Friday, March 14, 2008

Finally a New Computer

We got our scratch and dent Dell a couple of days ago. That's why I haven't been on anyone's blogs lately. We've been trying to fix it! Every time we get on the internet, it freezes up! We called Dell, they walked us through all kinds of steps and told us it's good as new. The next day, it froze up again. We called again, they walked us through all kinds of steps, and said it was as good as new. Yesterday, again, the computer froze up. We called AGAIN, same thing, as good as new. Well we tried it out after we got off the phone with them. It froze up again! So, anyway, we're still trying to fix it, and we're not very happy about it.

Yesterday we went to go visit the new "green" middle school that my 11 and 14-year olds will be attending after spring break. It was very nice!

The windows are arranged in a way to allow maximum sunlight, so they can cut down on the electricity. They got all new tables and chairs. I'm left-handed. I remember being in school and sitting in those desks that are made for right-handed.

This is family consumer science. Look at the beautiful appliances!

My daughter will finally have a locker again, though they look a little small. I don't know how they'll ever get a three-ringed binder in there.

My favorite part of the school is the auditorium. It's the same stage, just refinished. There are all new seats and carpeting, and the whole thing is now handicapped accessible. Also, they're going to rent out the auditorium when it is needed.

This it the courtyard. We found what they did with the old chalkboards! Maybe they're going to use it as an outdoor classroom?

The gym was beautiful! They refinished the old floors and doors, put in new bleachers on both sides of the gym, opened up the ceiling and added insulation. It used to get so beastly hot in there during the basketball games! They also added a workout room!

In my opinion, the cafeteria was the what need the most work. Before, there were only two lunch lines. When I went here, we stood in line with our lunch until lunch period was over! Now there are different counters that you pick and choose what you want and 4 places to pay. They have a pasta bar, a salad bar, a deli bar, a snack bar with fruit slushies, hot pretzels, and baked chips, an a la carte line, and the full lunch.

I'm embarrassed to say this is my daughter and her friends. She just got out of soccer tryouts. She usually doesn't look this way! I made her take off that ugly black hat. By the way, she made the team. Actually everyone who tried out made the team because there weren't enough girls. Oh, see the sink in the background of this picture? It's a demonstration sink, not for drinking or even washing hands. It's rainwater that was collected from the roof and powered by wind and the sun. For such an expensive school, I'm impressed that it's so nice, without being over-the-top.


Anonymous said...

Wow...looks like an awesome school!

I hope your computer troubles end soon...

Amy said...

Nice to hear from you. I hope you have better luck with your computer.

That school looks amazing.

Hope you have a good weekend, Maria!

Becky said...

That is such a cool school! And I love the rainwater collection idea.

You can tell it was all very well thought out. That's great. And I love the natural lighting in the classroom.

Oy...computers! You can't live with them, you can't live without them!

Mary said...

Wow, that school looks unbelieveable!

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

I'm surprised to hear about a Dell that didn't work, honestly, all I ever hear are glowing reports of how great they are, and how wonderful their customer support is. Maybe it's just a lemon and they'll give you a different one? Hope you get it figured out soon, that's so aggravating!

Your kid's school looks beautiful! That gymnasium and auditorium look amazing! I wish my son Brian's school was half as big and nice! Oh, and the kitchen appliances? I'd like to come and use them! :o)


ps. Congrats to your daughter on making the team, way to go!

Dawn said...

That's a fabulous school. I hope your computer starts working right soon. Have a great weekend.

Bia said...

Wow, I am really, really impressed with the school! Can I come eat in their cafeteria?

Sorry about your computer problems...we have always had a Dell computer and never have had problems.

Have a blessed weekend.

denise said...

The school looks great. I'm very curious to find out what the story is with the outside chalkboards. So glad to hear you have a soccer player. I though she had played scoccer before. I hear your sis is coming to town, maybe we can hook up.

Kitty said...

Wonderful looking school!

Keep on at Dell - I have to say I've never had a problem with them ... hopefully you'll eventually speak to someone who will HELP!!


Tammy said...

I love what they did with the old chalkboards. I never would have thought of something as cool as that!

Jen said...

The school looks great! Congrats to your DD on making the team!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

It's beautiful without, as you said, being over the top! I'd like going to school there, especially with that cafeteria. Mmmm. . . pasta bar.

Zoe said...

awesome school!!!! that sucks about the computer especially since even the scratch and dent ones are pricey!

Amy said...

the school looks beautiful..sorry you're having trouble with your computer...I hate technical problems they always make me feel so helpless...congrats to your daughter!

Kellan said...

Sorry about the trouble with your Dell!

That school is amazing - beautiful!!

Hope you have had a good weekend - see you soon. Kellan

Shellie said...

Sorry about the computer, I can so commiserate with you. The school looks great! I really like those innovations.

girlymom said...

What a beautiful school, we have so many things that need updating at ours.