So all of my children have different ideas of what school should be, and what it means to be social, and things they should have to do. This is normal and natural, and I expect no less from them, but they are coming into an age where they can actually argue better than, “I don’t want to”. This is a good thing, but sometimes makes discussions take a little longer. I love that they are using their brains to try to get their way rather than a just flat black and white argument.
But as a result of this growing brain power, both of the girls did not go on their year end field trips this year.
Amanda, because hers was to camp Quin-Mo-Lac again and she feels she’s done that one before, and doesn’t really like to go outside anyway. Melanie did not want to go to the the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, for a similar reason: been there, done that, on several previous occassions.
I kind of agree with the reasoning. They’ve both been on this trip two or three times with the school before. Unless they have something really new and exciting, and that seems possible, but is a difficult argument to make next to all of the e non new and exciting things still at both locations, they’d rather not go thank you.
So, my counter proposal is that they will each go on a field trip of my choosing with me in the first week or so after school is out. They both easily agreed to this, although I’m not certain what I’m going to do with either one of them, especially considering my promise that it would be something each would enjoy. I’m not going to drag them somewhere they hate to punish them. That would be pointless, and really punish me more.
I thought about taking Amanda to a geocaching event in Toronto, although, as a day trip it doesn’t have as much to recommend it as an overnight or weekend. The COG event, Central Ontario Geocachers, is in Tottenham, and looked big and exciting the Saturday after school is over, but it wouldn’t necessarily be something different. We’re already planning to go to the mega event in Nappanee in August, and I’d rather have that one be exciting and new than her making comparisons to the another one. So I’m still stuck.
And I have no idea what to do for Melanie.
But we’ll figure something out. Preferably something in less than a two hour drive from where we live. Shouldn’t be too hard. Summer is coming, and there’s an awful lot of stuff to do.
And that’s aside from the fact that I’m hoping to manage a number of short duration summer adventures in the area. Amanda and I are going to learn to kayak. Both of the girls have expressed some interest in the idea of a tree top trek with zip lines and rope bridges. I’ve also been threatening white water rafting for several years now.
Plus the debate has continued between fan Expo and Montréal Comic Con, though I think this has probably been decided now.
Montréal had my vote on the strength of the announced guest list, having booked the attendance of almost the entire Star Trek: The Next Generation crew, including Denise Crosby who was a main character in first season but was killed off, with the exception of Patrick Stewart. With the addition of John DeLancie, who played Q as a guest star several times, plus visited the ships and sets of both DS9 and Voyager. Of less interest are several of the Power Rangers. Oh, and Robert England will be there. Since we missed him in Ottawa that will be a good opportunity.
Fan Expo on the other hand has announced William Shatner who is always a big deal for me. It’s hard to beat Captain Kirk. Elijah Wood (Frodo from the Lord of the rings movies) tops my wife’s list of any announcements made for any con so far this summer. They’ve announce some other big names as I write this, but are doing just a few announcements per week, building tension as much as they can.
All that said, my understanding is that if you want to go to a hockey game, and spend the night, you’re going to spend between $300 and $500 spending on your tickets and how much you like expensive beverages and food at the arena. So, for me, that equates a single evening hockey game with an overnight stay ito a three-day science fiction convention extravaganza. Fan Expo is closer to two hockey games with the high ticket price and extra night. Yes, I need more spending money for a con, and so do the kids, although they tend to save a little bit leading up to the con, but we’ve never been, and will never be sports fans. No competition, and even if it were, I think a convention wins value-wise.
Be well, everyone.by
So I’ve set some goals this year that many people would consider ridiculous in a variety of areas at a variety of levels. I hinted at these in my post on how I’ve been Underclocking My Life. Today, I thought I’d toss a couple of details out for a couple of the things I’m planning. Calculus and Physics.
You see, the thought process that the underclocking realization started me on made me remember all of the things that I used to want to know and do. And my life has circled back around to the point where I can see my oldest child getting ready to start learning some of the same things. No, I’m not worried about getting there first. There is no competition, except with myself, although it would be nice to be able to help with homework if he needs it. (He won’t. Kid’s smarter than I am when he takes the time to figure things out.)
I’m remembering that I used to like maths and sciences when I was younger. To the point where my original thought was a degree in Physics, or Math and Physics, or Chemistry and Physics. How I drifted into Mineral Processing Engineering is a mystery for the ages.
The point is that I’ve rounded up a couple of textbooks. First, an updated edition of the Calculus textbook I actually used in first year. And second, a Physics text that’s the modern equivalent of 1989 in Queen’s Engineering. No, they’re not new. Who can afford new university textbooks if their parents aren’t buying them? But they’re recent, and a lot more recent than the ones I still had in the closet. And they’re filled with many strange and interesting things I want to know.
And I want to know because I can, if I have the drive and focus, and I suppose that’s what I really want to find out.
Be well, everyone.
Oh, and when I’m done with the Calculus and Physics books, I intend to continue the experiment with Algebra and Chemistry. And maybe Statistics. Then we’ll see.by