Saturday, June 7, 2008

all over the place

Hold on tight, I've got a bunch of unrelated things to say. (As opposed to all the other times when I have totally coherent trains of thought). Enjoy.


Carnival vs. Art Show: All good as I dropped off the silent auction stuff at the elementary school early - a bunch of very kind parents offered to help tape descriptions to baskets, nobody was asking me to do anything else, I was avoiding making eye contact with anyone who might need to ask a "quick question about PTA." But then, four baskets showed up that were not included on my list, so they didn't have printed descriptions or bid sheets. OCD flare-up! No time to go home and make new ones; handwriting them would be tacky (in my deranged mind, but that was the only one I could access). AGGGGH. I felt like the ants in A Bug's Life when the leaf falls in front of them - PANIC! What to do? Time ticking...Luckily the principal calmly offered to photocopy some bid sheets and I could change them to reflect the new baskets. Not OCD ideal - I'd have to scribble and handwrite some of it - but certainly a reasonable solution. However, that job took 20 minutes (all the kind parents were now enjoying the carnival with their kids) and when I finished, I still hadn't gotten extra cash for Stu. When I found him to ask if he could take care of that on his own because I had to go, I realized it was almost 6:00 and my musician students would all be finished by the time I arrived at the art show. I actually started to sob & squeak, which confused my poor husband but he gallantly led me quickly to the car and made appropriate soothing sounds and did not try to offer solutions.(Yay, marriage group!)


Art Show: I made it in time to see one group of boys perform. They played a few acoustic guitar pieces; it was a side of them I don't get to see at school, and it was a delight. I did not cry. In front of them. Here they are:

I can't wait to say "I knew them when..."

Garage Saling: BFF Jen & I went out at the crack of too-early to get some good stuff (mainly hunting for kids' pajamas and bookshelves/baskets for my classroom; it's wise to have at least a tiny hint of a plan) at a nearby neighborhood sale. Mother Nature could not decide if she wanted rain or not, but she was definitely set on FRIGID. Whatever; we are warriors for the bargain. We found gobs of great kid clothes (I scored big on the pjs, including a Mom-of-the-Year-worthy camouflage robe for Mason), some cool magnetic boards, and a big radiant heater thing for $5 in case my classroom gets to subzero again next winter. Or next week, as things seem to be going...

Date Night: Tonight we are going out to celebrate good friend/neighbor Dave's birthday and I have not yet a) showered or b) figured out how to get the kids & babysitter fed or c) put together Dave's gift. We leave in 50 minutes. Gotta go.

9 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

How well I know that OCD thing.

Have a great date night. Our date night tonight is washing windows together. Yay!

katydidnot said...

good luck!

Cheri said...

Good job on being all over the place. Hope your date night was grrrrreat!

amy said...

Good job, Steph! :) I did a sort of a garage sale marathon today - about 9 hours of bargain hunting bliss! I'm sure I at least walked the 26.2 miles...

It's fun to hear about all your finds. I scored a boys bike and nice boy clothes and books (because we don't have enough of those - hee). Yay!

i am very mary said...

Without offering solutions. Oh my god. Can we please teach that trick to Very David? Please?

Lisa Milton said...

I did witness the soothing sounds...is there a marriage group blog?

I'm personally over the PTA thing just. about. now. School burnout is setting in. Just one more big thing today and then I think and hope it will die down.

See you this afternoon.

missburrows said...

i find it's easier to just give my boy toy a pre-paid card, you might want to consider that for stu...

JCK said...

I love the tags for this post: Hysteria, Joy, PTA..

It sounds like you've got it all going on and how!

So, you are the ones showing up early at the yard sales and getting the goods!?

Crying is OK, especially when husband makes soothing, non let me fix this noises.

Hope today you got some well deserved rest from all of it!

stu said...

I have been practicing "is there anything I can do to help?"

I still offer help more often than it is requested, I am a man and still want to fix stuff. Crying still confuses me.

-Stu

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