Thursday, October 30, 2014

Phase One Complete

This year at school, I'm working on my leadership skills and style.  I try to do a good job of leading and facilitating, and then I write about what went well and what I think could have gone better.

October was my month to facilitate team meetings.  Today's the last one, thank the lord.  One problem I'm having is that my face betrays my every emotion, including aversion and incredulity.  It's not so wonderful to display these reactions when facilitating a meeting, I've learned.  Maybe what I need is pump-up music.  Perhaps a playlist including "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga.  I think it might do the trick.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Proximity

I pledged to read 52 books in 2014.  I'm almost there, and the proximity of the goal thrills me.  It's even possible that I'll surpass the goal, as I've logged 49 already. I'm anticipating the day when I can compose retrospective posts on the year with the best books of different types.

As goals go, this one wins.  I love having read all of these books.  The goal enriches my life and has no downside.

If you seek purpose in your life, may I suggest a goal of averaging a book a week.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


It's Bandaid and Halloween Decor today.  You can see me taking the photo in the reflection of the owl.  To some this may seem sloppy.  To me, it seems creepy, apropos of Halloween.  I might be a ghost appearing in the photo.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Why Is This Happening?

My alarm went off this morning, and I was like, "Why am I getting up?  Surely, it's Sunday."

But it's not Sunday.

What happened was that on Saturday, Robin, KK, and I did a workshop with a group of teachers who strive for global competence.  The workshop was great, but I was like, seriously, where's my make-up weekend day?

It's not coming.

The only saving grace here is that we're making sketchnotes about capitalization rules today.  You might be thinking, "Why the heck don't her sixth graders already have a handle on the capitalization rules?"  To which I would answer, "I have no flipping idea."  But this is the case will all simple mechanical rules in the English language: You have to practice a lot to really get them.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Chance to Make the Games Mean Something

Once again, my peaceful morning is compromised by the wakefulness of my oldest child.  But it's okay because his hockey try-outs are complete, and you guys, he made the team of his dreams.

Last year, he was crushed and there was sadness.

In the grand scheme of things, that was a valuable life experience, and I'm glad that he had it.  He overcame his disappointment and worked super hard to become better at hockey.

This year, however, I wanted him to have the experience of working his butt off and having it pay off.  It's so much more fun in this moment, with the jumping around and the delight.

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Phony Phone Call

I get up at 5:30ish to prepare for work, blog, and read stuff on the internet.  The primary purpose for this is that it's the only hour of solitude I can carve out in the day.  I come down here, make the coffee, sit quietly, and breathe deeply.  At 6:30, I drag the family out of bed.

But today, I padded out of my room to discover multiple lights on.  I descended the steps, and the children were cuddled up on the couch watching Spooky Buddies.  It's a movie starring Golden Retriever puppies.

"What are you guys doing down here?" I asked.  "This is usually my alone time."

Mac smiled ridiculously and said, "Well, Mom, today this is our time."

Then, they starting asking for things.

"Just give me ten minutes," I said.  Everything is ruined.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Righteous Dude

Shef's try-outs are tonight.  It might be the last round of try-outs.  Nobody told me that try-outs are stressful for parents, too.  It's not that I care what team he makes - I don't care one bit - but I want him to get what he wants.  Because he wants it so much.  I imagine this is only the first time I'll feel this way.  There are innumerable potential disappointments ahead - driver's test failures, low grades, awards not received, colleges not gotten into, jobs rejected from, breakups, promotion pass-overs... the list never ends.  Life is one big disappointment, kid.  And this is just the potential start of it.