10 February 2007

First this, then that.

I usually have so much energy on Saturday nights. I've spent much of the last seven hours sitting on the couch. Not just sitting, of course. I did some work on the computer. I've read a few days worth of newspapers. I made the dessert for my book club. And took the caulk out of the tub that I caulked a few weeks ago. Mostly, though, I've been on the couch. I've had a lot on my mind. I have a big decision to make, and it's weighing me down. It looks almost certain that redistricting of our community to a different high school will occur in time for the 2007/2008 school year, Emily's first in high school. I had an inkling last year that this was a possibility, and knew it would be voted on in April. I was told that even if it was decided, it would not be implemented for at least a year and then they would most likely grandfather the kids into the schools they were already enrolled in. I breathed a big sigh of relief. Well, it seems certain now that we will have to go to this other school next year, and it's a terrible school. Here's the thing: I don't want Emily going to that school, it's not even a possibility that I'll let her. That will mean I'll either have to move, or send Emily to private school. I absolutely don't want to move, and I have no support from my ex or from Emily for her to go to private school. I have made a few decisions. I'm calling the private school on Monday to see if I can come to the school to see it and see if they have a program where Emily could 'shadow' at the school for a day. She may find out she loves it. I may find out she can't go there. Who knows? But it will be better to do something than to just think about it. I'll also find out what communities feed into the different schools in the county I work in and take a look at the houses out there. I may find I love something as much as I love my home. I've just been worrying about all of this, and getting depressed.

What can I say that's on a brighter note? Hmmm. I brought my chili into work today. A few years ago a neighbor was hosting a chili cook-off. I Googled 'award-winning chili recipes' and found this recipe. I won the cook-off with it. Everyone at work loved it. The dessert I made for tomorrow is very interesting and wonderful. You line a cookie sheet that has sides with saltines, making sure they touch all sides. Melt 2 sticks of butter with a cup of sugar and boil it for 5 minutes, stirring. Pour it over the saltines and spread to edges, then bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until it's toffee brown color. Take it out of the oven and sprinkle a bag of milk chocolate chips over it. Let set for 5 minutes then spread the melted chocolate. Refrigerate and break into pieces. I hadn't planned on including recipes on this blog, but this is wonderful stuff. I had it at a friend's recently, and have a niece that makes it often. There's many versions of this recipe on the internet. I just got up to try a piece to make sure it turned out as good as I remembered. It definitely did! On that note, a much better one than this post started out with, I'll say good-bye.


Billy said...

I always say that there is something out there that is bigger than us all. Isn't it strange how you have been cleaning out your basement and now are faced with a decision that could have you moving? Weird. The dessert sounds divine.

Billy said...

I hear you about cleaning it out. Sorry to hear that your day wasn't all that great. Hope tomorrow is better for you. If and when you visit Seattle, you will be in coffee heaven. There was a Starbucks, Seattle Coffee, or Tulleys on every corner. Every restaurant we went to had great coffee. I would love to go back and visit some day.

Anonymous said...

Interesting...our school district has just voted to change the boundries for next year as well. It doesn't affect us at all, but I do know a lot of people that are quite upset.

Will they accept waivers? I know that ours will for current students until the school is full, the only catch is you have to supply your own transportion.

I also know a family that has gotten a scholarship to a private school. They were in need and the kids had excellent grades. That might be an option as well. Good luck, it's hard to know the right thing to do for your child.

Oh..and about Seattle...in addition to all the well-known coffee, we have tons of little latte stands that have even better coffee!

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Unknown said...

Ah, cracker candy. Sarah makes it with saltines, Millie makes it with club crackers, and you can try it with Matzo to bring to Passover. We haven't had it around here for over a year, which is good because it is addicting (and deadly)!

Amanda said...

While I do like to cook, I'm not much of a desert maker, but that desert sounds good. :) I hope everything works out for the best with Emily's school!

Andrew said...

If you get a chance, email me that chili recipe. I would love to try it on a cold winter's day.

I hope you are okay today. Please post something to let us know how your Sunday is going. I hang on your every word. Yours, Abbagirl's, and Annabel's has become my favorite daily reads.

Your blogging friend,

Jonathon Andrew

Megan said...

Hey Cheryl,

Are you certain it isn't a possibility for your daughter to attend the pre-boundary change HS? Check with the district to see if there are any waivers she can be a part of. Let us know how it goes.

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