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It Hasn’t Been All Beer And Skittles

The day hasn’t been without its highlights. But. I feel we may have fared better had we obeyed my gut instinct and stayed home (thankfully we get to do that tomorrow).

The good:

  • Out of the blue I lined up a pleasant-sounding little wedding reception to shoot next month.
  • I also unexpectedly scored a free ticket to see Erik Friedlander’s upcoming performance at the Walker.
  • The lovely ladies of Clockwork did some nifty lightpainting at dusk.
  • I exposed my co-workers to the Cat Piano app for the iPhone and heard the meowing of many phones echoing throughout the office.
  • After work I had an impromptu visit with wonderful friends.
  • When the little man and I got home he suggested we play a few rounds of Uno. While dressed in superhero costumes. Cool.
  • If I can remain awake, in a little bit I will watch last night’s episodes of Castle and Lie to Me.

The bad:

  • Last night I slept poorly, with vivid nightmares, and several times found myself standing in different parts of my room when I should have been sleeping, in my bed. Generally I only sleepwalk or sleeptalk when stressed. Considering the state of my finances, no wonder I’m doing it now.
  • When the alarm clock began bleating this morning I nearly burst into tears.
  • We had to leave the house in a hurry, before I could make coffee, to get to the school bus at the appointed time. But then the school bus was reeeeeeeally late, like fifteen minutes late, and my head was throbbing because I felt like crap and needed coffee.
  • Later in the day, during a big group hug with my co-workers (it happens), one of the buggers accidentally spilled beer. Into my hair. And all down the front of my shirt, and inside my bra. Yep. Sorta funny but mostly gross.

The ugly:

  • A bully at school was choking my son DURING CLASS today. The little man is fine but a little shaken up. I’m still seething. Thankfully he was able to vent, telling me how mad the incident made him, and how he’d thought this kid was his friend but now he’s not so sure. Apparently he did receive an apology, and I will be receiving an “incident report” on Monday, as school is out for the rest of the week. I’d like to find out more about how and why this happened, and how it was and will be handled. I realize that a lot of these kids have emotional or behavioral problems far more severe than my non-aggro kid, but still. Obviously I want my son to be and feel safe at school.
Clockwork at dusk

Bonus:Autism treatment: Science hijacked to support alternative therapies.
Researchers’ fears about misuse of their work come true

Plus: Cafe Agri closes it’s doors for good this Sunday, November 29th, but all weekend long they are saying farewell with $1 glasses of wine.
And: Happy Thanksgiving / be thankful for cupcakes!


  1. Bexxxx wrote:

    *whispers backing vocals* “beer and skittles”

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Permalink
  2. Heather wrote:

    Holy crap, if I found out something like that happened to my kid at school I would be absolutely livid!!

    Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Permalink
  3. Avitania wrote:

    1. Cat Piano is, like, my favorite pooch torture device. It’s also great for exercising them on rainy days. I start the meowing, say “Where’s the kitty? Where is it?” and they run all around the apartment looking for cats. Best 99 cents I ever spent!

    2.OMG, a bully choking your kid? I’d go apeshit. However, your son being able to express himself about the situation is definitely a good thing. Hopefully the school can intervene so yr kid doesn’t have the stress of the bully anymore!

    Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 1:10 am | Permalink
  4. Sharyn wrote:

    Bexxxx, heehee.

    Heather, I never did get the damned incident report I was supposed to receive. Sent another message to the school. Grrrrr.

    Avitania, ha! Have you tried the Dog Piano app? I haven’t yet but I bet it would make my cats extra crazy.

    As for the bully, he’s hassled more kids than just mine this schoolyear but he’s nowhere near as bad as one we had a couple of years ago who eventually left the school. Sigh.

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

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