New High School Zone for Charles County MD

10 04 2013

The school board has finally released the tentative plans for the new high school zoning in Charles County Maryland. It is my understanding that over the next few months certain entities will have the opportunity to weigh in on the plans. The public will get to have their say as well. The meeting is scheduled from 6:30-9 p.m., April 22nd, at North Point High School and from 6:30-9 p.m., April 23rd, at La Plata High School. After taking into consideration all input the board should make a decision about which plan will be put into place. I have compiled a rough map of the two plans (see below). For a more accurate idea of the new zones and my source please visit

New School Zone

Summer Fun

11 06 2012

Today is Charles County’s last day of public school for the summer.

So what now? Plenty of Kids needing things to do and plenty of parents needing low-cost, safe, ideas to entertain the rug-rats.

First off everyone should have a reading and math packet or assignment to work on over the break. A little advice..

Get it done now!

The stress of back to school is always doubled when you have to worry about cramming two month homework packets into two night homework packets. My kids will have a mandatory 30 minute homework session everyday before they can play games,  watch TV, hang out with friends, ect. I recommend everyone implement this rule.

Now back to the fun part of summer.

1. Swimming

What would summer be without a little water.  If your home owners association doesn’t have a pool to chill at; Charles County does.

For those of you wanting to stay out of the sun try North Point or Lackey. Both have indoor pools. For outdoor pools you have the option of La Plata, McDonough, and Stone High Schools.

Prices for all public pools

ages 2 & under are free

3-12 $4 per visit or 12 day pass $30

13-59 $5 per visit or 12 day pass $40

60 & over $4 per visit or 12 day pass $30

12 day passes are usable at all pools, so you can mix and match. They expire 6 months after date of purchase.

2. Skate Park

Yup Charles County has a skate park. Skateboarding, in-line skating and biking. 1015 St. Charles Parkway, White Plains, MD 20695

Ages 6-17 $3 or $75 for season pass. 18 and over $4 or $95. Season pass is good through April 1st.

Call 301-638-5208 for more information. Don’t for get to ask about equipment rentals.

3. The Park

I know the park is not very original but with free fishing, hiking, pavilions for parties, Playground equipment, BBQ’s and picnic tables, even dog parks; how can you go wrong? Charles Countyhas a large list of parks you can enjoy. For young kids I recommend Laurel Springs Regional Park: 5940 Radio Station Road, La Plata, MD 20646 they have a very impressive play area.

4. The Capital Club House

5. The Heron’s Flight

Courtesy of Southern Maryland Trails. The Heron’s Flight features 25 locations. You can eat, drink, shop, fish, or just go for a nice stroll.

6. Water Fight

What kids doesn’t like having a water fight on a hot day. You can get some cheap water guns at the 99 cent store but your money will go further with water balloons. Don’t like the mess water balloons make try using sponge balls. Grab a few packs of cheap kitchen sponges, cut each sponge lengthwise into six 1/2 inch strips. Gather together about 15 of the strips, using heavy string or yarn, wrap around the middle knotting it tightly. Spread the ends out to create a ball like look.  For the fight you want to place them in buckets of water strategically placed around the yard.

7. Summer Camps

Summer camps can get a little pricey, especially if you have more than one child but sometimes they are worth it. Charles County offers several:

  •  Summer Day Camp: Mon-Fri Jun 25-Aug 3 8:00am-4:00pm.$105/week
  • All Star Sports Camp: Mon-Fri Jul 9-13 8:00am-4:00pm, Mon-Fri Jul 16-20 8:00am-4:00pm. $130/week
  • Campnastics: Age: 6-12 Mon-Fri  Jun 25-Aug 17 9:00am-4:00pm. $130/week
  • Junior Campnastics: Age: 4-6, Jun 25-29 9:00am-Noon, Jul 9-13 9:00am-Noon, Jul 23-27 9:00am-Noon, Aug 6-10 9:00am-Noon. $85/week
  • Aqua Fun & Fitness Camp: Mon-Fri Jul 16-20 8:00am-4:00pm. $160
  • Tightline Basketball Camp: Mon-Fri Jun 25-29 9:00am-4:00pm. Full day $150, half day $80
  • Sensible Soccer Camp: Mon-Fri Jul 16-20 9:00am-4:00pm. $170

To sign up or get more information call Charles County Department of Community Services 301-934-9305 • 301-870-3388

Hopefully you are able to enjoy your summer. It is going to be hot so remember to have water on hand at all time.

Aug. 27, 2012 is the first day back to school.

New iphone 4S

1 12 2011

Just got my new iphone. Finally. I got a case that hold my cards, seems kinda cool but haven’t had it long enough to form a great opinion on it, so we will have to see on that one. The picture above was taken in my office and cropped and emailed to myself with my fancy dancy new phone.

And then there is Siri. A feature that has been seen helping people find out the weather forecast to pointing out the nearest restaurant. The say the best way to learn it to just jump in, so that is what I did. No setting the settings, adding any info. I just clicked and talked….

Me: Where did I park my car?

Siri: I don’t know where you are, but you can help me find out… In location services setting, turn on the ‘location services’ and ‘Siri’

The little paranoid Liz living inside me isn’t a big fan of giving my local out to anyone and especially any thing, like a super smart smartphone. So let’s try a new question.

Me: Who am I?

Siri: I don’t know…but you can help me find out…

more techno talk on how to set things up but I’m having too much fun and want to keep asking questions.

Me: Who is Liz Benitez?

Siri: I don’t know a Lance Benitez (it heard me wrong) did you mean…

Lance Whitaker, Richard Benitez, or Tia Ana Benitez. (it pulled from my contacts)

Me: Who is my boss?

Siri: I don’t know who your manager is… in fact I don’t know who you are.

This got a great laugh, I was trying it out with one of my coworkers Melinda Prehoda and we just busted up over this one. I tried out the changes in voice options. The Australian version sound like she is stressed out and in turn I think would stress me out, so no to that one. The British one  (United Kingdom) was cool for a bit but he seems to have a hard time understanding me. Not sure why, the other options didn’t but he asked me to speak in English, so no to him as well. The German guy sounded awesome but seeing as how I don’t speak German, I had to say no to that one. I didn’t try the French one. I figure if I can’t speak German I can’t speak French either. So the default English (United States)  lady is who I will stick with.

Alas it is time for me to stop playing with my iphone and get to work. But it was fun 😀

Snapshot of Maryland Weather

21 10 2011

So there you have it. The last 12 Months in Maryland.

Football Schedule

3 10 2011


Ham Rolls

22 08 2011


2 Flour Tortillas

1 Thinly Sliced Tomato

1 Thinly Sliced Cucumber

Ham Slices

Swiss Cheese Slices

Berry Cream Cheese Spread


Start with a Tortilla.


Spread on Cream Cheese.


Add second Tortilla.


Again spread with Cream Cheese.


Cover one Tortilla with sliced Cucumber.


Cover Cucumbers with sliced Tomatoes.


Add two slices Swiss Cheese.


Layer on Ham Slices (I like 2-3 layers depending on how thin the slices are).


Roll up Ham side first.


It should look like this.


Cut into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces.


And wa-la Ham Rolls.


Who is Smarter You or Your Mom?

18 07 2011

This morning, while I was desperately trying to avoid getting up and starting my day, the radio topic was about how Google has made my generation dumb. We don’t need to commit facts to memory because we can just search it. So in a one on one with someone older they would know more about – insert topic here. Depending on the topic I am sure this would work but really is it Google’s fault? I am the type that if I am not using it everyday I lose it. So take ancient roman history. How often do you think that topic comes up in day-to-day dealings? Even something simple we learned in school like how long my entrails are. Honestly if I’m not a Doctor and using that knowledge everyday, do I really need that little tidbit of information?

So back the original question. “Who is smarter me or my mom?” I will concede when it comes to all the stuff I was supposed to commit to memory in grades K-12 my mom will outsmart me any day. However, she is from the “we don’t do technology” generation. Who doesn’t use some type of technology every day? Because I use it every day I know it, or will be able to learn it quickly. Unlike my mother who take hours just to login to her facebook account. “How do I find my password again?” “You are supposed to have it memorized Mom.”

Photo by Dan

With that in mind you tell me; Who is smarter you or your mom?