Hi Callie! I was thinking about the marathong just a few days ago, out on a walk. We went through a phase where dd used similarly melodramatic language; it has passed (for now), and we are back to her moody, but no longer melodramatic, self. When she's feeling particularly intense, I try to listen in a way that she really sees me listening, and echo back her words with more appropriate things (i.e. not self-bashing) substituted. And sometimes refute the "garbage" talk.
mommajb, I empathize on the HSer stuff. Kids and I talked about that lately, how it kinda sucks when the kids gel but the moms don't or vice-versa. Then it seems all we get is Park Day and the occasional field trip, because it's not fair to require the other party to put up with their counterpart (and it sounds extreme on the face of it, but really is like that). I've reassessed goals for end of year (for dd) to make things easier on her (and as a result, all of us, of course). Dh was home and underfoot yesterday and stepped in for dd's math. I'd gone for a walk and came back to find her fighting tears. Ah well.
lofty, yoga with a psychologist sounds awesome. If not a solution, at least I am sure your eyes opened wide to the picture.
Nic, I've missed you. I agree with the creativity idea for the students. How, exactly, did they bomb the research paper? Was it more on topic info itself, or style/grammar/format issues pushing things over the top? How do you prep a class for an AP exam? Hold on. Spring will come, and with it the amazing smell of mud and worms, and then grass and trees and blossoming things. I am beginning to develop a small pocket of doom/doubt in my own gut. I know I can't live here much longer, for many reasons, but the thought of 6 months of winter makes me want to cry. And our "third option" is too close to the ILs for me to stomach. Hugs.
Shanti, while you can't necessarily post them here, I hope there are developments, and positive ones for you.
Gaye, I would love to, but given the logistics, I suppose it is best if I sit things out. That sounded like an incredibly exciting and emotionally draining work shift. Hoping things are not often so intense!
MelW, good luck to your dh. Wish I could send you all a few of our degrees and a couple of our sunny days each week. We have both to spare.
That said, today the fog is so thick I can't see anything. We get these advection fogs here when the temps start really swinging and the humidity starts inching up, and some days it never clears. I was planning to go out and walk this morning, and I suppose if it does within the next hour or so I will. I've been walking daily, and started doing more of my other exercises, and we have also been on our bikes more, and kids and I are swimming a couple days a week. Lots of good movement, but I realized this week my body does appreciate a challenge and I have not given myself one in a long time. So I have started taking the stairs up to the sixth floor apartment instead of the elevator.
Anyway, our weekend is here, and it's been a long, hard week back at school. Kids and I have earned some time off, and I hope we can come up with something relaxing to do with it. Have a great weekend, Dingoes.