Monday, April 30, 2007
The astonishing thing about the above paragraph is how simple it is. ONE phone call. Previously, there would be many phone calls involved in making the arrangements for a sick child. There was the two schools, and their after-school arrangements, and transportation, and before that the calls between Larry and I to determine whether or not he really could make it through a day of class, weighed against possible contagiousness and the opinions of the teachers and other parents for sending an ill-looking child in. And the argument about who was busier at work that day, and whoever did stay home would have to spend a fair amount of time cancelling and rearranging meetings and appointments. Or else we'd get a relative involved but that meant exposing someone else to the possible germs, and their busy schedules. And then trying to tellecommute while entertaining a bored sicky who sometimes felt much better by the afternoon. Plus the dread of what if he's even worse the next day and having to do it all again? At the time we felt fortunate to at least have flexible jobs and nearby relatives, but man did I pump them up with vitamins and pray for good health anyways.
So far today has been kind of nice. It's hard to explain but sometimes I like being with just one of my boys at a time, and really paying attention. We spent about an hour cuddling and reading our birdwatching book, and talking about the ones we've seen and which we'd like to watch for, while listening to the symphony of chirping coming through the window. Then we made soup for lunch, and put out the birdhouses we painted this weekend, and right now he's taking a nap (ok resting in bed reading comic books.) I really hope he feels well enough to go to school tomorrow, but if he doesn't, well, that'll be ok too.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
And then today a good friend from work called. She was in the area and wanted to come over to visit. Yes! I'd love to have some company and catch up on what's going on over there. But I had about 1/2 hour to get ready. I scrambled around putting things away, shoving papers into piles, no time to vacuum! And then there was my own appearance to deal with. Let's just say that my "around the house" look is a wide departure from my "going out" or work look. No time to fuss with that either. Of course we had a very nice visit, but again I had to reflect on why I got so freaked out in getting ready. Maybe because she is one of the people who seem to "do it all" successfully and I wanted to at least measure up, a little. Or else the fear that she would be reporting back on my condition to those at GM in a hushed whisper: "I think she's been cutting her own hair!"
It's interesting how, when suddenly confronted with a mental view of myself through someone else's eyes, I get a little defensive about what I think they might see. Shouldn't we not be judged about our appearance, or possessions, or housekeeping priorities? Well, maybe it serves to provide a little window into my own insecurities. And heck, I should know about judging people, I was after all once a sorority rush chairman. And the true reality is, it was just a guy trying to sell some extra bikes he had on the floor, and a friend coming over for a visit. The rest was in my head.
So that's all for now, I have to go and make a haircut appointment.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Mrs. William's 3rd grade class has a behavior incentive system where if the children accumulate enough points (for not being bad) they get to pick from a list of rewards which includes "bring your pet to school" which is what Jeffrey chose to do. So our little cat got to have a whole new experience. She did well and let them all pet her fur. Jeffrey did well too, he received positive attention and got to go in front of the class and tell about his pet and answer questions. Maybe these teachers do know a thing or two about motivation. If the turnaround plan stalls out maybe GM should try this approach as a replacement for Enhanced Variable Pay. Hey! Someone put in a suggestion!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Now with all this animal action at home we were also captivated by a story in the news last week about a coyote running around the streets of downtown Detriot. Well he was captured and sent out to the wilds of... guess where! Here!
So maybe this infusion of creatures is due to importation from the "city." That's ok I guess.
Anyways, today I might try to get out on either my bike or the Kayak, although it's still awfully cold. I'll let you know how it goes.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Sunday, April 8, 2007
This morning the Easter Bunny came and left wonderful treats for my boys. They were inspecting their candy and Tim said "look I got peeps!" Jeff replied: "Well I got blue bunnies and mine's bigger!" So then Tim started doing math: "five times three I have fifteen." Jeff, who is younger, did four times times four... Hoping to avert an Easter Morning argument, I said, check the weight! Tim looked at both and determined they were each 4 1/2 OZ and therefore equal. Jeff looked skeptical about that but then he said "well just to make sure I am giving one of my bunnies to MOMMY."
Alleluia and Happy Easter to you!
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
I am no longer:
- Having that dread feeling on a Sunday afternoon about having to start a whole new week all over again.
- Tucking in my children at night and realizing that I will not be seeing them again for 19 or 20 hours.
- Hearing my alarm go off at 4:50 am and using all my will to haul myself out of bed to get ready to go.
- Frantically rummaging through my sock drawer jumble to find two that match, realizing that I am now running late for...
- Slumping in the pain-inducing seat of my car (metal prison on wheels) burning up expensive environment-poisoning fuel while I sit and wait for the vehicles ahead of me to creep ahead...for over an hour.
- Schlepping across the parking lot through blasting winds dragging my rolling computer case up and down curbs and then getting stuck in the too-small revolving security doors while others line up impatiently and watch the spectacle of it.
- Settling into a drab soul-sucking cubicle and booting up my computer while hoping this isn't a day I have to call the dreaded help desk of compounding confusion.
- Sneaking off into the never-all-the-way-clean bathroom stalls where I can cry without anyone noticing.
And that doesn't even get into the actual work or some of the personalities I had to deal with. But there are trade offs, such as no more long lunches out, wearing glamorous professional clothes, exotic business trips, technical recognition awards, promotions...ok so those things weren't exactly happening for me anyways. But the potential for them has faded. I will also not be traveling anywhere exciting and warm over spring break, but for now, I'm ok with that.