Whirlwinds and School Supplies

Oh. My. Word.  Things have been happening around here.  First off, my husband, who is probably the most deliberate, cautious and risk-avoiding person I know made a huge decision that I am incredibly proud of:  he’s running for School Board. Our district went from an At-Large voting, similar to the way states vote for Senators, only it’s non-partisan, and switched to an Area-based system.  It took about two years and a gazillion dollars paid to a consultant to come up with this plan, but it’s finally happening in our upcoming election in November.  In an Area-based voting system, the candidate must live in the Area they want to represent and only residents of that defined area may vote for their candidates, which is a little more like the way states elect Representatives for the House, but again, it’s non-partisan.

There was some strategy meetings with the candidate and his team (aka, ME).  Platforms were discussed, campaign techniques, fundraising ideas, etc. While it had heaps of style and appeal, we had to reject my idea of using Pink Floyd’s “We Don’t Need No Education” as his theme song, announcing his candidacy in front of a giant brick wall and handing out pudding cups to anyone who showed up.   It kept us laughing for a good 10 minutes, though, and totally perplexed The Hobbit who was on board with the whole free pudding concept but unsure as to why that would be funny.  However, we did decide we really need a laser light machine in our arsenal for holiday decorating.

We eventually got around to being mature adults once the giggling settled down and pulled it all together.  I got busy with my mad organizational skillz, made lists, scribbled down ideas, and launched the online side of his campaign. There’s a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, and a Website.  

This past Monday, all three of us went down to the county building so Chris could file his paperwork and make it official. It was exciting and for him, a little scary.  I’m proud of him for putting himself out there and taking this chance that is outside his comfort zone.  Surely you’ve heard/read the Edmund Burke quote, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”? I don’t think our current school board is evil, I think they’re making difficult policy the best they can, but I am bursting with pride that the good man I’m married to is doing something where he sees a need. How many of us have taken a big leap like that?  It’s scary and exposing, but he took that first step and I’m right there beside him.

In the midst of the whirlwind for school board candidacy, we have also been getting The Hobbit ready for school.  What an exciting time!  There have been school supplies to buy, though, not many, and also some preparation for Mom & Dad.  The program The Hobbit is participating in requires parent involvement in the classroom, which I’m really looking forward to, but that means we have to be cleared according to the Megan’s Law guidelines, which amounted to time spent getting fingerprinted down at the District offices.  

It’s been about 15 years since I was last fingerprinted for a school job, and then it was a Big Deal because it was being done with that new-fangled Live Scan process.  The machines were so expensive they were shared between public entities.  The last time I had it done was at the Napa County Sheriff’s office (they had the machine twice a week at that time), and the machine was about the size of a massive Xerox copier.  Imagine my surprise, and delight, at the newer versions that are basically a laptop and a scanner the size of a credit card reader.   The woman doing the scanning was really great, too.  It’s always so nice when you have to go do something required and costly to have someone with fabulous customer service skills at the helm.

I feel like we’ve been going non-stop for about 10 days now.  I wanted to shut down and not think for a little while. So this afternoon at 2:55 I sat down to watch last night’s Daily Show, and in the opening lines, John Stewart made a “Guardians of the Galaxy” reference. I looked up movie times and made a spontaneous decision to go to a 3:20 pm showing, because it’s discount movie day, and I am a giant geek who has been anxiously awaiting this movie. 

It did not disappoint.  Easily the best acting Vin Diesel has ever done.  Ever.  If he doesn’t get an Oscar nod for delivering such riveting lines as “I am Groot,” then he’ll never get one.  Maybe a Golden Globe.  I laughed and cried my way through that movie and would happily go see it again.  Who’s with me?   

I have also been counting down the days until my 40th birthday and working on my 40 Things in My 40th Year List. Also, that title is cumbersome.  I need a better one. How about The First Forty?  That may be a possibility.

 I thought for sure I’d have that list done by now.  I had ideas running willy nilly all through my head, loads written down and now that I’m faced with making decisions, I’ve got nuthin’.  Well, not entirely nothing, I have slightly more than half and the other ideas I have make me feel, “meh.”  It’s gotten nerve-racking!  Am I going to get it finished by the 15th?  What if, *gasp*, I’ve just run out of ideas? It’s a writer’s nightmare.  I’m going to ask again – if anyone has any suggestions for what they’d do if handed this task, please leave me a comment below or on Facebook.  Even if I don’t use your idea, it might nudge my neurons and light of a couple sparks. 



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