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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Since the move you all have had so many questions and I haven't found the time to answer them. So this morning I'm doing a Q&A installment of the Saturday Morning Post.

1. First Day Jitters - It's getting a little better everyday. Of course I knew it would...but you know how it is. You can know something in your brain and somehow it refuses to tell your heart.
The kids all seem to be settling into their new schools. Alek told me this morning that his teacher (Mr. Johnson) is 'really cool' and that he has made a new friend with another boy who is new to the school too.
That helps.
I also watched him at football practice the other night get a little more animated and comfortable with his teammates. (I really need to get some pictures posted for you...he looks so cute in his uniform. Oh yea. He's not supposed to look cute. It's the tough look he's after. Sorry. He looks so menacing! ;>)

Anya, the social butterfly that she is, is doing wonderfully. And other than a little playground bully incident yesterday (that Alek took care of) Nick's doing fine.
So I think I can catch my breath now and concentrate on getting the house settled.
2. Boxes, boxes, boxes - We've been here almost two weeks and I still have boxes EVERYWHERE! My parents are coming this weekend to help celebrate a birthday (me - number 38) and it looks about the same as when they left us on moving day. ;>) I think I have some cleaning to do.
Elaine posted her 'To Do' list as she was getting ready for her father-in-law's visit. I'm tempted to post a list myself so I can be accountable to someone (besides the hubby). This full-time stay at home mom gig may be short-lived (I'd like to see how long I can keep it going) so I need to make the most of it. But until Maddie starts preschool it may be a little slow-going doing much more than unpacking.
3. Seven months later - Maddie is finally scheduled for an early intervention evaluation next Friday. I really am not a mommy slacker, I promise. I feel horrible that it's taken this long. Really, there is a perfectly good explanation. The problem is it's going to come out sounding like an excuse. But here it goes anyway...

When we first brought her home, life was hectic. It was all I could do to get her to the doctors appointments. The PAD I was going through wasn't horrible, but it was enough to drain me of ALL energy. I put it off saying that I wanted her to have her hearing aid before we really got going.
The hearing aids took forever in coming because we had to jump through a million hoops to find the right specialist to help us. No one really gave us a great starting point of who to turn to for help, so it took a lot of research. TRANSLATION - time and energy.
By the time she finally got the hearing aids, the school year was up. Which means she couldn't be evaluated until the fall. I signed her up on the district's list for evaluation not realizing my health insurance covered private speech therapy for children with hearing loss caused by birth defects. I assumed they didn't. They didn't cover the hearing aids...why would they cover speech, I thought.
And then of course, you know we moved.
It's amazing how quickly seven months can go by, isn't it?
She's signed up now and the local early intervention folks are doing a great job of taking pity on us and getting us right in for an evaluation. Did you know Wyoming is one of only three states in the union who don't have their special services directly tied with the school district? It took me awhile to get it all straight. But I finally got in touch with the right person and it sounds like it may be a good deal after all. They have a small preschool for special needs kids (which it sounds like Maddie would qualify for) and they have speech pathologists and audiologists on staff. Which hopefully means they really know how to help her.
I'll know more on Friday.
4. Bikes, bikes and more bikes - Everyone and I mean EVERYONE here rides a bike. And not just for leisure. I think we've moved into some sort of left-over, tree hugging, hyper-fitness loving bastion of liberalism.
It's weird.
Without giving too much away, we're living in a college town, which means, of course everyone here is pretty much young, totally fit and into saving the environment. EVERYONE has a bike.
Besides the usual college kids biking to class, every morning as I drive my gas guzzling mom-mobile half-way across town to drop the kids off at school, I pass moms biking their kids to school...
Executives biking to work...
And grandmothers biking to the store.
I'm tellin' ya. I'm feeling pretty guilty about not pulling my powder blue Huffy out of mothballs and peddling down the road. But do you know how hard it would be to corral four kids the twenty blocks or so to their elementary school...and then make the return trip with Maddie.
Not to mention it would take forever.

And I'd have to get four of those little orange flags to put on the back of the kids bikes so those crazy people who choose to drive their environmental hating selves to work, won't hit my precious children.
The good news is after a few months I would have buns and thighs of steel.

I think I'll let old blue hang out in the garage a little longer.
The mornings are getting colder, which means winter is right around the corner. There's no need to get all granola in the first two weeks I'm here. It can wait until next spring. Maybe by then the district will have found room in the neighborhood school we're supposed to be going to and instead of 20 blocks, I'll only have to take them five.

5. To work, or not to work...that is the question - And it's not going to get answered for a while longer. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I have put my resume in at a couple of places, but so far I haven't gotten so much as a nibble. I'm doing some contract work for my old employer, which will provide a little income over the next month. But after that I have no solid plans.
I'm thinking about substitute teaching. It would give me the scheduling flexibility I need...and provide a decent income. (Anyone who says teachers don't get paid enough should spend 10 years working as a journalist. We'll compare paychecks.) Freelance writing is also an option. It would be my first option if I wasn't so scared.
I'm terrified.
I have no idea what I'm doing.
Yes, I've spent the better part of 10 years plus writing for a living, but I had a consistent paycheck coming in. PLUS...freelance takes a lot more time and energy...both of which I don't have.
Soooo....we'll see.
I do have one freelance gig set up...writing for the women's magazine I wrote for in Kansas. But I'm going to need more than that to make a real go of it.
We'll see. No promises.

6 salty messages:

Tina in CT August 30, 2008 at 8:37 PM  

Give it another two months when the ground is white and all the mom mobiles will be dusted off and on the road with yours.

Thanks so much for answering questions.

Good to hear that you've found resources for Maddie in your new home.

Hope you can take the fall off to get settled. I think you'd be great as a free lancer as I love your writing and wit.

Hope you've met a nice neighbor or mom from church to have a cup of coffee with.

Good for Alex that big brother was there for the bully incident on the playground.

MamaPoRuski August 30, 2008 at 10:16 PM  

We have been home almost a year with Z and I still have not gone back full time. Doing my own business is a headache, but it is flexible and I need it to be!The scared feeling has yet to be fully gone... BTW I also have a grant resource for uncovered medical equipment that includes glasses/ hearing aides etc. If you still need stuff that way email me.

Debbie August 30, 2008 at 11:24 PM  

Thanks for the update. I love your updates. Number 4 is a hoot! I know you'll want to take Ol' Blue out for a spin next spring and then, who knows? You'll have those buns of steel yet! :-)

Would love to get together sometime since we're now neighbors!

Kathy and Matt September 1, 2008 at 7:11 AM  

It's great to read your updates.

You are a wonderful writer, so if you can continue to do that in some form, it's a blessing. Good substitute teachers are also hard to find, so if that's an option it does allow the flexibility you mentioned.

Glad you're all getting settled.

Elaine September 2, 2008 at 7:57 PM  

Oh yeah, I can just see you hauling four kids to school with a bike. How would that work? Two of those double pull-behind kid carts? One behind the other? You know, rather than have them ride their own bikes and risk all the swerving out into traffic. You could forget the orange bike flags and just decorate everything up like a circus train! Can you tell I'm not one to bike around with kids? Also? My baby has been home for five months and I just took him to the pediatrician for the first time last week, so you really AREN'T a mommy slacker.

nicwilson80 September 22, 2008 at 12:38 AM  

I believe it was you that told me how great I was when I doubted myself. I believe there were tears involved so I'm not really sure. But either way, it is now my turn to tell you what a great writer you are, heck if it wasn't for you "that" and "however" would still be my most favorite words. You are a great person and an even greater writer, you'll find something that will suit you, God has yet to let you down in tht area.
In the mean time...don't worry about the bike, when all of those college kids are dying off because of the over caffinated beverages and the hypo-whatever coffee they continually drink, you'll be thankful you are in an ambulance instead of the bike patrol.

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