Another gap. ::glares at the calendar:: I think I’m going to have to make February a Blog Every Day month just to get back in the groove. But today, let me summarize.
1. The kids are back in school, but not without changes. I’ve had to pull Hero from color guard, as she’s continued to fail several of her classes. I feel bad, because I know it’s the ADHD finally rearing its ugly head, but I couldn’t not do anything, either (pardon the double negative). Three practices a week was just too much of a time commitment, and I couldn’t pull her from Odyssey of the Mind, as that would have punished the whole team and not just her. But that situation resolved itself as well. The OM higher-ups had changed the parameters of the challenge the team was working on three months in, invalidating all the work the kids had been doing. Three of their members had quit the team, leaving them at the minimum participants allowed (which was why I couldn’t pull Hero), and they were demoralized and no longer committed. After much soul searching on their part, they decided to disband the team for this year. I think it was a relief for all of them, although their coach was heartbroken. Now we just have to focus on getting Hero back on track. I’m getting her tested with the school and am trying to get an appointment for her at CHOP to be formally diagnosed as ADHD. I’m really torn about medicating her, but we may have to at least for a little while while we work with developing other coping skills. None of the tools we’re trying to put in place for her right now are taking, and it may just be that she’s too out of control to internalize them. But hopefully we can get her through the year and by fall have her back on track.
2. The house has gotten a bit out of control. Christmas took the card system right off the table and I’ve had a hard time getting it back. I suspect I’m going to have to start it from scratch, pull all the cards and re-introduce them like I did when I started. Which still won’t be as hard as it was the first time around. It’s not that the house is bad. It’s just not where it was. There are piles everywhere, small piles, but piles nonetheless. The dishes aren’t getting done nightly, which means the counters and floor aren’t getting done regularly and the floor needs a mopping. I can’t remember who’s turn it is to get their bed linens washed (probably mine). I just need to…start clean. Give myself permission. Yup, that’s it. This weekend I’m pulling all the cards, sorting them by room and starting from scratch. Hell, I’ll do it today. The living room won’t take that long to get back on track. Can do the dining room Wednesday and Thursday, then the kitchen and bathroom this weekend. Yup, that’s a plan. Thanks, guys!
3. I’m behind on Sleepy Hollow and Elementary, but OMG are you guys watching Agent Carter? WHY NOT??? It’s encapsulating every perfect thing about feminism and equality and heroism and glam and SHE BEAT A GUY UP WITH A FUCKING STAPLER!!! I’m actually trying out power lipsticks thanks to this show. You have to watch it. Honestly, it’s such an utter joy. And I may have a tiny little crush on Hayley Atwell..
4. Hrm. I thought I had a 4, but maybe not. Life hasn’t been THAT exciting, which isn’t a bad thing.
5. OH!! I sold my loom! This is a kind of sad thing, because I wanted to learn more weaving, but I just didn’t love it enough, and it was taking up a lot of space in the house, which as you know I don’t have as much of as I’d like. So I put it up on Ravelry and an 83 year old former Marine from Pittsburgh bought it! Nikki and I drove out to Harrisburg with it last weekend to swap with him, and he was just the nicest guy. I know the loom is going to a good home where it will be well used. And I got $400 out of it, so that’s a good thing! Still keeping an eye out for a cheap drum carder or hand cards, though.
So, can she stay current? Stick around to find out!