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My Favorite Zurich Moments

9 Feb

I don’t know what kind of incentives the Swiss government offers its population for having children, but there are kids EVERYWHERE in the elegant and exorbitantly expensive city of Zurich!  Here’s what I’ve seen this week…

– The city parks are over-run with tiny tots, younger than three, wearing reflective vests and snow suits, and running around while two daycare workers watch placidly from a bench.

– Tons of Elementary children take public transportation and walk to school by themselves.

– Mothers breast-feed in coffee shops, rarely using a nursing blanket.

– I almost got run-over by an apparently self-guided stroller (I could’ve sworn it was rolling by itself down the street and almost threw myself on it to stop it).  When it passed me, I turned to look behind it and there was a 3-year-old pushing it, with mom walking about six feet behind.

But my favorite Zurich moment thus far:

– A teacher showed an eight-year-old boy how to do long division with the Racks and Tubes while breast-feeding her six-month-old (minus nursing blanket, obviously).  None of the other 24 children in the classroom batted an eyelash.

I celebrated quietly. 🙂

 

Friday Fun

2 Jul

We’re throwing a party tomorrow, and I leave for Mexico on Sunday and don’t know exactly if/when I’ll return to San Diego before heading to Italy, so of course my to-do list is a mile long.  Naturally, I’m getting a jump start procrastinating by accepting a tag challenge by Sands at Everyday Musings (amazing, must-read blog, by the way…).  The tag is called “My Sins Against Gender-Stereotypes”, and although I’m obviously not very talented at this list-making thing (see sentence above), I’ll give it a try…

1. I went to college halfway around the world while many of my friends in Mexico were getting married and settling down next door to their parents.

2. I despise wearing make-up, reading about make-up, buying make-up, or talking about make-up.

3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE me a stick-shift vehicle and have been known to drag race my brother (I miss my souped-up Peugeot 206 soooo much…)

4. Beer is my favorite alcoholic beverage and I must drink it straight from the bottle.

5. I can change a tire on a car or bike.

6. I drink my coffee black and I can’t understand why anyone would put whipped cream and caramel in their coffee.

7. I’ve held my own while working in an all-male restaurant kitchen.

8. I have a black belt in karate.

9. I rock climb and scuba dive.

10. I’m perfectly happy camping in the wilderness and… well… Let’s just say I don’t need a bathroom.  🙂  (I knew a girl who brought along one of these when she went camping.  I’m serious.)

I would tag 12 readers, but I just realized how much stuff I have to do today, so I’m going to send out a mass shout-out to anyone who’s interested in taking up this challenge (read: I’m lazy and can’t be bothered to look up blog addresses and set up the links).  Knock yourselves out!

Why Montessori Schools Don’t Hand Out Bumper Stickers to Their Students

13 Feb

Don’t get it?  Read this…

Freedom of Choice

2 Aug