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December 2005

12/21/05 December 21, 2005
December 21, 2005

I'm telling you... it is just one thing after the other around here.  I'm so sorry I haven't been updating this.

I've been making Christmas presents and they are going a lot slower than I imagined.  I finally got most of them done and in the mail.

I've had that nasty flu and am finally starting to feel better.  Some days it was all I could do to drag myself out of bed!  Now my husband is sick.

I went to visit my brother for a weekend.  I'm trying to get ready to go spend Christmas at my in-law's.  We are staying for almost a week because my husband owes his mom a visit for her birthday present.  We will be helping them do stuff around their house.

So, I've been trying to get to the computer to update this but too many other things were happening to slow me down.  I didn't even go online for days to check my email.

I won't be updating this until next year.  So, have a blessed Christmas and remember:

My husband and I got caught up in a situation at the school district.  Apparently somebody in the school district was trying to pull a fast one.  To make a long story short, they were trying to turn the high school my husband coaches and teaches at (Rubidoux High School) into a vocational academy school instead of a comprehensive high school.  That, in itself, is not a bad thing, but they were going to eliminate all extra-curricular activities there, too.  They are opening a new high school and would have the activities there.

In the meantime, Rubidoux has been being housed at the new campus while the old Rubidoux campus was being rehabbed.  We want to know what is wrong with leaving Rubidoux at the new campus and re-naming the old campus housing the Academy with the new school's name.

When extra-curricular activities are eliminated all traditions of a high school are destroyed.  There will be no more scores in the newspaper, no more homecoming games, no more reason to wear the school colors anywhere, and an elimination of most or all alumni support.

My husband, the golf coach, would have to dispose of the golf bags in the Rubidoux school colors that are embroidered with the school name.  The district would have to outfit the new school with all new uniforms and equipment with the right name and colors.  What a waste of money!

Soooo.... I sat down and wrote a letter to the school board.  I got a phone call from one of them and was told that nobody else had brought any of this up to them yet and asked me to come speak to them at their December meeting.

I write good letters, but I'm not a great public speaker.  My husband, as a teacher and coach went to speak and I went to speak.  My husband was called up first and he took a bunch of the stuff I had in my speech!

So, I kind of fumbled around a bit, but was able to bring out a few more points.  The Board looked like they were unaware of the plan to eliminate activities!  They are going to hold a special meeting in January to discuss it.

The Superintendent of the district sure was doing some slick talking.  He kept trying to say that everyone had a chance to give input on the matter.  The more he talked, the more I figured it was him who tried to slip the whole thing past everyone without giving them all the facts.  The teachers, themselves, were just recently told about it.  The way they were told was to make them think they had no choice in the matter.  The change was supposed to take place in September.

Well, let me tell you, one person CAN make a difference!  I wrote the letter that made the people who make the ultimate decision sit up and take notice.

So, we are working on trying to inform people of what is taking place.  It appears that it was only my husband and myself that knew what was happening.  So, we opened the can of worms and hopefully a better analysis will be done.  We shall see.

Last week I spent a day baking pumpkin breads and cakes for my husband to take to school.  Every year I send cookies or baked goods for him to pass out.  Aren't I a nice wife?

I wanted to make more to give to the neighbors so I left all my stuff out on the counter.  However, being sick has taken its toll and I have no time.  Oh well.

Tomorrow I will be washing and packing the camper.  Friday I will try to get the house cleaned up.  I just plain ran out of time.

I was telling my husband I didn't know why I was so far behind this year.  He pointed out how much time I've spent on my sons' accident claims (yep two of them... this one, and this one), the homeowner association, and a few other large messy things that came up.  I was busy doing things for other people, basically.

I'm anticipating that 2006 will be much less crazy.  Oh, I sure hope so!  I hate hate hate the feeling of needing to be doing ten things all at the same time to get caught up.

Link to the 12/21/05 Bible study.

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