Monday, November 2, 2009

Dog & other stuff

I thought I would clear the air with a little dog update, since so many of you posted thoughts...
1. I like the dog. I don't love her.
2. Thad adores her. He has been working tirelessly with her, bless his heart. I think he has placed an extra burden on himself since he sprung her on me/us.
3. Thad was home all day with the now sick Kate (H1N1 sucks!), and he has made progress with Maggie.
4. I walked in tonight as Thad left. That's pretty typical for us on hockey nights. I get frustrated, because I am already caring for a one year old, a four year old, and a sick seven year old, and now, a puppy. It's a lot more to take on even though you wouldn't think so. Oh well.

Other things causing me stress:
1. Missing MORE work due to illness. It just stinks. It's not like I can call in leave my job behind. Lesson planning for a 90 minute block class is not simple. Most importantly, my girl is sick. Poor thing.
2. I am out of my classroom again on Thursday and Friday. Eek.
3. The school levy vote tomorrow. Our district is in bad fiscal shape. State funding has not risen, but costs have. We cut lots and lots of teaching positions last year. My highest class has 41 kids. My children's elementary classes are too large. If this levy doesn't pass, I fear where things will go. In my opinion, this isn't political.
No one wants taxes to go up. There is no good time for it to happen. But for my children, and the future of Moorhead (including other people's children, value of homes*, and a continued standard of excellence), I pray it passes.
*when I say value of homes, I mean that if it fails, I can't see selling a home here to be as easy as it would to in, say, Fargo.

Regardless of what happens, each person is (as always) entitled to their own opinion. I just happen to post mine since it's my blog. I encourage everyone to vote. Our founding fathers wanted us to do this! (Like my little "go history" pitch? Ah if only my students would appreciate it.)


Anonymous said...

I know I am awful at keeping you guys up to date, but right now I am living in a house with 4 year old twins and a 6 month old puppy. I love animals and adore all 3 little ones, but adding a dog to the mix does ratchet up the responsibility. Oh and not to mention, it is another time-suck. Last week the girls were both sick and now today the dog has diarrhea and has been vomiting...not fun!
Maggie is adorable and you will soon love her and hopefully understand that dogs, not just bulldogs, are fantastic.


TBRKO said...

Leigh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Oh my gosh I am so happy to hear from you. My mom is always asking if I hear from you on FB.
Hey, what matters is you are out there. Keep in touch. You sure lead a busy life. Can't wait to see you again soon my sweet little cousin!

Pout Baby Boutique said...

Poor Kate. I hope she is feeling better soon.


Vicky said...

Its so true, I was at such a loss without our dog because I realized without her, just how much work she had been! Huge chunks of time are indeed needed to care for a pet, especially a puppy. I get what you are saying ... the flip side for me now is the sense of "freedom" I do enjoy, even though I miss her.

Great post Bonnie, sorry to hear Kate is sick too. Crossing fingers the levy passes today!

Jenay said...

Don't feel bad about the dog! I am a dog person, i love them! However, when we got our dog, Reese a year ago June, I was not a happy girl. It was so hard trying to fit this dog into our life, as my kids come first. It took me a good year to finally bond with her. I am just now feeling like she is part of our family and i have a different relationship with her than the rest of the family does. I never felt bad either when I was home with the kids and things go too crazy putting her in her crate... You can only have your eyes on so many things at once.

Erin said...

You've got so much going on right now, Bonnie. I feel for you! Puppy training is so hard, and we're not very good at it at our house. Hence, the barking, begging, bolting out the door, and lack of response to "sit." You do what you need to for your kids and let Thad, Ryan, and Kate take on the bulk of the puppy care.

I'm so sorry about Kate being sick. It's hard on her and on you. It's so hard to miss work so often, too. I'm sure your students miss you! Keeping you guys in my prayers.

ABCDH said...

I'm so, so, so, so sorry we didn't get to see you this weekend. We were going to surprise you and trick-or-DRINK at your house, but the kids were so worn out and my Dad was waiting for us to come back to eat pizza.
We will be back soon for a "friend" visit.
P.S. Even though I would KILL Bill if he brought home a lab pup (we've been arguing over this topic for 2 years) we currently have a yellow lab and I have to say that I have never known a dog to be sooo sweet and WONDERFUL with children.
Good luck!

Melissa said...

Btw-If you ever need a dog sitter-no joke-call me! We would love to help, I desperately miss having a furry companion.