And November doesn’t look much better.
I got trampled by kindergarten and doctor’s appointments and Michael’s business trips last month, which is why I wasn’t around much. For some reason, the simple world of kindergarten exploded with homework and class projects at the beginning of October. It started with the Letter Notebook, which requires Cassie to practice writing the Letter of the Week and then finding pictures that start with the Letter of the Week, which she has to cut out, paste and label in the Letter Notebook. It’s been taking us half an hour a night to do this project – one night for practicing the letter, one night for finding and cutting pictures, and one night for the pasting and labeling. This is ON TOP OF any other homework that walks through the door, like more practice writing on worksheets and books that she’s supposed to read for her Reading Log, plus art projects and Things She Must Bring In For Class (like an empty water bottle, a white adult t-shirt, an egg carton, etc.). It’s been killing me to keep up with all of this. And the ON TOP OF all this, I volunteered to chaperone field trips and co-host a class party. Lots of work, I gotta tell ya.
But Cassie loves that I’m active in her class activities, so it’s not a bad thing. But then I had a bunch of medical appointments ON TOP OF that. Two of these appointments were for me – my annual pelvic exam and my annual mammogram. These are the kinds of appointments I prefer to go to sans children, meaning I needed a sitter for Sam those mornings. Michael was supposed to stay home those mornings so I could get to my appointments, but then he had one business trip after another and I had to keep rescheduling my pelvic exam until I finally threw a screaming fit and he told me when he was going to be home. And then the doctor’s office called me to cancel THAT appointment because the doc had to go out of town.
I eventually did get my mammogram and my pelvic exam done, and I even got a flu shot to boot (my gynecologist gave it to me, a nice little bonus to go with the speculum up my… well, you know). Then I had to get flu shots for the kids and guess what? The pediatrician was booked solid on flu shots. She does them on specific days and you HAVE to have an appointment. I finally ended up calling in to have Cassie looked at for something else, a rash on her face, and the receptionist asked if I wanted to get flu shots for both kids then, since we’d all be there.
“Was this all I needed to do to get a flu shot for my kids, have one of them come up with some weird skin ailment so I could make an appointment to bring them in?”
“Yes,” the receptionist replied. “They’re going to be here anyway, so…”
So next fall, I’m going to scribble all over Cassie’s face with a green marker to give her another ‘rash’ and get our flu shots again that way.
Beyond that, I’ve been overloaded with work. You can read about that at my work blog – http://www.helenehmadden.com. I’m working to cut back in preparation for the holidays. Don’t quite know how I’ll do that yet, but I will.
Meanwhile, it’s story time now with Sam. I’ll blog some more later, I promise.
Unless November eats me alive as well.