Date Night, Reading, School Stuff

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

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 2No, I’m not going to link to that! 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 though 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 web­site 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.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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4 thoughts on “Date Night, Reading, School Stuff

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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:

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