Friday, December 30, 2011

Fitness Resolutions you should make this year.

New years is almost upon us, and people are talking about resolutions. Now, I don't think you need to start positive changes on Jan 1st, but if that's your thing, I have a few ideas I hope you'll consider. -for yourself, and for everyone you love and who loves you.

I will walk more . Included in this should be walking to run errands whenever possible. If you can improve your health AND help the planet at the same time, it's double win!

I will eat more  vegetables. Whatever your eating philosophy, I believe the bulk of your plate- at least 75%- should be filled with a variety of veg. No matter what you serve with it, it's hard to go wrong when you start with a plate mostly filled with salad or steamed veg.

I will not fear good fats.  Depending on your philosophies, your definition of good fats may vary some. But some are a given- extra virgin olive oil, avocados, and coconut are beneficial fats you should be eating. If you can, add nuts, naturally raised meats, flax meal, and organic full fat dairy. Just please, please, please don't torture and damage yourself with a low fat diet, unless under doctor's orders.

I will not fear carbohydrates This may seem unusual coming from a paleo type, but there it is. While cutting almost all grains from one's diet VERY much reduces the amount of carbs I eat compared to a year ago, I also will most certainly not pretend mashed cauliflower is mashed potatoes in an attempt to reduce my carb intake. I fear no fruit, either.

I will reduce my sugar intake, and if I choose to eat sweets I will eat REAL SUGAR. Most of us could stand to eat less sweets, even if we aren't staring down obesity and diabetes. If you've got to have a sweet treat, go for the real thing and eat moderately.

I will do my best not to drink my calories. Water, tea and black coffee are much better choices than soda, juice, alcohol or that delicious mocha. If you do choose to drink calories, adjust your eating accordingly.

May this new year bring you improved health!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

This year's curricula

Thank to my friend Rebecca over at Homeschooling With The Kvenvoldens reminded me that I have not shared my year's schedule with you yet! Here goes:

Math- all in Saxon- Turbo 6/4, GothGrrl 7/6, and the Boy Algebra One. he will finish in spring and start Two, with a goal of completing three years of high school math in 2 years.

Grammar- Turbo is finishing First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind, level 4 and will start Hake 5 in January. GothGrrl is in Hale 7 and The Boy in Classical Writing, Aesop and Homer for Older Beginners.

Science- Turbo, Science Daybook. The older two, Apex online.

French- Turbo, Baron E-Z French. The older two, Apex online. (The boy in Honours)

Latin- Turbo in Learning Latin Through Mythology, the older two in Ecce Romani 1B.

Greek- All in Koine- Turbo level one, the older two in three.

History- Turbo in History of the World: The Ancients (second round!) and the older two in History of the Ancient World- which I love but wish I could find tests.

Literature- per The Well Trained Mind, according to Grade Level.

Art History- Short Lessons in Art History

Turbo also has Writing with Ease, Volume 2.

Classes, we have classes!

Tues: Gothgrrl, Art; Turbo, Tap

Weds GothGrrl and the Boy, Conformation and Youth Night

Fri They all did a semester of Kendo on Fridays, but are not going back

Sat Turbo, ballet

Sun Turbo, bell and vocal choirs; Gothgrrl, bell choir.

In addition, Turbo just finished his 5th Nutcracker, which added rehearsals on Saturdays and Sundays.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The arts. So hard. Again.

If you follow me, you know that for years we have used a charter school. The main reason I use it is to get fine arts classes paid for, and last year's budget cuts severely curtailed that. We can get one class per week each in fine arts and in PE , for a duration of up to 2 hours. Funding ends May 31, so any classes after that come out of pocket. Last year, we learnt this in May and had to pull Turbo's June dance out of our already thin budget.
This year Turbo is in tap/ballet and Gothgrrl is in art classes. She has REALLY blossomed there. I went into this year knowing I would need to account for Turbo's Nutcracker and costume fees, plus one month of dance class. I've still got about $200 I will need to come up with by June- which was in the plan and hopefully most of it will come from  the always good Lenten paychecks (because we have more services and I work more hours). But I just found out yesterday that the school will only pay for 16 of Gothgrrls's art classes, of which she's already been to 7. This leaves me with night on 4 months plus supplies to account for.
This is on top of expenses related to the bell choirs they are both in, including a 2014 trip to Korea for the girl.
 So folks, if you want to support the arts, please remember that I sell truffles and Jayne hats ( and other random hats that are fast and easy). I've got an authenticated prop from the movie ST:Nemesis I am going to look into selling. I'm not ashamed to say I'd take paypal if it keeps my kids involved int he fine arts.( cymoril3 at yahoo dot com) But most of all, share the fine arts with your kids or ones you know!