Water-painting of Carrol Shelby's 427 Cobra
found @ http://www.carrollshelbymerchandise.com/art-c-66
Sorry I've been MIA. My house, the blog, entrepreneurship ventures, and myself have been placed on the back burner. I've been working on working out a way to quit my full-time corporate job. I just can't seem to find any spare hours in the day with the 9 to 5, mommy duties, and all the rest.
My cubicle feels like a padded cell that I'm required to be detained in for 8 hours a day in return for an insufficient paycheck. Now that we're paperless it's unnecessary to even go to the office not to mention less productive and more costly for the company. I basically work for AIG otherwise known by the vets of the company as Aggravation Is Guaranteed :). There a bunch of sheep who lack creativity, ingenuity, and common sense to do anything other than what their told or see people who seem to be on the top of the hill doing.
You know once upon a time, a two income familyy was able to afford a little extra help for things like after-school and a bi-weekly or even weekly housekeeper. Now the typical weekend consist of catching up on choirs we're unable to get to during the weekday like: moping, laundry, grocery shopping, painting, and pulling weeds. When did a typical family dinner become a special occasion? I roughly have about 3 to 3.5 hours to spend with my kids per day. I don't even have the time to prepare them a proper dinner, never mind exercise, do homework with them and help prepare them for the next day; as those three hours also include commute time in rush hour.
Because I'm a feminist and I believe "its typical for children to seldom do as they're told and always do as they see" I strive for my own success in life other then being a parent/mommy so it's a difficult decision to quit the corporate job; as at the moment it creates a facade of maintaining my own identity for my children (you know other than mommy). But at this point it feels as like if I don't I'm almost guaranteeing my daughter and son a more difficult navigation to reaching their divine purpose. As far as the school issues, my daughter's in in the 1st grade, she reads fairly well, and performs well on test (90-100); that is of course when I have the time to sit with her and reinforce what she's learning in class ~ in fun interesting ways. The Free-Spirited Hippie CareTaker ~ Grandparents don't enforce homework and efficient study skills so I'm stuck in the middle of two completely imbalanced worlds. The teachers seem pressured into a curriculum targeted to pass state test rather then teach the children. At this point I feel like I'm sending my child to school to have the intelligence drained out of them as the teachers cram information in front of them for them to memorize for a test (as my poor kids are exhausted from the rat-race their caught in) which they later on forget and resent the subjects due to the negative association the whole process is creating. It's sad that the system encourages meaningless tedious memorization of subjects that can be so enriching and inspiring. I know I could home-school my kids using Montessori techniques which 'intelligent' people are now referring to as un-schooling; but I choose not to because I want my children to be able to relate to the everyday person and learn how to adapt to situations in which their not necessarily comfortable with ~ i.e. its a valuable learning process in and of itself for them and I as well.
My son is now in baseball, which is great. We're not sports people and more into cars/the arts and the Carrol Shelby type of people. So I'm surprised we're enjoying it. My son is a TV kid, but has turned down the offer to watch a Yankee game, so even he's surprised to be enjoying it. My daughter, is an intelligent and beautiful girl, struggling with her weight and suffering in school most likely due to our hectic schedule. My parents/Grandparents/caretakers treat eating as a sport and undermine all of my efforts to encourage my kids to make healthy choices. But, I thank heaven for them, because without my parents (as dysfunctional as they may be) my kids wouldn't know a weekday dinner existed other than the fast food drive-through.
Yes! I seem a bit cynical with the state of the world today, but hey I think we all should be. Well, I take that back ~ I think I should get off the pity wagon and start making my dreams come true. The bottom line is I've been working on cutting back on expenses and paying down my debt so that I could quit lock-down in the padded cubicle to be here for my kids and start work on my own business and this blog.