Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Annoyed Already

Last week Thursday, I registered my son for Kindergarten. My son is still 5 months away from taking his first steps into his "big kid school," and I'm already annoyed. I am a teacher (12 years in public high schools and now 3 at a community college), and I fear I am going to be one of those parents who can't stop complaining, whose standards and expectations are high and who calls to complain every time those expectations are not met.

So, this is what happened...

First, I go to the district website the Tuesday prior to registration to download the 20+ pages of paperwork I have to fill out in order to register my child. The links to the paperwork don't work and I suspect it's a problem on my end. I call the school. No, it's a website problem and the links won't be up and running again before registration. So, unless I want to sit at the school the evening of registration for an hour and fill out the paperwork, I can pick up the papers at the school beforehand. Fine. I do this on that Tuesday with my son in tow. I ask the woman in charge of the registration paperwork if the registration evening which lasts from 4:30 to 7:00 is something to which I should bring my son or if I should leave him at home with Daddy. She tells me that they are trying to get some of the junior high kids to come to it to do some fun activities with the kids who are there, that there will be tours of the Kindergarten classrooms, and a video will be shown called, "A Day in the Life of a Kindergartner." That sounds like fun for my son, I say, and she agrees that it should be. I say I will bring him.

And I do. But it turns out that the only thing the school manages to get even remotely organized is the video. Other than that - no junior high kids, no fun activities, no tours of the classrooms. The video isn't even up and running yet the entire time I'm there, and it takes me an hour and a half to get through all of the registration stations. The event itself runs for less than 3 hours, and the video is not playing after an hour and a half. Hmmmm. I'm hoping our experiences at the school once my son becomes an official Kindergartner aren't always this disappointing.

So, I'm annoyed. I can't help it. My poor son had to stand there waiting in five different lines with me doing absolutely nothing for an hour and a half when he could have stayed home with his father.

But wait, there's more. I overhear one parent ask a staff member if parents can request one's child's teacher. The response: "No, but we try to match the children according to their personality and ability level with the appropriate teacher." I wonder how they do this when they don't even know my child. Then, though, at one of the stations, I'm given a questionaire to fill out about my child, about the activities he likes, his attention span, his abilities concerning shapes,numbers, letters, etc., and what his personality is like. I fill it out and include it with the rest of the paperwork in the folder. When I come home, I discover I've come home with this questionaire, that no one at 3 different stations had taken it from me. So, now I'm even more annoyed. Now, I have to call the school and find out whom I need to bring it to.

As long as I'll be on the phone with the school, I'm tempted to let them know just how I felt about the registration evening. But I don't know if I want to establish myself as one of the *those* moms already.

What would you do?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Did You Ever Get...

...news that was so shocking but you couldn't share?? I did today...and I am dying!!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

House Hunt Take 2

Long time followings might remember that a couple of years ago before my husband and I moved back to Chicago from the southwestern suburbs that we started to look for a place to own. Fortunately, because of the housing market at that time (just prior to the downturn) and because of time constraints, we decided to put off buying until we were more certain of our jobs and the neighborhood we wanted to live in. I am glad we waited...

Now, that we are looking again we are finding that now we can actually look for a house with 2-3 bedrooms and 1.5-2 baths rather than an apartment or shack in a much better area than we would have just two years ago. Once again, I have learned that patience is a virtue. We haven't found our new place yet, but, there is a lot to choose from and it looks like we will have a new place by the end of the summer.

On that note, here is a song I want to share with you to celebrate the place that each of us calls home. Take some time today to enjoy your surroundings wherever they may be and share with us what you like most about your home...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Honey!!

Today is my hubby's birthday:-)

It takes a real man to pull off this look:-)

We celebrated by cleaning our room and breezeway. Don't feel too sorry for him. He got love in the form of family and Susie's Pecan Pie:-)
Happy Birthday Honey! We love you very much!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Nine Rooms of Happiness

Recently, I was listening to a radio show called Chat with Women that features two women in the Seattle area who discuss various topics that interest women such as health, self-esteem, cooking, etc. Their guest, was Dr. Catherine Birndorf author of The Nine Rooms of Happiness – Loving Yourself, Finding Your Purpose, and Getting Over Life’s Little Imperfections.

I thought I would share with you the podcast and the web site that explain the concept of letting go. I think it is true that we women do spend way too much time worrying about the little things or imperfections that we have rather than appreciating all the positive aspects of who we are. I found the concept easy to understand and apply.

Click here to listen to the March 30, 2010 podcast of Chat with Women. The interview with Dr. Birndorf occurs at 30:30.

You can also learn more at http://www.ninerooms.com/

Hope you enjoy

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Case of Catholic Guilt

My friends and I were discussing plans for Easter weekend last week when I realized that I will spending the holy days Good Thursday and Friday at a Casino. I made fun of myself thinking, "Isn't that a sacreligous thing to do-I have certainly strayed from the Catholic school girl I once was." I know that there is at least one friend from my past that would most definitely condem me for it.

In truth, I am not that much of a gambler. My husband and I really looking forward to escaping from Chicago, taking a road trip with some good friends and getting a chance to relax and catch up with them for a few days. We do enjoy playing Black Jack together, so we figured why not... I only feel a slight case of Catholic guilt, but, with all of the things going on in the Catholic church more recently and over the last few years, who are they to throw stones?

As far as my spirituality goes, I must admit, I haven't been to church on a regular basis in some time. The last few years, I have been distracted and somewhat disappointed in the church communities I have encountered so I have strayed. This past weekend, my husband and I actually went to a non-denominational gathering. It was very different from anything I have been to and we decided that we would continue going. The music and the message were more relevant and you could tell people truly enjoyed being there. It was a nice change.