I need to do a proper Arisia write up & email my notes on the panel from Hell (Also known as the Are Geek Girls Objectifying Themselves or some such) & why at least three of the panelists should never be allowed to get on a stage & discuss anything related to feminism again. Bonus points for the one who took the panel from slut shaming to Islamophobia with a detour into attacking Orthodox Jews in the audience. It was a masterful display of how not to exist. Any tweets you saw about me possibly needing bail are absolutely from that panel & you should never believe any of Daniel Older's claims that I have been arrested. Or that I was mean on a panel. He's way meaner than I am, for the record. In other news I am high on sleep and writing short stories as a result. Work is going to require me to be on the East Coast for two months (in theory, they have yet to confirm), so my time without the fam is going to be writing time assuming I can do that & go to training & finish my class for this quarter. How are you?
Had kid #2’s IEP meeting today. It was…incredibly positive. Almost scarily so to be honest. We talked about giving him more grade level appropriate work, alternative methods of motivation & they offered up a para for direct one on one instruction in the classroom. The speech therapist talked to us about sensory processing issues, hyperlexia, & their suspicion that he has Asperger’s. Also they confirmed that he’s reading (we knew that but couldn’t prove it), and told us his biggest academic issue is adding up coins in math. It was like Xmas. Everyone knew him, had the wherewithal to discuss his work, & was receptive to mundane accommodations like letting him sit in a bean bag during circle time so that he can be comfortable & focus. My mind is blown to be honest.
So, my birthday is going well (thank you to the anon who gave me paid DW time!), & life proceeds as it should. New gig appears to be cool, lots of work, also lots of characters who don't have time to engage in office politics. We'll see. Meanwhile school is keeping me busy, and now that I'm doing the occasional radio show alongside the writing, school, & work, I seem to be failing at regular internet usage. How goes it?
Last day at this job & it feels so good. Actually more like last few minutes now. Hubby is picking me up soon & then I will engage in napping. Or something equally lazy. New gig starts next week, but I am on vacation until then & if this weekend was any indication I'll spend it cooking. How are you doing?
We moved this weekend, the school are closed because the teachers went on strike today (I agree with them & their reasons for striking), & both kids are sick. I could be at work, but there is no planet on which that is good wife so I stayed home to wrangle the smaller fussier sick kid. He is sleeping next to me and I am about to tackle writing a response to this post about pedophiles on Gawker. I'm not linking (this is admittedly about the fact that I find the article triggering as hell & I don't want to trigger people, but also about not wanting it on my blog), but it was written by Cord Jefferson if anyone wants to see it. I'm debating shopping the article vs posting it on a blog, but I suspect I will be shopping it. Standard week really, with a side of "OMFG I'm so tired" post moving. There were stairs on both sides of the equation & I suspect all that climbing is going to be something I feel for weeks. On the upside, my commute is now down to 15 minutes. That's kind of amazing. Separately kid #1's new girlfriend is exceptionally well developed. I plan to lock him in a closet for the rest of puberty.
So my habit of doing 50-11 things continues to exist. These days that list includes local radio (listen here for my take on Lupe Fiasco's Bitch Bad), researching black Chicago history (specifically the 1920's & vice), so I can write about it, & trying to figure out how to squeeze another 2 hours into my day. How are you doing?
So, life is relatively calm at the moment. We're hoping to be into a new place at the end of the month & the husband is working away on art people stiff. The kids are fine. They're eating everything they can reach (which is all of the food now that kid #1 is my height!) & their school year might be delayed by a strike. But they're healthy, smart, & funny so I'll call it good. Well except for the grocery costs. I want my money back for some of that when they're grown. Because that's just fair damn it. (I might be a little bitter about some hastily consumed ice cream sandwiches that I really wanted to try, you don't know my pain) Work is work, but I'm surviving it. School is about to start again & I'm seriously considered another M.A. after I finish this one. Because I'm stupid. How goes your life?
An update that is not a column! Kid #1 is doing well & is much happier lately. I have some suspicions about our family history of depression & how it is affecting him as the ride through puberty progresses, but for now he seems to be on a pretty even keel. Kid #2 continues to perplex. We've established that he is reading, doing math & generally right on track for 1st grade (yes, he's in kindergarten), but he still only talks to some people. His current teacher & aide are not fooled though so they give him homework & make him verbalize which makes me happy. We moved into a new apartment that we really love & now it is time to shop for furniture like grown ups. Who knew buying a couch could be such a PITA? Oh, and I got serious & significant amounts of child support today. I cannot figure out how they managed to rifle the ex's pockets so thoroughly, but I'm not complaining. Hubby is in the dog house over his failure to do things like go to the dentist, but new gig provides excellent insurance so I probably won't have to kill him for it. Meanwhile I am looking into Lasik as my eyeballs are getting more expensive all the time. Basically we are all alive & doing okay. How goes it?