Wednesday, September 08, 2004

me an' gloria gaynor

At first I was afraid, I was petrified
Being home all day with all three kids
Just how would I survive?
I've spent many sleepless nights
Thinking how this could go wrong
But I tell myself that we'll just learn to get along.

Oh no don't go, you shut that door
You've still got history
A little science and there's more
I tell you it's not time to play
You've got swimming now I say
But we'll survive,
We will survive . . .

Oh, I . . . I will survive
As long as we can get on-line
Our homeschool stays alive
Only two complaints a day
Respect each other or you pay
And eat alone
In the dining room, hey, hey.

I'm sayin' don't walk out that door
There's social studies, math and reading
Now your test grades can't be poor
You've got your whole life to live
You've got lots of you to give
You must survive, you must survive
Hey, hey!

Shoot, when you think about your child's future riding on you, it's just plain scary!

Actually, it went pretty well once we all got up and running on-line. We ended up starting almost two hours later than planned because, I assume, everyone was trying to log-on at once. We're doing The Jubilee Academy ( and it's great. I still have to teach, but no curriculum planning really. I jump from computer to computer. We're just plain wired here at the Samson house.

Thanks for the prayers. How's the school year going for you?




Blogger Jules Quincy Stephens said...

Love the song.

My daughter, who is in Kindergarten and is home schooled, threw a fit today about doing letters. She's on P, Q & R. She couldn't make the little q's to her liking, so she freaked out, threw down the pen and sat there, sulking.

I'm going to put her in a drama class.

September 8, 2004 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Jeanne Damoff said...

Heh heh. I actually sang your version of the song. The lyrics fit nicely. Good job.

That reminds me of a recent evening when George and Jacob returned from the store. As they entered I said, "You're back" and then, without premeditation, launched into ". . . from outer space, I just walked in . . ." while strutting toward them 70's style.

Nice to know I'm not the only one who likes a little survival soundtrack in life. ;o) (They ignored me, btw. I can't imagine why.)

Have fun with school! You will survive.

side note to Jules: drama class sounds like a plan!

September 8, 2004 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

Hey, Lisa--I homeschooled my three for three years, ending eleven years ago. Whew! There was nothing online back then, and very little local stuff to plug into. We were on our own, baby. We knew a few other families, but still. Our inter-family support system consisted of telling our kids to run out the back door to the homeschooling neighbors' house if the Division of Family Services came knocking!

I have fond memories of those years. The fondest being when Scott's appendix burst (age 12), and he told me it was ALL MY FAULT because I was putting so much pressure on him to get his correspondence courses done on time.

The second fondest being when I put my baby in school, and he was the oldest in his class. When he had a school birthday party, his little buddies asked, "Hey, Kev, why are you turning nine and we all turning eight?" And he answered, without missing a beat, "Because my mom homeschooled me and she didn't teach me nothin'."

On second thought, that one might be my fondest memory!

Oh, here's one more, about my daughter, Carrie. She was in second grade and doing an English test. One of the questions had space for a two-line essay answer. I told her when she was finished to check her answers against the teacher's key in the back of the book. When I looked over her work later that night, she'd filled in three words on the space under the essay question: "Answers will vary."

Just thought you might enjoy a little homeschooling humor, one crazy mom to another! Best wishes and many prayers!

September 8, 2004 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Angi said...

so far, our "year" has yet to start.

Every time we try to start school, something happens. We've had one broken arm, one broken finger that required emergency surgery, and now, this week, we are under flood warnings, and all the public schools are out, so my kids are out as well.

Doesn't sound too good to me. Maybe next week.

September 8, 2004 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger grammarwitch said...

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September 9, 2004 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Michele Hastings said...

I know this isn't a chatroom but I just can't resist...Grammarwitch...why DID you put your kids in school? And Katy...THAT was hilarious! I especially liked your son's comment about you not teaching him anything! LOL! Back to you Lisa.We use our computers ALOT (we have 3) but we're not in any correspondence course or anything. We just use Internet sites and google and CD roms alot in our homeschooling...which soon as my husband goes back to work (he's a teacher's aid) and the boys' friends go back to school...we hit the books too. It's going fine. Busy though! They're now 12 and 13 and still haven't taken much ownership so I do most things "with" them. You're right IS scary being so responsible...

September 9, 2004 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger upwords said...

Great song, Lisa! LOL I wish I could say for sure that we've started. In truth, we never stop. Being me, all somebody has to do is ask one question ("So, Mom who are you voting for? Can they do that on tv? What kind of butterfly is that?) and we're off... They know that usually if you ask about something, you'll end up writing a paper on it, interviewing somebody, taking a library trip, getting spelling/vocabulary words from whatever they ask me to spell and so on. We did Grace Academy (Jubillee before they had that) for about six months. It was cool, but some of the books never arrived and I couldn't keep up with the payments. My oldest daughter did enjoy it though. Her history teacher was an awesome guy. The CDs and books were cool too. Perhaps will try it again sometime. I'm glad to hear that you guys are settling in and that you still have a song. :) Don't forget the hipsway. Have a ball!

Mary G

September 9, 2004 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger grammarwitch said...

Oh, drat.

I'm not used to posting on these things, and while poking around the various icons to find out what they did, I think I may have inadvertently deleted my earlier post about homeschooling. Icons make no sense to me--I never recognize the pictures for what they are. Can't they just use words? Ah, well--perhaps everyone who needed to see that post has seen it by now, and it's outlived its usefulness. Michele, I was going to tell you why I put my kids back into school, but I don't want to take over Lisa's blog. Feel free to email me if you like.

September 9, 2004 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger BLANCHE said...

Nice blog. Have you seen your google rating? BlogFlux It's Free and you can add a Little Script to your site that will tell everyone your ranking. I think yours was a 3. I guess you'll have to check it out.

Computer News
Microsoft lawsuit is called a 'charade'

In a simmering legal tussle, Google, the Internet search company, is asking a judge to reject Microsoft's bid to keep a prized research engineer from taking a job at Google, saying that Microsoft filed a lawsuit to frighten other workers from defecting.

Microsoft sued the research engineer, Kai-Fu Lee, and Google last week, asserting that by taking the Google job, Lee was violating an agreement that he signed in 2000 barring him from working for a direct competitor in an area that overlapped with his role at Microsoft.

"This lawsuit is a charade," Google said in court documents filed before a hearing on Wednesday in Seattle. "Indeed, Microsoft executives admitted to Lee that their real intent was to scare other Microsoft employees into remaining at the company."

Google countersued last week, seeking to override Microsoft's noncompete provision so that it can retain Lee.

"In truth, Kai-Fu Lee's work for Microsoft had only the most tangential connection to search and no connection whatsoever to Google's work in this space," Google said in court documents.

The judge in the case, Steven Gonzalez of Superior Court, who heard arguments in the case on Wednesday, said he expected to issue a ruling on Thursday.

Google's filings include details about a conversation Lee had with Microsoft's chairman, Bill Gates, suggesting that his company was becoming increasingly concerned about Google's siphoning of talent, and perhaps intellectual property.

Lee said Gates told him in a meeting on July 15, referring to Microsoft's chief executive, Steven Ballmer: "Kai-Fu, Steve is definitely going to sue you and Google over this. He has been looking for something like this, someone at a VP level to go to Google. We need to do this to stop Google."

A Microsoft spokeswoman, Stacy Drake, declined to comment on Gates's statement directly.

"Our concern here is the fact that Dr. Lee has knowledge of highly sensitive information both of our search business and our strategy in China," she said.

Lee said Google did not recruit him and had not encouraged him to violate any agreement he had with Microsoft.

Microsoft countered that Lee's job with Google gave him ample opportunity to leak sensitive technical and strategic business secrets. Microsoft noted that Lee attended a confidential, executive-only briefing in March, which was labeled "The Google Challenge."

"In short, Dr. Lee was recently handed Microsoft's entire Google competition 'playbook,"' Microsoft said.

Lee joined Microsoft in August 2000 after he helped to establish its research center in China. At one point, Microsoft said, he was in charge of the company's work on MSN Search.

Microsoft and Google, along with Yahoo, are locked in a fierce battle to dominate search, both online and through desktop search programs. Google has begun offering new services, including e-mail, that compete with Microsoft offerings.

Microsoft said it had paid Lee well in exchange for his promises to honor confidentiality and noncompete agreements.

The company said that Lee made more than $3 million during nearly five years at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and that he earned more than $1 million last year.

Microsoft asserts that there is "an extremely close between the work Lee did at Microsoft and what he will be doing at Google.

Google argued otherwise, insisting that Lee is not a search expert and noting that his most recent work at Microsoft was in speech recognition.

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