Monday, December 29, 2014

We lost something....


7:00 snooze alarm
7:11 get up, go to wake up the girls, find they are awake and surprised me by getting mostly dressed already!
7:40 have spent twenty minutes hollering about them getting dressed the rest of the way
7:50 Sroch out, cup of oatmeal in hand
8:02 Llama out with Abba
8:20 go to work
10:30 ninety minute meeting. "Take notes" on tablet. Win four hands of solitaire.
12:00 spend lunch break reformatting Pollyanna script
12:30 actually eat lunch while working
13:07 Llama calls, she doesn't feel well
13:15 get in the car
14:00 pick up bright-eyed, bushy tailed Llama
14:15 Guys, do your homework. Guys, do your homework. Guys....
16:00-16:45 wait for pediatrician to fit us in without an appointment. He does. Get prescription for juvenile decongestant.
16:50 pick up Sroch
16:55 order replacement for lost kupat cholim card
16:59 fill prescription
17:10 Sroch eye exam, since she says she can't see the board. Turns out- she can't see the board. Oh well, that's why we're here.
18:00 home, prepare "Cafe Spider" buffet feast while...
18:15 girls, in bathing suits, take a rare bath together
19:00 dinner, Skype, Abba gets home
20:00 put kids to bed in the mamad, because
20:30 begin reorganization and pruning of toys etc in kids' room
23:45 wake up sleeping Yoav to deal with unanticipated findings
00:30-1:30 wash all stuffed animals
1:52 blog instead of washing the dishes

...alright, alright, I'll go wash the dishes. Sheesh.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Forget the kids in Japan

Fresh off the marathon P4A charity drive, much of which is directed at increasing educational opportunities worldwide, tonight when my girls were doing their nightly kvetch about their homework, I gave them the whole Education Guilt speech.

I mentioned that only 200 years ago, girls like them would probably never learn to read, would never daven from a siddur, would never learn chumash in the actual chumash.

I mentioned that all over the world there are children, and girls specifically, who would do anything for the chance to go to school and actually become educated.

I told them how when you don't learn, you can be taken advantage of, cheated, swindled. How illiteracy closes you off to the world, and ignorance puts you at a disadvantage.

I may have possibly even told them I didn't want to them to grow up and be stupid.

..Impressive to me, though, was that after this diatribe of mine... they were speechless.

Never hurts to broaden your outlook, kiddos.

(Still took forever to do their homework)