From the monthly archives:

October 2011

Technology In Schools: Yes, Please

by Marinka on October 31, 2011

Disclosure/Spoiler alert: This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for my time, but I had to come up with my own words and opinions and everything.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that few things are as important to me as my children’s education. Sure, it may be an unwritten truth in many of my posts, but that doesn’t make it any less of a truth.

This fall we are looking for a high school for my daughter and possibly a new middle school (OMG) for my son. It’s not at all stressful and I’m not at all on a cusp of a nervous breakdown. That’s crazy! I don’t know why you’d even suggest something like that. I’m just padding the rooms of my apartment as a lifestyle choice.

It’s interesting to go to the school Open Houses, to see the different approaches to learning and to integrating technology in the classroom.

Because one thing I absolutely know about my daughter is that she benefits from having technology in the classroom– as a learning tool, a research device and a springboard for her studies.

She has been finding her voice and technology has guided the way for her. She is better on the computer than almost anyone that I know, she is excellent at troubleshooting, I’ve never asked her a computer question that she hasn’t been able to answer yet. (Except when Glee is on. Then forget it.)

She speaks the technology language and it’s a joy to see.

So yes, I think technology in schools is important. And in this time of budget cuts, it’s a shame that so many schools have to do without. Or with less. Or make the impossible choice between sports and arts and technology. No one wins when programs are cuts. Least of all our children.

I am excited about the Intel AppUpâ„  Wired to Learn contest. The lovely people at Intel AppUpâ„  will donate three technology packages, worth $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 to three schools. All you have to do is go to the site, look through the apps and then submit your school to win one of the packages.

It’s easy, it’s fun and it’s for the children.


A Few Words

by Marinka on October 29, 2011

It’s the weekend and it’s supposed to be cold and rainy and maybe snowy and I saw an actual headline that said snow in October? Residents say that’s crazy! I fully expect an Occupy Weather movement to spring up shortly.

But I’m here today to let you know that there’s something on WantedCat that’s making me laugh every time I look at it. It’s this. Can you guess which one I am?


I also decided to start a Favorite Post of the Week feature on my sidebar. See? It’s over here:

Hi! I'm the Favorite Post of the Week feature! Pleased to meet you.

And when I say “decided” I mean, stole the idea from Anymommy and The Mouthy Housewives. So, please check it out. It’s a good one this week.

A favorite, you might say.


Have a great weekend. It’ll be over before you know it!


Week In Review

October 28, 2011

Monday: Wake up. Uh-oh. What’s this? A cold? I HAVE A COLD? WOE IS ME. Oh, wait. I’m not a man. Proceed with day. Tuesday: Wake up twenty seconds later than usual due to cold. Notice Husbandrinka having breakfast with the kids. Notice that Young Ladrinka is sitting next to a tube of Benadryl Cream. […]

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Talk To A Stranger

October 26, 2011

(I wrote this post a few weeks ago, but felt uneasy about publishing it. But now I’m going to. Because I think it’s important, even if it’s not Very Funny.) OMFG. After years of telling my kids Don’t Talk To Strangers and even singing the song a few times, my 13 year old daughter told […]

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October 25, 2011

I feel like I’m on the brink of a nervous breakdown. My daughter is applying to high school. My son is maybe applying to middle school. One of our bathtubs is clogged. The second bathtub is fine, but who knows how long it is before it starts to clog in sympathy? I don’t want to […]

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My Baby’s Birth Wasn’t What I Expected

October 24, 2011

When I was born, my parents were stumped. Because for the duration of my mother’s pregnancy they never once expected her to give birth to a girl. It didn’t occur to them, even as an off-hand possibility– it was, apparently, as unlikely to them as giving birth to a kitten. They didn’t have a girl’s […]

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October 22, 2011

For history class, my daughter is writing a paper about the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and as a result we are having conversations like this: Did you do the reading for the paper? Not yet, I’m studying Spanish. You have to do the reading. I know, but the Spanish quiz is on Monday, and the […]

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Great News!

October 19, 2011

Hey, remember when Young Ladrinka was studying the Digestive System? Well, great news! He did really well on his Digestive System quiz! He got only two questions wrong. Unfortunately he confused the location of the liver and the stomach. Oh well! Close enough, I say! But we may still get a doctor in the family. […]

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