Geo and kerc, on the writing, I've spoken with parents who are having trouble dealing with all the long-form writing in my kids' school. I get it, it's hard, especially when the kids are having a tough time integrating, to encourage the extra thinking to formulate the communication. Now, as for quantifying, do you mean using more evidence and proof in things like lit studies? Or more constructionist/deconstructionist work in lit and comp? Or just better and more accurate citation?
RM, huge hugs to you and yours, mama. Too much hardship and sadness. Hoping for brighter days ahead.
Plady, some rest now, maybe? Do you get a break before the next project?
Real, amigurumi turkeys sound so awesome. I love all those cute little animals. I gave away my knitting stuff before I came here. Didn't have a ton of it, so not a biggie, but dang. Not buying it here, that's for sure, but that would have been a fun project to work on where scarves and hats and mittens are a not-funny joke.
bec, I like the idea of the cleaning game. I admit to being too scattered to do such things, though. Not a bad idea to come up with a suite of "kid management" games, produce and market to the broader audience of scattered moms. You have a product, and I think you have a market.
MelW, I that you're committed to the DV work. I did some pro bono work for a local place back home during a particularly rough emotional time, and man. That experience will never leave me. My sister's a nurse in a family practice, and it's a daily part of her life, too.
JenLove, I swear I cry a little every time I read an update. Both and .
Today was just another typical hate-it-here day. Dh's boss invited us to go out fishing with him, and I asked dh to confirm the return time before I got my hopes up. Well, that was too uncomfortable for dh, apparently, so he had me get ready and ride to his boss's house with him this AM, where I learned that he won't return until bedtime, most likely. So I somewhat gracefully bowed out and returned home in tears, where I wallowed in dongo-ness more or less all day and then made the kids noodles for dinner because I could (dh won't eat pasta). I'm starting to lose hope for the farm, but I have to hang in there and hope. And at the same time keep a pragmatic mindset and be willing to consider alternatives.
I signed up to make the stuffing for dd's Thanksgiving potluck. It was all that was left when I got there for conferences, so there it is. Did I mention how totally average both of my kids are performing, after being near the top back home? I know it's a transition, but I think there is also a lot of parent-led competitiveness and pushing. Especially considering how many kids in the class are ELL kids. Again, I don't think it's a good fit, especially for ds. He's so totally out of his element, it's painful to witness. And the way he puts on a brave face and soldiers on sometimes makes it worse. He doesn't complain at home, especially to dh, but at school he's quick to tears and often declares that he doesn't belong and no one likes him.
It's been hot and humid again (90%ish and 90ish) so I have had even more excuse not to run. Tomorrow, I will go to the beach and at least walk, maybe also run. Or something.