Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Helicopter propeller disengaged

Learning to turn off the propeller. In reality, I give my guys a lot of leeway, but when something is bothering them it is very hard for this Mom to not just swoop in and fix it.

I recently got some great advice, talk to them about their feelings, don't ask a lot "what's up" questions, but focus on mirroring back what they say and exploring their feelings. When I really think about it, I know I can trust that T will tell me if he needs me to intervene.  I hear if you help them work through their feelings, then they often find the way to resolution on their own; novel concept.

I guess sharing with T some examples of quotes from the bible about "judge not lest ye be judged," to use for a reply to what he's been hearing was maybe, just maybe, getting a little too involved.

Stepping back, helicopter propeller disengaged.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Turtle season

It must be turtle season here, as we had yet another turtle in our driveway this morning, luckily this time not injured.

Yesterday, we found the turtle above in our front walk, crushed by something. We are thinking it was likely a car, but do worry that our dog may have also had a paw in it.

We rushed him over to the wildlife refuge where they took the turtle right in. Hope s/he heals quickly and well. K was amazed by all the sights and sounds of all the injured and/or abused animals at the refuge. Such a sad sight to see. I think it is an important lesson for a little one, exotic animals are very cool to look at, but it is really not fair to those animals to keep them as pets. Most people are just not capable of properly caring and providing a proper environment for an exotic pet. So very sad. :(

And, yes, after completing the baseline for my data regression analysis, I could not get to sleep. Went to sleep after midnight and had to wake at 5:30 AM to get our oldest up and ready and then to his bus stop. You see, normally my husband takes him to the hub stop on his way into work, gets up with him, oversees him in the morning to make sure that he gets himself together in time.  I take care of youngest, who goes to school about two hours later. Alas, my husband is traveling this week. So, that means a) I probably will not sleep well and b) I have to get our oldest to his hub stop, which also means waking our youngest to go along for the ride. It's going to be a long week. Now, I really ought to focus back on school! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Glasses anyone

Doing a little homework avoidance here, so time for an update. My statistics class is really dry, dry, dry. Oh my goodness, so dang dry.

Anyway, after 44 years of 20/20 vision it is now time for me to get glasses, reading glasses I think. Typing with the computer quite a distance away so it does not blur on me. I probably should actually take a break from the computer, eh? I am grateful for the years I had, and I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later. Funny, that it became so apparent during my Stats class though.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Yom Kippur

It has been an exceptionally difficult fast this year. There are many things for which we ask forgiveness, especially not performing all the mitzvahs when we could (those we know and those we don't). So, may all the suffering of this fast cleanse our souls and may every next year, we do better than we did the year before.

Now, let's eat!