When last I wrote about figuring out how to get Dawdler Preschooler into a preschool, as in a "real" preschool, not the "preschool" room at her daycare, which is where she currently is, we were practically driven to drink by demystifying all the horribly disorganized information provided by the district. We have finally made a *little* progress, so an update. Spoiler: it's still nearly impossible to get through the red tape of getting information. Whenever we call to ask a question about … [Read more...] about Let’s Make Everything Harder for Parents, Shall We? (Part 2)
When I'm in a hurry, I usually tell people who aren't familiar with the Phoenix area that I live in Phoenix because it's just easier and faster than explaining that I live in the Phoenix metropolitan area but good GOD NO I do not live in Phoenix, UGH! Phoenix serves as adequate shorthand for a ton of satellite cities that all merge together in one giant sprawlopolis. But if I have time and/or am not lazy, I'll actually take the time to explain that I live just outside Phoenix in Tempe. It's … [Read more...] about Tempe bike enthusiasts: just stick to your URL, please
Tempe is full of weird ass signs. Here's one. … [Read more...] about Unfiltered thoughts: what the…?
A conversation in our house this morning: Me: “…so the bottom line is, yes, Dawdler Toddler can start preschool next month, & there’s still availability, we just have to decide which of the 10 preschools in the district we want her to go to.” My Better Half™: “why not just the one in walking distance to which we are zoned?” Me: “No preschool there.” My Better Half™: “So just send her to the closest one in our district that has a preschool.” Me: “oh, sure. You’d think it would be that … [Read more...] about Let’s Make Everything Harder for Parents, Shall We?
Three weeks ago we made plans with friends to go out tonight to hang out one last time before they move. Ah, academic life. Our friends are at the mercy of the job market, so they are moving from their one-year appointments at the local university to another one-year appointment at a different university out-of-state. Anyway, we had to plan far in advance due to us having family in town and our Dawdler Toddler's third birthday, so we agreed upon Sunday June 22. We went ahead and booked a sitter. … [Read more...] about Last call
Last weekend, I took the kids to the Science Center, which is a little above their age. Well, only a hair, in the case of the 7 month old. But I went anyway since it's age appropriate for our friends' kids, and it was pretty cool. Except by midday, my Dawdler decided she had to eat a snack right away. Because, toddlers, ugh! Requiring food every 6 or so hours, am I right? SO high maintenance. When we couldn't find anywhere to eat except their pricey proprietary on-site cafe, Dawdler struck … [Read more...] about reason #712 i’ll never be a brain surgeon
So I tried the meetup group thing again. This time, it wasn't all about women who hate PHX, it was all about women for whom daycare is beneath them. Down to the very last mom, every mom was either looking into Montessori or already had their child enrolled in one. Except for me. Don't get me wrong - I love Montessori. I myself went to a Montessori-style elementary school and it was an amazing school. I would love nothing more than to be able to send my daughter to Montessori. But the reality … [Read more...] about Another Problem Only for Upper Middle Class Moms
As Baby approaches 1 year, I had started to put out a few feelers for Montessori or other nursery schools. It seems ridiculously early, I know, and I never ever wanted to be a parent putting my Baby (and myself) through the agony of long waitlists, auditions, and just otherwise stupid antics. (At least not until kindergarten anyway). But the reality of living in a big city (or, for all I know, anywhere these days, thanks to the general sh*ttiness of education in American public schools … [Read more...] about So Much for Montessori
In the past two days, I have had encounters with two, TWO, bicyclists. Both heading north on the sidewalk that is next to the southbound lanes on a major road. Both hollering and waving arms about to try to get my attention, since, in both instances, I was turning right and and therefore, had no reason to look to my right before I turned. So my message to them both is this: If I am driving and you are on the sidewalk, 1) there is no expectation that I should be looking to my right to turn … [Read more...] about Unfiltered Thoughts: Urban Bicyclists
I work at a large state university, and parking on campus is steep. If you don't have a campus permit, there are some private metered spaces around, too, where you can pay by the hour or a couple lots where you can pay by the day. Then there's the church that pays someone to sit out in their lot and collect $10 a day to park in their lot. I forgot my permit today, but lucky for me, there's a free lot nearby. It's so weird that there's this big parking lot just beyond campus that's...well, … [Read more...] about Unfiltered Thoughts: Missed Opportunity