Friday, April 19, 2013

What A Week




Were we really on vacation just a week ago?

It's been a strange week for me - busy in a good way, hectic in a normal family way, stressful seeing the tragedies around our country (Boston and West Texas), and tiring/yucky having a nasty stomach bug (the kids and I, yesterday and today; my husband earlier in the week).

State English testing took three days.  Don't get me started on NY state testing as it applies to students with special needs and serious academic delays.  Just don't.  I have to say my students did their best with a great attitude, and I can't ask for any more from them.  But we have to do it all over again next week, for Math.

Soccer practice started for the Princess this week.  Thursdays will be her (and my) long day, with school, then horseback riding lessons, then soccer.  

Safety Guy started a conditioning/fitness class this week.  He's excited and enjoying it, and I am SO pleased for him.  It's a small group of guys, just three at the first class, all around 14-15, plus Coach C.   SG has also started riding his bike to school on warm days.  Good for him!

I was a hand-washing, classroom-disinfecting, Clorox-wipe-wielding maniac all week, but somehow I knew it was just a matter of time before the germs would win.  Early in the week my husband came down with some form of that ugly norovirus stomach bug that's been making the rounds. It was short-lived, but nasty.  One of my students had it too.  Thursday the Princess and I came down with it within an hour of each other late in the afternoon, and Safety Guy had a milder version of it this morning.  No school for any of us today.  Bleargh, I hope we don't have to go through that again any time soon.

And, I applied for a full-time teaching position at my school.  One of the high school special ed teachers is retiring, and a position was posted for a special education teacher 7-12.  The retiring teacher focuses on math, but there's no guarantee that I would take her exact position, since people have been shuffled around before.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained, and I would like to be able to settle into this school in this season of my life.  We'll see what happens.


I don't have anything deep to say about the tragedies in Boston and the unfolding manhunt even as I type, and the devastating explosion in Texas.  There is nothing I can say right now, aside from adding my prayers to those of millions of others for the resolution of the manhunt, and healing for the victims in both situations, and comfort for the families of those who have lost their lives.  How unbelievably, unutterably tragic all around. . . .