Hello Tuesday… it is Tuesday, right? Last week was a lonnnng week – normally I work from home part time, but last week I actually logged 40 hours for the week. Which calculates to about 16 hours a day when you throw in all the ‘mom’ stuff outside of the ‘work’ stuff – lunches, dinners, refereeing kids and remote learning, etc.  No wonder I’m simply exhausted. I need a vacation. A nice exotic desert island would be nice about now…

So the whole IEP thing gets curiouser and curiouser… we got a call from the new principal of the middle school last week in response to the email the hubby sent – of course I didn’t listen to the message until yesterday morning because I was buried last week, and had to let the flashing light on the phone nag me for days, reminding me there was a message waiting.

It turns out Little Dude was supposed to have a 504 written up and in place by the end of last November. Are you freaking kidding me?! You mean to tell me that not only was he supposed to have help during the school year last year, but that also would have helped him when the school shut down in the spring due to covid, and he could have been having 1:1 help these past two months, instead of getting further and further behind by the day?

No one bothered to let us know, or we would have nagged them until it was actually done. Instead, the only thing we got were notification letters about how he didn’t quite qualify for an IEP. They are apparently working with kids like Little Dude right now at the school to help those that need that extra help – if anyone needs extra help, it’s certainly Little Dude. 

According to the brand new principal, she’s now also the one who writes the 504’s, so she’s going to get that taken care of as soon as possible, so maybe we can finally see some progress instead of regression. I’ll keep you posted.

We had some really good rain over the weekend – luckily I somehow managed to load and unload the car in between torrential downpours when I was doing my semi-monthly grocery shopping on Saturday. I always hit several stores to get the best prices/sales/discounts/coupons (learned that from my mom when I was a kid, and she’d drag us 4 kids grocery shopping every week with her – I only subject myself to the mega shopping twice a month instead of weekly, though I guess it wouldn’t be so mega if I did do it weekly…).

Since I prefer to utilize the grocery pick-up for whomever offers it to reduce the actual ‘in person’ shopping, I had to drive 40 minutes by freeway to utilize Safeway’s grocery pick up instead of going to the one that’s only 13 minutes from here the other direction. I sure hope the closer Safeway gets with the program and offers grocery pick-up, they have more of the stuff I like of their brand stocked there than the other one does.

Since they load up the back of my car and let me go on my way, I choose to pull into an out-of-the-way parking space to then re-bag all the groceries, to consolidate them into my recyclable grocery bags, and in particular use my cold bags to keep the frozen stuff frozen and the cold stuff cold, especially with such a long drive, and having to go to other stores during the same trip.

I lucked out – the sun came out with each of the two grocery pick-up and re-bagging scenarios, sprinkled a bit when I was loading the car from the one in-person shopping (for those of you familiar with Winco and their self-bagging mode, at least that’s one time I didn’t have to re-bag at the car). It rained a bit for the drive home, and the sun came out long enough to unload the huge grocery haul into the house. (Remember, our house was built in 1930, so there’s no convenient attached garage to unload without getting rained on).

No sooner did we get all the groceries into the house, then the mega deluge started again. But after I finished putting all the groceries away, blue sky appeared once again, and I was able to get this nifty shot off our deck to show the beginning of the leaves changing:

You’ll notice the fully loaded Quince trees in the foreground – almost time to pluck those, and see how yummy they are roasted and turned into delicacies. Maybe I’ll have to do a giveaway of the liqueur and jam I’ll be making as well.

Now that I’ve gone on and on and on, let’s move onto the funnies, shall we? This cracked me up:

This is funny, but I’m thinking there needs to be more variety in the jars:

This is valid:

I absolutely love this:

This is funny:

This is hilarious (and so true):

This cracked me up:

This is funny (and does make you wonder):

And I’m just going to leave this right here for you:

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  1. No kidding about 2020 being a whole decade’s worth of crap! You probably know this, but not having your son’s IEP in place last year is a severe compliance issue – if you really wanted to take it that far. I never realized, until today, that Richie Rich and Casper are so much alike! Love that!

  2. This is why we had to home educate our special child, although i know that’s not a good alternative for every special needs kid or even possible in every family. We all have to do what we can, and i hope your new principal stays on top of it all and gets your Little Dude the help he actually needs.

    Thanks for the funnies, that goat story was hilarious, i read it to my Sweetie who grew up in farming country and could just picture the whole thing.

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