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Date Night, Reading, School Stuff

Posted by Cyn | Posted in College, Family, Kvetching, Reading | Posted on 14-11-2007


I was a naughty girl today, too caught up in read­ing A Few Demons More to do my home­work. Bad girl.

To be fair, I was also tak­ing care of my Katie baby, who had a fever and was near­ly deliri­ous. She real­ly fits the chron­ic fatigue syndrome/​ME diag­nos­tic cri­te­ria more than those for fibromyal­gia, but what­ev­er it is, she’s miss­ing way too much school.

Wednes­day is one of my reg­u­lar date nights with Sam, and I cer­tain­ly wasn’t going to put that off for school stuff, so I fig­ured I’d just hop online and make my required four posts after he went to bed, then join him quick­ly.1

Whoops! Not so fast!

My crit­i­cal think­ing class, which I fig­ured to be a “gimme” (required for every DeVry stu­dent regard­less of major, obvi­ous­ly designed to be one of the first class­es every­body takes) sur­prised me this time. Both thread­ed dis­cus­sions required research and thought.

The first was about con­sumer finance, which isn’t exact­ly con­tro­ver­sial. We had to use the school’s library site to access a peri­od­i­cals data­base, though, and choose at least two arti­cles relat­ed to some par­tic­u­lar aspect of con­sumer finance. Then we had to “share” one of them in the dis­cus­sion, explain­ing why we chose it and how it was rel­e­vant. That’s a big field to nar­row down, and the data­base had annoy­ing­ly NOT-fresh infor­ma­tion on my cho­sen angle.

The sec­ond, though, had us ana­lyze a Hitler Muse­um site 2 that claimed to be total­ly free of bias. Yep, pull the oth­er one, it’s got bells on! We had to eval­u­ate the site based on 5 or 6 dif­fer­ent mea­sures of cred­i­bil­i­ty. Even thought the site was obvi­ous­ly very pro-Hitler, find­ing cred­i­ble sources (mean­ing not Wikipedia) to dis­prove var­i­ous claims took some time.

I was high­ly dis­turbed by the num­ber of my class­mates that declared the site free of bias. Obvi­ous­ly, there are peo­ple who are in seri­ous need of this course! I knew that many peo­ple take in media fair­ly unques­tion­ing­ly, but a pro-Hitler web site put up by some anony­mous twit? In 2007?

The man­age­ment class stuff was very easy, just ques­tions about diver­si­ty and entre­pre­neur­ship. Yay for easy!

I’m final­ly done and can go cud­dle up with mah sweet­ie. I wan­na get the Holo­caust revi­sion­ism out of my head, though, to avoid bad dreams, so I might end up read­ing for a bit first.

1 I have got to go back to start­ing the week’s class stuff on Mon­days. Real­ly.

2 No, I’m not going to link to that!

Comments (4)

Fun­ny you should men­tion Hitler…

Amber and I have caught a cou­ple of spe­cials on the Nation­al Geo­graph­ic Chan­nel about him in the past week, and his ter­ri­ble flat­u­lence has come up in con­ver­sa­tion sev­er­al times dur­ing that span.

It’s love­ly that you have a reg­u­lar date night 🙂

Pret­ty new look for the blog, too.

Oooh, you read Against Romance. I’d love to hear what you think of it, if you feel moved to write about it.

Sam men­tioned some­thing about that recent­ly, Rusty – maybe he saw the same spe­cial? Or (more like­ly, since we don’t have cable) talked to or read some­thing by some­one who saw it? He men­tioned that Hitler was tak­ing strych­nine! Ugh!

Thanks, Hope! I’m still try­ing to decide whether or not I like this tem­plate. Get­ting the book and pho­to pages to work prop­er­ly is a nui­sance (they suck at the moment).

We actu­al­ly have two date nights each week 🙂 It’s our way of hav­ing some “just us” time, which too few par­ents do, IMNSHO. Sam and Katie did have one night set apart to do stuff togeth­er, but that sor­ta fell by the way­side as she got so caught up in school stuff. When we orig­i­nal­ly set up the sched­ule, we were still home­school­ing, so Katie and I had plen­ty of time togeth­er.

I have Against Romance and Days We Would Rather Know by Michael Blu­men­thal, and reread them this past week on a poet­ry binge. I don’t think I’ve ever encoun­tered any­one else who’d heard of him (or who seemed to rec­og­nize his name when look­ing through books on the shelves, any­way). I wasn’t going to write about it, since it’s “old,” but I’ll try to do so since you men­tioned it.

Have you seen this t-shirt con­test? I think you’d have a great entry: http://​teesfor​change​.zaadz​.com/​b​l​o​g​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​w​o​u​l​d​_​y​o​u​_​l​i​k​e​_​a​_​f​r​e​e​_​tee