Tuesday Things

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Okay, so all last week I was going crazy because any time I tried to update my blog from my laptop, it would show up on my laptop but not anywhere else. And anytime I updated my blog from another computer it would show up all over the internet, but not on my laptop. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with my laptopΒ and I was frustrated beyond belief with my new host (they didn’t become my new host by choice, my previous host sold off their “small client” business to this new host) because they couldn’t seem to help me figure out the problem and my site speed was stupid slow.

So I found a new host.

And in the process of transferring to my new home, solved the problem that my old host’s tech service couldn’t. The LAST time I transferred hosts (willingly), they asked me to point my laptopΒ at a specific server to make sure my site was up and running correctly. I had never cleared that command so I was pulling from the server of the company who dumped me and not myΒ adopted server. Now it’s all fixed. But I still switched hosts. Their customer service sucked.

All that crazy computer mumbo jumbo to say…isn’t it awesome when there is this puzzle and you kind of have an idea about how to solve it but nothing you try works and then BLAMMO…problem solved? I love that.

Knitting: Scoreboard scarf (I had to add a lot of yellow because we lost to the Vikings and I’m mad about that) and socks (not fast enough, I’m only done with the cuff and 10 rows of the leg and I need to get moving!).

Sewing: My quilt! I can’t believe it. I’ve pieced together 8 of the 16 rows and it’s turning out pretty well.

Cooking: Nothing.

Reading: Still Madame Bovary. I’m on the fence. Maybe because I absolutely hate how horribly and selfishly she behaves, but also because I relate to her in ways that make me uncomfortable.

38 in 38 update: I’m off FB for my holiday hiatus. I left a little early because I want to keep liking the people I like despite politics. It adds some time to my 2 month goal, but I’m happy with that.

Finally: I’m having a minor little surgery on my sinuses tomorrow so any good wishes, prayers, or thoughts you want to send my way will be appreciated. The whole thing is pretty cool. I never thought “up your nose with a rubber hose” would be a good thing, but I’m so ready to feel better. (And those around me regularly are too because I’m a baby about being sick.)

Catch me up on you? Anything exciting? What are you tackling this week?

The Post for Julia and Monica

Dear Teacher,

Thank you again for your thorough daily emails. I just want to say how much I appreciate the weekly newsletter, but my favorite is the three paragraphs you send each day outlining everything that happens within the classroom.

Because I know how important it is to build that school to home connection, I wanted write you with my own daily email letting you know what your student’s daily life is away from class.

We left the parking lot at around 3:35. During the ride home I was informed that recess was cancelled due to too much talking and energy. I completely understand how frustrating it must be to have a disruptive class of students. I will continue to talk to my child about being quiet during your instruction time as suggested, but may I suggest that taking recess from active, restless students (especially in elementary school) is somewhat counterintuitive? Because my child had so much pent up energy, I did allow for 15 minutes of playtime. I realize that cuts into the homework schedule you have outlined, and I hope you will forgive me.

After the allotted 15 minutes, the student had a BM. We’ve been working on getting those on a before and after school schedule as requested because I know it “disrupts the day” to have a student leave the classroom due to those pesky bodily functions. I’m really hoping we can get this schedule to work, because I would hate for the student to just hold it and end up with constipation issues. After, it was about 4:15 so we drilled our spelling words for the 15 minutes you requested then practiced our math facts for the 20 required after which we started dinner. We usually enjoy preparing dinner together as a family, but my child had those worksheets you sent home, so I put the student to work doing those instead. Homework finished and put away just as dinner was ready, so we sat down and ate a nutritious and healthy meal and I set my child to work doing the (highly recommended) extra credit worksheets while the rest of us set to work cleaning up after dinner. After that was complete, the clock read 6:45. We were hoping to get a few minutes to practice at least one of the extracurriculars of piano, soccer, or dance but the hopes of raising a well-rounded individual take a backseat to the strident responsibilities of raising a student in your class.

At this point, we were very close to the 7 o’clock bedtime you recommend (I do agree that 10-11 hours of sleep time is very important for my child’s growing brain) so we quickly brushed teeth and got our pajamas on before tackling the 20 minutes of reading (we find that reading before bed helps us settle down so we save that assignment for the end of the night). Currently, we are reading the first Harry Potter together and are enjoying it immensely. I know it’s not “serious” reading, but we try and fit fun in where we can. My child fell asleep at around 7:45 last night.

Wake up was 6:45 today. The student had a BM (maybe this schedule you’ve suggested is really working!), showered, and dressed for school, made sure to have the library books ready for return (thank you for the reminder email this morning and yesterday afternoon!) and proceeded to leave for school. I was running behind this morning and didn’t have a chance to make the usual healthy breakfast, so the student did have sugar cereal for breakfast. I just want you to be aware in case the student seems a little hyper and unfocused or has a sugar crash before lunch. We’ll try to do better tomorrow.

I hope this email helps you to have a better view of your student’s day at home. I’m looking forward to hearing more about my child’s day at school later today!

Talk to you tomorrow!
Kate

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Edited to add: This blog post was inspired by a discussion I was having with some friends regarding the paperwork and information overload I feel (we all feel?) at this time of year. It is exaggerated (though probably not in the places it most seems to be) and meant to be tongue in cheek. I am raised by a teacher and at one point in my life wanted to be a teacher (and then realized they get far too little pay and appreciation for how hard they have to work) so I by no means am trying to criticize the amazing individuals who I trust my children to on a day-to-day basis. That being said, I think a good many families can relate to the pressure of trying to raise children with varied passions, creativities, (and enough sleep) in a world that is putting more and more responsibilities on them to perform and and behave as miniature adults. This post stems from that frustration.

Tuesday Wednesday Things

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I meant to sit down and type up my usual Tuesday blurb yesterday, but I’ve been swamped. See: this hilarious post my friend sent me. (BTW: I’m in a complete love affair with my people lately. I’ve been a hot mess for months and I have no idea how they tolerate me, but they do. )

Speaking of being a hot mess. I’ve been dealing with a crazy sinus infection pretty much since the end of June. Prednisone, antibiotics, steroid nasal sprays, neti pot. There’s nothing that hasn’t been thrown at this thing. I finally had the opportunity to sit down with an ENT yesterday and relief is in sight.

I sent my Abram’s backpack to school today using a taxi delivery service. Yes, yes I did. We were running around crazy this morning, he forgot it, I had meetings and appointments all morning. It cost $10 and it was the best $10 I’ve spent in a really long time.

I finished my first September sock. And cast-on for the scoreboard scarf. I know the pattern is for a cowl, but then I’d have to do a provisional cast on and kitchner, and I just wanted something I could knit while watching the game.

I haven’t done any reading.

Netflix released the last season of Blacklist so I’ve watched a few episodes of that. I love James Spader. I don’t even care.

I haven’t been cooking much either. I conglomerated a couple google recipes to make a chicken and wild rice soup in the crock pot. It tasted great but ended up more sludge then soup. I put it in the big soup pot with more chicken broth to thin it out a little bit but it never did end up looking very pretty. Violet said it was great as long as you closed your eyes while eating it. (Love her.) I’m hoping once this sinus issue is resolved (in the next two or so weeks), I’ll be back to feeling more get-up-and-go in the kitchen. In the mean time, we’re all enjoying peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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I’m having some issues with photos not uploading to my host, so until I can get that resolved, please be patient with that ugly blue question mark photo. Hopefully, it will be resolved soon.

Officially the Unofficial End of Summer

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We had a lovely Labor Day weekend. The kids swam. We had fires both inside and out (that black and white picture of Abram and Jesse lighting the fire is one of my favorite pictures from this weekend), ate lots of s’mores and other good food. I knit a little (my September socks) but watched zero Netflix. Abram and Grandpa dug worms for fishing, Violet proceeded to set them free because they were “innocent and shouldn’t have to die”, we later used the can to scoop three baby mice out of the boat. We found the nest (see a life jacket of Violet’s) and Jesse says he found the mother and got her out of the boat too, but I don’t believe him. Just thinking about it gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Two random Violet comments I want to remember: While discussing the freeing of the worms, Jesse’s dad mentioned that those worms are going to head back and talk about the great Violet who saved them. “Grandpa, they don’t know my name!”.

And when we heard an owl (a great horned owl if my google comparison of owl screeches is correct) one night: “He’s warning those mice we set free that if they aren’t careful, they’re gonna be dinner.”

I updated my Lightroom a few weeks ago and ever since then any pictures I try to post on the blog show so much more grain then they do on any of my software (or the couple of prints I’ve ordered) so I need to figure it out because it’s gross. The last thing I need is another processing step, but I hate posting pictures that look crappy when I know for certain they do not actually look crappy.

I haven’t cooked much of anything though I did make a broccoli slaw for the weekend because it’s my absolute summer favorite. It’s simple to make – a bag of broccoli slaw, a small head of broccoli cut into small pieces, sunflower seeds, raisins, peanuts, red onion, and some crumbled bacon (if you aren’t a veggie). For the dressing I put a 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1/4 cup sugar (or a little less), and 2T vinegar in a Mason Jar and shake the crap out of it. When it’s good and blended, I pour it over the salad. If you make it ahead of time, put the dressing on right before you serve it. It gets soggy otherwise. We also made some chicken saladΒ – a perfect addition to our last lunch of the summer cabin season.

Tell me what’s new with you this week? Any good recipes, knitting patterns, books, or television shows on your radar?