This has been a pretty good week, overall, thank goodness! Erik had a rough start to the school year, but we seem to have a handle on it now. I’ve talked to his teacher and really like her (at the moment. Hope I don’t live to regret those words).
I’ve been trying to get us out of here after Erik gets home from school. There is no one in this neighborhood that he needs to play with, so we’ve been going to playgrounds with MOMS Club friends, having swimming lessons and going on walks. Yesterday we had Irish Lad and his family over, but our electricity went out and the living room was not big enough for two adults, two three year olds and two seven year olds. We had the bright idea of driving out to Irish Lad’s house for dinner, since power was not likely to be back up for awhile.
Talk about a white knuckle drive. Erik was in the back seat screaming that we were in a hurricane and I’m not sure he was wrong. It was nuts and a lot of the traffic lights were out. I was really regretting our decision to leave the house, but we made it out to their place in one piece and had a nice dinner.
I was proud of myself this week because I said “NO!” a couple of times. I have doormat tendencies. I take on too much responsibility and make way too many excuses for people. I get it from my mother, but I am working very hard to get out of this mindset. A lack of preparation of your part does not equal an emergency on my part. The no’s felt good–not an ounce of guilt involved! I’ve been running myself ragged doing my own volunteer jobs. I don’t have time to do other people’s volunteer jobs.
Erik brought home a paper that had his goal for the second grade. It’s one goal I hope he fails! He wants to hold his breath for 100 minutes. He’s been working hard on it and has only gotten up to 30 seconds.
Elsa’s preschool is ok, I guess. She is reluctant to go and one day I didn’t think she would release her iron grip on my legs, but she’s managed to go in each day without tears. She is always happy when I pick her up and gives me a big hug! With Erik it was always the opposite. He ran right in and screamed and cried when I picked him up. It is much more endearing when your kid acts like they like you!
Weirdly enough she had a crying fit when I left her at the gym daycare this morning. I think it’s because she’s had so much time away from me this week. She started gymnastics as well and I am not with her for that. She is begging to go back to her mommy and me MyGym classes instead. Hopefully she’ll get over that.
I have a new dream in life: moving away to a new school zone and never showing my face at a single PTA meeting. I wish I never would have got involved in that whole mess. There is one big advantage to being in the PTA: the principal will know who you are. That’s worth it’s weight in gold, but all this other non-sense is making me wonder how the human race hasn’t gone extinct. People are stupid.
I’m reading a new book that I’m really enjoying! It was a totally random purchase (thank you, Kindle, for good sized samples) so I wasn’t expecting much, but it is right up my alley. It’s called Enchanted by Alethea someday. I think it is YA. It’s a mashup of a bunch of different fairy tales. Looks like it’s a series, but I can’t find much information (not that I had a lot of time to search).
I did have one major, major problem this week: Yahoo. Oh good lord. Yahoo Groups has completely changed it’s interface to make it easier for mobile users and now mobile users can’t use it at all. Great way to meet their goal! Our MOMS Club was using Yahoo for all our communications and we have a ton of members (especially new ones) pissed off because e-mails are showing up 12 hours late, many aren’t going through at all, yadda yadda yadda. We sent out an e-mail to every single e-mail address, by-passing Yahoo completely to explain what was going on and giving them some contingency plans. It’s a major pain, but we will limp through until we can come up with a better solution. But see my point above: people are stupid. A lady stopped me in the Target parking lot to try to make me fix her Yahoo on her phone. As if I have that power. I looked at it and it wasn’t even a Yahoo e-mail that was giving her trouble. So many of these people do not understand that we do not have a personal phone line to the Yahoo tech team.
What we really need is a cheap/free program that has a mobile app. We need it to have some kind of group chat, a calendar function, a place to upload files, a way to RSVP to events, and a way to sign-up to bring things to parties. Privacy is also a huge concern.
MeetUp is out b/c we don’t have the money.
FB is out because too many of our members refuse to sign up for an account.
Other MOMS Clubs say Big Tent is too cumbersome and members hate it.
Do you think Google Groups would work?
What about a thing called tabup?
We use signup genius a lot, but we need hosts to be able to change their events, not just go through one person. We like to have everything in one place.
Ok, my dear sonny is sitting on me saying we have to play Candy Crush. Guess I better go let ourselves be crushed by this evil level.