Sunday, June 8, 2008

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hi. Remember me? I don't think I really need to apologize for the lack of posts, since most of you were probably grateful for a lower number in your Reader, but if you have missed me, gee thanks!

And thanks to those of you who have taken the Blog for Education buttons, pimped it (jen of A2eatwrite - I can't thank you enough for all your kind words), shown your support and your willingness to participate. I know I keep saying this, but I am so excited!

So, onto the wrap-up...

Busy, busy, busy week. Started the new job, which is going well. I'm having that feeling of, OMG, what the heck am I doing?!? but I have so much support that I know I'll get through it. There's so much to learn, and I'm waking up every day excited and anxious to get to work. I'm still also doing most of my old job as well, so it's definitely crazy and hectic, but again, with the support of my department, we're getting through it.

And the whole KIPP thing is finally making some progress. I had yet another 3 1/2 hour meeting yesterday, and another one tomorrow, and I'm missing the one on Tuesday evening, but we have many more parents involved now, and we have the right ears listening to us now so there's definite progress. Will it change the outcome? I don't know. But I can't stop now. I was feeling discouraged earlier in the week, but then things really started to happen, and we got some words of encouragement from someone that I highly respect and that helped a lot. I've joked that it's like a third job - the hours I've logged; Thursday night, on the phone 'til 10:30 pm - but it's such an important cause...you know, my child's education (!), that it's worth every minute.

On top of that, I had Riley's Open House, tore apart a DVD player to get out a stuck Netflix DVD, celebrated a friend's birthday, took Sylvia shopping for her 3-day field trip to San Diego (for which we get up at 5 a.m. tomorrow), went to DreamDinners (where I ran into an old friend), acted like an idiot in front of Chad Lowe (no, I wasn't ogling him - I was too busy acting like a star-struck kid over seeing John Tartaglia from Avenue Q), did 5 loads of laundry today and cleaned the bathroom, but still have some major work to do on the living room. Oh yeah, and I know I haven't been the best of bloggy friends to most of you lately, and I hope to make up for that sometime. Don't quite know when because this week already looks to be as crazy as the last 2, but soon...

Now, I must be off to clip my cat's claws, which I've never done before, but that scratch from a few weeks ago? Turned into a permanent scar. My raise wasn't quite big enough to afford plastic surgery, so the claws have got to go. (Yeah, I say that now. I tried this a few nights ago, and chickened out.)

Oh, yeah. And the condo thing? Still hanging over my head. So if anyone has any property to sell in Los Angeles for real real cheap (but in livable condition), let me know!

(And please forgive all the run-on sentences and improper grammar usage. I'm saving those brain cells right now for work!)

12 comments:

Florinda said...

I took the button, and mentioned Blog for Education day in the "announcements" section of this post.

I leave on vacation this Saturday and am not sure how much Internet access I'll have while I'm gone, but if I can finish my Blog for Education post before this Friday, I'll schedule it to go up on the 20th. I'm trying to get it done - I really want to be part of this!

Glad the new job is going well, if hectic!

Huckdoll said...

April, try not to feel bad for not getting around to blogs! I do the same thing - apologize - but my friends are always still here when I get back - so take a little pause if you need it and get things done!

Congrats on the KIPP stuff...you're nothing short of an amazing woman.

Kate said...

I will overlook the improper grammar usage for now, but really I expect more from you. ;)

On that note - have you ever read "Eats, shoots and leaves?"

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

April, that sounded like a crazy weekend! I hope you survived the cat claw clipping.

I also hope that the Kipp situation becomes better.

Congrats on getting through the first week with the new position!

LunaNik said...

Claw clipping?? Prepare yourself for a wrestling match. At least, that's what I go thru. Here's hoping you don't have to!

Tranny Head said...

FYI - I love Dream Dinners. LOVE it!

CableGirl said...

The job will get easier. You'll get there. As soon as you get the hang of it, you'll ease right in. How long before they give you a replacement to train for your old job?

Glad things are looking up with KIPP.

As for the cats, try wrapping him up in a bath towel. I trim my cats' claws about once a month. I papoose them in a bath towel and let only one claw out at a time. Hold them upside down.... head towards you, on their backs, caught between my knees... works like a charm.

stephanieallen said...

I hope you have a wonderful Dream Dinners experience. We actually have children on our tasting panels; it is amazing to see what kids will really eat. We put kids in a box when we only feed them "white foods" I am glad you had a wonderful Dream Dinner experience and don’t for get to vote for your favorites to be on the August Menu. You can get even more ideas on my blog Take care. http://stephanieallen.wordpress.com/

SingleWorkingMommy said...

Welcome back! Take all the time you need--and good luck with KIPP stuff.

Even with the craziness in your life, it sounds like you are smiling, and for that I am happy.

Immoral Matriarch said...

Ow. Trimming cats claws. :(

Good Luck with KIPP and everything else - we'll be here when you return.

Kori said...

Well. I thought I posted a comment on this, but I guess not. All I can say is you rock.

Natalie said...

So how did that claw trimming go?