Cleaning Out The Reader

I finally decided I was completely irritated with Google Reader. Every time I started following someone's blog, not only did it put it in my "following" section but it also added the blog to my subscriptions. That meant that my "gotta read it" count was always double.

SOOOO..... I just spent the past hour UNfollowing all of the blogs I was following. No need to worry though, you're all still on my subscriptions list. Well.... 90% of you anyways.

If I normally comment at your blog and you don't see me for the next week, gimme a hollah! I may have accidentally deleted you from my subscriptions, too.

This reader has started to take over my life. LOL I still have 66 blogs in my subscriptions and am thinking of cutting it down to about 20. But it's so hard to choose who I should remove. I've become glued to your windows and can't stop peaking in.

Moving on to another type of reader.... I'd like to discuss my daughter, Princess. A couple of days ago, she said to me, "Mom, do you know what they use to call black people?"

Instead of calmly discussing the issue, I blurted out "Yes I do and if I ever hear you use that word you'll be in more trouble than you've ever been in IN.YOUR.LIFE!!!"

I hate that word! I've used my fair share of filthy language but that's one word that has NEVER crossed my lips and one that my fingertips have never typed. I hate that word!!!

Guess who taught her the word..... I'm waiting.... Guess.....

It was her teacher. They are reading a book (yes, continuing to read the book) and it has that word in it. It's not an educational book that talks about the cruelty endured by slaves. No, it's a "just for fun" book. A book they're reading aloud in class.

She said that her teacher "didn't realize the word was in the book." Well, I suggest that from now on, that genius teacher of hers needs to read the book herself before she asks her students to read it. The nerve....
Posted on 12:01 PM by Chris and filed under , | 13 Comments »


calicobebop said... @ March 18, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Her teacher? What the heck was she teaching?!? I would have gone off the deep end too!

word ver = hoolyin. Kinda like hollering? Maybe?

Samsmama said... @ March 18, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Once the teacher noticed the word, surely she could have simply NOT SAID IT! Geez...

One of my most haunting memories is f hearing my grandma say it.

Sprite's Keeper said... @ March 18, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Oy. When the teacher doesn't realize what they're assigning, it's time to look more closely at the teacher. Yeah, I'd be kinda pissed too.

Gina said... @ March 18, 2009 at 1:19 PM

WTF?? Seriously - she should read the thing in advance (or at least stop herself from saying the word).

Rachael said... @ March 18, 2009 at 1:32 PM

There is a way to turn off those updates in Google reader so blogs you follow don't show up in your list, I had the same problem when I started following blogs and it was annoying as hell. You tell it not to display them, but I can't remember exactly where - I can figure it out if you're interested. But, you have it solved for now.

Also, that teacher? Is an idiot. Who doesn't read a book before giving it to a bunch of kids?

Stacie said... @ March 18, 2009 at 2:05 PM

wow. i would think all books would have to be pre-read...

Terri said... @ March 18, 2009 at 3:23 PM

ummm...... shaking head...... rolling eyes......... UGH!

Val said... @ March 18, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Wow! Great teacher!

Good luck with the reader thing. I pared down a while ago, and am now back up again. It's so hard. And addictive. Besides the fact that I have no time to comment on them all!

Sarah said... @ March 18, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Sounds like the teachers in your school are real winners. At least the ones you've mentioned. Out of curiosity, because I've been in different types of school systems myself, are you in a rural area, suburb of a large city, or in a small city area (like under 500,000 population in the "greater" area)?

Chris said... @ March 18, 2009 at 11:16 PM

We're VERY rural!!! There are probably less than 200 kids in grades K-8. My 8 year old has the smallest class. Including him, there are 5 students.

Michelle said... @ March 19, 2009 at 12:33 PM

I am with you. I seriously need to stop following some blogs. There is no way I can keep up anymore. You will stay on the list though ;)

Sarah said... @ March 20, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Yeah, we had real winners in our rural area too. Although, one year the HS biology teacher was teacher of the year for the state. There are occasional diamonds, you just have to make it through the clods.

Courtney said... @ March 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Okay - pre-reading is necessary!

As for your reader -- you have inspired me. Its out of control and needs a good cleaning!

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