Teaching to the Test

I'm a former art teacher, so I keep up with what is going on in the world of education.  Art is not considered one of those "essential" subjects.  One of my fellow teaching friends showed me this video.  If you have anything to do with public education.. you should check it out.

Not On The Test Video

So, what are your thoughts? 

Anti-We Generation

Ok, so if you haven't figured it out yet.. I'm a bit of a conservative, 'specially when it comes to ProLive v. ProChoice.  So, This I just have to share.  If you haven't heard about the "We Movement".. It's basically the Liberals trying to get the younger vote.  I.E, those born after 1970, which includes me.  Now why do they need to push so hard?  Well.. What ELSE happened in 1970?  You guessed it... Roe v. Wade!  When abortion became legal, Liberals aborted their unwanted children, conservatives did not.  Due to this, there are more conservatives under the age of 30 than their are liberals. It's called the Roe v. Wade Effect.  ProLifers are in a rather large majority in that age range, mostly because they feel similar to how I do.  My mom decided to have me, what right do I have to tell someone they can't have what I have?  Life v. Choice is a more daily issue with us.  I have many friends who were born to single mothers, came from poor families, were adopted (My hubby being one of them), and just generally unexpected pregnancies.  I think on a regular basis about how it would have been if these people who I deeply care about weren't around.  What my life would be like if I never met them at all.
A little while back I heard about the "We Movement".  It's a crock, plus the democrats have been ticking me off regularly. Seriously?  You wanted me aborted? Now you want me to vote for you?  Uh huh.. that's like voting Charlie Manson or one of the Columbine boys as president..  Not. Gonna. Happen.

So.. what are your thoughts?

Digital Love Story

Valentine's day is tomorrow.. So I was gonna share our love story.

My hubby & I are both geeks, raised by geeks.  so we're 2nd Gen geeks :P   GEEK 2.0!! :D
Anyway.. off track.

I joined a group on Facebook that my hubby was the Admin for.  He sent out a mass message to all the members. I didn't know it was to all the members, I thought he was flirting with me!  :P  So.. I flirted back!  Which peeked his interest.  So, flirted back.  and back & forth it went.  A few days later we decided to meet.  I had him meet me at my work,  I worked in a mall at the time. All the guys & security guards knew I was meeting someone from online, in case he was some sort of freak.. :P
He came & hung out with me for a while & after we went to a local restaurant (where we still go for special occasions :D) And that's how it began.
Around our first V'day hubby planned a wonderful proposal.  He tried to get 4 doz of my fav flowers(camellias),  Hang them from the ceiling, each with a little note on them.. the last one being the proposal.. but it kept messing up :P
1st time.. the flowers didn't come in or the ring wasn't ready.. one or the other..
2nd time he tried to propose, my friend was supposed to take me shopping to get me out of the house so he could set everything up.  She bailed..  so he couldn't set up.
3rd time we had a weekly meal with a neighbor & lots of friends, they all knew what was going on and were supposed to distract me.  well... one of my friends who I hadn't seen in YEARS was in town.. so I invited her over.. so that messed up the plan..
4th time.. I woke up & he wasn't there.. I walked into the living room & he was doing something... we'll i'm blind as a bat.  So I couldn't see what was going on. He told me to go back to sleep.  So I did.  the next morning I wake up & get on Facebook (which showed me as SINGLE!!!, FB almost knew before me, so he had to change it), because I knew something was up..  He is laying there pretending he's asleep.  He "wakes up" and convences me to get breakfast..  so I walk in the living room & 3 dozen Carnations (he couldn't remember my fav.. he did remember they started with a C!) were hanging from the ceailing.  Red, pink & Green! :D   1 doz was in a vase.  I didn't know if it was my V'day gift or if he was proposing.. so I went back and hugged him. He rolled me on my back & stuck a little box on my chest and opened it.
I looked at the box.. looked at him... looked at the box... looked back at him.. "um.. your supposed to say something..."  "Ok, Marry me, woman"..  *sigh*  ok.

We were marred exactly 1 year after the first Facebook message, our first child, a son, is due in June.  We announced our engagement, wedding (we even sent out invites), and pregnancy all on Facebook.