So I started to write this way back when and then stopped because something better came along. Not sure what but it distracted me nonetheless, and now I see that this isn’t even relevant. Publishing anyway because who knows when I’ll get back here to write something for modern times.
When life gets busy I tend to be singularly focused. That focus is on what is right around me. School when I’m at school and home when I’m at home. I rarely see or know what’s going on in the rest of the world. I saw today that there is a massive hurricane about to hit the east coast. I’m sure I’ve heard something about Sandy before today, but because of all the things going on in my little world I didn’t realize it. My little world has included the district 5th grade track meet, having to get my kids to and from school everyday while their dad was out of town, making sure dinner was prepared for all 7 of us most days this week, dressing for the themed Red Ribbon week days, and juggling our extra-curricular schedules. I admit I don’t have to do all of this alone. Sweet Tea helps as well. She often has to remind me of events that have slipped my mind. Most of the time those are things where a decision has been made that doesn’t include any responsibility for me so I completely forget they are happening. That happened this week. Sweet Tea said something about one of the kids having plans to do something and that blah, blah, blah, and so on and so forth…and I had no idea what she was talking about. I told her I didn’t realize that was happening and she reminded me that I was standing right there during the plan making. I wasn’t responsible for getting said kid to the place she was going so I guess I tuned out. I shouldn’t have because I was responsible for picking said kid up the next day and then running a couple of necessary errands with that child.
And did I pick that kid up? Yes. I think.
On to modern times.
I finally read the Hunger Games series. I saw the movie a couple of months ago and it sparked my interest in the book. I ordered it on my kindle and had it within seconds. This is why I love my kindle. I can make spur of the moment book purchases without putting on pants! Anyway…so I read the first book in an evening…dropping the ball on all other activities because I can’t focus on more than one thing at a time. (See old news above.) I loved it but was very disappointed that it wasn’t the end. I decided I was going to pretend that they went home and lived happily ever after despite the fact that I didn’t know who Katniss would ultimately choose. I was able to ignore the other books for a while. Then last week a teacher at my school who is pregnant was looking for a few good reads for while she’s on maternity leave. Our librarian talked up the Hunger Game series so she checked them out. I couldn’t get around the idea that I didn’t know how they ended so I pulled out my kindle and purchased them. I spent every bit of downtime this past weekend reading. They were good. I came away satisfied. I was team Peeta from early on. I wanted to be team Gale, but so much happened to Katniss in the arena…things Gale wouldn’t ever be able to relate to that it didn’t seem like he could support her like Peeta could. Anyway.
The librarian also gave me a copy of the book Crash, by Jerry Spinelli. I wasn’t a big fan of Maniac Magee so I didn’t know if I would like this book. I did. It was an easy read.
And last but certainly not least, my youngest is not doing well in Language Arts. She hasn’t been turning stuff in it seems. When I got online and saw the extensive assignments I understood why. She has never been good with choices. Anytime she feels overwhelmed she shuts down. I’ve learned to take some of her stress away by removing some choices. When we went back to Turkey after a 7 month stay in the states she started having meltdowns at breakfast every morning. I used to be a short order cook for breakfast. I didn’t mind making whatever the kids wanted, within reason of course. Toast, cereal, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, all of it took just a few minutes. The problem was that AG didn’t know what she wanted and then everything everyone else chose looked better than whatever it was she chose. I finally started making one breakfast, eliminating everyone’s choice, and everyone was happy. They just all ate the same thing. And her mornings improved drastically. Now I see that almost every assignment in 8th grade Language Arts has options. You can choose between 5 different projects for the Tell Tale Heart. For an original story there are two parts, but part 2 has 2 options. For a novel study she can do one of four things to illustrate her novel. I think she saw all of it and shut down. Now we have less than a week to get 4 assignments done. It’s going to be a long few days!