Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Still, keep sending your positive energy (however you do that) his way. We're still waiting.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
About ¾ of the way through my imaging, the man came in to inject contrast into my veins, which, I've been told, are very small. And the whole time he was searching for a vein and doing the injection he complained about how very small my veins are, but in a totally conversational way, like he was just commenting on them. I know he was complaining, though, because he just went on and on. I did give him a little advice about where others have made successful sticks, which he took, while still talking about my little bitty veins. No bruise, though. Good job, buddy!
In case you missed it, you can see a picture of a cross-section of my brain, the top of my spine, and my eyeballs in yesterday's post. I don't see any lesions in this particular cross-section so it's not especially educational for you. But it is weird, isn't it? Ooo, and look! There are my optic nerves!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
HI MN, in CMS educational absences are at the principal's discretion. With help from the SLT we set up guidelines. Visiting family members is not excused at [this] Montessori. When you have time, I will be glad to discuss this with you.
Is it just me? I'm done thinking about this. We're going regardless so it doesn't really matter.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
This habit (preference? deficiency?) of mine is making my novel a little difficult to write. I have several conversations written (in Word and in my head), but if you were to read them, you'd have to decide for yourself what my characters look like and how their surroundings are decorated. 'Cause I dunno. Or maybe I do, but I'm not telling...
*This inattention to detail is also why I probably won't remember your name 3 minutes after you tell me.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
And the Carnival of the Animals? It was pretty. Husbandguy would have gone to sleep.
Oh, and the orchestra pit was open but empty. Pete and I were both disappointed.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Poppop: Can I have a bite of your pizza?
PP: Why not?
LL: You... (noticing Poppop's empty plate) you already had your food.
LL: Okay. Just a little bite.
(LL starts to hold her pizza out for PP to take a bite but snatches it back.)
LL: No. Wait. I'm gonna do the airplane! NNNNNNRRRRR... (waving pizza around as if it is a plane - Poppop opens his mouth) NNNNNNNNRRRR... COMING IN FOR A LANDING!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I have a question about having an absence excused because the reason for the absence is educational. My daughter Pete is in Ms. C's class. Pete and I have an opportunity to go to a family reunion later this month, but it would cause her to miss 1 day of school. It seems like this would be a good opportunity for Pete to learn about family relationships since the people she will meet there are my very extended family. What we need to do to apply to have the absence excused? Would Pete need to do a project of some sort (like a family tree - we may do that anyway...)?
I thank you for any help you can give me with this.
and got this response:
HI MN, thanks for the email. Visiting family reunions is not an excused absence according to state law. I am attaching the rquest (SIC) form, however, for your information. MC
I filled out the form and sent it in with Pete anyway. I included an explanation of why I believe the trip is educational and suggested that Pete build a family tree to show what she learns. The form came back the very same day with an X in the request denied spot and no further explanation.
So I sent this email:
Thank you, Dr. MC. We got your response that Pete's absence will not be excused.
If you don't mind, would you please clarify the purpose of the application for absences to be excused for educational reasons? Is there a list somewhere of what sorts of absences are covered by this? It is possible that while family reunions are not a valid excuse, an activity we have planned on this trip might be, and I would like to have the opportunity to investigate that. Also, who should I lobby to include trips like this one, which I believe should be included since they are cultural? I specifically remember studying family relationships in elementary school social studies.
Thank you for your attention to this. I am sure you are busy.
and got this response:
Information will be coming out in the folders this week.
No information came home in the folder. So I sent this email:
I am sorry Dr. MC. I assumed you meant the Thursday folders and we did not receive any information about absences. I know I am being a pest, but I'm not trying to. I am honestly trying to understand how the "educational absence" thing is supposed to work and to understand why our request was denied. You said below that family reunions aren't excused under state law; I assume you meant like illness or family deaths are. I was under the impression that this was the point of the request - to have an absence excused that would not normally be because the child is learning while away from school. Are there only certain activities that are approve-able? If there is a limiting list of what type of absence would be approved, would you please forward it to me? Or point me to where to find it? I have searched the [school] and [school system] websites and handbooks but did not find anything. I feel like I have completely misunderstood the purpose of the request form and would simply like to learn more.
And that is where we stand (I just sent it). I'm not trying to get her to change her mind about denying the request (although it would be cool if she did), but I just don't get it! If there is a specific list ("according to state law"), shouldn't it be posted somewhere or included on the form or something? And honestly it doesn't seem like she gave our request much consideration, sending it back to us the very same day. So her hands must be tied by some law or something, right? Because she clearly didn't think about it at all.
We're going on the trip, whether it's excused or not. Pete won't win any awards for perfect attendance, but she will get to meet Moomie's brother and sister and their families, which is more valuable, in my opinion, than some certificate or whatever.
The absence also counts against the school when the school system is allocating whatever they allocate each year, but that's the principal's problem now. I tried.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I know they're just ads, but they really bug me and don't make me even remotely interested in the product they're trying to sell.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
And then yesterday, every gas station we passed was, of course, out of gas. Pumps were roped off or covered with plastic bags. Signs were turned off. Gas stations were deserted. Every now and then we'd see some poor sap slow down when he or she passed gas stations, hoping for just a little gas to fuel their Expedition. Sorry, buddy. Don't look at me!
And what really gets me is the station on the corner near our house. We drove by in the morning yesterday and they were out of gas and the sign said something like $4.299/gal. Later that day, they were still out of gas, but somehow the price for their non-existent gas had gone up by more than a dollar to 5.369/gal! They raised the price! For what?!! The idea of gas?!!
This is stupid.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Pete and I are going on a little trip in a couple of weeks so she can meet a whole bunch of my relatives who are related to Moomie. It's in Ohio. Know what I'm most excited about? It gets cool there at night! Like it should in September. We will have to wear jackets! Yes!! Well, that and seeing my family.
There is horseback riding near the park where we'll be staying, and Pete really wants to go horseback riding, but it would be $34 for the two of us to go riding for an hour and that's just not in the books right now. Stupid economy.
We got a note home in Pete's work planner this week that her teachers would like to have a conference with us. DuhnDuhnDuuhhhn... She is apparently being disruptive, talking to herself and her friends when she and they are supposed to be working. She had this problem last year, too. I am grateful for the conference, but it is only the 3rd week of school! HG can't go because Lulu needs someone to stay with her, but Pete is going with me so she can be part of the plan building.
Oh, and I made her cry yesterday because I caught her in a lie. I wasn't trying to trap her or to make her cry, but she was clearly upset by being found out. She said so.
It's hard being 6, I think.
Howie is outside right now digging in the mud. Our poor carpet.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I love this stuff!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It's a very compelling read, entertaining and (I think) fairly original. I am very much enjoying the main character's reactions to her environment, the people she encounters, the overwhelming emotions she has to deal with for the first time.
I really like it when I've got a good book.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
First Ms. C laid out 2 black sheets with "stuff" in between. She pulled out a balloon and a "push pin" and popped the balloon, and "tiny particles [glitter] flew all onto the second black sheet." Then she pulled out a bowl and filled it with water and added red confetti. She stirred it around and told the students to "watch the particles clump together." Then she took off the top sheet and there was... a VOLCANO! The volcano was apparently made by the third years last year. There was also
Cool, right? I asked Pete what she had learned from Ms. C's lesson and that was when she told me they had read the book, but she didn't elaborate so I'm not sure how much she got, but the lesson was cool and she remembered it and she's only in the first grade and Husbandguy was impressed by her use of the term "tiny particles."
And also, one of my girls at least is getting the right kind of education outside our home.
*Items in quotes are Pete's words.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
But not anymore, MN, the go-to person for spreadsheets and formatting, the locator of lost emails, the queen of duplexing is back! Although now she is not being paid, unfortunately... MN is surrounded by people who need her help, people who say, "I can't do that," when MN knows better than anyone that yes they could if they looked it up. But she's not telling them that. Oh no. Seriously. Would you?
And MN is content. Because she is needed. And revered...
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
HG and I took Lulu to her first day together (because we can), and since it's the first week, we walked her to her classroom and left her at the door. We had to call her back for hugs. That kid was ready! I'm not sure I'm going to miss her as much as I did at first last year, but it sure wasn't easy leaving her there. HG rolled his eyes at me while we were walking back to the car because I was just chattering on about nothing. So I told him not to roll his eyes because it was either talk or cry, and he didn't roll them anymore (who wants to deal with MN crying? really). Fortunately the dog had a doctor appointment this morning right after we took Lulu so that took my mind off of leaving my baby. Until now. Sigh!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
You'll notice that I lost him in the middle because I had to reach for a treat, but see what a great job he did when I called him back? This is a good command to know when Howie is trying to play with Lulu. Also, please ignore the EGGS box in the background. It has 3T pants in it, and I put it there temporarily to keep Howie from eating the rocks in the fireplace.