Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Non-Insomniac Blogging: Part Deux

--The countdown is on to the end of the school year!
--Middle school is a shark tank, and 6th graders are guppies.  Also, being a parent of a going-to-middle-school kid is quickly becoming a full-time job.
--Goliath chose band as his elective for next year.  At the instrument introduction, he was to make a list of his top 3 choices of what he wants to play.  In the #3 spot:  tuba (who didn't see that coming?!?).  #2:  clarinet, and his #1 instrument choice was.....the bassoon.  Up until that day, I'm pretty sure he didn't even know what a bassoon is!
--To bassoon or not to bassoon?  That is the question that has consumed my son and me (but mostly me) for the last two weeks.  After some research, a face-to-face meeting with the MS band director, and a pros and cons list, the decision is made.  He will play the clarinet.  Ah, that boy!
--Just on the heels of the Great Instrument Debate was a fun little evening event entitled "Middle School Parent University."  This is how I know that MS is scary, and how I came to finally understand why in the world people homeschool their kids.
--Imagine a police officer who has an espresso with every meal and no volume control.  Then imagine him walking the perimeter of a classroom filled with wide-eyed parents, pointing his laser beam at a screen filled with pictures of narcotics and drug paraphernalia that is commonplace among middle school and high school students.  THEN imagine him hollering this command:  "Parents!  Repeat after me:  We have heroin in our town."  and that same wide-eyed group of adults stammering, "We have heroin in our town."  That, my friends, Freaked. Me. Out.
--Sonic has half-price shakes after 8:00 p.m.  A milkshake is sometimes the only thing that can help calm you down.
--Seriously....who orders a peanut butter & bacon milkshake?!?
--I am also wondering why we have Teacher Appreciation week at the end of the school year.  Several teachers at our school asked for--and received--school supplies. But what good does it do them now?  Seems like we would all be better off if we appreciated our teachers in February.
--The buttercups that have carpeted the sides of I-35 for the last month are beginning to wither.  That can mean only one thing:  summer is a'comin.
--I have learned that if I make a Starbucks run for Coach Hubby and Coach Scott before our boys' Saturday morning soccer game, the kids play much better.
--If your mother says you shouldn't slide down the banister of the stairs, there is probably a very good reason.

--I got to read to my boys' 1st and 3rd grade classes last week.  For my book, I chose Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.  On the first day of my assignment, I accidentally turned off my alarm and overslept by an hour.  The book was more than appropriate.
--Gus the Terrible has been out of town.  Ahhhh.
--Willie Nelson turned 80.  I love that guy.
--Authenticity in relationships is important.  It can also be draining.
--I had a Girls' Night Out with my little friend Kathryn and her mommy.  Kathryn and I agree on a few important things:
  • The rolls at Texas Roadhouse are delicious.
  • California is shaped like a banana on a map.
  • 2-year-olds are kind of crazy.
  • Reading yourself to sleep is the best!
--Greek yogurt is a weird food fad.  What was wrong with plain 'ol Yoplait?
--There is nothing like a baby shower to bring out the Pinterester within.
--I paid my son $10 to wash my car and clean out the inside.  Best money I ever spent.
--Silver Linings Playbook is a good, but tough, movie. 
--I got a new dishwasher for Mother's Day.  Yes, it was a necessity, but it still reminded me of this scene from "Father of the Bride":
"I mean, I didn't want to act thrown or anything, but inside I was. I mean, I thought something for the apartment...maybe a new clock, or a cool phone, or a great art book, or something...but a blender? I mean, what is this? 1958? Give the little wife a blender?!" 
--Quiet is one of my favorite sounds.
--There have been an abundance of blue jays, squirrels, and lizards in our yard lately.
--Two jobs I would never ever be able to do:  funeral director and dentist.
--Baby's class is working on a "Then and Now" project, which includes a "museum" of items from way back when.  Two of the items make me feel particularly old:  a floppy disk and a non-digital camera.  My kid can not grasp the concept of a roll of film, nor can he understand not being able to see your pictures the instant you take them.  Very old.


b-dod said...

"We have heroin in our town!"

Michelle B said...

Jared chose trombone!!! :-)

Wylie Middle School is new and will be 5th and 6th grades, so J gets to be the big dog one more year...a little less scary! Good to know about Sonic...yum!

Anonymous said...

Way to freak out parents! That's just crazy...not the info, but the method. I have a friend who is a principal of a MS. She calls it the wildlife refuge...all the animals there are either sick, recovering, newborns who are naive to the dangers, or deviants. She said the good kids are the deviants. Not very encouraging. BUT, God has a plan for his life AND he's gonna love band! You guys however might not love the clarinet after hearing it squeak for hours on end. Enjoy! Lea Ann

Jennifer said...

I watched Silver Linings Playbook this weekend too. Good description: good but tough to watch. I am probably going to have to go out and buy it now. i understand why it was nominated for the awards it was nominated for.

Countdown to summer: you best believe so.

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Reckless said...

We order peanut butter and bacon shakes. We also play bassoon. And have eaten greek yogurt for the last five years. I guess we are just the trendsetters.

Savannah said...
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Liz said...

I totally bought a PB & bacon shake this week to try it. I got the mini just in case it was awful & I hated it. :) It was actually pretty yummy.

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