Posted by: wildflowerz | November 10, 2011

SoCal is where my mind states, but it’s not my state of mind. I’m not as ugly sad as you. Or am I origami? Fold up and just pretend? Demented as the motives in your head.

Walk Time:  55:02.3
Route:  Down, Barbell, Up, Right, Back, Pool, Back & 2nd right cds, Down, Barbell, Up

  • Mi Vida Loca – Pam Tillis
  • Fell in Love with a Girl – The White Stripes
  • ‘Cuz I Can – Pink
  • California Girls – Katy Perry
  • Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
  • Blame It On Your Heart – Patty Loveless
  • Bitch – Meredith Brooks
  • Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
  • Inside Out – Eve 6
  • One Week – Barenaked Ladied
  • Hollandback Girl – Gwen Stefani
  • Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
  • I’m Alright – Jo Dee Messina
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  • Pretty Fly – The Offspring
  • Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
  • All I Really Want – Alanis Morissette

I’d added quite a bit!  I’m stepped up the exercise this week.  Well, on the days I did it.  I didn’t do anything last Friday.  I can’t remember why.  I did the 4 mile/60 minute Walk Away the Pounds both Monday and Wednesday.  Em was home from school with her best friend here on Tuesday and I didn’t do anything that day.  Chris is working from home today, so I decided to get out of the house and walk.  I added a double lap of the barbell cul-de-sac as well as walking completely around the pool parking lot and one of the short streets & cul-de-sacs on the way back from the pool.  55 minutes gets me up to 6 points right now, so I’ve done that 3 times this week in addition to 35 minutes of yard work yesterday, trimming bushes and such.  So I’ve earned 22 activity points in just 3 days of actual work.  I’m hoping that will counteract earlier in the week when all I wanted to do was snack, snack, snack.  I think I tracked all of that snacking (which is why I’m down 20 of my weekly points).  I guess we’ll see tomorrow.  I’m hoping for 1lb.  With that, I’ll be at 5% and can start working on 10%!

Let’s see…what else is going on?  We got Em’s progress report yesterday.  Can I say that I just don’t like her teacher.  I can’t quite pinpoint what it is that I don’t like, but I know that I’m not the only one.  I just don’t get a good feeling from her.  There’s also the matter of her 2 progress reports and first quarter report card.  On her first progress report, she got Borderline on her Handwriting grade.  No note from the teacher about it, just the grade there.  No communication from the teacher at all.  So I found this dry-erase booklet that lets you draw over the dotted lines for letters for Em to practice with at home.  We added it to her daily homework.  When her report card came, she was Needs Improvement in Handwriting (I don’t know why they use different terms for the report card and the progress report, but they mean the same thing).  Again, no note from the teacher, just the grade.  So at that point, we started writing sentences in a journal.  She wrote what she wanted, I looked at it and we corrected her handwriting where it was needed.  It’s at this point when I realize that when she slows down, her writing is MUCH better.  Still isn’t great, but it’s definitely better.  However, I can’t be there to stand over her all day and tell her to slow down.  So we continued with that.  Yesterday, she got another progress report.  Borderline in Handwriting.  THIS time, under it, the teacher wrote in the note, “She needs to improve her handwriting.”  Gee!  Really?  You mean that’s why she’s getting Ns in Handwriting?  She needs to improve it?  /roll eyes.  All this time, I’m the one who helps Em do her homework.  She has almost none this year.  And what she does have is, no exaggeration, about 99% online.  She’s had 2 math worksheets come home and once had to write some sentences about a craft project she did.  She barely brings any kind of writing home for stuff she does in class (other than worksheets that she’s answered, but there’s not a lot of handwriting on those.)  She doesn’t even do spelling tests by hand any more.  They’re all online.  So, she’s not practicing handwriting at school.  I emailed the teacher.  I was kind of annoyed, so I sent it to Chris first to make sure that annoyance didn’t come through too much.  She hasn’t responded yet.  I realize that kids have selective memory, so I have that in mind when I say that Em says that her teacher hasn’t brought up her handwriting with her at all and she certainly hasn’t given her any tips on how to make it better.  If the teacher does email me back, I KNOW she’s just going to say, “Just keep practicing.”  Is that really all we can do?  I suppose.

On the other side of the coin, I have a hard time caring overmuch.  I mean they DO do most everything on the computer.  Em’s handwriting is messy, but it’s legible.  If I can’t read what Em’s written, it’s usually because she’s using large words that she can’t spell yet.  I heard from another mom that some teachers don’t even grade for handwriting and give all their kids Ss.  I don’t know if that’s what her 1st grade teacher did or not.  Bah.  I’m ready for 2nd to be over with!

*ETA:  It doesn’t need it’s own post so I’m adding it here.  I just updated all my links on the right, so check out a bunch of new ones in the Blogroll, new Recipes category, and a few other random new links*


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