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Monthly Archives: October 2011

“I had no idea” aka “When your child enters school”

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Last year Frick was in PreK.  They played.  They sang.  They danced.  It was so much fun!  So much fun in fact that she craved more.  So we did “homework” at home.  Mind you, I’m not an educator, and I’m not very patient so God bless my cutie for actually wanted to learn with me.

This year as we were “lucky” enough to have been accepted into a Magnet School (urban speak for what suburbanites consider normal).  It’s not my neighborhood school but it holds promise.  The promise of a “better” high school, therefore a greater chance of higher scores and a great college.

Mind you the entire “selective enrollment” process is more like entering college then what you would expect for Kindergarten, it is after all just Kindergarten!  Well here in Chicago we don’t mess around when it comes to the “right schools”. It’s a two-tiered system.  You have you innocent little preschooler tested as “gifted” which are tests administered verbally by college students to preschoolers in an alien environment to ensure the best success.  Well, we did that.  I did not tutor my child in advance like some do, but we did test.  Then we filled out the paperwork requesting entry into one of the “better” schools, stood on one leg, rubbed our bellies, patted our heads and waited… and waited… and waited.

Am I crazy?  Was the question I got from an education reporter, “your neighborhood school is just fine!” Which she’s right, it is.  But according to the current information available from “those in the know” the reason parents are chomping at the bit to get into a “good” kindergarten is because this sets them on a path for success.  The chances are greater to getting in since not all parents at this age are willing to go through the process (trust me, it’s a nail biter and I did feel slightly ridiculous during the whole thing, until I received the acceptance letter).

So why am I telling you the harrowing tale?  Because you my dear, yes you with that adorable baybe pulling at your hair while you read my blog post.  And you, with a 5th grader.  And you, dad, yes you too.  We must not only be involved in our children’s education – as we show them through our actions that we care – but we must be involved in the policies.  We must learn, we must speak, we must make changes.  Or else you too will end up driving 90 minutes each way to get your little one to school in the morning.

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Blogger vs. Blogger – Battle of the Rebeldes

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Vote for me! I mean, Welcome to my blog!  I’m not even sure where to begin… I loved Spy vs. Spy, so when I saw Blogger vs. Blogger I was thrilled.  I mean really, who doesn’t love a little healthy competition right?! So, thank you for taking the time to read, and vote – you can vote twice, in Chicago even the dead vote, so don’t be shy!

1.  When I’m not working I’m still working!!!

 Yes it’s true.  Since I work from home, I have the luxury of seeing and being with my family whenever they are around, or whenever I’d like.  This “luxury”  isn’t as luxurious as it sounds because you never really escape your work.  It’s always there… calling your name.  And as a workaholic turned wife and mother, the temptation is even greater to get a little something done while dinner is cooking.  Just one second more and I’ll be done – LOL!!

2.  There’s no place like home, there really isn’t because I make the best coffee evah!

 For reals.  Hands down.  Ok, so it looks absolutely nothing  like this but dammit it tastes delicious!  Café cubano? Café con leche? Un cortadito?  Served every hour on the hour.  Asi que look out Estarbucks!  I’m colando mi café en casa!

3.  My signature dance move is a secret.

And this secret move will be revealed during the LATISM ’11 conference’s Awards Gala.  I will be exhausted, I will be full of adrenaline, my brain will be full of new ideas, I will have met so many online friends for the first time, and I will be ready to bust a move!  Will it be the running man?  Un meruengazo?  Will I dance like Elaine from Seinfield?  Only those that are there will see because what goes on at the conference… oh who am I kidding, somos latin@s, claro que vamos a hablar!  😉

4.  This is how we roll..

 Whether we’re going to the park, running errands or enjoying some music like here at the Once Upon a Symphony created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, we GO!  You will most likely hear me telling the kids “hubba, hubba” at some point because we have places to be and are most likely in danger of being late because mommy was working.  Asi que ponte los patines, and if you’re in Chicago, you should really take your kids to the symphony.  It’s created for kids younger than 5 and they really have a lot of fun!

5.  I have a dream too…and it’s run by music!!! And all sorts of music, from classical to house music, from bomba to bolero’s I love it all (ok most of it) but this week the song that has gotten my inspirational juices flowing the most has been this oldie but goodie 

6.  I’m most proud of well you know, my family!

Especially when they are off doing things on their own leaving me time to get things done… DON’T THEY KNOW LATISM ’11 IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER?! 🙂

7.  My guilty pleasure is…

Chocolate!  No champagne.  No…. chocolate!!  Definately cho…mpagne… what can I say?  Work hard play hard!

8.  Que siga la fiesta!!!

Channeling Amelda Marcos:  Shoes dahlings!!!  Tall heel, taller heels, shiny heels, peep toe heels, you say vamos I say TACONES!!

9.  My favorite place to think was taken by Juan.  So my second favorite place to think is my car!

I can crack up the music, open the sunroof, roll down the windows, throw that baybe into 5th and just driiiiiive!!  It’s relaxing, it’s refreshing – especially on a gorgeous sunny day along the lakeshore – and it’s where I get some great thinking done!

10.  It’s mine and I’ll keep it if I want!  I have so many little oddities that I don’t even know where to start.  I almost, almost think my husband is used to me, but alas he still wonders what the hell I’m thinking.  This fall I’m thinking.. toe socks!

See how fun?  Especially with a pair of suede peep-toe pumps.  I heart them and they heart me back.

Well friends, that’s it!  You now know more about me than you probably wanted to, and I thank you for taking the time to check out my blog post (you can poke around other posts if you’d like), and don’t forget to check out Efrain’s post…

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