It took me twice as long to get dressed this morning because the homeschooler in my head felt particularly opinionated today. To give her credit, she really had three main goals and all were perfectly unobjectionable: (1) feel pretty, (2) be comfy, (3) keep warm.
The law student in my head only emphasized one main goal: look professional.
You’d think the two generally compliment each other, but you’d be wrong. I started by choosing a very fun, full skirt and leggings. So far, so good.
The law student then started considering light sweaters, lacy tank tops, and high heels to compliment it. The homeschooler protested. I’d freeze to death dressed like that. Better put on a hoodie with the skirt. And maybe a t-shirt. Plus, while I’m at it, why high heels? Tennis shoes are much more practical and comfortable.
I mostly ended up listening to the law student today, but I won’t lie. A hoodie and tennis shoes sound amazing right now.
Confession time: I just finished reading Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. I wasn’t planning to finish it when I started, but I ended up really enjoying the writing. Sure, this novel was less of a twist on Alice in Wonderland and more Twilight meets zombies, but I enjoyed it. I was rating the book on Goodreads when I saw book “1.5” in the series, a 5 page ebook available on the author’s blog called Cole…Meet Ali. It retells the story of Ali (the “Alice” of the story) meeting Cole (the love interest) from Cole’s perspective.
To be honest, this was one of the worst things I’ve read in a really, really long time. It was like super bad fan-fiction, but worse because it came straight from the author. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry while reading it. Cole was annoying enough when it was just Ali’s POV, but his POV is laughably dramatic and angsty. However, it was the “discussion” about home schooling (and the author’s continual use of the word “homeschool”) that finally did it for me. I just have to share this dialogue.
“Say the word and I will get us signed up for homeschool.” Bronx moves in beside me. “I want out of this hellhole sooner rather than later.”
“Dude. Shut your stupid mouth hole.” Frosty punches Bronx in the shoulder.
“Mouth hole?” I ask.
“There are no chicks in homeschool,” Frosty explains.
“I’m with Bronx,” I say. Homeschool wouldn’t be so bad. This is my last first day of high school, and I’m already over it.
Full the short story in its full glory – http://members.genashowalter.com/profiles/blogs/cole-meet-ali
Sometimes, I take a break from chapter books and enjoy a good children’s picture book. This Is My Home, This Is My School by Jonathan Bean proved to be an excellent choice. After all, who doesn’t love a picture book about home schooling? The book depicts the life of a home school family, complete with a trip to the library. It does a good job showing the creativity and organized chaos that goes into an average day in a home school family. Quite fun!