change. I totally get the wanting a big 4-year also. That’s what I did. I’m trying to take the mindset of : Let’s get on this main path, leaving as many options on the map, until we decide to opt out of them. So, we’ll be looking into scholarships and grants as well as local and farther away schools. BUT, we (son and parents) agree that loans are not the way we’re going to go. It should be interesting.

      • That’s kind of what we’re doing too. He’s already started applying for scholarships online. I actually made that part of his school schedule this semester! ;) It will definitely be interesting!

  2. I work at a University. Trust me when I tell you character and hard work still matter. Just half of all U.S. college students persist to graduation in six years. Upon graduation not every student finds a job. Obviously a student’s degree matters, but interpersonal skills, manners, extra curricula activities and networking all matter as well. I always tell my students, a degree is necessary but not sufficient. Best of luck on your college search.

    • Thanks for that input, Janet. I was really surprised when I saw that six years was the new measure. Is that because the schools are so crowded and it’s hard to get in or is it something else?

      Don’t you think that the character and hard work are harder to measure? If you can’t get your foot in the door of an employer, it would be harder to prove yourself. And even then, it can be tough. I know very intelligent, hardworking people who can’t get promoted without that degree, even when they are already with that employer and it’s acknowledged that they have the capability to do the job. Am I missing something? Or are you just talking about post-degree?

      • The trend to six years is due to a combination of factors, but difficulty getting in is usually not one of them. Among the factors: parents let them become “professional” students by subsidizing them; students refuse to take a full course load EVERY semester (yes sometimes you have to take a 7:30 am class); students transfer from school to school losing credits during the process; students changes majors; and the big reason, students work too many hours. For some of these hard working students it is about avoiding loans and attending school on a pay as you go basis. For some of these students it is about maintaining a lifestyle while at college – best phone and data plan, nice new car, yearly Spring Break trips, etc.

        As for character and hard work, I was talking about getting through college. The kids that get through in less than six years, without a ton of debt and do so without the benefit of wealthy parents are those that work hard inside and outside of school.

        • Interesting. Thank you for sharing all this insight. I confess. I don’t have a lot of experience, so I’m glad to have someone clarify things that I’m making assumptions about.

          What you describe was similar to my experience 20+ years ago. It was pretty rough to get through in less than 4 years, but that was only through taking summer session and maxing out at 20 units some quarters. And being weird. I scrimped and saved instead of using credit cards or living the high life.

          And yes, I totally get you on the character and hard work to get through.

  3. Just thought I would share that my daughter saw your prom picture and commented, wow, she’s pretty. That should make your day!

  4. Thanks for the update! I haven’t checked in as often this week so this was nice .(I was curious about how your sugar fast was going.) I have a son just a few months older than yours. He will be a senior next year so I am looking forward to your college posts. I do however have two currently in college. Daughter – 20 is a junior and son – 19 is a freshman. Both attend the local State University. My son wanted to go to USC so badly but not enough to go into debt. He had great grades and SAT scores and got more than full ride to the state school so he was able to move out and has a part-time for extra expenses. My daughter lives at home but was also blessed with almost a full ride so we just pay a couple thousand a year. She has a very part-time job too and pays for her own books and fees. Much cheaper than the private Christian high school all my children attend(ed). My two cents worth – work hard in high school and do the best you can on testing and NO LOANS! I agree with the was the culture judges people. Not fair.

  5. Nice to know I’m not alone in the college game – I feel like so many bloggers I read are so much younger than I LOL.

    It’s a tricky thing isn’t it? I can’t seem to convince my daughter that avoiding loans is a worthy goal – however I have made it clear that while we’ll give what support we can, I’m not paying. We may wind up able to pay off some of the expenses later on – but I am hoping she’ll make better choices if she feels the weight of the cost. Right now we’re also looking at ‘public’ universities – I have a little extra time but still – already fraught!

  6. Before high school graduation, my son was willing to take his Gen Ed classes at the community college, but he could not find enough appropriate classes (being offered each semester that could fit into his schedule) to be a full time student. I asked the school about that. The admissions counselor said they cater to the “returning students” (late 20′s and older) who already work full time and usually take 2 classes per semester. Counselor also said it is rare for the new high school grads to finish their associate’s degree in two years. No wonder! That’s because the community college didn’t offer enough for him to do it in 2 years. How demoralizing for the kids to realize they can’t get to a university in 2 years. Needless to say, my son went directly to a wonderful private university in Ohio (Elite Eight) and his scholarships made it cheaper than any in- state school. My daughter graduated from there too, and had a job waiting for her upon graduation. P.S. part time jobs during college help them budget their time, and look great to future employers. Good luck!

  7. Ah, the 90′s…. huge puffy sleeves and hair to match. Your pic reminds me of the sleeves on my wedding dress. They totally surpassed my hair that day.
    We love Lara bars also, and I’ve learned to make a homemade version that we affectionately call “energy balls” (because they’re easier to shape into balls!). I’m pretty sure that I can make a batch for cheaper than the store bought counterpart.
    Thanks for sharing with us… I, for one, look forward to it!

  8. Courtney says:

    I am also looking forward to hearing more about your son’s college plans. Our oldest is 15 and we are just beginning to think about it. I share all of the same concerns that you listed. I know exactly what you mean about the political leanings of most higher education…ugh. It seems like college has changed a LOT in the twenty-some years since I went.

  9. Courtney says:

    I forgot to mention that the book Is College Worth It? by William J. Bennett is a very interesting and informative read. He takes an in-depth look at college debt and which majors and schools are the best values. Highly recommend!

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