Mel, that is worrisome that the teacher is doing that. Sounds like they want to set him up for the ADHD diagnosis and meds (not that it's absolutely NOT the case, but that all other options should be exhausted -- especially ruling out other things that might look like ADHD but in fact NOT be.) Sigh. I have the evaluation meeting with the public school evaluators and ds' teachers/principal this week. They did not end up doing the entire evaluation, but only the FBA (functional behavior) and executive functioning aspects. For some reason my consent form addendum (which asked them also to do OT/Speech/Psych-academic) was not processed so we have to go back and do that again.
Jo, trip to India, neat! I have a dear friend whose husband is from India and they go every couple years. She has LOTS to say about it (both positive and challenging), traveling there, etc. I think they tend to go to Delhi and/or Mumbai though.
Plady, that fire looked scary! I hope all is ok with you.
Geo, hope your trip is going ok.
I have nothing useful to add re: meal planning. I am more half-a$$ed about it than I should be. I already have to cook several different iterations of the same meal to deal with me (GF, vegan), and dd1 (vegan), plus the rest of the family who eat 'regular' food (but can be picky). Sunday is ALWAYS pizza night (homemade) -- half a pie for the vegan and the rest regular. I eat whatever strikes my fancy that night since I am not a vegan pizza lover. Friday night is Shabbat dinner so usually some form of chicken for the meat eaters, and side dishes (that everyone can eat) and lentil loaf for me and dd1. Or spaghetti with meatballs/tvp 'meat' sauce if that's what everyone wants (and is truthfully an easier meal to make, and now that Shabbat begins at 4:00 or thereabouts because of the winter, it is easier). I do a crockpot or pot pie style meal one night (add cooked chicken separately for the meat eaters in a separate pan after making the veggie/thick broth base), quesadillas or chili one night (easy to do no-meat and then the ones who eat cheese can add it), and pasta one night (with a veggie 'sauce'). Other than that, not so planned. Sigh.
Have to take ds for a haircut today, not a fun thing to do. Then we're off to the JCC where they have a new 'tween fitness' gym -- they took one of the racquetball courts, added a rock climbing wall and put in some cardio and weight equipment. they have hours with a staff member to help the kids, and then one night a week is rock climbing time (dd2 goes to this now). Dd2 has been willing to do this two or three times a week, so that works. There's an indoor track program sunday nights but it's an hour away, so I don't think I'll get to that reliably for them. Maybe.
RR: 10 chilly miles today in the wildlife conservation area with my friend Mike. No wind, at least. Am I nuts for considering a late spring full marathon? Every time I think I commit to one, something goes wrong.