Pass the Valium is moving….

I’ve got a new home over at http://www.passthevalium.net come on over and read about a Zombie proof RV that everyone should have.


Product Warning Lables

Warning! Raisins are for eating only. Do not insert into your nose.

I just bought a counter-top oven, it’s like a large toaster oven. The first thing I saw when I pulled this thing out of the box was “WARNING: THIS PRODUCT GETS HOT” Really? It’s an oven, what sort of oven doesn’t get hot? Thank you Captain Obvious. I hate “warnings” like this. You ever notice the warning on those little packets that are placed in packages to absorb moisture? “Do not eat”, because when I find random packets of God knows what in the bottom of a shoe box I immediately want to eat it, don’t you? Either the powers that be think we are all just that stupid or everyone is afraid of everything. Personally, I think it’s a little bit of both.

 


The Department of Education Looking at For Profit Colleges

Online education and Financial Aid

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When I decided to go back to school I knew I wanted to attend an online University. I started making calls to some of the bigger online Universities like The University of Phoenix and Kaplan University. That was a real eye opener. These “admissions advisers” are some of the craziest sales people I’ve ever spoken too. They knew next to nothing about the actual program of study, lied their asses off about federal financial aid, exaggerated what sort of job the degree can qualify you for, and were generally annoying.

The first thing that bothered me was the obvious desperation to enroll students. They didn’t care what sort of grades I had in High School or at the Community College. I thought it was supposed to be challenging to get into college. The University of Phoenix was the worst. Their tuition is outrageous, they have a horrid withdrawal policy, and they wanted to enroll me in classes (legally obligating me to pay them)   before my application for federal financial aid was completed. These people would not leave me alone, I had to tell them I was dying and if they didn’t stop calling me I would sue them for harassment! Guess what, I still get an e-mail from them every 3 months.

I can’t help but wonder how many people these schools take advantage of every year :-( I ran across a New York Times article, Scrutiny Takes Toll on For-Profit College Company, reporting some of the problems with Kaplan University and a few lawsuits in the making Yay!

If you or someone you know is considering one of these schools please be careful and take some time to do some research, if a school pushes you to enroll ASAP no matter what, tell them where to shove it.


At the Park


I heart Dr. Who and other random stuff

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My youngest is only 13 months old and is already constantly hunting my coffee. Why oh why do my children want to drink my precious coffee? Don’t they understand, I NEED my coffee, I need it in my cup, not on the floor or in their bellies.

I’m having trouble getting started on this new class, I suppose watching old episodes of Dr. Who when I should be studying might have something to do with that. I just can’t help it. I love Dr. Who.

I saw an episode of Diego (you know, Dora’s cousin) and they cleaned up an oil spill in the ocean with this vacuum thing. I hate preschool shows, they are so far removed from reality they make me want to vomit. Speaking of preschool shows why are all these pre-k cartoons running around without parental supervision? Dora and Diego run all over the world with talking animals, Max and Ruby don’t seem to have parents at all, those kids on Dragon Tales disappear for hours at a time and no one notices…the central theme of all of these shows must be parental neglect. Go on Kids, your parents are absent/neglectful they don’t care, it’s up to YOU to take care of everything!

 


Hello Nanny State; Happy Meal Toys Banned

Are you kidding me? Who was that he said is responsible for the health of my children, restaurants? Corporations? The government? What happened to ME, you know, the PARENT! What I want to know is what in the world makes these government officials think they have any right to regulate this?

I’m not saying fast food is great for you or that kids should eat it day and night. I’m not even saying I think it’s right for these fast food places to market bad food to kids with toys. Those things are not the issue here, this is really none of the state’s business. These opinions and decisions should be made by parents, period. How fare is this shit gonna go?


Social Media, everyone is doing it.

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I was checking in on Facebook this morning when I saw a status update that was really a tweet and learned of the #shitthatpissesmeoff tag. Having an extensive list of shit that pisses me off I headed over to twitter to share some of it with the world. After getting sidetracked for a bit we got the little monsters ready to leave, ran some errands and landed at the park. It took no longer then 20 minutes for one of them to fall, more than 3 feet of course, and worried about serious injury too little mans back we gathered up the kids and headed home. Now there are few things more frustrating to me then getting 5 kids out the door, in the van, making them sit through errands, getting to the fun part where they can exhaust enjoy themselves, and then having to leave after 20 minutes! I spent the drive home thinking about how maybe tomorrow I will start a #shitthatdrivesmenuts tag. After we got home we finished some stuff with the littles, discussed chores and allowance and then I thought about how I’m gonna put this stuff in my blog because my family rocks.

Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Google, a few dozen more…a brave new world.  Instant access to people from all over the world, ain’t it great. Pass the Valium now has a Facebook page, after all if the Queen of England can do it, so can I.


Another class finished!

Love math 1

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I finished my last math class this week. It’s a little bittersweet because I’m glad it’s done but I’m a geek and I love math so I’ll miss it a little. I’m actually surprised I got it finished on time because I’ve been sick and a couple of the little ones too. It’s been a long week. We’ve made some changes to the kids curriculum and we are loving it. I’ll be making a homeschool page on here when I find the time soon! I’ve got my girl hooked and she wants a blog (a video blog), because toys are just not enough these days. Some people’s children…

 


Wordless Wednesday

Close up of my boy dereck age 5


I talk to things that can’t talk back

I do, really. I talk to those annoying messages that play on automated systems while I sit on hold. When it says “for faster service please bla bla bla”  I say “for faster service you can answer the *&%# phone!” I also yell instructions at fictional characters on the tv, like that will somehow prevent the stupid girl from running upstairs to hide from the maniac with a knife that is looking for her. I know none of this does any good  but I just can’t help myself. Tell me you’ve never shouted “STAY” at an inanimate object that is about to fall off of the counter….

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