Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Well.  That pretty much sums up this past week.  In the interest of ending with the Good though, I'll work backwards.  Let's get the Ugly and the Bad out of the way first.

The Ugly.

At the risk of sounding like my mother- which frankly, happens more often the older I get- I'm talking about the weather.  It was ugly this week.  Not North Dakota ugly, but it was awfully cold for Pittsburgh in January.  Right around 20 degrees for most of the week, and not even getting that high for a couple of days.  It meant that Tuesday and Wednesday the boy's school had two hour delays.  Which made for ridiculously lazy mornings and very short days.  But it was fucking cold!  So who felt like doing much of anything anyway?  Not me.  That's for sure.

The Bad.

The Boy.  ugh.  He did not have a great week.  It started with spelling bee trials on Wednesday.  He was eliminated after the first round, which naturally upset him.  Of course, he had spent a total of like an hour with the spelling list that he's had for two months.  They had also spent time on it in school, but still.  Unrealistic expectations.  Here he hadn't wanted to do it anyway, and then he was forced to, and now he was upset because he had wasted so much time.  Wait, what?  Finally I just gave up.

Which was good because it turned out that I needed that energy for Friday when we spent time in the principal's office after school.  A younger kid who annoys the Boy and his friends was, well, annoying the boy and his friends after school on Friday.  One of his friends really got into it with this younger kid.  But the Boy was in trouble because, as is his way, he couldn't keep his mouth shut and he said a few unkind things.  sigh.  Mouthiness really runs on my side of the family.  We are an opinionated, sometimes self-righteous, lot.  Clearly some work needs to be done on how to express opinions and when to keep your mouth shut.

The Good.

Morrissey.  Of course.  He was finally here on Monday!  Woot!  I met Alecia for dinner, which was incredibly delicious.  And full of butter.  Then we met a friend I used to work with for coffee across from Heinz Hall.  We headed over at 8, bought some swag, hung out with my work friend a little longer, and then went in to our seats. 

As usual, it was a great show.  What I liked about this one was, without an album to promote, Moz pulled out a lot of older tracks.  Including at least a half dozen Smiths songs.  I don't think that he's played more than two or three the other times I've seen him.  I had a hard time choosing which video to include here.  I went with this one because, How Soon Is Now is just one of the best songs ever and it was the final song of the night.  Also, this guy must have been near us, because this is the exact view we had of the stage.  I think you can even hear Alecia and I screaming.  um.  Sorry about that?

Anyway.  It was a fantastic night out.  We didn't even mind the long line to pay at the garage because, yea!  More time to hang out together.

This week includes skiing for the Boy, Louis CK for me and the Husband, and the Girl's second birthday.  My fingers are crossed that the Bad and the Ugly stay the hell out of it. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

In Which I Maybe Get a Bit Political But Whatever

It's been an ok week, I guess.  Shit is finally starting to get done around here, which is awesome.  Slow progress, but progress all the same.  As far as the kids go though, the boy's attitude has been full of attitude.  Which I'm really, really over.  And even the girl has been a little screamy.  I'd like to blame it on a full moon or something, but no such luck.  It's just the state of the family this month.

The rest of the world is bumming me out to.  Phony neighbors.  Tiresome parents at school.  And horrendous news stories from fucking everywhere.  Shootings, rapes, suicides, domestic violence, people worried about gun rights, yet perfectly happy to trample on the rights of women, or the rights of voters.  And what's up with Manti Te'o?  That story is a mess.  And also, meh.  I'm tired of hearing about it already. 

Anyway.  Of all the news stories, one that directly effects my family is what's going on with public education in the state of Pennsylvania.  Really, all over the country, but what happens in Pennsylvania effects the Pittsburgh school district, which is where my son- and, in a few years, my daughter- goes to school.  This year was tough, although it could have been worse, with the budget cuts that were thrown at the schools.  We'll find out in February what the budget for the next school year looks like.  The big story that came out this month was about  VAM, the newly proposed teacher evaluation system.  It sounds... sucky.  Don't take my word for it.  You can follow that link to Yinzercation (awesome blog following public education news in Pittsburgh) and read all about it.  My son's teacher put it like this- 'They are trying to quantify and distil into a science what is really an art form.  Teaching is really an art.'  Word. 

All that aside, things are looking up, I think.  It's a beautiful sunny day in the 'burgh.  The husband and the boy have been away on an overnight ski trip leaving me and the girl at home for a sort of girls' weekend.  It's been kind of awesome actually.  And!  Morrissey is here on Monday.  All the plans are back on.  My best friend is coming up and meeting me downtown.  We'll head out to dinner and then go catch the show.  Woo-hoo!

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Perfect Ten

Yesterday, the boy turned ten on the tenth.  A very big deal- both for him and his mother.  He was sooo excited to turn ten.  I've spent the last few days wondering how we went from this:

to this:

in just ten short years.  Dude.  Full beard and everything.

Last night's celebration was very low-key.  Spaghetti with meatballs, homemade chocolate cake, and a new bike.  This weekend's celebration will include taking a group of kids to the Climbing Wall and his three closest friends coming over for a pizza and video games sleepover.  It's gonna be crazy up in here.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Limping Into the New Year

It's been a bumpy start to the New Year over here.  Nothing major, just a few small setbacks that have made 2013 feel, so far, less than inspired.

First, of course, there was my tooth extraction.  I thought the entire thing was going to be taken care of last week.  Not so actually.  That Wednesday I had a 3:00pm appointment.  I wasn't seen by the dentist until 4:15.  The whole visit amounted to a consultation which was frustrating because it means that basically, nothing happened.  Except that we all agreed that my tooth needed to come out.  Oh, and I learned that I won't actually get the implant until like, this spring or something.  Because I'm a big baby, I left the office in tears, upset that I still had a broken tooth in my mouth, and upset that it felt like I had wasted everyone's time (the husband worked from home so I could go to this appointment without the girl in tow), including my own.

Truthfully, I didn't have to wait too much longer.  The tooth came out last Saturday.  No delays this time- having the first appointment of the day is always helpful.  It actually wasn't too bad.  Since I was driving myself home they only gave me a local anesthetic.  I was numbed up pretty good for the procedure.  Mostly I just felt a lot of pressure and had to listen to horrible noises coming from the instruments that they were using in my mouth.  Eh.  It could have been worse.

I spent the rest of the day nursing my sore mouth and watching mindless movies on tv.  Turns out Our Idiot Brother is actually a pretty cute movie.  And A Guy Thing is actually pretty terrible.  What a waste of a decent cast.  I can't believe I sat through the end of it.

Anyway, being on the couch plus having a Vicodin prescription made for a rather relaxing day.  Monday came and I was looking forward to having a good week.  Until that night when the whole family- me, the husband, and the kids- got hit with a nasty stomach virus.  oof.  It was baaad.  The girl was in the best shape of all of us, which was good, because the rest of us were seriously hurting.  The whole family sat around in front of the tv on Tuesday.  Only it wasn't as much fun as when I was by myself because we watched kids' shows all day.  I now realize that there is only so much Sponge Bob that I can take.

But!  We're all ok now.  There's a lot to to look forward to the rest of this month and I'm determined to be healthy and enjoy every last bit of it.  The boy's birthday celebration is this weekend- he turns the big 1-0 this week.  Also!  Morrissey rescheduled for the 21st.  And, my big surprise Christmas present this year was tickets to see Louis CK on the 31st.  So.  I am fully expecting the rest of January to rock.