Friday, February 05, 2010

BE PREPARED... shelter in place for 3-5 days.

As everyone in the D.C. area should know by now, a blizzard is in progress. Based on the current reports, the snow could amount to two feet by Saturday night, similar to the storm right before Christmas. We heard on the news that, while it may take a some time for roads to be cleared and for driving conditions to return to normal, people should expect to stay in their homes for up to five days. With this in mind, I think you can probably imagine the scene of mobs flocking to the supermarkets for eggs, milk, bread, and other necessities.

Well, just in case you cannot possibly conjure up an image of an empty bread aisle or milk-free refrigerators, let me help you out.


PS: I guess people really do make French toast after a blizzard!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

One Job I'd Never Want

With all the snow lately, I've been thinking that the person who makes the call on whether to cancel school has the most thankless job I can think of. No matter what the decision, there will undoubtedly be countless individuals who are dissatisfied with the verdict. Dealing with mother nature this winter has been especially difficult given the timing of the storms, the temperature trends, and the varying amounts.

The $64,000 question today, of course, is what will our "Director of Public Information" decide about tomorrow? The pressure must be very intense with a 1 to 2 foot predicted snowfall that may begin mid-morning.

All I can say is that, as a teacher, I'm as bad as the kids...No mystery where my sentiments lie! That said, the thought of making these days up in June keeps things in perspective.

See...I'm not in charge of this decision, but even I'm conflicted!


PS: By the way, why eggs, milk, and bread? All I can imagine is that the morning after a snowstorm, everyone makes French toast!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Behind The Times And Loving Every Minute Of It

A brand new craze has swept the Balla household. New, not to the world, but new to us.

Prior to a few weeks ago, we had never even heard of the fine people of Dunder Mifflin, yet now they have become part of our daily regimen. If not for a chance "meeting" with the crew during a trip to North Carolina when Z came down with a bug and we were confined to a hotel room and, therefore, forced to channel surf, we would have never known what we'd been missing. Credit goes to Steve for making a stop at TBS after noticing a funny scene--you know the one where Dwight makes his speech at the paper salesman convention. "What's this?" I asked. "It looks like some kind of reality show that isn't really a reality show." After watching the rest of that episode, the nonstop party began.

Why are we psyched to be "behind the times?" Well, due to a lapse in our pop culture awareness, we have a seemingly endless supply of episodes to watch. We're down six seasons at the start, so there's lots of catching up to do! I never thought I'd see a show that could give Seinfeld a run for its money!

You know a Scranton road trip can't be far off for us!


Monday, February 01, 2010

Both Sides Of Three

For me, last year was all about removing boundaries. Demystifying exotic lands by wholeheartedly experiencing the joys as well as the discomforts of new places and cultures and truly opening my mind to the wonders our world has to offer. Becoming a world citizen with a border-free perspective. This was a choice that has paid huge dividends as I have come to view the world with an enlightened perspective.

Not so much by choice as by design, this year has been all about removing time boundaries. As Julie has made her way through her first semester of high school, she (and, by default, I) have seen both sides of 3 am. Sometimes she is up until that time completing homework, projects, or studying. Occasionally she'll reach exhaustion much earlier in the evening but, given the expectations of a rigorous course load, she'll ask me to make sure she wakes up at 3 am to finish the rest of her work.

At first I thought this was crazy, but hearing that other high school parents are experiencing similar circumstances is somehow comforting. In any case, I decided early on that attitude is everything when you push your body and mind to new limits. As a result, I have chosen to face these new hours with a positive approach. (Well, at least most of the time!) Julie and I joke that last year we removed the borders of space, and this year we've taken care of the borders of time.

I guess this gives new meaning to the space-time continuum...