Tuesday, May 23, 2006

i've been busy

Well, I've clearly been busy because the blogging has been lacking. But it is true. I've had a busy couple of weeks.

It started with some visitors from home. Our first out of town family to come see us in Ottawa. I have to say, it was wonderful to have my dad and Kevin here...though it was somewhat surreal. Thank you for coming! It was a treat to have you here (in many ways...we are still enjoying the cookies and the snack mix!)

Then for the long weekend, more family. Only this time we travelled to Vermont to see my dad's side of the family. I spent many summers in Vermont and always loved it. I am glad that Jordan took to it as well. It really is like a movie. Everything is so quaint and picturesque...plus, Ben and Jerry live there!

We went to the factory, but didn't take the tour since they don't make ice cream on the weekend. We'll have to go back on a weekday. New flavour: Black and Tan. Very tasty. We hope to return for even longer sometime soon.

So now it's back to work and normal. Though if the rumours are true (and by rumours, I mean that she has mentioned she'd like to on her blog) my sister may be gracing us with a visit sooner rather than later. I sure hope so!!! Jordan has a conference in Toronto coming up...I'll have to rent some girly movies in his absence.

So I will leave you with this link. I'm not sure I understand how the school district is allowed to decide what kids are allowed to do outside of school hours...


Dee said...

Yay for visitors and visits to vermont and YAY for Ben And Jerry! Shoppers just gave Nestle the boot and started carrying Bryers and Ben and Jerry's I'm so excited!!! I'll look for the black and tan.

--Nathan-- said...

Jordan will be sad that he'll miss the chick flicks... oh wait thats Steve, but since he's too cool for blogs he'll never find out... well maybe you're dad will tell him, or sue might check... or i might just walk up to him and tell him to go buy "save the last dance" but oh wait, he already did (even before he married sue)

.. oh and im glad you're back posting again Kristen.

--Nathan-- said...

hehehehe, and if by some fluke steve does check your blog he'll hate the fact that used 'you're' instead of 'your'

kris said...

I get the feeling that the person who rebuffed the parents comment is totally missing the point.

I wonder if this has to do with the student's who post things such as hit lists and plans to terrorize they're schools?

(If Steve is lurking, he might not be able to resist the urge to correct.)

Anonymous said...

n. pl. lib·er·ties

1. The condition of being free from restriction or control.
2. The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing.
3. The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor. See Synonyms at freedom.
2. Freedom from unjust or undue governmental control.
3. A right or immunity to engage in certain actions without control or interference: the liberties protected by the Bill of Rights.
1. A breach or overstepping of propriety or social convention. Often used in the plural.
2. A statement, attitude, or action not warranted by conditions or actualities: a historical novel that takes liberties with chronology.

at liberty

1. Not in confinement or under constraint; free.
2. Not employed, occupied, or in use.

Libertyville eh!

Joy & Darrin said...

I was expecting the obvious comment about 'freedom of speech' et al from someone but alas, anon beat me to it. Being the wife of a teacher who has had death threats, I somewhat agree with monitoring *if it is with school computers, on the grounds, on school time*. Controlling the World Wide Web from the privacy of the home, ridiculous. I assume if it is because of voilence, would we then have to monitor postal workers too???

lu said...

if the CIA is allowed to spy on its own citizens, i suppose it naturally follows that monitoring kids' blogs is acceptable behaviour.

good thing there is that Patriot Act to protect all the Americans from kids with blogs.

Hez said...

So YOU get cookies and snacks and I get ditched on my convocation day? Shows who the favourite daughter is!

(side note, the gettinc ditched on the convocation day looses it's effect now that I can't even go... oh well I can still try to milk it!)

Anonymous said...

Let's see...where do I start.

1st of all....it was wonderful to see Kristen & Jordan "chez eux" in Ottawa. The next time we go we will stay with them. That is another story, though both K & J would agree, I think, that part of the adventure was the place we stayed. However, I've had that adventure and don't need to repeat it.

Oh Heather....you will get yours. Really! You won't need to milk it. All the same, I feel MUCH better knowing you can't be there either!

So Jordan survived the exposure to the Moulton clan. Nathan, you have no idea how brave and strong that makes him. He'll never need to feel self-conscious again. My only dilemma now is: How do I face him again, now that he's met my family? I tell you, I really am the quiet one!

The web stuff. Hmmm... I agree that freedom of speech is one of the most important we have. Do we have the right to threaten another's life? Do we have any right to assume that a blog is private?

If I trash my employer in a blog, does that not put me in jeopardy of losing my job? It would if I were to get up in public and trash the employer in a speech. So is this a lack of freedom? I have, in this case, publicly declared that I don't like working for that particular organization. If that wasn't true, then I should have kept quiet.

All the same, does a school district need to pass some sort of resolution to take action? If I read on a blog that one of my students was slandering me, I don't need the school board to pass a resolution. I can take action myself. Similarly, if I read on a blog that he/she was going to kill themselves, I would feel it my responsibility to intervene and see what I could do to support a change of plan.

I think what is odd in this case is that the school district felt it necessary to make it an issue publicly. I would assume that it became a problem. There would have to be limitations of what constituted an infraction and would attract disciplinary action.

Try posting (having said that, don't try it) some sort of threat to our country, government leaders, or entire group of people and see what action one might attract. I would hope that the law enforcement agencies would react with due diligence if they received a complaint about such a posting.

So, is it an intrusion into somone's private life? I suppose it would be if the school were to take action on some sort of comment that had nothing to do with the school. If the comments caused such a ruccous that classes were disrupted, then the action could be taken on the ruccous rather than the comments posted. It is interesting.

Now to figure out why my account seems to have disappeared....

K said...

ummmm....i don't get it *L*...

--Nathan-- said...

at first i thought *L*'s comment was just random junk mail but i noticed your sister got the exact same message on her blog... weird, im definately staying posted to see who the bitch is, i asked my mom but she just pointed to the dog.

Dee said...

Ah Nathan, you make me giggle.

I got the same message on my blog too....I'm curious.

Evey said...

Glad you had a nice visit with your dad:)

Have you all figured out who the "anon" poster is on your blogs? That seems odd.

lu said...

since my name starts with L, i just want to say that it was not me with the anonymous and very strange comments.