Wednesday, November 30, 2011

When the shoe fits...

During a big temper tantrum

Mommy: Kid, please stop. You look like a nutbar!

(kid pauses her tears and general tantrum throwing)
Kid: I'm not a nutbar. A nutbar is a bar with nuts. I don't look like that.

Mommy: What do you look like.

Kid: A boogerface.

A pretty accurate description. Sigh.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Homework just for the sake of homework?

The kid hasn't had much homework since starting grade 2.

This week her class was informed that they have to do home reading every night. I don't have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is that the books are nowhere near her reading level. And, according to her, it has to be a book from the classroom library. Not the school library (her school goes to grade eight.)

I realize that this is just the perspective of a 7-year-old. However, earlier this month I had to ask the teacher why the kid wasn't allowed to get two "big kid" books at the library. Kid was being restricted to one "baby" book and one "real" book. That was resolved but I think even the kid is getting annoyed with the uphill battle to get her appropriate reading materials. I get that some kids don't like reading. Mine does like reading. At least she does when she is reading something she is interested in. The adventures of Frog and Toad doesn't do it for she who has read the whole Harry Potter series - solo. She will read nightly regardless of whether her teacher tells her to or not.

Tomorrow is parent-teacher-student conference night. So hopefully everything will be resolved. It seems that it would be wiser for the kid to be reading a book like 39 clues or Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief each week than five early reader books.

Monday, November 14, 2011

My "almost" hospitalization

When I was in grade 6, my Crohn's Disease flared up and I ended up in the hospital for a week. It was terribly boring and I was very happy to come home.

Less than a week later my parents brought me back to the hospital. They were in the process of admitting me when the results of an X-ray came back. A room had been found. I had an IV. I think they were just waiting on an orderly to transfer me from Emergency to the ward.

Turns out I was constipated.

Yup. They sent us home and told my mom to buy Castor Oil. True story.

I guess it would sound less crazy if I added that it was a direct side effect of the medications they'd put me on in the hospital. It was a pretty severe case of constipation too. They showed me the X-ray; I swear there was "stuff" in the small intestine.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"Sibling" rivalry

The kid recently started annoying our nice cat. She keeps picking the cat up and trying to cart her around. Sera just takes it. For the most part. But she does complain a bit. We'll hear the cat start meowing and then tell the kid to "leave the cat alone" and "put Sera down!"

"But she likes it!" insists the kid.

"No. No, she really doesn't!" we counter.

And for some reason the kid is surprised that we always know when she is annoying the cat. The little screeches of protest are a dead giveaway. I'm just wondering if Miss. Sera is going to ever realize that she can get the kid in trouble by just randomly crying. And I wouldn't put it past her.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!

I'm 34 today.

I think.

My Mom called and told me that she felt much better today then she did 35 years ago. It seems she forgot how old I really am.

I'm pretty sure that my birth certificate is accurate. That gives me one more year in the 25-34 year-old age category!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Which came first...

"Which came first? The chicken or the egg?"

The kid posed that question to me the other day while we were in the car. She actually didn't give me a chance to answer before she informed me it must be the egg.

"Most of the other kids in my class said chicken. But they're wrong."

I don't think she'll be a philosopher.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Life Skills

I took keyboarding in grade 9. It was supposed to teach me touch typing. It didn't. But I can type quite quickly now. So, what happened?

The Internet.

When I was in my last year of high school, I discovered the World Wide Web. And chat sites. They looked nothing like they do now though. But, if you wanted to "talk" to people you had to type quickly. Sadly, most of the people I was talking to were my high school friends. I'm not sure why we didn't just pick up the phone. I'm glad things played out the way they did because now I have mad keyboarding skills. ;D