Thursday, March 31, 2011


     I just finished up my second day of student teaching in 6th grade and I am exhausted.  You would think it was because I worked really hard all day, but it isn't.  TCAP prep is happening right now and so I just assist the teacher whenever she needs it.  I got to see a great geometry lesson today.  I took notes and filed it away for later.  Getting my ADD mind back on track....the reason why I am tired is I didn't go to bed until after 2:30 am.  My late night activities were a mixture of wandering around the house aimlessly and watching TV.  Tomorrow is the April 1st  and it is C day.  I plan on doing nothing other than watching TV (and maybe a little YouTube) until I go to sleep.  I keep hoping silently in my head that when I wake up there will still be the basic 27 channels.  This will caress me into the land of no TV, rather than making me go cold turkey.  How is my 11 year old going to entertain himself after 7 pm?  I just keep telling myself that this has to be easier than getting off processed sugar.  If you're wondering, I failed after a month and scarfed down a box of Little Debbie Zebra Cakes. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Perfect Timing

     Only a few more days of cable left.  I was initially feeling apprehensive about not being able to watch "my shows" (like they are mine alone), but it looks like the powers of the Universe are turning.  I FINALLY got a 2nd student teaching placement.  Better 3 weeks late than never right?  I will be so busy, that I won't probably care if the TV exists.  No TV might even benefit me!  No Nancy Grace drama for 2 hours, no TMZ, Nightline, or the smorgasbord of late late night TV.  On the other hand what am I going to do about my insomnia?  Maybe Middle School will cure me of the years of sleepless nights! 
     On the home front, my kids are in for a rude awakening.  They have just had 3 1/2 weeks of REAL home cooked meals and quality time.  Maybe my goal for the blog this next week can be to come up with some fast and easy home cooked meals for my kids.  Now if I could just hire someone to wash the dishes!

Cutting the Cord

      Beginning April 1, 2011 our  family will be unplugging the cable.  The cable is the first step to ripping off our umbilical cord to electronic  devices that run our life.  Do you ever think of how much time a day you spend on these gadgets?  Over the course of 1 week, the average child watches TV 1,680 minutes (28hrs)!  That's an entire day lost!  This figure excludes all the time we spend on cell phones, computers, and game systems.  If we added those hours in addition, could you even imagine???
     I am a bit apprehensive about this first step into the abyss.  My children are at very different stages in life.  How will they entertain themselves?  I think that Thing 2 will be just fine, but there might be violent withdrawal from Thing 1 (who is 11).  Aside from my children internally combusting, what will I do?  I like to read and I devour books whole.  I can make use of my  kindle to read, and other books to reread, I have my internet for school, and blogging.  I hope I take up things such as cleaning my house, interacting with my children,  homework, creative lesson plans, more homemade meals, and fun out door adventures.  We shall all see.  I may spend tomorrow trying to see if we can pick up a few channels with the antenna.

PS I am bad about proofreading when I am tired.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Reason for Being

     Welcome to my new blogging adventure.  I have created several other blogs in the past.  Some of these are now defunct and others are still up and running.  The idea for this blog began when I decided to turn off the cable in our house to save money.  I then thought about slowly unplugging or at least partially cutting the cord to other electronic crutches.  I thought it would be fun for myself and my oldest son to create blogs and share the story.  I have decided to add other areas into the blog as well.  Nothing is set in stone right now and over time I am sure things will change.  Please be patient as I slowly build up content on The Unexpected Life.  Ideas are always welcome.


Attention! This has been a test of the Unexpected Life System.  This is only a test. Beeeeeeep.