It's Tuesday, isn't it? Yeah, that's what I thought. Grab your coffee. Sit for a minute. I'll babble on nonsensically for a minute or two and you can feel all contected with the world.
-> My husband relayed a conversation between his boss and his boss' wife from the past weekend:
Wife: Are you listening? You haven't said a single word in reply.
Boss: I'm passive listening.
Wife: Passive listening?
Boss: Yeah, I'm sort of listening, but I'm doing the crossword, too.
Wife: That's not passive listening, that's being an a$$hole.
And now "passive listening" has entered our lexicon. Where it will be used often, as I frequently "passive listen" in meetings and sometimes while on the phone.
-> We have reached a new place in our parenting lives. The one where you really appreciate the fact that your kid can recognize that they feel ill and make it to the bathroom. It only backfired on me a little. We have a "no getting out of your bed at night" rule. Uhm, it's hard to explain when it's ok to break that rule. So during the day? We were aces (thank god, no 7 or 8 changes of clothes). At night? Well, that's why we have 3 separate sheet/blanket combos at close hand.
-> Men are really big babies when they are sick. It's almost disgusting. I had the stomach bug two weeks ago. I only left work because I refuse to get that close to a toilet that is shared with co-workers. I went home and did some laundry and cleaned the bathrooms in between feeling horrible. LG had it last week. He sat quietly on the couch and learned that the magic mouse has more than just that silly club house show up his sleeve. We went food shopping, and to the post office (in between his episodes). PB was home yesterday. He spent the whole day in bed. Then he moved to the couch when we all got home. He occasionally moaned like a wounded buffalo. Really? The 3 year old took it better than he did? Sad.
-> I watched the new 3 1/2 men last night. Now, except for his episode, I really like Charlie Sheen. I loved his character. I expected to hate the new one. But? It was actually pretty good. We'll see if it lasts.
-> Almost as if they had read my post last week (and all of your amazing responses), the WallStreetJournal had an article yesterday about how school districts are having a hard time financially meeting the needs of all the special needs kids. Not things like wheel chair ramps, or peanut free classrooms. Things like on-going home tutoring and video technology at the kids house (so they can do live feed video to be in class). The article sites that the largest growing population of special needs kids are the ones with "invisible ailments". The gist of the article is that schools are beginning to fight back and draw the line in the sand of what can reasonably be expected from a public school district. It will be interesting to see where it goes.
-> I should clarify my position, though. I completely understand that some kids need a little extra something to make school (or any public type thing) work. I'm all about a school, or a teacher working with parents to see it happen. I think the first focus should be how to help the kid acquire skills to make it happen on their own eventually. I'm against people thinking that the world owes them something and that other MUST accommodate their special birdie with expensive solutions. I'm even more against people who make excuses and do nothing to help the situation at all.
And so goes the Tuesday. I'm going to try to be productive now. You go do the same.