I was awakened this morning at 5 a.m. and had to use the bathroom. While in there, I heard noise in Alesia’s bathroom. I went in there to investigate. She was awake. I asked if she was OK and she said yes, she was cleaning the bathroom. I made her get back in bed and gave her a quick lecture about how 7 hours of sleep is not enough. (She wasn’t cleaning up, although the bathroom really needed it.) She was going to spend an hour in there working on her hair and makeup. She has done it before. She’s missing sleep. She argued that she had gotten enough sleep. I warned her that if I ever saw her go to bed with curly hair and have straight hair when I went in to wake her up at 6:30, which has happened numerous times before, she would be punished.
There is a boy on the bus that she likes, and she was getting ready to see him. Hopefully he will remain just a friend.
She then chose to wear a tiny shirt that shows her bare midriff. I lectured her about that right before breakfast. She kept pulling it down and arguing that it wasn’t too short. I finally just told her, the school rules prohibit bare midriffs and she might get sent home. If that happened, I warned, she would be punished. She later said she kept her hoodie zipped all day.
I left work early and drove to the school. Alesia and I met with her counselor about what she will take next year. It’s sort of more of the same – History, Spanish, Algebra 2, a couple of electives, and Chemistry. I was completely appalled by the fact the school requires everyone on the college track to take CHEMISTRY [cue horrifying music]. If I had had to take Chemistry to get out of high school, I never would’ve made it. There was a teeny weeny bit of it in my Biology and I nearly had a nervous breakdown. My brain doesn’t function when it comes to chemistry. However, the counselor explained that if Alesia gets the 504, she can get a parapro in the class to help her.
For one of her electives Alesia chose PE. Not something I would have chosen, but she likes PE and it’s team sports, which will be good for her. She also chose another Home Ec class, Food something or other. So I feel like it will be a good schedule. I just hope I don’t pass on my Chemistry phobia to her. She’s good at math and formulas, though, unlike me…
I came home and did some serious house cleaning. The kids helped me. I scrubbed the range top. I scrubbed the kitchen floor. I polished silver. I scrubbed the living room rug. Yikes.
I took Michael to his friend Clay’s house for a spend the night party. He was beyond excited. They came by the house when he was walking around with his crew of boys, and I took their photo and Mike came in and spoke to my friends.
I had a little Halloween get-together here at the house. Lesleigh came over and we had a good visit. Melissa and Andrew came over with their girls, who looked so cute. Alesia took the girls trick or treating in our neighborhood, because we have good cooperation – most everyone has candy for the trick or treaters. Melissa brought over some wonderful chili and we feasted on that.
Andrew is a neurophysiologist, and I was telling him about Alesia’s migraines. He said he can help me get her an MRI. He questioned Alesia about the symptoms and said we should rule out sinus, but he thinks it sounds like migraines. He works with a neurologist at Emory. I feel greatly relieved, having spoken to him.
Mostly I just want to go to bed. My house is clean and I’m exhausted..
Here's my little angel of death. Don't the socks just make the outfit?!
Alesia, Marina and Katie
Here are Melissa and Andrew and their cute girls!
Michael's trick or treating buddies.