1. Sending the kids outside to play so I can mop is counterproductive.
2. Raking on a windy day is like, well, see number one.
3. There are two kinds of clean; surface, guests are coming over tonight or deep, as in OCD relative will be arriving in 2 weeks, start now!
4. Vacuuming, in a house with a dog and 3 kids, is a full time job.
5. Your hair, make up and clothes only look perfect for the few minutes before the kids hug, slobber, breathe on you. After that, you look decent at best.
6. Telling my kids, “Clean your room” really means shuffle or shove things around until mom sweeps in to do it her way.
7. Meal planning while “time of the month” means I don’t want it, it’s not what I was craving, let’s go out.
8. As each year passes, I seem to be writing an increased number of notes. On the fridge, by the counter, plastered on mirrors, everywhere. Sometimes at night I empty my pockets only to discover notes reminding me to read notes. Must be my age.
After several months away, I am finding my way back. Slowly. Ideas for posts keep popping in my head nagging me to get a jump start. Evernote is tracking great post beginnings or topics. The time is now.
Let me explain my short literary departure. One word: school. You thought I would say life didn’t you. At the end of last school year, I set a professional goal, something I have never done. Ever. My goal is simple. Yet in its simplicity explains how my month break became several. I vowed to step up my A game. Sure I am usually out in the hall between classes, now I’m fully present. Good morning, cool shirt, nice lip ring (not really), good luck in tonight’s game, etc. I do not know these kids, but that’s not the point. My A game also means volunteering for a PLC (Professional Learning Committee). Read an educational book, engage with fellow PLC nerds, and feel good about it. In the classroom, I’m trying to get to know each student beyond basic demographics. It’s working. I find that students are opening up. A simple, how did dad’s job interview go recently brought a student to tears. Of joy. Being more inviting to staff and students is a difficult part of my A game. I now have Thursday lunch games. They are tracking wins because I have a target on my back. Some girls come to talk. Sometimes to me, other times to each other. No matter what, I want them to know my door is open. Most of my non-family time is spent reading about adolescents, common core, special education and technology. Twitter and Zite are preferred over Facebook. In the last few months I’ve read more educational articles than my undergrad and grad classes combined. I’m okay with that. Hopefully some of the information is making a difference for me or those whom I share it with. Positive, supportive, informative are the three words I strive to remember each day. When students leave my doors, they should have a positive experience, know I’ll support them (I got you back!), and fill them with information about life, the world, and what’s beyond the school doors.
I’ve stumbled a few times. But I feel good about the year. This week is our 1/2 way point and let me say it’s flown by!
My A game may flounder but remember those big girl panties? I’ll hike them up and keep going. A pat on the back, a thank you, perhaps a smile is all the fuel I need.
Stay tuned…this foodie, twitter nut, mama of three has some things to say.
Now back to tonight’s reading.
What scares me the most on Halloween is the amount of money people dump into costumes! All together for three costumes, our family total was under $8. We borrowed or repurposed. We crafted and tinkered. Batman?
No cost, all items on hand.
A clearance tutu at Meijers $3, an old shirt $0, and felt sheets $0.60.
No problem. A shirt in Griffindor colors $0, a borrowed Griffindor robe and scarf $0, and a broom from home.
A small face paint kit for Kitty and a scar, $3.99.
Priceless, not overpriced, fun.
A much needed date night. A beautiful Fall drive. Some adult conversation and beverages. All the makings for a wonderful time.
A top the modern City Flats Hotel in Holland is the City Vu Bistro. And a lovely view it is! Unfortunately I was overwhelmed by the food choices and missed the outdoor photo op.
Many reviews comment on the amazing flatbreads. The flatbreads smelled and looked delish, but wanting to not fill up on bread, we opted for four small plates. Two items, the Duck Prosciutto and Mussels, were monthly specials. Being prosciutto crazy, we devoured the duck and all accompaniments; figs, Greek olives, feta, roasted peppers, Granny Smith apple slices, and everything crackers. The crackers were a definite miss step, but each other element allowed for varying flavor bites.
Yummy mussels garbanzo beans, check!
Seared tuna and flaw, delightful!
Barbecue braised short ribs with cabbage and carrots, yes please!
When return, we will sample the flat breads too.
Another date night down for these foodies. I cannot wait for next months night out! Where will our palettes take us?
My husband and I planned a gathering of friends with kid tagalongs as a high school pregame chill time. Email sent a week before, house cleaned, food purchased, and kids prepped for hosting. The day of our party, a few declines, but we were holding strong. And then, the bottom fell out. A decline of my daughter’s BFF left her in tears, later my son’s friends passed and he went into bummer mode, and we, the parents, sat stunned. Now what? No guests, food and drinks on hand…a lesson learned. Add a RSVP for a day or two before the event so “it’s my party, I’ll cry if I want to” does not become the theme song.
Monies are being cut. Plain and simple. Schools are educating 21st century learners despite federal and state slashed budgets. What can you do? Support your local district. Vote. Visit. Ask the staff questions. If you want to see a change, lend a hand, a voice, a presence.
Our local district is fortunate enough to have supportive partners and community members. This year they are putting on the second C.O.D.E. Orange community event. C.O.D.E. Orange stands for Community On Deck for Education. C.O.D.E. Orange. Find out additional information on the website. One highlight is the district wide YouTube video!
If you are in Allegan or from Allegan, come out and support our schools, this Friday, October 4. Purchase a C.O.D.E. Orange shirt at local Allegan shops for $10. Wear the shirt to Fridays event and get in free!
The Grand Rapids Artprize was another year of visual delights!
There are only a few more days to enjoy this wonderful cultural event!