My brain is now officially mush. What with my birthday, Easter, work exploding all over me -- not that this is a bad thing, as actual productivity in the office rocks -- and the pending FCAT exams (Florida's wretched achievement tests that are directly correlated to scholastic advancement and graduation), I barely know what end is up.
The Elder's middle school does all FCAT prep during school hours, which is fine by me. The Gum Zombie's school, however, sends home packet after packet after bloody freaking packet of FCAT practice nightly leading up to the test (which, blessedly, is next week). I'm absolutely in favor of my child doing well, I'm just exhausted and I'm sure everyone else, administrators, teachers, parents, and children, is likewise fatigued. I also wonder how in the world parents who have children in various after school activities and what-not are managing to get this stuff done. It's a squeeze for us, and the boys don't even have consistent extra-curricular obligations at this time. Seriously, my kids' advancing ages really makes me think that parents who are doing their children's homework aren't necessarily doing it because they're trying to protect Widdle Pweshus from straining his ginormous-yet-oddly-feeble brain. I'm starting to think maybe some are doing it because there just aren't enough hours in a day.
Ah well, it is what it is, and we'll do what we must. But I draw the line at doing my kid's homework. I'll sit there and suffer right along with him if need be, but he's going to have to be the one to strain his brain and develop writer's cramp. I've done my time.
As for the rest of life that that isn't utterly, completely insane, all is well. I survived both my birthday and Easter without any impact to the scale. In fact, my stupid pants were loose when I put them on this morning; I nearly had to wear a belt. So I'd have to count that as a win. Exercise is hit-and-miss (see FCAT, and see earlier posts re: exhaustion), but I'm keeping moving and not rooting myself to the couch. Next week matters should improve on that front -- the FCAT will be ongoing which will, in fact, make life easier since there will be no homework!
Anyway, my second belly dancing class is tonight. I've been practicing here and there (you should see me hiding in the bathroom stall at the office to work on my hip thrust -- it's a sight), so we'll see how it goes. I managed to do "snake arms" effectively at home, but I have a history of freezing while in large groups which makes me unsure I'll be able to reproduce the move in class. Eh, it'll work out. Eventually.
Hang in there and have a good one!
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