Shanti!!!! Oh no! Are you ok?
I also am very worried about you. I get how immense the loss of the computer is, which I hope will not add to the stress taking its toll on your body. Oh dear.
Oh, Shanti. Please take care of yourself, and put your physical health at a higher priority than a computer. I get that the computer represents a significant amount of mental health. Maybe see what they can salvage for you?
I have many thoughts about gifted education, but have been feeling so self absorbed this weekend. Thank goodness it has been a very busy weekend, or I would have been moping and moaning and grieving on anyone that would stand still long enough! I am feeling a bit better. Still sad, still mourning, still trying to figure out how life continues without my dog in it. Trying to figure out how a dog can mean SO much!
RR: I have tri class tonight. Which translates to a 90 minute bike ride. I have tired legs, so will probably collapse tonight!
Greetings! Where's the Cliff's Notes for the Dingoes newcomers? Each day I find the time to read through a page, there is another one that grows at the end. So I'll try to get to know everyone as we go. :-)
I don't usually run anymore, but once a year I find a race or two for fun. On deck for this year I'm doing a half marathon "Go Far Challenge" 5/18-19. Also I want to do a LoziLu 5k Mud Run but that's pending a team coming together (it looks like it would be more fun with friends) 6/2.
Shanti - It might cost a lot, but the data is certainly recoverable from your hard drive. If the place you've taken it can't/won't recover the data, find some place else. It is possible or maybe even probable that another part of the laptop is broken, and that taking the hard drive out and putting it in another computer, it would be readable without anything special. If you're looking for DIY, there are external hard drive cases that you can buy to connect a laptop drive to any computer (using USB). I've previously used a software called R-Studio to recover data from corrupted drives, though I'm sure there other options available. Good luck. As the other ladies said, take care of yourself, but I understand the horrible feeling of losing data.
Shanti, I totally understand your feeling, but I hope you're all right. This is not good, mama.
And autumngrey is right. Your machine might not work, but the data should be recoverable. Even just a USB flash drive is enough to store a lot of writing on. Or upload to your own Gmail account. Not foolproof, but protected. Hang onto it and let us know how to help.
Good news: dh made some calls and I think we can afford to fly the Siberian cat to the US. It's a logistical mess, sort of, and I am not sure about crate rules and blah blah blah, and I need to get to a govt office to get a certificate of health, but it's not the $3500 the pet relo people want. I plan to re-home him with a friend. It will be sad, but I think he came into our lives to find a loving home and get out of a country that's too hot for him. And it's not OK to make a cat fly 15 hours twice a year for my desire to enjoy him. MN will be perfect for him.
And after a lot of back and forth, it looks like we will all be able to fly together and dh may get about 3 weeks at home with us.
Bad news: the dust is making me ill again. Breathing is bad and blepharitis, the fantastic condition I acquired when I infected my eyes a couple years ago, is flared up and painful. So dumb. It just rained a little, though, so maybe the air is a little cleaner than the past few days and I can steal a quick run before it heats up.
Oh, Jo! When do you fly out? I hope you are feeling better, and that the weather doesn't do too much damage to you. I hope you get your run. I am getting excited about the curriculum you are planning for your kids for next year! I am sure they are going to rekindle that love of learning that has been so squashed this year!
So tri class was a roller coaster. Those of us training for a half ironman started out to get 5-6 in before riding with the rest of the group. I was able to practice drafting off of our teacher. Seriously, it was the most amazing feeling. Going 20+mph, 12 inches off her back wheel, with what seemed no effort at all. It was a total rush. I have drafted in the pool before, and it is pretty cool, but had never done it on a bike. Anyway, then we got back and headed out again with the whole group. It was supposed to be a 30 minutes out, 30 minutes back ride. About 5 minutes into it, we went over a rough patch of road, and I must have hit the back wheel wrong, and I blew a tube. So, I walked my bike to a safe place, borrowed a pump that someone had on their bike, and changed my tube right there. It was the rear tire, too, so I had to deal with the chain. It took a while, and I was all greasy, but I was able to do it, felt kind of bad-assed and hard core. I did get 16 miles in yesterday, so not a total wash. But, it was starting to get chilly by then, so it was not as enjoyable as the ride started!
Thanks, bec. I'm really OK. Just caught dd's cold, then the dust moved in, and this whole eye and breathing thing is kind of the pits. On the bright side, the really bad humidity is not here yet, so I can get out and move in the mornings. And dh is getting out in the evenings, which is a plus. He took the kids swimming this evening.
I did get my run today. I did a lap of the park running 100m x walking 50m. Fast running (for me), not the usual slow pace. Then, I felt like going on, so I ran/walked another two laps for a total today of 12.5km. The body feels great. Probably back to the beach tomorrow, and maybe a swim, too. Did I mention I can do a couple push-ups? Yeah, me.
Flight will probably be booked today, and it looks like we'll all fly together. I think I am happy about this. It means I can be off-duty part of the 15 hours in flight. Should be back around Memorial Day, looks like, and dh will be around almost a month. But working. Me? Not working. And bonus, I should arrive in time to take my sister out for a birthday treat.
Jooj ~ I hope your eye is feeling better. I am SO excited for you for your upcoming return to the states! It's wonderful that DH will be there for at least a little while too. Makes me want to plan a trip up north this summer !
sparkle ~ we are sisters in hamstring issues today. Yuck. I'll have to try ARTing it too. Good luck on the house sale! Can't wait to see the pics.
bec ~ drafing on the bike! Wheeeeeeeee! I've ridden in pace lines a few times and it's fun, but kind of exhausting to be that focused on not getting too close to the guy in front of you.
Real ~ yeah, one point. But I guess they have to draw the line somewhere. And I ended up taking all honors and AP classes through high school anyway (well, except for math , in which I am woefully average).
Welcome Autumngrey!!!! You're running more than I am, that's for sure!
Speaking of which.... RR ~ Week 1, Day 1 of C25K completed yesterday. Felt great and wanted to keep running after each segment. Pesky hamstring is irritated today though. So yesterday I did Pilates and ran/walked for 45 minutes, today I did Cardio Circuit class and 1/2 hour of yoga afterwards.
NRR ~ off to school to work the book fair.
I apparently have an aptitude for math. Still, with the limited instruction I took in it, all roads lead to algebra.
I think the eyes will clear up without medical intervention. At any rate, I am giving it a couple days. The infection did something to mess up the glands that make the oil to lube the eyes, and wind, sun, dust all can cause trouble. Even with extra "eye hygiene," this cropped up. We had extra dust over the weekend, and after ds and I went biking, even he developed a stye from the wind and dust. My eyes did the same, times about 12. Whatever, at least it's not an infection. I also think the cold "peaked" yesterday and I am on the downward slope, and it's nothing, really.
Hey, RM! Great to see you! I'd love to hear more about your hsing with ds. Maybe sometime when time permits. You are incredibly busy, mama.
sparkle, would love to see the place. And here, for a quick sale.
bec, we'll be flying into ORD. I'll be sure to wave. We'll get a rental there and drive up. I'm getting pretty stoked.
RR: 9km this morning around the park, wearing shoes. I am not sure why I chose the park again instead of the beach, but that's two days in a row wearing shoes, and my second toe on my right foot is telling me "no shoes tomorrow." Amazing, this barefoot thing. So tomorrow, I'll be back on the beach, sandals and beach bag parked next to the police watchtower, doing my miles in the sand.
NRR: I'm saving the Whole 30 weight results for when I am done (another week to go--prepare to be amazed!), but how about this? The tinea rash on my back is gone. It's gone. True, I don't always cover, especially in hot weather, and I have been exposing the skin to daily sun, but it persisted until I completely eliminated sugar. Now it is gone. And no trace of it on my sternum, where little itchy spots always lay in wait. It's gone.
We are indeed going dune-bashing again this weekend. I'm not excited, since this will be my third time doing what is essentially a once-and-done sort of thing, but it's a social opportunity and it includes dinner (with attractive options for me), and by going and socializing I prove that no, I am not some hermit incapable of interacting with people, and that is not the reason behind my strong dislike for this city. Kills the time, too, right?
All right, time to roast a couple chickens and fry some cauliflower. Week is almost done here, and I am ready for the weekend.
ok really following along -- my weekend/early week looked like this:
long run (6 miles since RP was late and I had to be back for more kid obligations)
come down with not feeling great. attribute it run recovery.
car with brake problems (2nd time in a month and 170k miles on it)
really sick. like came home to take a nap midday yesterday -- highly unusual behavior for me, + its a 25 mile round trip.
but I'm back to semi normal.
on gifted and talented .... here's my deal on it.
Kids all learn on a spectrum. What we consider "grade level" is usually quite varied. When we made class sizes larger, we eliminated how well each teacher knew each kid. We also limited the amount of differentiated instruction one can have. We have super limited G&T instruction in my district. In fact 2 years ago we cut the funding for my elementary school so that my kid receives services once a week for 40 minutes. But that same district makes it possible for my child's peers to have differentiated instruction on the lower end every day. I "get" that we need everyone to read. But honestly, shouldn't we provide for the top 10% as well? Won't it lift the whole class?
I'm pretty sure its genetic in my house. My husband and I both hold phds but one kid is clearly bright, engaged in learning, and talented in both reading and math. Off the charts in reading, possibly skipping ahead a grade level in math. The other kid is bright, more engaged in social activity and is a fabulous reader, does some math in kindy. She's less "off the charts" in reading, but only because she is defining herself as different than her sister. This kid is amazing at reading out loud. Then again, we do put emphasis on learning. The adults in this house read and play logic games (well mostly me) a lot.
I am in the "put the kids in different schools" camp -- if their needs are that different and they will thrive in different schools. My husband? not so much. so my kids both go to the same school.
And now, to make up for essentially taking a sick day tomorrow and make pancakes before school -- gotta get back to my email.
Crap! Emily had two teeth pulled yesterday and was a total rock star. She was amazing throughout the entire thing, with only one small squeak of complaint. And, then, that rotten, flaky tooth fairy forgot. Thankfully, she was cheerful, and understanding, coming up with theories about why the tooth fairy didn't show. Still feel rotten about it.
Gifted Education - I am more towards Kerc's way of thinking. I have kids on both ends of the spectrum. Katie is in special ed for math. And, she needs it. She gets it every day and I am profoundly grateful for that. I also wish that there was that kind of daily instruction for my other two. They also need it. Thankfully, they are both in classrooms this year that really support them, but this isn't always the case, and I wish there was the same kind of daily consistency that my other kid gets. Currently, the 3rd grader gets about half an hour of a pullout once a week.
sparkle ~ hold on tight! House-selling is a bumpy ride! Good luck!!!!
kerc ~ I agree with you too. Almost 20% of the student population at my kids' school is on an IEP for special education services. Some teachers do a great job of differentiating in the classroom, others (DS's teacher), not so much. And I've heard that they are moving him to 5th grade next year. Argh! DS can't have him two years in a row. No way!
jooj ~ I cannot WAIT to hear your Whole30 weight results! Amazing about the tinea! I know that when I did Whole30, my foot fungus cleared considerably, eczema was gone, and my ever-present joint pain disappeared. Have fun dune-bashing.
RM ~ great to see you! You are one busy Mama. So glad your DS is blooming in the homeschool environment. Are you running the Mini this year?
RR ~ off to Pilates!
NRR ~ bake-a-thon today for the Spring Fling Cake Walk and Bake Sale. I will NOT taste the batter... NO. I will NOT!
Sparkle, good luck on the house!
I am having an emotional breakdown kind of day. I was a tool to my kids this morning and am just completely out of sorts and cannot stop .
Going to try and have a run to clear my head.
I did have a job interview last night, it's an administrative position + teaching at a Jewish school close to home (not the high school job). It isn't quite as well suited to me professionally as the high school job (which I haven't heard about yet and am still pursuing) but it is next door to my house and a good opportunity if it's offered. I don't know. Then again, I totally flubbed the first few minutes and couldn't pull my thoughts together so who knows? The rest of the interview went well I think but I did say what I really mean (in a very nice way!). So if I'm not for them, no harm no foul but I think I am through twisting myself into something I'm not.
Not sure if that's why I'm so out of sorts or what. There seems to be no specific catalyst here but I still can't stop crying and I was so mean this morning.