May 10, 2011

Things That Make Me Gray

I survived Kennedy Space Center with seven 6th graders, in 90 degree heat, for eight hours.

I fell asleep during the IMAX of the Hubble. It was 3:30, I was beat to hell and had been up since 5AM, and it was dark... and cool... and the narrator had a nice voice... and *jerk!* my head popped up and I realized, "Holy crap. I fell asleep!"

And I really really wanted to see it! I kept my eyes pryed open, telling myself, "You've been wanting to see what the Hubble sees with it's new lenses... stay awake... stay awake..."

It was fun. It was. But holy crap, I'm still beat... they flat wore me out.

And for the record, 12 year old girls did NOT look like that when I was growing up...

No.

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Work is taking it's toll on me as of late. Crazy stuff going on. Between my kids' and work, I'm looking really bad.

I walked into the restroom today, walked up to the sink to wash my hands, looked in the mirror and thought, "Oh dear God, I need sleep..." I look washed out and tired.

Some not so great stuff has made it across my desk the last couple days, some things I'm having to work on and fix. Some things I'm not. I was at my Tech Lead's desk yesterday, face in hands, rubbing my eyes, running my fingers through my hair, when I looked up and he said, 'Today is the day we started to groom you for your taking my place...'

He might get a promotion in the next 18 months and if it happens, he wants me in his slot. After today, I'm not sure I'm game. The job is aging me...

... and I absolutely won't do it without more $. I'm totally whoring myself out. Show me the money or find someone else...

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I went to coffee with Bones' vocal teacher the other afternoon and this is the conversation that ensued (she teaches at his school too, but she is not his teacher there... that's a conflict):

VT: Bones is doing so well there. He just seems to fit. He is so popular. I walk down the hall with him and kids out of everywhere yell his name.

Me: He does seem happy! He really does!

VT: And then of course, he had his first kiss.

Me: *face frozen* *eyes wide* *eyebrows raised* *face frozen* *blink* *face frozen*...

VT: OH NO! *gasp!* You didn't know! He didn't tell you!!

Me: *face frozen* *blink* No... I... hunh. Really. This would have been a few months ago...

VT: He was just so nonchalant about it. I picked him up for his after school lesson and we were walking down the hall and I asked him how his day went and he shrugged and said, "Good. I kissed my first girl today..."

Me: He's going to get in trouble... kissing girls at school...

VT: He said he did it to surprise her, a quick kiss...

Me: Good Lord. I can't tell his brothers. His brothers are 16 and 14... and he's the only one who's kissed a girl...

Holy crap...

Posted by Boudicca at May 10, 2011 10:02 PM
Comments

I so can see that... he is impulsive and charming. Absolutely can see it. He is going to be a 'real' heartbreaker.

Posted by: vwbug at May 13, 2011 04:37 AM

Reminds me of that Brady Bunch episode where Peter kissed a girl because he thought he would see fireworks, so he just walks up and kisses her then she says she has mono.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at May 13, 2011 11:00 AM

It's definitely about the money. I don't care what the philosophers say... it's really easy to talk about all these esoteric things when you aren't the one trying to raise a family successfully. And yes it's all about balancing what you get from the hours you put in. The $$ have to add up. It has to make sense or it's not worth it.

As for Bones.... BWAHAHAHAHA.

Posted by: Teresa at May 13, 2011 05:13 PM

Would you bet his brothers haven't kissed a girl? Would they necessarily tell their mother about that? I knkow I didn't.

Posted by: dick at May 13, 2011 06:00 PM