I hope everyone had a great week. Thanks for checking out my weekly series, Week in Review, posted every Friday. Enjoy a recap of how the week went down and tell me about yours.
1) What’s gotten my attention this week?
Did you know that teachers don’t just work 9 months a year? They work portions of the their breaks during the school year, continue to work when school lets out, before the school year starts, and more than a regular work day when school is in session.
Did you know that education funding in Oklahoma has been cut by 28% over the last decade? Some rural school districts have only been going to school 4 days a week. How is that even possible? How have we let that happen? These cuts leave most teachers to supply for their classrooms out of their own pockets.
Did you know that Oklahoma is 49th in the country for teacher pay? We are making it hard for our teachers to earn a living while losing talent to surrounding states that pay more.
Did you know that some critics of teachers and the walk offer suggestions like online public school and sending your kids to private school? These scenarios single out my special needs son from a working class family from getting a basic education he deserves access to.
There’s a lot of positive about our state, but teacher and education support is not one of them. With no apparent action on the horizon, there’s now talks of an organized teacher walkout to force the legislative hands who have promised and not delivered raises for years. I’m sad it may come to that, but we need to see some change.
2) What blog post should you check out?
Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy. There’s nothing better than family made comfort food. This post on the blog The Pantry Portfolio reminiscences about mom’s version, trying to replicate it, and ending up at a new classic. I made meatloaf this week solely because of this post. Check it out.
**I had a Meet and Greet recently where I asked bloggers to share their favorite posts from 2017. I’m going to a highlight a post a week from the links left. If you would like to leave a link and have a piece highlighted on a Week in Review post, click here and leave it in the comments.**
3) What’s been going on this week?
I got to see my sister, the one who moved across the country recently. She was in town to do some work on the house they are selling. The hubs and kids and I stopped by there for a quick hello one evening when my son proceeded to tell everyone a baby would be coming out of my vagina. Yeah so. . .
Later in the week I got to meet up with her again for a quick but sisters only lunch. Apparently the north doesn’t do Mexican as well as we do in the south or midwest or whatever Oklahoma is considered. So we had tacos. Getting to chat with her was the highlight of my week. Since food has been so hit or miss with me recently, being able to actually enjoy the tacos was a bonus.
4) What’s going on this weekend?
I’m not exactly sure. I’ve been sleeping so much on the weekends. I’d bet money that trend will continue. It’s supposed to be pretty Saturday though. So I hope I’m feeling okay and can get the kids and I out of the house to run around to do something.
I’d like to use our zoo membership a few more times before it expires at the end of May. I’m not sure if we will renew it this year. There’s also this double decker bus that drives around and doubles as a coffee shop. I think it’d be fun to take the kids and have hot chocolate on it. And my 3-year-old has been begging to go to the library. I kinda feel like if a 3-year-old begs to go to the library I need to oblige, you know? We will see. I’m still at the “take it day by day and see how I feel” stage of pregnancy.
5) Did you miss this post?
1st Trimester Rants. Who can relate???
6) What did my kids create?
A leprechaun trap. I was at work when they concocted this one. So I’m not exactly sure what the actual trap here is. I can tell you though that we don’t ever have Lucky Charms in our house. There was a giant box on sale, so we have them in the house this week. Between that and St. Patrick’s Day coming up, they came up with the idea to make a leprechaun trap, and this is it. Also, they just look pretty darn cute.
Thanks for reading. How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?