Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Fragments

Yep, I'm trying Mrs. 4444's Friday Fragments again.

***Truth be told, I'm really glad my girls are getting older. Even though part of me is scared to death to be mothering a 12-year-old, I'd much rather that than a 12-month-old. I'm not really that good with little kids, as I was just reminded when my colleague's 4-year-old twins came by. They're really really cute and all, but I could not think of a thing to say to them.

***While I'm feeling confessional, as much as I love my girls, I've noticed that the one prevailing thought I have as I'm dropping them off at school is, "get out of the f**ing car already." I don't say that out loud, of course. I'm all hugs and kisses, bye, I love you. But I just want them out of my car. I just want to listen to my cds and enjoy the quiet for the 5 minutes it takes me to get to work after dropping them off.

***Speaking of cds, I now have all of my cds uploaded into iTunes, and have made myself quite a few mix cds to play in my car. At first, I had very specific ideas of what songs I wanted on them, but now, I'm letting iTunes DJ feature decide. I love the shuffle feature so much that it's now kind of like having shuffle in my car. Yeah, I'm weird.

***Or what I should say is, I'm a geek because I like to organize my music randomly. On Wed., Sylvia participated in a LOL workshop at the Club. They asked parents to join them for the last half-hour, and we had a blast. We all had to write down reasons why we're a geek, and then say them out loud to the circle, while the circle cheered us on. It was a lot of fun, and I'm glad we got to do this together.

***We also had a PTA meeting this week. I'm happy because in the Principal's Report, while she was giving us the results of the Parent Survey, she said that she knows about the research stating that homework does nothing to help children's education in elementary school, and is discouraging her teachers from giving more than reading homework.

***I was interviewed for an upcoming article in the PTO Magazine. The writer saw some of my posts about education, and approached me to answer questions about parental involvement from the single parent's point of view. I'll let you know when it's published, of course.

***At the LOL workshop, they said that, on average, children laugh 400 times a day and adults, only 75. I think RadDude, Nancy and I beat that average!

***I miss posting more frequently. Work has been busy, and at home, I just don't feel like sitting in front of a monitor for very long. I think I'll try to write some this weekend and then schedule them to post next week. I've got 2 reviews half-written in my head, and a Yahoo MotherBoard post going wild in my brain on my favorite topic: education.


Kori said...

Since I already knew all of htis (you like how I had to put that in there?), all I can say is welcome, of course, and I love you-a given.

Cat said...

I think I'll be fine with a male teenager; the thought of someday having a female teenager terrifies me. I think it's mostly because I remember what I was like.

Good for your principal!

Unknown said...

Yes! I miss your posting :) Now that I've gotten back into the blogging swing of things and daily reading, I'm always looking for a post from you these days.

Exciting about the magazine! That's quite an honor :)

And it seems I need to laugh more. I'm not sure I'm even making quota on that one.

Anonymous said...

The teenage years are wonderful for the hairdressing community, Clairol, and other industry segments, mmmm, probably alcoholic beverages and pharmaceuticals. No - not for them. For us. (To wash away that gray, and down those stress-soothers with a nice dry wine.)

Not to worry. Survivable.


Mama Smurf said...

Id like to see that homework I can pass on the info to my kids' teachers...cuz I've seriously had enough already!

Shiona said...

Yeah I am a bit more partial to boys myself. But teenagers are teenagers. I just want to make sure I raise a good man.

Mrs4444 said...

You sure sound busy (in a good way.) Also, I can relate to the preferring preteens to babies. That said, I do look forward to being a grandma :)

As a middle school teacher with an informal opinion, I'm pretty certain most kids do not laugh 400 or more times per day, but they definitely have more fun than adults do. Maybe that survey meant smiling??