Friday, April 13, 2018

Ten Things I Hate This Week

Last week was spring break for two of my kids and I took the week off work, but my oldest was still in school and my husband was away on a business trip (that wasn't to anywhere worth tagging along). So, we didn't go anywhere or do anything very exciting. There were plenty of "I'm bored!" utterances and raiding the pantry just to kill time. By Sunday evening, I was actually almost looking forward to Monday, getting back to routines, having things to do,  and interacting with other humans besides my kids. 

What was I thinking?!?!?!?!?

For real, guys! This has been the longest week E.V.E.R. It really felt like it should have been 5:00pm on Friday by about 2:00pm on Tuesday! 
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Anybody else feeling this way?

Well, because the week is taking so long, I've been in a weird mood. (Or, perhaps those should be reversed!) I've been a little grumpy, a little annoyed, a little silly, and really tired. In the midst of that weird mood, I read the prompt for this week's Finish the Sentence Friday and immediately thought, "Yes! I'm doing this one!" After all, a little bit of grumbling can be kind of cathartic, right? 

So, here's my list of things I hate more than anything this week (and most other weeks, too!).
  1. Math homework. Seriously. There have been more tears in this house over math than pretty much anything else this school year. I never liked math when I was in school and I think I like it even less now that I have kids! 
  2. Drama. You might think that with three daughters, I would be used to drama, but the thing is  - I don't do drama. My girls are actually pretty low key when it comes to the tween/teen girl theatrics, but, occasionally, they get caught up in the hullabaloo others have created. I have very little patience for those who stir up craziness in order to get attention and even less patience when my daughters get sucked into it. 
  3. Group projects. Here's what I would like to propose to all teachers everywhere (I say this with utmost respect, too, because I come from a long line of teachers.) If you feel it necessary to assign group projects, let's first teach the kids how to MANAGE said projects. For example, maybe one student could be a project manager? Maybe we could use the opportunity to teach kids how to DELEGATE tasks and LISTEN to the ideas of others. We could talk about deadlines and respectfulness and responsibility to others. You might think group projects would be less stressful because there are more people to carry the load. However, there is inevitably someone in the group who wants to control things and someone in the group who doesn't carry their weight. In the end, it often creates the drama I mentioned above. I'm honestly not sure who despises group projects more - me or my kids! 
  4. Packing lunches -  It's near the end of the school year. I'm out of ideas and out of motivation. So over it!
  5. The grocery store might actually be my LEAST favorite place on earth! Yet, the way these kids go through food, I find myself going there quite frequently. They eat all the time, so I have to re-stock the pantry almost daily sometimes. 
  6. Trying to lose weight. 
  7.                              That's All I Have To Say About That- Forrest Gump Quote

  8. Mornings - Two of my three kids are not morning people and neither am I. It's not a good combination.They don't want to get out of bed and I get tired of having to wake them up and hurry them out the door. 
  9. Interruptions - Do you know how many times I tried to type this post before I was actually able to finish it? I don't either because I lost count amidst all the interruptions that diverted my attention.
  10. Opening up my blog and realizing how long it's been since I actually wrote and posted something. Then, also realizing that I didn't really miss it all that much. 😩😢 "To everything there is a season" I suppose.
  11. Only being able to think of 9 things for a list that's supposed to have 10!!! So there! 
Well, it's finally Friday (after I started this post on Thursday), so I think I can safely say I've made it through the week relatively unscathed. We have seven more weeks until all the kids are out of school for summer - not the I'm counting or anything. I sure hope those weeks don't go by as slowly as this one did! 

Linking up with Kristi & Kenya for Finish the Sentence Friday.



Janine Huldie said...

So many I was truly nodding along with, especially the math homework. Sad, but true from his former math teacher. But still even last night my oldest was trying to do math homework. She was overtired to begin with. And clearly grumpy about it. That said, I found myself telling her to either do the homework or not! In the end, she did it. But not before I could feel my less than chirper self fading fast.

Patricia Elaine Brockett said...

It sounds like you have had a very draining week. Hopefully, you feel much better now and can look forward to the weekend.
I wouldn't be a morning person either, if the thoughts of having to face more math homework each evening was on my agenda. :-/
Yes, to everything there is a season. Take a look at the banner on my page.
Glad you were able to link up this time, even though you did have some interruptions. :-)

Vickie said...

I had the week off last week as well and it rained and/or snowed every day. Not much to do, so I get it. Group projects: It looks as though not too much has changed in that area. Those are really good suggestions. I'm with ya on the weight loss thing...

Kenya said...

LOL, I enjoyed your vent. My #10 was almost the same as yours. I too was in a funky mood this week. On the day after I'd been annoyed about being in Walmart for 10 items, with no self checkout, I had to go back because Christopher needed a trifold board for a group project and we also had to print pictures for it which made me wonder what the other kids had to "spend" on it. He brought home yesterday, it was done and graded and trashed. What a waste of my Walmart headache and whatever I spent on the trifold board and glue.

Tamara Bowman said...

We have our spring break this week, and we're kicking it off with double fevers, so there's that!
I can't STAND group projects, but I'm speaking from a student standpoint. My kids don't do them yet and I'm not an educator. I still have nightmares, though!

Kristi Rieger Campbell said...

So glad you joined this week and wrote again, Lisa! I know what you mean about opening up your blog, being sad, and then being not-so-sad. Also math homework? OMG. Suck suck sucky. I can't believe the amount of tears that come from it. Group projects - in college, I ended up going to the teacher more than once to complain that somebody hadn't done their part, did their part but did it so horribly that I didn't want my name on it, etc. Ugh. Oh and the weight. I thought I was doing better eating-wise for a couple of months but nope. Same pants that used to be comfy are still tight. :(

Mardra Sikora said...

Ha! Great week for this list and you topped it off perfectly!
- Mardra

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Ha! I guess it makes me feel a little better to know that even a former math teacher hates math homework!! 😂

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Sounds so terribly familiar!!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I love that verse! I need to remember it more often. :-)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Of course, now that we;re back to the routine, I'm wishing for more time off! :-)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I'm pretty certain my kids will have nightmares, too! I don't really remember any group projects, myself, but I'm sure I had them. I just have a terrible memory!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I have tried to encourage my kids to go to the teachers about group projects, but they swear it does't make any difference and that the other group members just find out and get mad. And, as much as I might be ready for some warmer weather, I really, really, really do not want to try to put on my shorts fromlast summer. 😫

Dana said...

Oh, I hate group projects. My daughter just had a group presentation in one of her classes, and the professor gave her positive feedback, and less than positive feedback to a few other people in her group. And they all get the same grade! She is not happy. C'mon - this is college - be responsible for yourself!

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