This week in review

17 Sep

*Do you know what’s depressing about getting acquainted with new people (as I was doing just this morning)?  Inevitably they will ask you what your interests or hobbies are, what you do.  And then (if you’re me) you’re forced to admit you don’t do anything.  Like, at all.  You know what’s even more depressing?  Having the person you’re getting acquainted with ramble off a ridiculously long list of hobbies and talents: cooking, sewing, painting, drawing, photography, woodworking, gardening, zumba instructing.  Those are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head.  I could go on and on.  But I think my kids are better behaved than hers, so there.  (Actually, they’re pretty cute kids, just a little busier than mine ever were.)  Sigh. 

*I had the most disturbing dreams last night.  Like disturbingIllustrations are completely out of the question.

*Last night I found out that BigHugs will not be one of the kids moving from her am kindergarten class into a newly formed pm class with a different teacher being brought over from another school.  (She’s going to be teaching an am class at the one school and a pm class at our school, which doesn’t sound like an ideal situation to me.)  I was much relieved, as this has been a major source of anxiety for me this week.

*I spent 2.5 hours Thursday morning helping in BigHugs’ kindergarten class, which still had 27 students.  Wow.  All I can say is I think kindergarten teachers are saints.  Saints.  I was busy the entire time—sorting, cutting, sharpening (pencils, in case you were concerned), tying shoes, zipping and unzipping backpacks, showing kids how to put letters the right side up.  It was exhausting.  And fun.  I think maybe I was made for menial tasks.  Of the non-housework variety, of course.

*Tuesday and Thursday nights were curriculum nights at the elementary school, where the teachers outline what the kids will be learning, as well as their goals and expectations for the year.  There were 3-7 parents in each of my girls’ classrooms, and each of their classes have 26-28 kids.  I thought that was kind of sad.  But then maybe they were all off cooking, sewing, painting, drawing, photography, woodworking, gardening and zumba instructing, and the rest of us losers just had nothing else to do.

*On a lighter note:

DynaGirl’s class is working on writing their autobiographies.  Each day this week her teacher has had the class write about a different family member.

Me: What did you write about me?

DynaGirl:  I didn’t write anything bad.  Because there isn’t anything bad.

Me: Oh, you’re so nice.  And forgetful.  Maybe you’re just suppressing it—burying it deep down.  Like Mr. T.

Mr. T:  What?

Me:  Isn’t that what you do?  Take all the bad stuff and bury it deep, deep down so you don’t cry yourself to sleep at night?

Mr. T:  Who says I don’t cry myself to sleep?

I can always count on Mr. T.



18 Responses to “This week in review”

  1. Susan M September 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Yes you can!

    Why didn’t you tell her you were a blogger? 🙂

  2. MaryAnn September 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    Um, about every few days or so YOU remind me that you are an amazingly talented writer with YOUR blog. Take that, zumba instructor….

  3. bythelbs September 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Susan—Because the blogging’s still mostly a secret. 🙂 I did, however, mention the family blog and she’s already left me 4 comments on past posts over there since this morning. It’s hard to really list the blogging thing as a hobby to people I don’t tell about this blog because I only update the family blog biannually. Plus, this particular woman also has a family blog that she updates almost daily. Whatever!

    MaryAnn—I can always count on you! Thanks so much! Also, I’ve been thinking of you and meaning to call for forever!

  4. Mother of the Wild Boys September 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    As I learned this past weekend, We are human BEings, not human DOings. You keep on Being the awesome being that you are. 😉

  5. cheryl September 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Oh, the sigh of relief that escaped my lips when I read that BigHugs is no longer in danger of going to school in the afternoon!

    Now you’re all mine! Or something less creepy than that. 😉

  6. Boquinha September 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    Bwahahahaha — funny Mr. T.

    I had a disturbing dream the other night — I was on a Dan Brown kind of adventure (seeking the holy grail or some such) and I was on that particular adventure with none other than Colin Mochrie of “Whose Line” fame. Seriously.

  7. bythelbs September 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    Thank you, Mother.

    Cheryl—I will see you next week. Still need to figure out the details.

    Boquinha—We love “Whose Line” at our house. More so when they keep it clean, of course.

  8. Julie September 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    I like you.
    (This is me not having much to say because my brain sucks right now).

  9. Lora September 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    Your friend sounds like she’s very “accomplished” in the Jane Austin-land type of way. Sure she can draw, paint, blah blah blah, but can she get taken down by a clown with such grace? Can she do all the important things like make people laugh through the written word!?!

    ps my current talent/hobby list consists of “Dish Sink Jenga” (you know like the game with the blocks only using dirty dishes) and “trying to stay sane through mass chocolate consumption”. I feel pretty accomplished so far.
    Have a lovely day and thanks for making me smile.

  10. tawnya September 17, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    I tell myself that those women are really deep down very sad and need those activities because just being would alert them to their sadness.

    Or, you know, I’m just jealous…

  11. bythelbs September 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    Julie—Ditto. All of it.

    Lora—I was totally thinking of the “accomplished in the Jane Austen sense” thing. I’d like to think I’m Elizabeth-like (unaccomplished, but still totally irresistible to all those hunky Darcy types). And I think I have the high score at dish sink jenga. Or at least I should because I’ve been playing it FOR YEARS. Plus, you’re awesome.

    Tawnya—So are you saying my problem might be that I’m TOO happy? 😉

    • tawnya September 18, 2010 at 10:52 am #

      Absolutely. That is ABSOLUTELY what I’m saying! 🙂

  12. Alison Wonderland September 18, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    You loved the time in kindergarten? You’re crazy, that’s my version of hell.

  13. Flipflopmama September 19, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    I’m lane for finally getting around to comment. I don’t think there is anything fun about Kindergarten. I have the deepest respect for those teachers. What a job. And you have talents! You’re good at being a great friend!

  14. Amanda D September 20, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    My son is in the pm class. It’s working for us and I’m relieved because there are 28 in the morning class and only 23 in the afternoon class. Only. {insert eye rolling here.}

    People think that I do a lot because I do several different things. The thing is, though, I don’t do any of them exceptionally well. I’m marginal at all of them. And my house is always a mess.

  15. Patience September 21, 2010 at 4:46 am #

    I’m glad you got to stay in morning kindergarten if that’s what you wanted. I’d probably prefer that too, if I had a choice.
    I didn’t go to the curriculum night at any of my kids’ schools. I was working for one, and the other one was on the same night as the Black Keys concert. Oh well.

  16. bythelbs September 21, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    Alison—I liked my little tasks. It was a to-do list with lots of things to cross off and didn’t involve doing dishes or scrubbing toilets. I would not like to be in charge of actual children and have to worry about keeping the children on task. That IS a nightmare and why I think kindergarten teachers are saints.

    Thanks, Flip!

    Amanda—Yeah, the big classes are crazy. My daughter was in PM pre-school last year and it worked great for us. This year our schedule is different, so AM works better. And I knew there was a reason I liked you. Several reasons, actually.

    Patience—Beside the am class working better for my schedule this year, I was just as concerned with having to switch teachers (since I already really like the one we had and the new one would be shared with another school). You had two perfectly legitimate reasons for missing curriculum night—work and hello, The Black Keys!, totally trump boring curriculum night. And really, you don’t even need a legitimate reason to skip these kinds of nights. I just go so I can get a feel for my kids’ teachers and their plans for the year, and I’ve found that if the teachers see some parent interest they respond accordingly to my child.

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