Feeding your addiction

QUICKIE: Vincenzo: “Mommy, are you my mommy?”  Me: “Yes, I’m you’re mommy!”  Vincenzo: “Oh.  I forgot.”
I have a policy to not blog when I don’t have anything to write about, but I’m torn today.  I know some of you have an unhealthy addiction to my blog and I’d hate making you go two days in a row without a hit…but I still don’t have anything to blog about.  Nor I have no real drugs to offer in my place.  I don’t even have any knock-knock jokes.  So I guess I’ll just write about REAL stuff?

I’m five months pregnant now and, as you know, still feeling sick all the time.  Blah.  my stomach has also started feeling like a balloon that has been blown up too much so I’m trying to avoid sharp, pointy objects lest something pops it.  Baby Mbungo moves around quite a bit, though last Friday he decided to take the day off and be completely still.  I was trying to be okay with it and remind myself some pregnant women can’t even feel the baby kick at 23 weeks, but by 3:00 I was laying on my living room floor, bawling.  My OB had told me to come in if I ever need to hear the heartbeat–come in every day if I need to!–so I woke Vincenzo up from his nap (now you know how serious it was) and headed for my doctor’s.  It took them about two seconds to find Mbungo’s heartbeat and I haven’t worried a smidge since then.  I consequently have a crush on everyone who works at my OB’s office.

Here’s something crazy: I just talked to my friend who I used to teach with, and the district is actually laying people off next year.  It’s a district that is one of the wealthiest in the state!  They’re looking for other ways to cut spending, too.  Teachers recently had to fill out a survey where they rated the feasibility of options such as:

*charging students $300 to ride the bus for the year
*charging student athletes $500 to play a sport
*cutting out all custodians–teachers would just maintain the classroom/buildings on their own
*cutting special needs classes within buildings

I’m shocked.  Which one would you choose, if you had to choose one?  I don’t think I could.

Lime cilantro burgers
Broccoli salad
Pound cake with almond whip cream and strawberries

7 thoughts on “Feeding your addiction

  1. lol as a former teacher I can’t believe they would think teachers would clean the building. I honestly don’t think that would happen. It is another full time job and the custodians deserve all the pay they get.

  2. Wow, that’s just mean, and really not even kind of sneaky, on the district’s part. That’s like saying, “What do want for dinner?” And then your options end up as “1. Poop 2. Boogers 3. Vomit 4. tuna casserole” and you KNOW everyone is going to pick tuna casserole with those options. And then they get to say, “But we voted on it!” Heartless and cruel.

    Did I just compare special needs kids to tuna? I think I may have….

  3. For what it’s worth, I would have voted for making the athletes pay to play. But only if it’s a rich district. In a poorer district, I would have picked the teachers as custodians. Lame, either way.

  4. That’s disgusting. I couldn’t pick any of those choices. They’re all terrible. How can they possibly think any of those options would be acceptable? Geez!

    Sorry you’re so sick. Glad the pregnancy’s going well otherwise, though. 🙂

  5. Like teachers don’t already contribute enough, and have crappy pay to boot; those are all terrible choices. I wonder what public schools will be like when James and Vincenzo are ready for school?

  6. I think you have an awesome OB.

    My first baby was kicking ALL THE TIME around 26 weeks and suddenly I noticed a decrease. I mentioned it at my 28 week visit and my doctor wasn’t all that concerned, but she scheduled an ultrasound for me at 30 weeks. I went in for that routine ultrasound and never left the hospital. I had an emergency c-section the next day. Turns out my instinct was spot-on and it saved my daughter’s life. “GREAT! THANKS for visiting my blog, Momo! Thanks for scaring the crap out of me!” I’m not trying to scare you, I promise! But, just reminding you that if you feel you need to get that heartbeat checked, then do it. Instincts rock.

  7. Interesting…it seems like there would be legal issues with the first and last options, as you would be potentially cutting off schooling for some students. I’d choose number 2, I suppose. Sports do cost, but I’d feel bad making the students pay, as it could cut off a productive activity for some students who may now turn to alternatives ways to spend their free time. Yet, there’s nothing that says that it’s the school that has to provide extracurricular activities to their students.

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