Welcome to my adventure. This blog started out focused on parenting and school but now that Katie's nearly baked, it's way more about me these days. My experiences, more likely my point of view and good times to share.
Welcome! I'm glad to have you aboard.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Just Got Off the Bus in Times Square

You can't have her, she's alllll mine....
A good friend of mine remembers his adolescence amazingly well.

As I described to him the changes going on with my 14 year old daughter, a freshman in high school, he said, "It's like she just got off the bus in the middle of Times Square. She is so overwhelmed having to adapt to these new surroundings - learning the language, how to dress, what music to listen to, where to go, how to be, noticing what the older kids are doing - her brain is over flowing."

His recollection and description truly helped me. Before he explained this to me, I really couldn't grasp how she could sit down to eat and keep forgetting to get a fork. Seriously - she's been eating since - well forever! The fork is now a hard thing to remember? Yes, he helped me understand. But it doesn't change the fact that I feel like Jekyll and Hyde living in two very opposite emotional states of mind.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

So That Happened: Workshop at the Santa Cruz Resource Center for Nonviolence

Last Monday Katie started a week of Crunchy Camp - that was her nickname for the workshop she was attending at the Resource Center for Nonviolence called Exploring Your Social Justice Community.

She really enjoyed herself. It turns out it wasn't a youth workshop (that's on me, I misread the description) so she was with adults and college students. There was only one other high school student there. But that was okay. She said the other participants were great people; really interesting and different from the folks she runs into every day.

At the end of the week, there was an exhibit at the Santa Cruz Museum of Modern Art (the MAH) featuring the collaboration projects they worked on during the week. The photos from the event are below. I was kind of surprised and a little impressed. They covered a range of topics and it was fun seeing photos of Katie and crew throughout the week's events.
A pic of the gang during the workshop.

The good news is the workshop absolutely pushed her thinking. I got a kick out of hearing about her days and the things that happened that she didn't expect or understand. Unbeknownst to her, I kept a little diary of her comments and observations and thought I would turn them into a quick list of things I learned by sending her to the workshop. I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

What if Alex P Keaton Attended a Nonviolence Workshop in Santa Cruz?

Alex and Katie: Separated at Birth?
Now that Katie's home from her last great adventure (and has clearly slept more than any Koala Down Under), it's time for her to re-engage with humanity in a constructive way.

Tomorrow she starts a week of learning about social justice at a student workshop called Exploring Your Social Justice Community. This is sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz. It's just the kind of thing you'd expect from Santa Cruz!

If you aren't familiar with us, we'll we're kind of known for our liberal slant especially when it comes to individual freedom. So I'm expecting Katie will get a fairly biased indoctrination this week.

Monday, July 15, 2013

It's True, I Love Stealing Other People's Children

It was so easy.

All I had to do to lure them away was send them a text. And then they were mine!

Much to Katie's chagrin - she really can't complain, she's off storming the South Pacific with People to People - I swiped her friends and took them to a food fest at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville.

My glorious partners in crime, Emelia and Eva, are Katie's friends and they are wonderful, fun and appreciative. They accompanied me to the event to learn more about the food bank and the local service organizations and foods we have in Santa Cruz County.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Wow - Just Changed the Blog Title to "It's High School"

First day and last day of school. Damn.
Hard to believe the time has come.

Middle school graduation was last week - I can't believe how much this kid changed in one year. Who knew eighth grade would mark such significant developments. For a kid who really had one friend in middle school, she ended with a posse! In fact, her great milestone, a zillion signatures in her yearbook - compared to last year which only had signatures on one page.

Katie considers this to be her greatest 8th grade achievement. I can't say she's wrong. She did great academically but thankfully that's never been that hard for her. But making new friends, that's proven to be much more of a challenge. She likes kids who are savvy and interesting and willing to try new things. She's not interested in stoners or followers or people who have no imagination.

She's off and running and I find that I am the one left facing a bit of "development." 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

LTS is the YOLO for the Over Forty Crowd

I think his nickname is OJ...just sayin'...
If you have been living under a rock or simply been too busy working or listening to the kids squabble, you could have missed YOLO. (You can watch this Jimmy Kimmel video to help you feel better about being so out of touch). 

It’s the current excuse to do anything that you would normally not do if you were using judgement. You Only Live Once is what YOLO means and the internets are loaded with videos of youngsters pushing the envelope to prove they’ve got what it takes to YOLO (great POV video here: warning, he uses adult language to make his point).

I suppose the upside of YOLO is it pushes you to step out of your comfort zone. And that push doesn’t have to be toward the negative.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Middle School is Almost Over - We Made It Through the Wilderness

First Day of Middle School
I'm so lucky. I have a fairly uncomplicated kid. 

Now that middle school is finally coming to an end, I realized what we really went through in the last three years. For anyone just starting out: hang in there - what comes out on the other end is totally worth it.

From Home School Back to Public School

When Katie started sixth grade, fresh out of home school, she didn't really have any friends. She bravely sat through first lunch week after week, alone. After awhile it did get to her. She admitted it was hard. Eventually, she finally met a friend and while it wasn't perfect, it was good. Her friend was smart and shared interests and finally there was someone for Katie to hang with at lunch.

Fast-forward to the spring semester of eighth grade and Katie is now on fire. That one friend got her through the winter of this year and then finally, like a curtain raised, all the girls who I would say aren't the "popular ones"; the girls that are more introverted finally found each other.