Thursday, December 16, 2010

cwru early application status: deferred

The only other time I've heard of deferment pertains to the draft during the Vietnam War.  Then I can imagine it was great news to some to hear that they had been deferred.

It's not such great news to hear from your first choice college.

It's like asking a guy to prom only to hear him say, "hmmm, I'm not sure.  I'll get back to you if I'm not asked by somebody a little better looking."  Any girl worth her salt would kick him in the tenders. 

Em's first choice school deferred her last night.  It seems that some more selective colleges don't say yes or no to all early applicants.  They say YES to the ones they are certain they want.  And NO to the ones they know won't be able to cut it.  To the ones that have the qualifications (3.9 GPA and 28 ACT) but they are just not sure about for one reason or other (but they don't tell you why)....they say WAIT AND WE'LL SEE.  We'll consider your application with the larger pool of applicants in the spring and see how you stack up to them.

Needless to say, for now, she's made her own mind up. 

Deferment sucks.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

aspiring suvivor

I'm not sure that I could survive weeks on end without my better half so if he does get selected based on this audition, I will be auditioning contestants to fill a temporary manny/launderer/chauffeur/misc. odd job guy position in our home. (although no one could even begin to fill his shoes....)

Since I can't figure out how to embed the official video you have to follow this link:

don't eat the yellow snow

Video submitted by Kevin for Survivor Casting Call 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

george's ride on the polar express

Yesterday the Yellow Room took part in a rite of passage for most preschoolers since the publication of Chris van Allsburg's book The Polar Express.  They all wore their pajamas to school, drank hot chocolate, and spent time immersed in the story of a pajama clad boy who boards a mysterious train to the North Pole in the middle of the night.

All but George that is.   Under no circumstances and with no amount of cajoling could I convince him that is was appropriate and expected to wear pajamas to school.  He knows you are supposed to wear clothes to school and this particular son is very particular about rules.  

So I put them in his book bag hoping that he would change his mind after seeing all his friends and teachers in their PJ's.  He didn't. 

When Kevin picked him up, he asked him if he wore his pajamas.  "Not for a minute," was his reply.

Friday, December 10, 2010

oh, december

This is the first year in a long time I did not venture out on Black Friday.  I've done all my shopping so far online.  I just don't have the energy to face the crowds and the traffic.  This year has been one of such loss, combine that with the darkness that comes this time of year on the north coast and I'm not surprised at all at my lack of Christmas spirit.

I did manage to get the tree up and George and the daycare kids had fun decorating it.  Most of the ornaments are in the middle half of the tree, out of reach of the daycare baby, but none higher than they(George and the daycare kids) can reach.

Our pastor is preaching a series on an Uncommon Christmas.  That is so appropriate.  This is a very Uncommon December for me so far.

December is a month of birthdays in our house.  There's JESUS!! and then there's my dad, Kevin, Rachel, my mom, and Jacob.  With Em hot on their tails Jan. 2.

I got together with my sister to send an Edible Arrangement to my mom and dad.  Combo gift on the giving AND the receiving end.  They are both on Weight Watchers so they loved it.  It was just like the picture and so easy.  The store is less than a mile from their house so we had them pick it up to give them an excuse to get out of their cozy Villages cluster home and get some fresh air.

Rachel got her birthday dinner at Cici's Pizza a little early due to most of us being together and daycare clients canceling.   Em was the only one missing but she had been there a few days earlier on a date so she didn't miss too much.

Kevin had a nice steak dinner on his birthday.  Followed by white cake with homemade chocolate icing.  He was home late due to a community service project of Sherwin Williams.  They sponsor the kids at Barbara Booker Elementary School in Cleveland for Christmas.  Kevin helped deliver all the boxes of presents.

That's a lot of activity for December being only 10 days old.  There's lots of other changes in the works I'll get into soon.