1. Most of today at school was really good, with a few exceptions. First, Aide J apparently had a "nervous breakdown" at her other job last night and said she wanted criticism and to be told when she needs help. Second, Aide J started the day well but by afternoon had (again) forgotten everything I told her yesterday. This is frustrating to me. And, third, Superhero -- after one of the most spectacular days I've seen him have yet -- randomly hit Aide Mrs. B.
2. There were two big exceptions.
2a. First, PH shouldn't have been at school -- at least not this morning. He coughed a lot, dozed off, perked up, and then the cycle would just start all over again. This is not the big problem. The problem is that when we asked the office to call and his mom protested that she didn't want to pick him up, the office's response was to tell us to let him sleep on our beanbag. I mean, what the frell? If this were a kid in general education, that wouldn't have been an acceptable alternative, but because PH has special needs, he's allowed to just sleep it off at school -- thus infecting all of us?
2b. There is a 6th grade girl who's fully included that we'll call Student E. She takes the bus with my kiddos, but today she said she was being picked up. We said, "okay," and went about our life. Then our office clerk B comes out and says E was supposed to ride the bus. She was very snippy and even said that next time we should check with her. Again, what the frell? Not my student. Not my business. Not my job. Plus, she's never been wrong before.
2c. I generally like Clerk B a lot. Today, however, she was On My List.
3. Someone parked in my spot this morning at school and I had to park half a block away.
4. However, Superhero read nearly a whole paragraph (with picture support) on his own, and M is reading non-picture-supported phrases on her own AND showing comprehension. Woo-hoo.
5. I am very grumpy today, for reasons that make no sense to me, given the relatively calm day. Thus, given my turtle tendency, all I really want to do is hide in my bedroom tonight.
5a. And yet, it is suddenly Absolutely Vital that my grandpa order prints of the 100 pictures he's taken in the 2 years he's had his digital camera. I have shown him three times how to do this with iPhoto, and have no patience for the process -- or, to be totally honest, my grandpa...my electrical engineer grandpa...standing behind me staring over my shoulder and either pretending he knows what I'm doing or, worse, marveling at the fact that I can FIND and CLICK the "Order Prints" button.
5b. I am now in deep familial trouble by saying that I just couldn't tonight, because apparently I am never allowed to need to be by myself. It's enough to make me want to print copies of this or this or this for my entire family.
5c. When I was a child, because of the screwed up psychology of my family where I got in trouble for speaking up to my grandma and saying "no" to crossing a street against a red light, I would have never dared to say, "I need to be alone now." The few times I tried, I got in trouble for being anti-social. Old habits die hard...I am sitting here already riddled with guilt because I chose not to go.
5d. The fact that I was able to stand up for myself and say, "I just can't tonight" really should be a sign to people of how much I need my time alone. But despite some of the craziest crazies in the family having since passed on...like I said...old habits die hard.
6. Someday, I probably should go into therapy.
The funny thing is, my brain can go on even wilder tangents than that, but it's abruptly said, "that's enough" right now, so I'm going to watch The Simpsons and wait for 11:00. Thank goodness for brainless fun TV.