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Lord Help Us, We Need a New House

 

 

The Boise area is the number one fastest growing area in the United States. So, of course, that’s where we are and where the Withers family needs a new house for reasons that should be obvious (to anyone who knows me anyway) from the picture. Despite my aversion to having complete strangers looking down into my backyard, I have been assured that my house will sell quickly because of the market we are in. The problem, however, is finding a house. In my head, picking my new dream home should go much differently.

 

I think it is only fair to reward those of us who have actually lived in Idaho the longest. Therefore, because I am fifth or sixth generation (I lose track) Idahoan, I think I should get preferential treatment in the house hunt. The way things are, new builders will not do any contingency offers, but in my world, they would say, “Oh, you are a real Idahoan? Well, then that changes everything. Not only will we take a contingency offer, but you also get the Real Idahoan Discount. Welcome home, and thank you for having ancestors that homesteaded in this great state.”

 

If only things were as just as they are in my imagination. This is nothing like it really is, so send your positive thoughts into the universe because this Idahoan needs a new house!

Lord Help Us, We Need a New House

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The Boise area is the number one fastest growing area in the United States. So, of course, that’s where we are and where the Withers family needs a new house for reasons that should be obvious (to anyone who knows me anyway) from the picture. Despite my aversion to having complete strangers looking down into my backyard, I have been assured that my house will sell quickly because of the market we are in. The problem, however, is finding a house. In my head, picking my new dream home should go much differently.

 

I think it is only fair to reward those of us who have actually lived in Idaho the longest. Therefore, because I am fifth or sixth generation (I lose track) Idahoan, I think I should get preferential treatment in the house hunt. The way things are, new builders will not do any contingency offers, but in my world, they would say, “Oh, you are a real Idahoan? Well, then that changes everything. Not only will we take a contingency offer, but you also get the Real Idahoan Discount. Welcome home, and thank you for having ancestors that homesteaded in this great state.”

 

If only things were as just as they are in my imagination. This is nothing like it really is, so send your positive thoughts into the universe because this Idahoan needs a new house!

Just Because They're Being a S**thill Doesn't Mean You Have To

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The school shooting in Florida really threw me for a loop. So much so that I took a break from blogging and social media for a while. It's very upsetting as a teacher to see a school shooting happen, again. Even worse, however, are the idiots who come out of the woodwork to add their two cents on social media. There was so much ignorance and malice. My initial reaction was to tell them how wrong they were, to put them in their place with my wise, witty words about what education, educators, and even society really needs. I burned through paper writing rough drafts that would cleanse the internet of ignorance. But then I heard that voice telling me how things really should be handled. 

It's not my conscience. It's Gram. She said to me just like she'd done many times in the past, "Jennie Gal, just because they're being shithills doesn't mean you have to." 

And just like that, I knew that writing the most eloquent, persuasive, manifesto on our broken down, stupid system would only be adding my shit to the pile. It wouldn't change anything. I stepped away from the shithill. That doesn't mean I'm not going to fight for the safety of students. It just means that I'm finding better, more powerful and intelligent ways to affect change. Thanks Gram.