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Good morning, darlings.

Holiday season is here and I have no idea what I am getting anyone. This is a problem. I also need to come up with a decent photo of my kids so I won't have a complete christmas card fail like I did last year. So so much to do. So so so little desire to do it.

Have you heard the news? Buffy's made the big time.

We booked Disney last night. And we're flying there out of NY, so yay! Airline prices dropped, thank goodness. Now we're well on our way to earning enough credit card points to send my daughter to England for free next summer. That trip should only cost a small fortune, but isn't studying at Oxford for the summer worth it? Eh.

Now we have to still have to pay for her driving lessons, an SAT course, Italian lessons, viloin lessons, various standardized tests, hire an interview coach, finish setting up her tutoring website, try for the Oxford program, and we'll be all set. Oof. I'm already sick of college and she hasn't even applied yet.

Date: 2011-12-05 03:22 pm (UTC)
il_mio_capitano: (glow)
From: [personal profile] il_mio_capitano
I feel tired and financially poorer just reading your post. :)

Date: 2011-12-05 08:49 pm (UTC)
il_mio_capitano: (Default)
From: [personal profile] il_mio_capitano
Parenting pushing is good though. I'm the Poster Girl for parents with no interest in education. I have underachieved to spectacular depths.

Date: 2011-12-05 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seldomifever.livejournal.com
My parents wanted us all to do well, but didn't guide us to it. Kids need direction.

I used to say, "I did all these stupid things and I turned out fine". But I didn't. I wouldn't suggest anyone follow in my footsteps. Underachieving's kinda stinky.

Date: 2011-12-05 03:29 pm (UTC)
littleotter73: pondering (Default)
From: [personal profile] littleotter73
Seven hells! I am tired just reading this.

But yes, I need to see what I can do to get pics of the kids together without them killing each other. And get that chore taken care of as well.

I saw. I laughed. The guy playing Giles is nerdy hot.

Oh yay for Disney! That is good news. Now you don't have to be cramped in the car together for 15 hours or so. That would be a way for me to lose my sanity, let me tell you.

That reminds me, I need to check airline fees and see if I can get in and out of Newark Liberty in March for a decent price. Otherwise, it's the train for me. Last couple times I checked, it was over $300! If I wanted to do a transfer at Boston Logan, it would cost me about half that, but I don't want to do that. Seems like such a hassle. Of course, getting down to Union Station in DC is a huge hassle as well, but that's what loving fathers who are retired are for.

I guess colleges and stuff have gone a bit mad since I was applying for them. I never had an interview coach. I just sorta went and winged it, which, for an introvert like me, was rough, but I was accepted to all but one of the schools I applied to and that was due to a quota system. God, I wish we could've afforded Dickinson College or Franklin and Marshall... water under a bridge.

Date: 2011-12-05 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seldomifever.livejournal.com
I wouldn't normally hire an interview coach, but my daughter has had several and all the people have said she's done badly - and those people gave her positions anyway, because they knew and adored her. Her main problem? She's too modest. Has trouble saying what's wonderful about her. Hates to brag. I'm like, that's the point of the interview - telling them what makes you great.

Did you watch the movie? I didn't. And I didn't see the Giles guy in the link. Must take a look.

College was nuthin to me when I applied. I didn't even want to go. I felt so burnt out after high school. I refused to go to any school that requested interviews or made you write essays or take achievement tests. Parents asked if I wanted to take an SAT course, I was all, "nah". I feel like Liz Lemon: "Why did my parents let me do that?"

My girl will get in somewhere, and wherever she goes she'll do great. It's those damn Ivy Leagues. Want fucking blood. I protest!

Date: 2011-12-05 07:34 pm (UTC)
littleotter73: pondering (Default)
From: [personal profile] littleotter73
No, I am with you on that. I still have issues with job interviews. I remember my first one where a lady asked me, "What makes you better than all the other applicants?" and I replied, "Well, I don't know. I don't know the other applicants." I still feel that way. Stupid jumping through hoops and an extremely painful experience for any introvert.

I have not watched the movie. Is it free? Someone had posted a picture of the guy on tumblr several days ago. I didn't reblog it. I try to keep my tumblr classy... whatever that means.

My parents made me jump through all the hoops. I sucked at the SAT's and the ACT's. So, I had to rely on my GPA, activities, essays and interviews so that I didn't go to some "party school." Whatever.

Yeah, she'll do wonderfully wherever she goes. Ivy leagues are like Rumpelstiltskin: they want your first born and anything else you are willing to part with for the privilege of getting in and going there. But, hey, it's definitely impressive to have on your resumé and does open lots of doors. No denying that.

Date: 2011-12-05 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seldomifever.livejournal.com
Interviewing sucks. I hate those stupid questions they ask you. Mrr.

I'll have to search for a picture of porn!Giles then. Wish me luck. :)

I think my school was a party school, only I didn't care about that either. My mother made me apply and made me accept, and I did as I was told. When I tried to leave to take time off, they signed me up for a college closer to home. When I wanted to leave there to take time off, they let me stay home rent free for a semester while I waitressed. But, you know, the thing about working at a crappy job? It makes you want to go back to school. So I did.




Date: 2011-12-06 05:49 pm (UTC)
littleotter73: pondering (Default)
From: [personal profile] littleotter73
Interviewing is another pit of despair.

Good luck. I can try to find it again on tumblr, too.

I wanted to take some time off, but my parents insisted that if I did, I would never go back, or if I did, it would be way too late to really do anything with it. My mom left school her junior year to marry my dad, and while she did correspondence courses, and whatnot as they traveled around the globe following my father's military career, it wasn't until I was 13 or 14 that she finally finished (and went on to start her career after settling down in Virginia). I am sure this had a lot of bearing on whether or not I would be allowed to take a semester off from school... which ended of course, with the big NEGATIVE.

But yeah, nothing like a good motivator to send you back to academia. Although, at this point, I am not sure I could go back to school. My bullshit tolerance for the majority of the asshats who sit in their ivory towers and decree who will and won't pass depending on whether their bullshit is regurgitated verbatim is so low, I'm afraid I well beyond being able to sit through a semester.
Edited Date: 2011-12-06 05:50 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-06 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seldomifever.livejournal.com
My parents hated the idea of time off. I think, in part, because they were old and wanted to retire and didn't want to be worrying about me costing them anything once they were done working. My mom left college at 20 to marry my dad and then stayed home and had kids and then went back to school and just as she was about to finish, found herself pregnant with me. She went back a third time when I was about ten, finished her degree, and then taught for ten years.

I think about going back for a master's or something, but then I feel like meh and don't.

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