Today is the last day of school for Sassy. We say goodbye to second grade and look forward with dread (Sassy) and anticipation (Me) for the rigors and excitements of third grade. New teachers and new classmates as they've decided to shuffle the kids about into different classes so it should be more fun. I think they did it because there are three second grade classes, and in Sassy's class, there are three special needs kids, one has a form of autism and gets a special ed teacher with her all the time, another has ODD and ADHD, and then there's Sassy who has no reason for her bad behavior other then she sees these other two get out of doing their work by misbehaving, and she figures if she acts up she won't have to do her work either.
Sassy's been seen by the school psychiatrist, the Dr., and has been found to be nothing more then very clever and very lazy. She does have a high level of anxiety and low self esteem, the words "I can't do it!" come out of her mouth all the time, but I grow more and more impatient with her because she can bloody well do these things if shuts up and gives it a try. Because she's not the best in the class, she figures she's the worst; there's no middle ground for her, you either win or lose, succeed or fail.
We don't put too high an expectation on her, we never expect her to be best in class. We do expect her to behave herself and give it her best efforts though. Perhaps that is asking too much?
I've got a bit of a head cold at the moment, but I think it's self-inflicted. I started Atkins this week to see if I can break my diet plateau. I've been really tired and craving carbs like crazy - bread is my big weakness it turns out. I've been eating a bit too much dairy though, and as I don't eat it normally, my body is rebelling with clogged sinuses. So I'm off the dairy again and I feel a bit better this morning. I guess I'll have to be a dairy free Atkins person. I have lost four pounds already which is great. The book says it'll be water weight, but as I drink about three liters of water every day as habit, I can't imagine it's all water.
I treated myself to some new workout gear. I found a shop selling Reebok gymwear for £10 a piece, so I bought two bottoms, and two tops. I also got myself a new pair of Saucony running shoes and it's like jogging on marshmallows - I love Saucony sneakers, they are the best I've ever worn. Second best are Adidas and after that I don't even bother. Nike may have a great ad campaign, but their shoes give me blisters.
I getting ready to pack up a picnic and collect the kids; we have a friend's son for the rest of the summer because I volunteered to child mind him while his mom was at work. Three days a week and I get paid, not a bad deal. We'll call him Gomez as he reminds me of Gomez Addams, and then it's off the play park and the library. From Monday, I'll be shitting myself...I get them full time.