Friday, November 21, 2008

A Post from the Past

Before I have to head into work later this afternoon, I have decided to treat myself and sneak off minus any teenagers to see "Twilight", the long-awaited big screen version of Stefanie Meyer's teenage vampire romance novel of the same name. Yeah, yeah, I know ... I really should wait and go with Amanda and Cate but I think I need to go first to check it out and see whether or not they're going to like it! After all, it could be an absolutely horrible adaptation of the book and it's my duty as a good mom to make the sacrifice to be sure that it's not going to disappoint the girls.

Anyhow, because I'm heading out to an 11:00 a.m. show, I decided to pull my post from two years ago today and republish it for your Friday enjoyment. It's quick, it's easy, and most of you weren't reading my blog way back in 2006 so this will be all new to you!

Enjoy and I'll be sure to let you know how the movie is! By the way, Callie - did you finish the book yet??

Originally posted on November 21st, 2006

Amanda has a two-part Civics test this week and this morning as we were sitting on the couch watching bits and pieces of the news (and no, not Rachel Lutzker for all of her fans out there!) she decided to try quizzing me on some of the things that she was going to be tested on.

"What rights are Americans promised under the U.S. Constitution?"
"You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney and to have an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be provided to you free of charge."
"Who was James Madison?"
"He was the fourth President of the United States and was married to Dolly Madison who later went on to make wonderful snack cakes."
"What is the Preamble?"
"The short walk that you take to loosen up your legs before the real ambling begins."
"What is the New Jersey compromise?"
"A decision that is agreed upon by a bunch of guys talking with Jersey accents who generally say 'fuggedaboutit' to everything."
"What is the CT plan or the Great Compromise?"
"When the people from Connecticut decide to agree on something really good."
"What is the 3/5ths Compromise?"
"When 3/5ths of the people in the room agree on something then it's passed."
"Who was Thomas Jefferson?"
"The third President of the United States who lived at Monticello in Virginia and was the main author of the Declaration of Independence as well as a gifted inventor and player of the violin. He died on July 4th, 1809 - the exact same day as John Adams, second President of the United States" (Now this one I knew!)
Needless to say I was probably not a great deal of help to Amanda in studying for her test as most of this stuff totally escapes me despite the fact that I think I used to know it once upon a time. Even though I love history, and lament not having become a history teacher, I've never been a big fan of Civics which is more the study of comparative government or politics than it is actual history.

Whereas I can tell you quite a bit about what went on during the actual writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence, I can't tell you that much about the document itself. The same goes for the Constitution and any of the other lovely documents that our Founding Fathers decided to draft once they got the notion that we were going to be a nation independent of England. Ask me about George Washington as a General and I could bore you to tears but ask me about George Washington as a Statesman and I'll bore you to tears about George Washington as a General!

Knowing that I'm a history buff, Amanda was quite surprised that I couldn't answer most of the questions she threw out at me this morning (as a matter of fact, she kept smacking me in the head with her papers after every wrong answer!) but I was rather proud of the fact that she DID know the answers. Maybe she's paying more attention in class than I thought she was!


  1. Anonymous9:12 AM EST

    After all, it could be an absolutely horrible adaptation of the book and it's my duty as a good mom to make the sacrifice to be sure that it's not going to disappoint the girls.

    LOL... it's your duty as a mom... You crack me up!

    Looking forward to the review...

  2. Today I finish the book :) since I am sick I have had reading time... I was super jealous and secretly wishing I was in line at the movies last night waiting to watch Twilight at 12:01 am last night..It was all over the news. Not sure when I will get to see it... They showed on the news all the different places all over the northwest where a lot of the filming was done... I knew a bunch of the spots... too cool!!!!!!! Ain't this exciting? I wish all of us Twilight nutts were getting to see the movie together..

  3. After all, it could be an absolutely horrible adaptation of the book and it's my duty as a good mom to make the sacrifice to be sure that it's not going to disappoint the girls.

    What a load of bollocks!

    Have fun you horny auld vampire loving devil.


  4. LOL...Linda, one of the MANY reasons I love ya is your sense of humor! "My duty...ect" PUHLEASE! I've heard fishermen & bikers tell smaller tales! Anyway, hope you enjoyed the movie!

    Oh, and just so you know, I WAS reading your blog back in 2006, and I remember this exact installment! I laughed @ your answers just as much today as I did two yrs ago!

    BTW: Good cake last night - definately the highlight of an otherwise l-o-n-g shift! Thanks!

  5. I hadn't met you yet, Duchess Linda when you posted this, so it was all new to me.

    Cute answers! Great re-post and I hope you are loving the movie as we speak (it's 12:04 p.m)

  6. It's a Mom's duty to check things out for her kids! ;)

  7. Bwahahahahaha. You are such a good mom. Enjoy the movie. Have a great day and weekend. Big hug. :)

  8. Enjoy the movie. My treat to myself comes next week with with Hugh Jackman in Australia.


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