This Week Is Over!

Good news – The history teacher cancelled yesterday’s class… two hours before it was supposed to happen.  She still hasn’t responded to my daughter’s email… and quite frankly, I just don’t care anymore.  I’ll keep mental notes and encourage my daughter to continue to do her best, all in 90 minutes a day per core  subject.  I sure hope that the recorded class she plans on posting doesn’t include doing extra work to prove you watched the recording.  My child was ready and willing to show up.  It’s not our fault the teacher couldn’t do her part.  I will say that it’s a good thing that her class is in the afternoon.  If I had to wake up early for it, she would’ve gotten a nasty message from me.

Now for the bad news – We are bummed!  The math teacher, who we both like, is giving up teaching my daughter’s grade.  We’re going to have a new math teacher.  The one teacher who really has a clue and listens… I hope the new teacher is just as good.  I knew the math teacher had a full plate, a young toddler, new to the online thing, and swamped with irate parents, and baffled kids.  Instead of emailing people, she calls them.  She must be a fantastic advisor.

So now what?  Can’t I take a break in the evenings from the stupidity that goes along with this online school?

We have no issues or frustrations with science or the teacher.  There’s some silly extra work that needs to be done and it will get done… just not in the time frame the teacher expects it done.  So how is that an issue?

I guess the idiotic advisor can’t read back her notes from our phone conversation the other day… or she screwed up and wrote Science instead of History.  The only thing I said about Science was that my child is learning from the silly work, will do the silly work, but it’s going to take longer than the deadline allotted for it to be done.

Science class was the other day.  The teacher told the kids they have another extra week to finish the silly work.  She didn’t realize how much silly work some kids would end up with.  Not a problem – good news!  The teacher also told the class if they needed more time after next week, let her know via a private email.  Even better!

So I get this email the other night.  Huh?  No, please do NOT call me!  I have had enough for one week!  How do I tell this woman in a polite manner, do not fucking call me?  I was sitting right there next to my kid for this class.  My kid didn’t ask a question about the folders because the teacher handled it immediately.  I think my kid has 12 folders left.  Who knows how many lessons and quizzes are in each folder – it’s a lot!  You can’t do the quiz without doing the lesson, so that kills that idea.

Here’s the email from the science teacher (note the lack of my name *snicker*).  Names have been removed:

Hi

I have wanted to call you today and speak to you but I had collaborates all day today. I will hopefully be able to touch base with you tomorrow.

I just wanted you to know that I understand your concerns with your child in regards to Compass. I had no idea that Compass was going to assign so many folders. This is the first year that we were assigning them with learning paths. In the past years we assigned individual assignments. However, she is expected to work 90 minutes in Science.

As soon as I realized that students were getting anywhere from 14 to 20 folders I immediately sent an e-mail giving the students until the end of this week. I realize that students still are struggling so what I asked them to do is to work on the rest of their folders for 90 miniutes tomorrow, and next week I want them to work on week 4 assignments first and any other assignments they can go back to and still complete for full credit. Your child did not ask me any questions in the collaborate so I am hoping this will calm her frustations. I do not want her to be frustrated in Science.

I am also switching from Compass to Science Fusion which is more kid friendly. There will only be one assignment at a time. No learning paths.

Please feel free to e-mail me at any time if you have have concerns regarding Science. I hope this reduces fears and frustations. If she needs more then next week- let me know by Thursday and I can work out a plan for her to catch up and stay on track. I do want her to put current work first.

I will call you tomorrow during the day. I hope you have a good evening. Again, feel free to contact me by e-mail anytime. Thanks again.

What frustration?  What concerns?  WTF is she talking about?  WTF did that idiot of an advisor take notes about?  I hope she’s a better language arts teacher than she is an advisor, cause she sucks royally… and I will gladly inform her of that fact!

So I shot off a nice reply last night to the teacher:

Hi Mrs. Science Teacher,

I was in the room when my daughter attended your Collaborate this morning.  No worries about calling.  Thank you for extending the folders for another week.  It’s too much online screen in your face for one person to deal with in a day… plus if you screw up, or don’t know an answer, you have to do the entire lesson all over.  My daughter never had to learn lab safety, and didn’t know how long she needed to wash her eyes out for… that gave her tons of folders on lab safety, which had me asking her what she was doing.  I thought she was goofing off.  She is learning from the folders, and neither of us mind that – it’s just too much to do in a short amount of time.

My child has dyslexia and problems with vision tracking (I’ll spare her the entire list of disabilities for now and not even mention the ADHD.).  Reading is hard enough for her some days.  I wasn’t expecting all the work to be on a computer screen.  She will get through the folders as soon as she can.  One lesson takes her about 30 minutes, which doesn’t include the quiz.  Two lessons with their quizzes take just about 90 minutes, give or take a few minutes.  I know this since I started timing my daughter this week to make sure she’s not exaggerating about some of her work.  The science is over my daughter’s head, as a lot of this she didn’t learn, or if she did learn it, it wasn’t this intense. I also know from watching her the past few weeks, that there are things she learned and didn’t retain over the years.

We have no concerns with the folders, other than the deadline, which you have since extended.  We never had any other frustrations with Science other than the deadline for the folders.  I have simply told my daughter to work for 90 minutes in each core subject, unless she has work that doesn’t require that much time.

Regards,

Momma XYZ

Do you think she got the part about do not fucking call me?  I got this email from her this morning:

I am glad to hear that the extension has calmed the frustrations.

Another tool in Science Fusion, is she can use audio and it will read the text to her. We can try that next week and see if that helps her as well.

If she ever feels overwhlemed or frustated, just reach out to me and we can always work things out. I do not want to get her behind, so next week just have her work on Week 4 assignments first and then work on Compass from the past.

Keep me posted on how she is doing. I look forward to working with you and your daughter this year in Science.

Again I ask, what frustrations?  WTF is wrong with these people?  WTF happened to the salutation?  I guess she is playing it safe, not knowing if I’m married, remarried, single, or what,  since she uses a hyphenated name, but the kids can just call her by married last name.

If I sign my emails using my first and last name, why is that so confusing for people? I don’t consider myself a Ms., never did… but I’d prefer being calling Ms. XYZ over Mrs. ABC, or nothing at all.  I guess I’ll stop using salutations, or just start all my emails with “Dear Moron!”

Now excuse me… It’s a 3 day holiday weekend.  Instead of being out and having some fun, we are either going to play catch up with some of the school work this weekend, and/or crap out in bed being stupid!  Oh wait!  I did that last night, and it felt wonderful!

I think we might venture out today… to walk across the street and buy some ice cream.  Then we’ll come home and I’ll whip up a couple of malteds for us to toast the week being over.  I’m letting my daughter sleep late this morning.  She’s already requested we stay home today and think about venturing out tomorrow, or the day after.  Sounds good to me!

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Aside

Stupid Educators – Part 2

This is a great WTF kind of  way to start your day.  FexEd dumps a box in front of my apartment door this morning.  It’s the school stuff!  FINALLY!  It’s a fairly small box considering it should contain some books and who knows what else… like posterboard for the history class.  Here’s the box with Poopsie on the box so you can get an idea of the size of the box:

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WTF?  Really?  I have storage boxes of this crap in my room!  It’s art supplies for toddlers.  Look:

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I look at the packing list and do another WTF!  Really?  It really is art supplies for a toddler, and not a single literature book, or anything else educational for the classes, like we were told we were getting.  I double checked the packing list:

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What a bunch of morons!  I already bought the one thing on this list I thought we would actually need – graph paper, in preparation for the school year.  The only thing we need and didn’t buy was posterboard – and I was told the school was sending some with their supplies.  That’s not in the kit.  I have storage boxes full of this stuff in my room.  That’s what homeschooling families do… 7 years of this junk!  Wait!  I’m exaggerating!  I don’t think I have paper plates or balloons anymore.  Oh!  One more thing – we used the last of the jingle bells for Christmas ornaments… but I might have one or two floating around in one of the craft boxes.

Now to finish off my rant from yesterday… this is a dose of what I got hit with yesterday.  The names have been changed to protect the seriously pissed off, the really stupid, and an innocent student.

I received this email from a test admin at the school yesterday.  The principal was cc’ed on it, so I made sure he was included in ALL the emails:

Good morning, Ms. ABC! I hope you are having a great start to your day!

Would it be possible to have your child revisit Scantron today? I am afraid we are lacking Language Arts and Science scores for her. We did not originally plan to have all CO students take the Science test, but our Science department would like them to go ahead and test. We need these tests to be completed prior to end of day Friday 8/31.

Thanks so much for your assistance, and please let me know if you have any questions at all.

Best,

The Idiot

The one thing I opted to do this school year was not to use a hyphenated last name for myself since I don’t use the same last name as my daughter.  If need be, I’ll correct people, or hope they take note of how I sign off my emails.  I figure it’s not too difficult to figure out as many parents have different last names then their children.  I don’t mind the occasional slip.  I expect it with school the first time someone deals with me if they’re not properly doing their job – as in reading a school file and looking at the contact info for the parent.

If you read the previous rant, you know what problems we had with 2 of the 4 tests.  So I guess the principal and nice admin never read their emails, and never informed anyone of our problems.  That would also explain why I never heard back from them.

I swear I know the idiot who sent this email from the online K-12 school my daughter was in for years.  If it’s the same person, she was anything but an idiot.  She ran a special ed program that my daughter took part in.  Not only was the program great for my daughter, it was so great the school stopped funding it, and fired this person!  It was just another reason for us to leave K-12.

I shot off this reply to the idiot:

I emailed both Mr. Principal and Mrs. Nice Admin last week to let them both know that when my daughter re-did the LA test (note the RE part), it gave her an error message at the end.  I emailed both of them again and included a screen shot of that same error message my daughter received when she took the science portion of the test.  I would gladly have my child take the test if someone would fix the glitches first.

I was in the room with my child when she took all the Scantron tests to know she completed them.  I was called to look at the screen for the error messages on both tests, including the error messages on the reading portion of the test.

If you would like a copies of my previous emails, as well as a copy of yesterday’s screenshot, kindly let me know.

Momma XYZ (I signed off with my first and MY last name)

This got me the following response from the idiot:

Mrs. ABC,

Thank you for letting me know that these errors occurred, and know that I realize just how frustrating this can be!  Would your child be able to meet me in my virtual office so that I can assist?  I would be happy to proctor as she tests in case there is something technical that I can handle during her test session.  Please let me know, and I’ll send you the link to my office.

Best regards,

The Idiot

I had to really byte my type on my response.  I made it a tad more polite.  I was expecting another response from her and was even planning on taking bets on how long it took me to actually call her an idiot or worse.  I also planned on telling her not to worry since we won’t be continuing on with this school any longer.  I have now been upgraded from a Ms. to a Mrs., and again with my daughter’s last name.  This proves to me that we’re dealing with someone who either failed reading comprehension (which is looking like a good possibility at this rate!), or someone who isn’t reading the email, or reading it all the way through.

Ms. Idiot,

Knowing my daughter, yes, my child would probably mind. I know I would.  I don’t think you understand our frustration.  Perhaps you didn’t understand what I meant when I said my daughter did the LA test once and got through it without one single glitch.  A week later we found out the test didn’t register at all.  My child took the LA test AGAIN last week.  Then she did science yesterday.  It didn’t register at the end for either the LA portion AND the science portion.  I don’t see what difference it would make who proctors it if the testing is glitching.  FYI, here is a screen shot from yesterday, which is the same error she got after taking the LA portion for the second time.

I am quite familiar with Scantron testing.  We have taken it many years in the past.  I know that if you answer too quick, the answers won’t register.  That was not the case with my daughter’s testing.  I was right there to make sure that was not a problem.  I also know that we have never had any of the issues with Scrantron that we have had the past few weeks.

Momma XYZ

Luckily the idiot didn’t respond to my last email.  I think she got a clue.  Perhaps she actually took the time to read through my email and look at the picture I included?

I did end up getting an email after dinner from the science teacher – a teacher and class we really don’t have issues with… but that’s what happens when an idiot advisor takes notes during your phone conversation.  We’ll just have to save that for another blog post.

Happy Friday everyone!

Stupid Educators – Part 1

I don’t know how I can expect idiots who can’t read through an entire email to be responsible for my daughter’s education.  I was typing an email that I had no plans to send, just so I could vent, and my daughter told me I should send it.  I sent it to the principal and the administrator.  I know the admin was out of town, but I knew at some point she would read it and comment, or call.  Nope.  A day later I received an email back from the principal, who usually calls me.  It was obvious he didn’t read the entire email.  He sent another email within minutes about another issue I brought up in my email.

Yesterday I had to message the math teacher with a glitch on the school site for a lesson the kid was in the middle of for a second time.  I like the math teacher.  She called me within the hour.  I told her that slamming my hand hard on my keyboard fixed the problem, but that it didn’t matter, which computer, or browser, it glitched several times in the same spot.

We were having a nice chit chat.  She’s an advisor for an older grade unfortunately.  My daughter wishes she was her advisor.  She is really understanding and empathetic AND she listens.  She must’ve listened to me in part, but ignored the part where I said I didn’t need her help…

Next the phone rings again.  It’s the language arts teacher.  I think she’s calling cause I have once again bitched that she does not respond to my daughter’s emails to her.  I also said that if she doesn’t respond, that’s fine.  My daughter won’t be able to to the work she’s stuck on, and I quite frankly don’t care anymore.  The same goes for history right now too!

Well this twit that I don’t care for wasn’t calling for that – but it was the first thing she got hit with, without me telling her off for not responding to my child’s emails.  She was calling as my daughter’s advisor and the issues/problems we seem to be having.  I know for a fact that I am not the only parent with the problems I brought up, nor do I have the only child having issues with this one class – history and it’s daily workload.  I thought my kid was bad?  There’s at least one kid spending 4 hours a day on all the work!  Not us – you want 90 minutes, that’s all you’re getting in a day for that class.

I tried my best to get off the phone with this idiot, that’s how much I don’t care for her.  She was taking notes.  You need notes?  Gosh, it was so tempting, but I refrained and I restrained myself.  I doubt my chat with this twit did any good, or will change anything, but you can’t say I didn’t try.

So that brings us to Scantron testing.  Virtual schools use this testing site/company to gauge how kids are learning, what they know, etc., throughout the school year, and also to see and prep them for the annual required state assessment tests.  Those assessment tests have nothing to do with a child’s learning.  They are to grade the school.  That’s why schools put so much emphasis on it.  Me?  I could care less.  I haven’t let this school know yet how I feel about CSAPs or Scantron.  I’m being nice.

So my kid took the required Reading, Math and Language Arts tests the first week of school.  No problems, except for an annoying pop up in Reading.  We eliminated the problem by logging out and logging back in to the test later on.

A week later I received a call.  They need my kid to take the language arts portion of the test. I tell them she already did and I was right there in the room with her when she took it.  To be nice, since this is the nice admin, my kid retook the test.  At the end of the test she got blessed with a lovely screen that she shouldn’t have.

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I shot off an email to the nice admin and the principal.  Not a peep out of either of them.  I am not going out of my way to let anyone else know.  That’s not my job or problem.

I had wondered from day 1 why the kid didn’t need to take the science test.  I double checked.  The principal (on the phone) told me that only 5th and 8th graders need to take it.  Friday comes.  Guess what?  The principal sent out an email apologizing – my kid needs to take the science part by today.

Yesterday my kid did the science part of Scantron.  I was in the room with her the entire time.  I know she wasn’t too quick with her clicks.  Even when she didn’t know and was guessing, she still read the problem first so it wasn’t nothing but clicks registering within a second of one another.

Care to guess what my daughter got blessed with at the end of the test?  Yup, that lovely screen from hell again!  Once again, I shot off another email to both the principal and nice admin.  Once again, no response.

Week 3

I am so beyond frustrated and stressed right now, that it’s more than I can deal with.

Online virtual schooling has never been like this for us.  It’s a great education, but it’s fraught with miscommunication, falsehoods, disorganization, more work than necessary in a day in some classes, and such screw ups, that it’s going to go sooner than I thought.

I had said I would give them 2 more weeks to get their shit together.  I don’t think I can make it through the week!  It’s affecting my health and I am stressed and feeling sick.  I need to be avoiding stress, not making or getting more of it.

It’s now week 3.  My kid still can’t log into Spanish.  She still hasn’t received the necessary books & supplies that teachers are referring to.  I’ve inquired about both, but still no answers to either.

There were also tests to be taken in reading, math, and grammar/writing.  We’re used to Scantron testing.  It’s so the school can judge if you’re showing improvement and how you’ll do on the annual state tests.  There’s also a test for science that they first said only 5th & 8th graders needed to take.  That surprised me since science is also tested once you reach 5th grade in Colorado.  Guess what?  For week 3 they finally realized what I asked them.  My kid now has until Thursday to take this science test.

There’s 4 core classes.  Students should be prepared to devote 90 minutes a day to their core classes.  There’s one elective, Spanish, which gets 30 minutes a day.  According to the Spanish teacher, you work on her class for 60 minutes a day.  It was the same with the digital art class my daughter attempted the first week of school.  Who came up with 30 minutes?  I can’t get a straight answer from anyone about this.

Science, math, and language arts give assignments.  However long they take, they take.  I timed things yesterday – an hour or less, except for the language arts assignment my daughter couldn’t complete.  We’re still waiting to hear back from that twit of a teacher.  We still have no clue about the actual workload for Spanish.

History gives you 90 minutes of work in the teacher’s realm.  It’s really more than that in a kid’s world.  You start off with a 15 minute recording.  That 15 minute recording actually takes 45 minutes and has sub assignments in it, as well as explanations to other assignments.  That leaves you 45 minutes to complete the rest of the day’s assignment, which is usually 4 things.  We gave up after an hour yesterday.  What that woman can assign as just one part of the day’s assignment is something a brick and mortar teacher would assign for a semester, or quarter, or maybe the end of the week type thing.  Everytime my daughter emails this teacher asking for clarification of a day’s assignment, she’s told not to worry about it, it’s for the end of the quarter.  Really?  Then tell them that before they waste time trying to understand what they need to do… and she still hasn’t explained the assignment like my kid asked.  My kid can ask or say 4 things in 4 sentences in 1 email.  One thing gets answered.  It’s just like dealing with my kid, who not only has dyslexia, but ADHD as well, among other disabilities.

This woman wants the kids to draw a 4 or 5 panel comic strip.  Not with pencil – use color!  Or use Powerpoint!  Really?  I don’t have Powerpoint on my ‘puter, nor is it on the school’s craptop.  I am not learning or teaching myself or the kid Powerpoint for 1 teacher, nor am I buying the software!  This woman is lucky I haven’t emailed or called her yet.  I have come close, but I won’t be tactful, so I haven’t done it YET.  It’s gotten to the point that I’ve told my daughter to ignore part of the assignment and just let the teacher know.  I quite frankly don’t give much of a fuck about ancient Greek civilization at my age.  This was the first thing I taught my daughter for history back when she was 7, not that she remembers it.

Part of yesterday’s assignment was to ask a question about something she had to look at – a picture.  She had no questions about it.  She ended up posing the question, “Why do I have to ask a question about something I don’t have a question about?”  That was submitted as part of her schoolwork with my blessings.  It’s a lot nicer than what I would have asked!

If you want kids to remain interested, let them explore and give them time to explore on their own.  This school is not even leaving enough time for us to get through the day and have dinner at a normal hour anymore!

They tell the kids to take breaks.  Really?  You have her doing about 7 hours of schoolwork every day.  Even a brick and mortar school doesn’t have them do that much actual work in a day!

The school stressed how the schedule was flexible.  Really?  How?  Each day there’s a class in 1 of your subjects, and 1 day also has advisement, which we won’t be bothering with anymore.  Everyday you have assignments in every class.  These must be complete and submitted by Friday of that week.  You can miss a class, but if you do, you must watch a recording of the class and provide a summary to the teacher, or do some other extra work to prove you watched the recording.

My daughter got sick on Thursday.  She did her Thursday class and slept most of the day after that.  So how flexible was the school?  We stayed home for the weekend catching up on the week’s assignments!

I am burned out after 3 weeks.  This usual takes me about 6 months and that’s when I’m schooling on my own.  I wake up earlier than my daughter, so I can have some me time and coffee before I have to wake her up.  I wake her up early enough that she has time to be functioning and have breakfast before her class.  If class is at 9 a.m., I am waking up around 7 now.  I’m used to waking up between 8 and 9.  With staying up late, and waking up early, I actually slept til 11 the other morning.  I can’t tell you the last time I slept that late.  My daughter slept past noon!

This shit gotta go or someone has got to get a clue.  I know I am not the only parent with issues, nor is my child the only one with issues.  I am done communicating through the local school or teachers.  I now want to go to the actual school office in Maryland, or wherever it is and let them know what’s going on!  Schools should be organized and have good communication.  Students AND parents should not be stressed like this.  If the teachers don’t know how to run a class, or are new to online schooling, they need orientation, just like parents and students had to sit through.  If administrators don’t have the facts, or answers, they need to get them PRONTO!  I see this school losing families within the next month at the rate the shit is flying.

How Dumb Can We Go? Part Two

This is part two of dealing with stupid friend.  Read the previous long winded blog post to see what started this nonsense.

This is one of many links about dino, as I like to call him.  His real name is D-Rex, and I had never heard of it until this mess.  I didn’t realize how much he sold for new years ago.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/D-Rex-2-Interactive-Dinosaur/11991712

So after telling the dumb twit:

“In order for them to bill you, you have to set up an account – which doesn’t cost anything. I have mine set up on myups.com and it alerts me when I’m getting a package delivered – quite handy when you weren’t expecting a delivery! After you set up an account, I’ll need your account number to have the shipment set to bill you. I’ll put in a check in the box to cover $25 of the shipping costs.”

I got a message back:

“How do I find my account number?”

Since I’m in the US and they’re in Canada, it’s 2 different UPS sites.  After waiting a week to respond, otherwise I would have just told her to fuck off right then and there… I responded with:

“You need to create an account number. Canada’s website and the US site are different – but there should be a link somewhere to create an actual account number to use for shipping and billing with UPS. I can’t have UPS bill you without you signing up for an account. The only option is to wait another month until I have more cash and I’ll just pay the $38. I really would like this box gone already as it’s bigger than I expected and taking up space here. If you get the account set up for UPS to bill you, I’ll put in a check for $25 to cover partial shipping.”

That was about as polite as I can be at this point.  I really want to ask them WTF kind of drugs they’re on… and for someone who once told me they don’t check Facebook often, that I was better off emailing them, they’re mighty quick now to respond to my messages on Facebook!  The next stupid message was:

“The only option the site gives me to setup a numbered shipping account is if I use a credit card (which we don’t have) … I have no other option than tohave you ship it cod by mail or wait till next month”

At this point, I just cannot respond to her, unless it’s to tell her she’s a fucking idiot!  I went on the Canadian UPS site, and using one of my email addresses and all of her info, I created an account for her within minutes.  I have yet to tell her – and will be changing the account over to her email address before doing so.  I want to see if I can send dino COD to her and be done with this bullshit.

How do people claim to be so darn intelligent and then disprove this in a matter of seconds?  I guess those who have to brag about how smart they, or their children are, need to prove it to themselves.  I may be smart, but I don’t need to broadcast it.  I always can learn more and I don’t know everything.  I also have my dumb moments and tend to call myself an asshole at least once a day!  This person is obviously a bigger asshole than I am!

So we went from needing dino ASAP just a week and a half ago, to now it’s ok to wait another month.  Sure it is… and you know what?  Bitch that I am, I am going to asking her to send me the $13 difference for shipping since I only planned on paying $25ish on shipping in the first place!  Care to see how long that delays things?

If I had an extra $20 on me, I would be sending this idiot their original $45 back to them and telling them to have a nice life.  Now I’m trying to decide how to handle things.

I was asked to pick up some cheap American flags to send them in the box, which I did.  That only set me back about $2.50.  I saw something cute months ago and bought it for the baby.  I was going to include that in the box for the baby’s birthday in October.  I am tempted to send nothing but dino.  Actually, I would like to send nothing at this point… but they were nice and sent my daughter a very generous gift (as they worded it – it’s a gift).  They also sent me a memory card in the second shipment with the long awaited money order that I forgot all about – but it took her so long to do that, that I had already bought 2 really cheap ones by that time, and didn’t need hers.

I also neglected to mention that this darling person had the balls to ask me to include some baked treats for her man.  This was in response to, “Do you want anything from the States?”  That and American flags.  Kiss my ass bitch!  If the flags weren’t so shitty, I wouldn’t send them either… but the dollar store really outdid themselves this year!

So what would you do in this situation?  You bought something for someone and they paid you back for it.  You now need to ship it to them and told them it would be a few months.  You had said you would pay for all or part of the shipping, depending on how much it would cost.  UPS is the cheapest way to ship at $38.  The post office is about $48.  FexEx would cost about $52.  The friend ignored your email from months ago, and also a few Facebook posts of late, and now is acting all weird and shitty with you, thinking you wouldn’t notice.  You have to be phony to deal with this person and it’s beginning to seriously get to you.

Anyone want to buy a D-Rex?  That is really tempting to go re-sell him on Ebay.  I do have a credit on sellers’ fees, so that wouldn’t cost me anything.   Well, dang!  I just checked ebay… this is very tempting!

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Robots-Monsters-Space-Toys-/19192/i.html?_nkw=d-rex

Now for the drumroll… tat a ta ta ta… I recently learned that not only is idiot friend’s man a recovering alcoholic, but so it she!  Really?  It sure sounds like she fell on her head off that wagon!

Thanks for… – Part One

Stupid me did someone a favor.  I now seriously regret it.  They did something nice for my daughter that saved me money by sending my daughter a Nintendo DS and some games they weren’t using anymore.  I offered to pay for it.  They said I could pay for shipping.  Well when that came around, they didn’t want money for shipping.

There was some remote control dinosaur on Ebay that they wanted and needed someone in the US to get for them.  They wanted it for their less than year old son.  No rush to ship it to them.  The seller only shipped to the US, and they lived in Canada.  Okay, so dumbass me offers to do it if they pay me back part or all of the purchase price.  Okay.  I tell them I’ll pay for shipping and they can repay me for the dino, which ended up setting me back some $45 dollars and change.  I figured shipping to Canada can’t be that bad, right?  Fuck me!

Let’s start with getting repaid the $45 took longer than it should have, which set me back with my electric & gas bill that I was finally current on.  I can deal with the late charges, but I hate being lied to.  I had told them from the get go that it will take a few months before dino gets shipped to them after I saw it was going to cost about $25 to ship him to Canada.

I get an email asking me if I got the package with the money order in it yet since they bought the money order about a week earlier.  Nope, not yet, and it takes about a week from Canada I would think.  Days go by and now I’m starting to panic.  My mail service sucks so bad.  If my regular mailman has the day off or is on vacation, I am fucked royally.  The package wasn’t sent delivery confirmation like I asked it to be, or expected it to be.  Oh boy…

The package finally arrives about a week later.  Let’s start with that it wasn’t mailed out until the day I was first asked if I received it.  I hate shit like that.  Don’t tell me something was done when it wasn’t.  Just be honest about it.  I can do without the stress and extra bullshit in my life.  For those that are that stupid, when you buy postage at the post office, it has a date on it.

When dino arrived, he came in a huge box.  A lot bigger than I was expecting.  He is still sitting in his original box in my living room.  I opened the box to see if he worked, which he did partially.  I fixed the problem somewhat – batteries rotted and leaked in the compartment to the remote.  I cleaned that up and popped in batteries.  He works.  I found a bunch of links on how the dino works and emailed them to this supposed friend.  Plus I need to look and see why dino wasn’t working and how to fix him.  I didn’t know dino was sent to me with batteries in him, or where they were even located.

I asked if the friends if they wanted anything from the states while I was saving up money to ship dino to them.  I picked up something they asked for, and had already ordered a gift for their baby.  The gift arrived before the dino did.  I was going to send it separate, but after pricing shipping… it can go with dino and won’t affect the weight.  The baby will be turning a year old in another month, or so, so I figured this was perfect timing now that I learned how expensive it is to ship something to Canada, unless it’s a letter, or something small.  Plus you have to file extra paperwork to send a big box to Canada.  Fuck me!

So here dino sits.  I have $25 and a dollar or two extra and am ready to get him out of my living room!  I get a message from the friend on Facebook.  It’s an odd sounding, full of shit sounding, email.  Mind you, I emailed them months ago and never heard back.  They’ve always been slow to respond to me.  First there was the excuse they don’t go on Facebook often, so email them.  Then I got an excuse the other day about them and their email.  Well I wish they’d be consistent in their bullshit stories.  I also wish I had known what I was in for before I offered to do this favor for them that has me put out in more ways than I care.

The odd message was inquiring about dino and me sending him.  They might be out of town the end of this month and didn’t want to miss delivery of dino.  Really?  None of the usual chit chat, and a few of my Facebook posts on her wall have been ignored the past month or two.  Now who in their right mind is just going to ship a package to Canada without alerting the receiver the package is on the way?  Especially after 2 months?  If you want to know what’s going on, just ask.  I already explained I am beyond broke – and the heat wave hasn’t helped since my electric & gas bills the past 3 months are higher than what I pay to heat my home in the Winter!  I’ve never had bills so high – and I’ve been trying to conserve, only to watch my bill go up even more!

I let this friend know they had good timing.  I have about $25 put aside for shipping – which I really did, and dino was going out within the week.  UPS is cheaper by $20 than the US postal service.  Go figure!  Both will pick up from my home, so I’m going with UPS for less money.  Well when I finally plug in all the info, I find that UPS is going to charge me about $12 for taxes, fees, and a pick up charge.  No can do!  Next month, I can swing the extra $12.  It will put me in a bit of a hole, but I live in a hole and will find a way to manage.  The kid needs a coat and boots for the winter… it will wait another month or two.  I want dino gone!  I hate having this big box rotting in my living room.

I find out that UPS will bill the receiver.  Not a problem was their response.  I figure I’ll put a check for $25 in the box along with a card for the baby’s birthday to go with his gift.  They just need to set up a UPS account.  I let them know.  I get another message that I have chosen to ignore, because I just cannot be nice and polite.  How fucking stupid are some people?  I have a kid who can figure this shit out and she has several learning disabilities.  Are you on drugs, or what?  They want to know how to get an account number?

So dino is on rot in my living room until next month.   I will pay the extra to ship him and be done with this shit.  This is a reminder why sometimes it’s best to sit back and shut up… but on top of all this nonsense, it was learned that this friend is also a distant cousin to my daughter – and I felt that I owed them something for sending my daughter the DS and games.  Plus the money order came in a box with a couple of more games for her.

So how would you have handled this nonsense?  I know I expect too much from people.  I like to treat people how they treat me until they treat me otherwise.  It’s now otherwise!

In reality, I would love to send these people their $45 back and just sell the dino on Ebay and be done with it all!  Even my daughter has said the same.  However, that’s not my nature and they already paid me back for the Ebay purchase.

I am not good at being phony.  I am not good at biting my tongue.  However, I am doing my best and adding it all to my learning lessons from this experience and cannot wait to write this person out of my life!  Don’t lie to me.  Not once.  You will lose my trust.  Do it twice and you can kiss my ass and have a nice life!

Hump this!

After being sick for a few days, I wake up today, and look at the balcony door to scope the parking lot and sunshine.

A strange car pulls up in front on my building.  There’s a chubby, older, blonde woman alone in the car.  She pulls out something blue and reaches through the top of her shirt by her boob.  Huh?  She does it again on the other side.  WTF is she doing?  She’s putting on deodorant!

If this is a sign of how my day is going to be, I’d have to say it’s going to be a weird one!

Monday wasn’t so terrible.  It was English class.  The only problem with that was the teacher logging in at the exact second unprepared to run the class.  That wasted 10 minutes of a 30 minute class.  The class covered some of what it should have covered last week, and everything else was a waste of time.

Tuesday was Math, and a bit more stressful, but not due to the subject, teacher, or the class.  I am having a problem getting the kid to do her work without taking long breaks, or playing online.  Plus her chores are not getting done – unloading, and usually loading the dishwasher.  I don’t mind if she doesn’t get to her chores, if she’s truly devoting herself to school work.  However, if she has time to take a long break during the day to chat online with her friends… hell, no!  This is why I can’t leave her home alone – or leave her alone in a room for the entire time when she should be doing school work.  It’s fine if she’s on the craptop – she doesn’t have any software on there, other than being able to chat on Facebook, or listen to music.  If she’s on my computer, it’s a problem.

Today is Advisement and Spanish.  Advisement is with the same twit who teaches the English class.  I expect it to be a total waste of time – plus once again, the time of the class was changed.  The kid might end up missing the class, or most of it, when she goes back to her volunteer work.  We took off this week, and probably will next week, to get into the swing of things with school.  Plus we’ve been showing up, and our handicapped seniors haven’t been!  And quite frankly, we both need a break from one who is getting very cranky, and getting on our nerves.

Spanish was the class change request we put in on Friday.  The kid can’t log in to the lessons still, even though I’ve asked about her class info.  I figure today she can ask the Spanish teacher.  If she can’t get an answer in that class, she can ask an hour later in Advisement and stress out the twit more than she already is.

I am done going nuts with this shit.  Either the teachers, who get paid to do this shit, can actually do their jobs, or it’s not going to happen in my world.  If my kid can’t do an assignment because a teacher didn’t post the links, or worksheet, so be it.  If my kid can’t log in, so be it.  The kid will have to contact the teacher.  If the teachers don’t answer my kid’s emails, then we’ll have a problem.

I am spending more time with these school lessons and problems than I did when I actually taught my daughter on my own.  It’s not clear where to find the lesson, or what the lesson is, in some cases.  The lesson says one thing, but you have to ignore that part. Huh?  Being a new job for some of these teachers, they have no clue what they’re doing, are bogged down, and stressed.  They should have all taken an orientation class and been told to see what they are assigning their students to do, from the students’ point of view.

So far History is going to be the problem class.  As much as it’s interesting, it’s the most work.  This teacher is requiring too much from the kids too soon.  One third of yesterday’s assignment was to either create a Powerpoint presentation (Sure, just teach my kid Powerpoint!), or create a 3 panel triptych on posterboard, scan it and send it to the teacher.  Really?  First off, it took me a few to realize what a triptych was, cause it’s been that long since I dealt with AAA.  Next, what she wants made no sense.  So I had the kid email her and tell her that this assignment made no sense to her, and was way over her head.

We’ll see what we’re in for.  History doesn’t meet until Friday.  Today the Science teacher sent out an email apologizing for the amount of work the kids were assigned.  Yesterday was the English teacher’s turn.  Why?  Because none of them are looking to see exactly what they are having the kids do!

There are pretests in all the subjects.  If you do good, you have little to no work to do.  If you screw up, you have a ton of work to do in a week!  I don’t know how my kid managed – but other than math, she’s done with it.  For that matter, she did most of her work for the week in English and Science.

Today we’ll find out what we’re in for with Spanish.  Expecting a child to log into class and introduce themselves in Spanish to the class seems a bit much the first class.  But that’s what this teacher did last week.  It looks like I’ll have some serious coaching to do in Spanish.  What the heck!  I need a good refresher coarse.

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