June 30, 2012

What Obamacare Really Means

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL POST! (Well... it is. But not one of my opinions... just facts.)

As a reading teacher, it is my job to help my students comprehend difficult texts. I know all the reading strategies and how to apply them, but there are still some instances where I'd rather not have to do all that work. (Perhaps this explains my love of Cliffs Notes in my college days.)

I don't know about you, but when it comes to any kind of official documents, I often become overwhelmed by the jargon and want someone (with knowledge) to "break it down for me like I'm in kindergarten" (a phrase I use with my students when we summarize any text). With all the hype surrounding Obamacare in the media this week, I've been doing quite a bit of my own research with the goal of understand what, exactly, the bill says, without all of the political propaganda attached to it.

To my delight, a coworker posted this link today, which explains the bill and how it changes things... in plain English! And like any good presentation, it comes with citations so you can read the exact parts of the bill the author is deciphering for us. And I think he really tried to not sound too biased in his explanations.

Thank God for the Internet!

June 25, 2012

So, There's This Guy...

So... this post is LONG overdue. Mostly because I've been insanely busy with life for the past few months, but also because I struggle with how much of my personal life I wish to divulge on this public forum. But I keep feeling guilty that I haven't posted hardly anything lately, and in an effort to get back to my routine, there are some things I should catch ya'll up on. So without further ado...

I met someone. A great someone. I wasn't expecting it. Neither of us were. If you had told me, when we first met, that we'd be where we are today, I wouldn't have believed you. But that's how life works, right?

For nearly a year, I had never once seen him in the house across the street. And then, all of a sudden, he was there all the time.

Who is that hot guy? I wondered day after day.

He had a great smile and a caramel complexion. He greeted every woman with a, "Hey, babe!" that made him the talk of the neighborhood. None of us had ever met him, so we just called him Babe and wondered about this mystery man.

Babe and I exchanged polite hellos and goodbyes for several days before he came over one day when I was working in my garden (my favorite activity, if you recall) to offer some knowledge regarding which of my plants were weeds. It was then that he explained he was temporarily living with his mother in that house across the street. Before either of us knew it, several hours had passed of us talking and laughing (okay... flirting), and we exchanged numbers so we could hang out again that night (I had dinner plans with a friend).

And the rest, as they say, is history.

I have to say, being with him is like a breath of fresh air. (sigh) He showers me with love, affection, support, and affirmation. He takes care of me in ways no one in my life ever has. He treats me like a queen - like his queen. 

I honestly can't remember the last time I was this happy! :)