Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

I am almost done sending all my Christmas cards — 100 total — but just need a few more addresses. Even though my kids are off from school right now, I managed to wrap all their Christmas gifts, write them letters from Santa in fancy gold pen, and hide the packages. I just need to stuff their stockings, which I will do, if and when, they go to bed on Christmas Eve. :)

Where are you in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Our “capasb,” by the way, has a diary and excellent on-going series called “Getting it DONE.” (Warning: cute kid drawing in the most recent edition!)

The Texas NAACP and Texas League of United Latin American Citizens have called on the U.S. Department of Education to investigate the Lone Star’s newly approved curriculum under the premise that it was “made with the intention to discriminate” and would have a “stigmatizing impact” on African-American and Latino students. From the Huffington Post:

“The State of Texas is failing to provide many of its minority students with equal educational opportunities,” documents sent to the federal department said.

The request, signed by Gary Bledsoe, president of the state NAACP, and Joey D. Cardenas Jr., state director of Texas LULAC, asked that implementation of the curriculum changes and new standardized tests be stopped for being racially or ethnically offensive or historically inaccurate.

Besides the curriculum complaint, they accused the state, the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Board of Education of “miseducation” of minority students, disparate discipline for minority students, using accountability standards to impose sanctions on schools with high numbers of minority students and rules leading to underrepresentation of minorities in gifted and talented school programs.

That’s one case I will be following.

In celebrity gossip break: want a preview of American Idol new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez? Check out this OMG! article. Will you be watching this season?

Have a wonderful holiday all! What are you up to today?


Late-Night Liberty: Time Management Edition

If you can stand one more holiday story: a friend sent me one of those “Holiday Survival Guides” type of mass e-mails. This one was on how to manage your time in the holidays now with sending cards, wrapping gifts and holiday parties. Here was the advice:

  1.  BOOT CAMP – By far the most important one!!  But that’s really no secret.  Exercising in the morning before you start your day will make your life so much easier.  You’ll feel more in control, able to handle anything that comes your way, and you will be able to think more clearly and make good decisions….
  1.  Eating Healthy – There are so many temptations and sweet treats around this time of year, not to mention the freely flowing booze at every holiday party!  People might be giving you cookies, cheesecake, candy, salted nuts, liquor, etc. as gifts.  Try one if you must, but don’t overdo it!
  1.  Sleep – Go to bed on time.  Do not stay up late wrapping presents, addressing Christmas cards, shopping online, overdecorating your tree, etc.  I know we all feel so rushed around this time of year, but really, those things can wait….
  1.  Say no – Not to me, of course!  :)  But learn to say no when saying yes will be overcommitting yourself.  Don’t spread yourself too thin.  Prioritize the things that are important to you.

Of course, this advice should apply year-round. I wished there were more tips on how to be more efficient in sending out the holiday cards, decorating, shopping and wrapping gifts. Any ideas?