What a Monday

Hey y’all.  How was your weekend?

My weekend flew by while I was dealing with an ache in my body only women endure from puberty to menopause, and then I was dealing with my truck.  I’ve had ‘the beast’ for three years, but it’s time that I get rid of her due to cost of maintenance.  She’s an old girl, a 1996, but she’s worth her weight.  She’s perfect for farming.

Monday.

This week my daughter faces taking her final exams to mark the end of the first semester.  I’ve had her studying, reading and rereading, over and over, the study guide answer sheet her teachers supplied each student with to prepare for the tests.  Today she took her math test.  I can’t say that she did excellent, but she did take her time and tried to work out each problem.  Tomorrow, we test for English/Language Arts, Wednesday we test in Science, and Thursday we test in Social Studies.  Wednesday, after school, I have an online teleconference, to go over gathered informational research from throughout the first semester to decide the plan for next semester with a couple of higher-up members of the academic staff.  I don’t know how it’ll go as they’ve not gone well before, but things have changed.

I’m not rooting for recognition or fame, but I do want to share that it’s been a daily struggle to get my daughter this far.  I’ve mentioned before that my daughter was ‘next-to-failing’ in brick and mortar schooling; because I’ve been able to personally work with her, one-on-one, giving her my full-blown attention, she has gained so much more understanding and confidence in herself and her ability to grasp class instruction, but it’s not been easy.  Most mother/daughter relationships go one of two ways.  I’ve had to be what most parents have considered to be really strict, or too strict, but she’s a better person for it.  She’s a better person than some of the kids I’ve known.  I hate to say that, but I’ve known some kids… a story for another time.

So, I’m finishing up first semester with my daughter this week in addition to selling my truck.  I’m also baking cupcakes for my daughter’s gymnastics class, for her birthday since classes are out the week of Christmas, so we’re sharing this week.  After that, I’m cleaning for Christmas, wrapping a few gifts, baking an apple pie, and enjoying a nice long vacation from middle school academics and extracurricular activities.

I’m going to put more focus instead on writing, and submitting more work to here and there.  This place and that.  Chicken Soup for the Soul is my first and foremost target.  I’ve been studying, and by studying I mean I’ve been reading from my personal Chicken Soup for the Soul collection like I’m taking a class in college–Chicken Soup for the Soul 501–it’s a Master’s class.  Just kidding, but I am serious about how much I’m reading.  I started with Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, then I read Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Amazing Mom and I just finished reading that yesterday afternoon.  Yesterday evening I started Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness.  Just wait until the new year!

In closing, thank y’all so much for reading and following my blog.  I love knowing I’m talking to someone.  Wink, wink!

To everyone reading, have a very Merry Christmas, a very Happy Hanukkah, or if you don’t celebrate either of those, comment yours so I can wish you one in return.

Happy Holidays!! 🙂

Weekend Blur

Hey y’all!  It was back to school this morning after a nice long Thanksgiving vacation.  Thanksgiving wasn’t nearly as stressing as I thought it might be which is a good thing, so getting back to Class Connect was natural.  We’re also finishing with our first semester over the next four weeks, before school lets out for Christmas and New Year’s, so we’re reviewing material the entire time.

I’m still waiting to hear back from the online tutoring company.  I’m on the edge of my seat here, waiting, eager to get started.  Completing the sample they wanted me to submit was nerve wracking, but I still enjoyed it.  Now I get the gist of their way, I’m ready to get started.  I imagine I would be able to review a paper or two a night.

Another thing I get to wait on, I finished and submitted a short narrative to Chicken Soup for the Soul titled “Christmas Crash Site of 2011”.  The submission due date is this Friday.

Finally, last night I began revising another story I’m working on to submit to Chicken Soup for the Soul.  The story topic is ‘running for good’.  I have until the 15th of December to finish it.

Well y’all, I guess that sums up my weekend.  Oh, and my Georgia Bulldawgs beat the Techies 45-21.  Woot woot!  Next we play Alabama for the SEC Championship.

With a pretty busy week ahead of me, I’m looking at Friday before I’ll be able to write again, but perhaps I’ll have some ‘news’…  Either way, cross your fingers, say some prayers, think positive thoughts, and send good vibes my way.  I really want this contract.

Thanks for reading with me y’all!