Sunday, September 11, 2011

LAUSD Is The Matrix

I am Morpheus in search of "The One" who has the answers and the strength to fight the matrix that is LAUSD.  The One knows who to speak to, knows who to trust in order to accomplish his/her mission. 

I am depressed and angry.  My husband, the Oracle tells me "Stop fighting it. Everything that is happening is supposed to be happening. There is a reason."  I want to throw my sponge at his forehead.

We face Mr. Smith on Monday. What will he tell us?   When Mr. Smith states that he cares about the students and is making the decisions in their best interest. Is this the point I yell "there is no spoon!"

I am not sure if The One will make it but I will be there. I will put on my emotional armour and listen to the words that are being spoken before I react and I will be wearing a cool pair of dark sunglasses.

Neo, I need I you!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mom, Can I Shave My Legs?

I don't remember how old I was when I started shaving my legs. I do remember that I started tweezing my eyebrows in high school because I have a picture of me from prom with the "McDonald arches," yikes!

My daughter the tween had been asking to shave her legs in 6th grade and I would respond "Is it something you want to do right now or can it wait until summer?"  She said she could wait. That was until a week ago.  She reminded me and again asked if she could shave her legs. A part of me wanted to keep her my little girl. The baby we called "wolfie" when she was born because she had a full head of hear and hair on her earlobes (which has since disappeared).

She asked me as I was washing dishes. I am always washing dishes. I asked her to wait until I was finished. As she walked away, she said under her breath "I hate the boys teasing me about my hairy legs."  Damn those boys!  How can one comment from the male species make you start feeling insecure.  Needless to say, I put my sponge down and asked her to follow me to the bathroom.

I opened my drawer and pulled out a new razor, grabbed the shaving cream and looked her straight in the eye. "Are you sure you want to do this? Once you start, you can never go back."  "I'm ready mom."  I took a deep breath and began to put the shaving cream on her legs.  I told her I would shave one leg and she would have to do the other. "Take your time because if you nick yourself, it hurts. Are you sure?"  "Yes mom."

I don't remember my mom showing me but I was glad to share this moment with my "wolfie." I want her to tell her friends "I love my mom, she is cool." (who am I kidding?)

She did it. Her legs are smooth and a piece of me cried inside.

 And so it begins...these changes of life. 

Tito, hand me a tissue.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Otter Who Makes Snow Cones (or so we wish)

I knew I would draw you in with that title! I will tell you more about the otter later.
I am always hesitant to accept Blog invitations where it states "bring your children." I say this not because I have Bebe's kids but because I am the Kool Aid mom (this time I am not referring to my tummy) which translates as I always have  kids other than my own. Like wolves, I travel in a pack. The pack includes my three cubs and my niece and whoever I may be babysitting that day. After all, I drive the Toyota Land Cruiser and what is the point of having one if I can't pack it up?

Last week our pack went to Aquarium of The Pacific. It was a mommy blogging invitation and how could I say no? In our pack that day was the Ramirez children (mine), Luna and her mom (the nerve of her tagging along! Just kidding seester, glad to have you with me anytime) and Sarah's sons who we had not seen all summer.

Let me start by saying that my son LOVES this place. He wants to bring the otter home because it makes snow balls. We have this idea of marketing an otter who makes snowcones to sell in the neighborhood. We just have to convince Chuy to put a pool in the back for the otter to live in.

Back to Aquarium of the Pacific.  Everyone knows about the sea life and the sea creatures.  Here are 4 things you may not have known that we discovered on this trip:

1.  We met Sitka, a 3 year old Arctic Fox.  We wondered if he missed the snow or was he happy to be soaking up the sun in Long Beach.  Either way, he is adorable and he is located by the Lorikeet Forest.

2.  Bring paper and crayons (if not, they will provide for you).  I never paid attention to the tiles on the floor that display various sea creatures.  You can take home your favorite images by placing a piece of paper and rubbing with a crayon. Voila! Image of the Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker to go!

3.  The Ocean Science Center features this huge globe which serves as a screen.  We watched a film on the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach which the kids recognized.  "That's where tio Roberto works!"

4.  Every now and then if you look carefully, you will spot the homosapien in the tank!  This was the sea creature that excited the kids the most.

Last but not least, please be aware of all the special programs Aquarium of the Pacific has for the families. In September there are three events to put on your calendar:

1. Shark Lagoon Nights (September 9-December 30  6-9 p.m.)
2. Moompetam Native American Festival (September 17-18  9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
3. Baja Splash Cultural Festival - 10th Anniversary (September 24-25  9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Disclosure:  I was not compensated to write this article but I was invited and I believe any place that is child friendly needs to be shouted from the mountain top!  GO TO THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC