Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lemons with No Lemonade



We’ve got a lot of lemons going on in our house right now. We have three people equally stressed with work and school and extra commitments, while none of us feeling particularly healthy. Something has had to give in the last week, and for me, that has been blogging. Even this will be short, but probably not so sweet. 

DD2 has succumbed to the pressure of both an academic load and an extracurricular schedule that is leaving her physically and mentally drained. She also has had a couple friend issues of late. A couple friends have quite salty personalities, and when they supposedly are joking, can be more than just sarcastic, bordering on rude or mean. DD2 has had enough. One of them also routinely takes advantage of the fact that DD2 drives and has taken it for granted that she’ll get a ride whenever one is wanted. DD2 pulled the plug last night when once ready to go, said friend went flitting off to be social butterfly. There was a perfectly fine way for friend to get home, so DD2 left her behind. She later told her she didn’t appreciate being used as a taxi service and has too much on her plate to stand around waiting. I was proud of her for speaking up, but now DD2 feels bad. This drama will  pass, but it's tough seeing your sweet kid feel so hurt.  

DH has had people out at work, so he ended up at work on his day off last Thursday. It looks like this week will be no different. He’s also starting his own junior year stress about college tuition, so feels like he needs to put in the hours and extra opportunities for more income. This means he’s not getting the down time for his own well being. My sick day last week coupled with other people’s sick day has created a calendar frenzy for reschedules. Being unwell while still fulfilling multiple volunteer efforts have left me drained. Didn’t I say I was looking forward to January being done? Who was that woman? Today though, I’ll concentrate on work organization and get back on track. We will eat simple meals, and I’ll not worry about anything more than basic organization at home. I don’t see the opportunity for any lemonade out of these lemons. However, for us too, this time will pass.

5 comments:

  1. Well like my daughter (the attorney always says, "It's February".) I am sorry you are all in a dither there, tell your daughter to remember that if, Hitler had populated his armies with teenage girls we would all be speaking German. Here are my hugs being sent your way.

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    1. I worked last night at the Mardi Gras carnival. I don;t know if it was this group of kids or kids in general, but they had the even set up after school, it ran until 8:00, and were almost completely cleaned up by 8:30. I bet over 500 people attended. yes, I'll take dedicated teens to get things done any day!

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  2. Oh, how I envy you your junior year stress about college tuition! My junior has little interest in higher education, despite both DH and I regaling him with how much fun we had in college. At this rate, I will be happy with part time at the local two-year college. (Which, by the way, in this area are superb institutions.)
    Are you near Carleton? That was one of my sibling's alma mater. I headed to the Buckeye state for my education.

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    1. Well, I don't believe a four year college is the best fit for everyone right out of high school, maybe at all, for each kid, so starting part time at a local community college is pretty smart. My son majored in fun his first year at college-very expensive major!Carleton is not to far from me, just 30 minutes from St Paul. She hasn't formally looked at Carleton, but we wandered the campus of what she called mid-west Harvard.

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    2. Well, I despair of this kid even finishing a two-year program. He truly loathes school.

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