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Running toward an early spring (we hope)! The February 2014 Dingo thread - Page 2post #21 of 1452/3/14 at 4:16ampost #22 of 1452/3/14 at 5:47ampost #23 of 1452/3/14 at 7:22am
Organization ~ I really like how Smart but Scattered discusses these things. (1) Our expectations are generally too high too early for a large fraction of kids, and (2) it takes a lot longer to learn the skills, so reinforcement needs to go on for longer than we'd think. Our elementary school has a system a lot like what real describes, but support generally fades after the first quarter 3rd-5th grades. That's not long enough, particularly since it doesn't seem as though DD was ready to learn those skills before this year (6th). She's really learning it now because she's ready and daily reinforcement is in her IEP. And this, amongst other maturity issues, is exactly why we've been turning down skips for her. She *needs* HS level work, but also *needs* MS level development time.post #24 of 1452/3/14 at 7:23amQuote:Exactly! Says the Dingo who is currently walking a 20 min/mile every day. Any faster and my hip and calf don't like it.
sparkle - well, I know I'm not anovulatory because I use FAM for birth control and still have temp shifts every single month. I remember being depressed in college, in Maine, where it was winter from October-April. And as a young adult I was very, very depressed (Prozac saved my life, literally, but stopped working after about 2 years). Not sure what the issue is, but I'm thinking I need to find a therapist and perhaps get back on an SSRI of some kind.
NRR - running errands all morning, library this afternoon, swim practice tonight. I will walk during the girls' swim practice. Snow expected tomorrow and then negative temperatures again for a few days.post #25 of 1452/3/14 at 7:58am
I'm back from our funeral trip to Pittsburgh. The kids really did great as it was a lot to ask of them. My dad rode with us and he actually handled it all really well too. He doesn't like kid chaos, noise, conversation, etc. Seven hours each way and my darling husband drove it all with my dad in front. During the second set of viewing hours my dad says that he wants the great grand kids to be the pallbearers What?! My kids haven't even been to a funeral, and didn't know what that meant, let alone they are 9-14 and several have anxiety issues. So the priest springs it on the kids that night. sigh. During the Catholic funeral church service, my dad says to me, "Father wanted to know if anyone would like to read or sing"...um what?? So cue the very long awkward pause when the reading was to happen as we all looked at each other and shrug. Later my dad turns to me and says that they haven't designated anyone to take up the gifts so he turns to my 13 yo to start to ask him to do it. Um, we aren't Catholic, the kids have not ever been to a Catholic service, so they have not clue what that means, what to do, etc. Thankfully good friends of the family who are Catholic got up to do that. My Aunt was also crummy, dissing my Grandmother to me during the viewing and more. At least my Grandmother is at peace and we are home safe and sound.
RR: haven't done anything last 5 or so days, but it feels good to be back home and on a schedule. Plan on it later to feel the calm. :)post #26 of 1452/3/14 at 8:07amThread StarterEagerly awaiting nic's race report!
rm~Sorry your trip was such a bummer in so many ways.
I am in a funk, for some reason. Not sure why, I'm just generally dissatisfied with life right now. Not helped by clueless boys who, while not doing anything *wrong* per se, also aren't really doing anything right. Sigh. I need a vacation. Good thing I'm going on one next week, although in my current funk, I'm not even very excited by that.
I had an unexpected night off from work last night because DS was sick. Just sick enough for me to call in, but not sick enough for me to not feel guilty about it. And of course, I'm sure it probably looked like I was calling out because of the super bowl, when, in fact, I really didn't give a crap about the game. At least I'm on orientation so I don't count in the staffing numbers, so that made me feel a little bit better about it.
rr~An hour and ten minute run yesterday, max HR 148. I finally figured out how to set the HR alert on my garmin so I don't have to be constantly looking at it, so that was helpful. And weirdly enough, I hit a groove in the second half and my HR stayed low enough that I was actually able to pick up the pace a little. So much so that I got back home (I ran an out and back) with two minutes left in the run and had to keep going.post #27 of 1452/3/14 at 8:55amRM, I'm glad you're home safe and sound, and sorry about the awkwardness at the funeral. My husband's family is Catholic and even after several family funerals I still feel awkward about not knowing what to do during parts of the service.
Congrats, Nic! I'm looking forward to hearing more!
I just registered my youngest for kindergarten. Thankfully it was online, and fingers crossed that I got in early enough for French Immersion (it opened at 8, I got in at 8:00:08 and was 110th in the queue district-wide). Now to commit minor fraud with my rental agreement with a friend to establish local residency, and we should be good. My mum camped out overnight to get me into French a Immersion, and 30 years later I'm going to similarly extreme measures...post #28 of 1452/3/14 at 1:20pmpost #29 of 1452/3/14 at 2:27pmNic, I wish you were teaching my kids! The organizational thing is really tripping my ds up. He is a very intelligent and creative kid, does excellent work - when he doesn't lose track or get overwhelmed by the organizational piece and shut down completely. He was excellent with these things until puberty, now when it matters most, not so much. Combined with all the stress and upheaval of these past months, he really dropped the ball in one of his important courses. I am not letting myself over-stress about it but it does worry me. In the past I kept up with him but this fall has been challenging for all of us and he made it through but not with the kind of success he wanted or is capable of. His teacher has been very understanding and supportive to him and made some adaptations but it is still hard. When they get to this age it is hard to know how much as a parent I should be involving myself and how much he needs to learn from real life. I have a new plan for next semester - I just hope it works.
My kids had school today, first time in almost two weeks. I have some serious work to do outside to make my driveway safer as the drifts from shovelling are probably 10 - 12 feet tall right now. My workout plan this week is to lower those and dig some kind of trench around the house as the snow is coming up against the windows at this point all the way around.post #30 of 1452/3/14 at 3:11pmQuote:Originally Posted by Shantimama
The organizational thing is really tripping my ds up. He is a very intelligent and creative kid, does excellent work - when he doesn't lose track or get overwhelmed by the organizational piece and shut down completely. He was excellent with these things until puberty, now when it matters most, not so much. Combined with all the stress and upheaval of these past months, he really dropped the ball in one of his important courses. I am not letting myself over-stress about it but it does worry me. In the past I kept up with him but this fall has been challenging for all of us and he made it through but not with the kind of success he wanted or is capable of. His teacher has been very understanding and supportive to him and made some adaptations but it is still hard. When they get to this age it is hard to know how much as a parent I should be involving myself and how much he needs to learn from real life. I have a new plan for next semester - I just hope it works.
Mama. This is a learning thing. IMO as an educator: you get a chance to screw up, reflect on what happened, fix it and call it a learning experience. Every single time -- not so much. When he writes on his college or graduate school application what he learned from this "screw up", the person reading the application will think very highly of him regardless of one or two low course grades.
Yes, organization. Yes. yes yes. This is one of those untestable life skills. Err, it's testable. But not on a standardized test.
Me? organization has been lacking since about may last year when I had a serious low morale at my job issue. I've been digging myself out ever since.
Running related? nothing today. see lacking organizational skills. and also book club tonight. But darn it, I did leave the office with most tasks finished for my 8 am start tomorrow. That leaves me with a few spare hours tomorrow afternoon before I have to be home at 5. (whew. ready for those few spare hours!).post #31 of 1452/3/14 at 6:08pm
I think those executive functioning skills are some of the hardest, most elusive skills to learn. I just wrote a long email to Katie's band teacher (He's a long term sub for the regular teacher who is out on maternity leave, and this is his first job...like ever, so he is very young) about how she really isn't being lazy or apathetic, just that it is over the top hard for her to adjust on the fly when her whole routine has been disrupted (snow day after snow day after snow day). I'm hoping for a good response.
RR: I had a horrible, no good, rotten, very bad run on the treadmill. On the positive, I did get the 3 miles in that I was supposed to.post #32 of 1452/3/14 at 8:45pmkerc (and geo?)--R is doing a science project on florescent rocks for the science fair and I just discovered that apparently there's more than one type of UV light. She received a kit with a UV penlight for her birthday, but we also ordered a really cool-looking one from Ebay and the seller had all this detail about different wavelengths of UV light:Quote:Her UV light works, but doesn't give it the really cool colors. I'm thinking we should get a second UV light (maybe midwave? or another longwave? He said shortwave was pricey), especially if it makes a difference in how the rocks look. She's just doing a demonstration this year, but it would be really cool to buy another UV light so the students can see the effect of different UV lights. Do you have any UV light recommendations? Thanks in advance!SW fluorescence is quite unusual. The smithsonite fluoresces blue while the other minerals fluoresce red. Longwave light causes the botroyoidal smithsonite to fluoresce a very attractive orange color. Finally, MW fluorescence is more of a deep purple.
RM--glad your back and sorry there was so much awkwardness during the service.
bec--sorry about the run, but I'm always convinced the next one will be much better.
tjsmama--hang in there. I'm convinced the cold and snow is causing my funk. I want reasonable winter (30s & 40s), not cold, cold winter.
shanti--snow trenches! I love it. Or rather, it sounds so very Little House on the Prairie, yk, which is great when one say, doesn't have to live it. That should count for your exercise for the week and then some!
Trying to work up the mojo to head to the gym. My executive functioning feels drained for the day.
Speaking of executive function: my kid won an award for such things today! It's the Blue Feather Award, for things like staying on task, being respectful to students and teachers, and (I think) generally being a good example of the stuff in her school's HAWKS acronym. Each teacher nominated one student and R was the winner for the three third-grade classes. She said she took a picture with the principal and there was a certificate that she'll get to bring home sometime. She said the principal had visited their classroom several times in the past week and she wonders if he was making his own observations to choose a winner.
Now the funny part: she was heading back to her class when the dismissal bell rang, so she hurried and filled out her planner and packed up, got halfway out before she realized she forgot her violin, went back to get that, and realized when she got home that she'd forgotten to bring home the math homework that she'd written in her planner. Executive function fail!post #33 of 1452/3/14 at 9:42pmQuote:Originally Posted by Realrellim
Now the funny part: she was heading back to her class when the dismissal bell rang, so she hurried and filled out her planner and packed up, got halfway out before she realized she forgot her violin, went back to get that, and realized when she got home that she'd forgotten to bring home the math homework that she'd written in her planner. Executive function fail!
Too funny! Congrats on the award!!
My husband bought his fourth pair of goggles in 6 weeks today, because he loses them at the pool. At least they're cheaper to replace than wallet or keys. It's part of his executive functioning challenges (which get worse with anxiety).
Job-related: The new university has a standing posting for nursing clinical instructors and lab assistants. I wrote a cover letter this weekend and today my husband called his new dean to ask if he knew the best contact for me when applying. He asked to have my CV and cover letter emailed to him so he could hand deliver it to the dean for Health sciences. The manager for public health who oversees my prenatal teaching job also emailed me today to ask if I wanted to do some other casual public health work. If I wasn't moving I might try to figure out how to squeeze it in, but thankfully for my sanity and time management I turned it down.
Shanti, your snow situation sounds intense! Good luck in the trenches!post #34 of 1452/4/14 at 8:00am
RM - Glad you all made it through a stressful situation without internal strife, funerals are hard even when they are organized and nobody is sniping about the dead!
MelW - That sounds like a terrific lead! Good luck on that and on the French immersion program!
Shanti -Wow, that snow and unrelenting cold is crazy to read about, I can only imagine how ready you must be for a thaw!
Bec - Good job on getting the miles in despite the terrible no-good very badness of it.
RR: I'm off to box in a few.
NRR: Leaving for Mexico in 45 hours. There's lots that still needs to get wrapped up, including getting the petsitter in the door to talk about lighting the woodstove and what to do if the pipes freeze. Also, one cat keeps puking but I don't see how I'll be able to squeeze him into the vet's before Thursday morning. Gar. Nothing is ever simple is it?post #35 of 1452/4/14 at 8:32am
Lisa, yes, UV is a relatively large range of wavelengths and I can certainly imagine that UV lights would have a variety of wavelengths.
Also realize that not all samples of a particular mineral will fluoresce as well as the ideal. Cruddy is the nature of geoscience. So it could be that your lamp isn't the right wavelength, or it could be that your sample of smithsonite isn't very pure. It will tend to form with a huge range of compositions, all of which will tweak that electronic structure to change the nature of the fluorescence. A whiter fluorescence would indicate that it's giving off light over a wider range of visible colors, consistent with a varied composition. Make sense?
The minerals I've found that are very reliably fluorescence are all uranium-based minerals, not exactly what I'd give a 3rd grader, no? You might try ruby, though, which should glow red reliably under a near-UV light. Synthetic ruby is reliable in its composition and can be cheap.
This is how I buy mine:post #36 of 1452/4/14 at 10:57amPlady - Have a GREAT time. Sorry about the pukey cat
MelW - you handle all of your obligations/commitments with such grace that it is no wonder people are reaching out to you left and right to offer positions. Of course they want you!! I hope the move and house-selling go smoothly. I have a few pointers if you want them from selling our house ourselves (and we had 4 offers in the first 4 hours ... after prepping the house for several months, and we sold it in a day). Little things, like Decluttering! We moved a lot of our stuff into a storage locker (boxes of kids' toys, furniture, we emptied the whole garage into the storage locker, etc. We kept the locker for one month. Basically, make your house look sparse, neat, and orderly. Take down personal photos. Consider fresh paint. It sounds like your yard is probably well tended already (ours was really overgrown; we hired someone to come in an basically raze it ). We cleaned epically (dh figured out how to attach a green scrubby to his circular hand-sander and we used that to clean the shower, one tile at a time, etc). We replaced the funky (small) kitchen counter with a new one (a couple hundred dollars). I actually bought a new (used) dining table that fit in the space better as part of the "staging" (and which we brought to the new house and have in our kitchen). I framed some of the kids art work for staging, as well as bought 2 new lampshades at Cost Plus. Little decoration things went a long way, plus the general emptiness of the place. I have to say, the house looked amazing that first day we showed it
JG - I hate medication so much. I wish there were some way for you to find a way out of this without it
RR: I'm so on the verge of being there, and I know it would in fact help with the very physical/biochemical challenges I am going through currently. I just need to force myself ... but havent yet
NRR: I might have a line on a person to talk to who knows something! Several months ago I had an epiphany that I should talk to a compounding pharmacist (we have a lauded compounding pharmacy here) to find out who they work with, but also just to have a detailed discussion about pharmacokinetics, as this is beyond the scope of the 2 md's Ive seen. For some reason I never got around to it. Then last week when I saw md #2 (second/other opinion from the person I saw last year who, I think, got me on the wrong track) she said, "you should talk to 'pharmacist' at the compounding pharmacy to answer those particular Q's". So I made an appt. yesterday for a consult, which I cant get for 3 more weeks. In the meantime, I am taking a script from there that I have a Q about, that apparently only she/THE pharmacist can answer, but she wasnt there yesterday, and when I called today they said she would be out all day bc she's up in the capital talking to the governor about pharmacy. Fingers crossed that she can be a good resource going forward...
In other news, I have felt burdened by the new dog (relatively) for months (um, 2013?). She is very sweet but a ton of work and temperamentally just not a great fit for our family. But I feel committed to her and really want her to have a good life, obviously. Well, we finally reached the point where we decided to pursue another owner for her and see what comes of it. We put a post on a Pyrenees rescue site yesterday and I think my dream owner might have responded (wont know until we meet her). Her lifestyle and living situation, age and sensibility and dog history sound perfect, and she lives in a great semi-rural town where I think hazel would ber very happy. We gave the woman the third degree and really underscored all of the challenges of having a pyrenees and she said she knew about that already and described her last dog, which might rival hazel for challenge. So we hope to meet her this week, and while I feel sad, I also feel so relieved!post #37 of 1452/5/14 at 8:04amThread Starterpost #38 of 1452/5/14 at 8:20amPeeking in from Mecca (OMG still can't believe this) to tell you ladies I think of you all the time amd you are in my prayers. Amazing stuff here, I tell you.
RR: Tawaf and Sa'ee and more of that, and lots of prayer. Food is awful but I can't complain. Smooches. Catch you when I get back.post #39 of 1452/5/14 at 8:31am
Yes to SS!!
Sparkle - My parents have owned several Pyrenees. They are...strong willed, quirky dogs. I hope you find a good fit for your dog!
Plady - I hope the pukey cat stops. Have a fabulous trip!!
RR: Went to the gym last night to run on the mill with a friend. In spite of forgetting my earbuds and having to run without tunes, it was a really good 3 miles. I think part of my problem was that I am starting to break in a brand new pair of Newton's. Bad run was the first 3 miles I had put on them. Clearly my old shoes are much more worn! So, I'll need to do smaller runs on the new shoes as my feet get used to the newer shoes and as they break in. This morning's strength work is called snow shoveling! Swimming tonight.post #40 of 1452/5/14 at 9:22amQuote:
She's actually really submissive and gentle and kind of grandma-like. I think she just requires too much (5 hours vacuuming/wk, for starters) for how hard it is to include her in our lives (cant take a Pyrenees anywhere ) The woman we talked to had a pyrenees mix, and is looking specifically for another. When I told her about the challenges (hello, dog-body-sized holes all over the back yard) she said, "oh I know, you should see my yard". So Im optimistic that these two ladies (the dog and the woman) will bond well. But it still sucks for hazel, we are lame for doing this, and we are all sad
I dont know if I can do SS. Id like to say yes, but it is all I can manage to get from point A (wake-up) to point B (bedtime) more often than not. I always chuckle when I remember a line from one of those peri articles I posted here where the author recommends "Wisdom of" to a friend and the friend says "why would I want to read a 600 page book about M when every day of M feels like reading a 600 page book" .
Now I really do need to read some of these hundreds of pages for class tomorrow and hope I can see my way out of this fog to have something worth saying about them .... Calgon ...
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