Wednesday, April 28, 2010

3 months...

More to follow. I just had to post this for the world to see....

Sunday, April 25, 2010


It seems that L has a little crush - or maybe just a very good friend. She is this absolutely adorable girl in his preschool; she is quiet, but precocious. And she plays the violin. How can you not love that?!
L's face lights up when he finds out that they have a play-date scheduled and they are both sad when it's over. At his birthday party last week, he made sure to be next to her for all the games the kids played as well as at the table for lunch and cake. They have even been spotted holding hands at preschool.

It makes me smile - especially because it's so different from how S was at four - and even is now. S has a couple of friends who are girls, but he treats them as he treats his friends who are boys. L is often surrounded by several girls and it seems like he is nicer to them than he is to boys; always making sure they are pushed on the swing (sometimes by him) or get whatever treats the adults are doling out. (After he gets one, though..)
It should be said that he did football-tackle one girl on the playground last week, so he still has a few things to learn. Which is probably a good thing - this is cute now, but may not be quite as adorable in 12 years...

Friday, April 9, 2010

Can I Have my Weed Killer on the Side, Please?

Tonight I finally got it together and made a real dinner. And yes, it is sad that me making dinner is an event not a regular occurrence. However, tonight it happened. Salmon steaks in a mirin glaze, with basmati rice and steamed broccoli. I even had a vegetable!
As a finishing touch, I sprinkled chives over the salmon and its sauce - the chives just popped out of the ground in the last day or so and I thought that would be a delicious addition.
As I am cutting the last few centimeters of chive, I watch it land on the salmon; the bright green chives juxtaposed against the silky brown glaze and the cooked-to-perfection-fish.
And then it dawns on me. E put down fertilizer and weed killer in the yard.
This morning.
As my previous mini herb garden is now part of the lawn area due to some yard restructuring, I pretty much just made dinner seasoned with poison. I think the weed killer may negate any health benefits found in the salmon.

As I write, L and his father are on their way to McD. Maybe next time, I'll just skip cooking altogether. I'm fairly certain, there are easier (and cheaper) ways to get poisoned than having to make an entire meal first. McD 1 - Healthy Food 0.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

Could Someone Watch My Children While I go to Detention?

Anyone who knows me well is aware that I am intimidated by authority figures. This includes teachers - thus resulting in me making it through all my years of school without getting in trouble. The mere thought of having to go to the principal's office would have been a deterrent from any misdeeds had I been inclined to do them, which I wasn't. Ever.
Sure, I missed an assignment here or there - mostly in secondary school where the work load was so heavy that we suspected the real assignment was weeding out the unnecessary work. Doing it all was nigh impossible - at least if you also wanted to sleep once in a while. As a few people know, I may also have put my math skills to use in my senior year by figuring out how many classes I could miss and still remain safely within the allotted 15% permissible absence hours.
However, despite these minor infractions, it is fairly safe to say, I was as much of a goody-two-shoes as they come. In fact, one of my favorite literary characters once said: "We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled" and it should come as no surprise that I completely identify with that statement. (And the person who said it - can you name him/her?)
Yet, somehow, with all these years as an obedient student behind me, I now find myself in trouble with a principal after all. Somehow, I spaced out a parent/teacher conference at my son's school - after already changing the appointment twice, due to illness and clogged milk ducts. It was totally my fault and I feel awful - and apologized profusely. The teacher wasn't appeased however - and she is apparently so put off by me that she called in the principal. I totally understand her frustration, and although I was hoping she would be a bit more understanding of my sleep-deprived lack of organization, I can see why she is annoyed. I am just bothered that I now have to meet with the principal and explain myself in order to prevent any ramifications to S's future education at the school.

It's probably a good thing to go through - maybe I will get over my fear of principals and teachers and thus be a better advocate for my childrens' education. Or maybe I will just faint from fear in her office.

As I am writing this, I wonder if she can put me in detention...I have to confess an hour to just sit and read quietly no longer seems like such a horrible punishment - if only there was a way to do it without the awful reality of being in trouble!