Saturday, March 28, 2009

Victim channel again...

So...channel surfing again today. Only for about a half an hour to tell you the truth...but that was enough to catch the ending and the beginning of two more victim movies. And may I say, I think I just catch the weird ones. But anyway...here we go.

Movie number one...again with possessed babies. But this one wasn't born yet. There were two twin sisters. Twin #1 had a son who had passed away. Twin #2 was pregnant and had a six year old little girl. The six year old little girl was possessed with the spirit of the dead little boy (twin #1's little boy who died) who didn't realized he was dead. He was apparently waiting to take over the not born yet baby's body...yet in the process was possessing the six year old and trying to kill her. So mom decided that the solution to the whole thing was to take drugs to induce her labor and have the baby six weeks early so the boy could possess the baby and not kill the little girl. Which oddly enough worked...except that you got a really strange picture of the little six year old girl looking at the new born baby with a devil mask on...which just put too many unanswered questions in my head. Who comes up with these things!!!

Movie number two...this one was just creepy. There was a mom and dad who were very much in love. They had a sixteen year old daughter. Mom and daughter went on a road trip and got in an accident. It turned out that both mom and daughter died...but the daughter miraculously came back to life. But, she didn't come back to life as herself...the soul of her mother ended up in the daughters body. Seeing that the mom and the dad were so in love at the beginning of the movie...well...it turned out that the daughter was now in love with the dad and trying to convince him she was the wife. It was at this point that I had to turn it off...cause that's just wrong! Again I say...who writes these things!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Argh!!!

So I finally started doing my taxes. That's big for me since I know I'm going to have to pay a lot. Anyway, I usually use Turbo Tax Online. It has always worked great...even with my self employment tax. But tonight...well...I want to throw my computer against the wall and it's not the computer's fault! The online software is looping. It won't let me past the business asset page. I finish the vehicle info, and move on to business assets. It won't let me past that page!!! When I finish it, it sends me right back to the business assets page!!! I can't do my taxes without the software. They're too complicated. But the stupid software isn't working!!! Grrr... :(

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Everyone is special so no one is special

You might think the title of this post is a little harsh...but let me explain. As most of you know, I spend a lot of my time each day visiting different elementary schools throughout Utah. There seems to be a growing trend to make every child feel special. And I'm fine with that. I'm fine with positive reinforcement. I'm not fine with needing every child to be special at everything--always--no matter what. Some kids are good at math or spelling and others are good at reading or writing. The moments when kids really are special need to be recognized but when everybody is special all the time...nobody's special.
We did a show at a random school in Jordan District. The kids were really noisy. But the worst part was that the teachers did absolutely nothing. There was a child writhing around on the floor in the middle of the room and nobody did anything! They just took a vacation, played on their laptops or corrected papers. We did our best to keep the assembly under control but it was difficult. We were obviously struggling keeping control of the kids but no one stepped in to help. Anyway...we ended the assembly and the principal got up to dismiss them back to class. The first thing out of her mouth was..."Thank you so much for being such a wonderful audience."!!! They were not a wonderful audience...and she witnessed it! She even emailed Paula (my boss) and said that we had said some negative comments that she thought should be brought to her attention. The negative comments were "That's a pet peave of mine" when they kept raising their hand before the question was asked and "Oh, the kids at the other schools can listen quietly." when we were running out of options to shut them up.
All I'm saying is when children aren't allowed to fail, how do they ever know how to succeed? If everybody's special than no one is really ever special.