August 28 07

I finished watching season 2 of Lost last night. jesus, this show is fantastic. even if people have the habit of saying, “oh, you’re watching Lost? Has Ana Lucia died yet?” um, no, she hasn’t. asshole. but thanks for ruining that for me. even the husband is a ruiner…”oh, i read somewhere that Charlie makes a reprisal in season 4…” um. thanks. now i know that Charlie dies. anyone else want to tell me who dies in season 3??? anyone? anyone? The good news is that in a couple of weeks days, when i’ve finished watching season 3 (hooray for torrents!), i’ll be all caught up…and ready to start season 4….in fuckin’ January. bah.

i’m sending my kids to a new school this year. which means….new school, new carpool, new teachers, new friends, new moms. it’s all new for us. i’m really happy about the switch. it took exactly one minute of me being inside that building for me to know. the school is perfect. and it screams academic excellence (and i’m a big ole’ nerd like that).

it was a big deal when i decided to switch them from their previous, more religious school, to this new one. friends took it personally, actually got angry. but this is what’s best for my family. where i can be myself (remember when i got ripped a new one in the parking lot for daring to wear pants at pickup??!). where my kids can be themselves and be around other kids who are, well, more like them.

tonight i have to take Emily to this first grade (oh, excuse me, grade one) parent-child bbq thing. She’s all excited about it, already, at 6:15 this morning, picking out her outfit and how she wants to wear her hair.

I, on the other hand, am freaking out. you’d think that i was the one starting a new school. it’s all about me, folks. my kid? she’s easy. everyone like Emily. i sent her to a new camp and she made 100 best friends instantly. she talks to her counselors, high school kids, on the phone, on a regular basis (no, i’m not kidding. she’s actually FRIENDS with her counselors). she’s going to do GREAT. but me? what if the other moms don’t like me? what if we have no one to sit with? what if i’m not wearing the right thing? what if i don’t know what to say?

i guess at the very worst, i know that Emily will be my friend.

  1. I felt that way when switching daycares. I mean, not the whole pants issue/religious thing, but the worrying about the other parents liking me, and also about my child fitting in.
    I think the get-together nights where you meet the parents and other kids are fantastic, but stressful.
    Don’t worry – they’ll love you.

    Comment by Laural on August 28, 2007
  2. Maybe not the answer you’re looking for, but Emily will make you cool by association… just like the really dorky siblings of the cool kids were relatively cooler than the dorky kids who had no cool siblings back in highschool. 😉

    Comment by SciFi Dad on August 28, 2007
  3. I *so* know what you mean. I remember Leah’s first “meet the staff’ barbecue. You’d have thought I was headed on a date, the number of times I changed clothes. My particular insecurity was that I have a good 10 years on most of the moms of my kids’ classmates.

    But you know, I had a good time, and I met a bunch of moms. And there are even a couple that I’m sure will make really good friends, if I can ever get some spare time and a babysitter.

    You’ll do fine. Really.

    Comment by alison on August 28, 2007
  4. Come on…if your daughter’s willing to be your friend you’re made in the shade!

    Enjoy the bbQ

    Comment by jen on August 28, 2007
  5. I know nothing about school (oldest is two), so I am moving on to LOST! Season three is going to rock your world! The last episode is TV at it’s best…We have to wait until Feb. for season 4…booo. Keep us posted when you are all caught up! I can’t say anything because I don’t want to ruin it!

    Comment by Cynthia on August 28, 2007
  6. What are you talking about?
    Who wouldn’t want you as a friend?
    That’s just crazy talk.
    Good luck at your BBQ thing, but you won’t need it!

    Comment by Haley on August 28, 2007
  7. Charlie? Dies? Nah. Don’t believe everything you hear. (did that work? Are you unspoiled again?)

    Plus, you know, things are never what they appear. Except Ana Lucia, she’s good and dead.

    You’ll have to keep us updated on where you are, so we know what’s safe to discuss.

    Comment by Sadie on August 28, 2007
  8. Is “grade one” a Canadian thing? I did not know that. I’m sure your kids will do BEAUTIFULLY at their new school.

    Comment by Rebecca on August 28, 2007
  9. Yay for Lost – hope you enjoy season 3.

    And I’m the same way. Making friends – hell, not making an ass of myself – is a lot harder the older I get. Good luck and just think how cool your kid is and that it must come from somehwere.

    Comment by AndreAnna on August 28, 2007
  10. I had no idea at ALL to how my kids were going to fit in changing from the English school system to the American school system. All was well until a teacher told my son he was a pig for eating with a knife and fork in each had during lunch. LOL I didn’t even have to complain, my baby brother took care of that. All six something feet of him.

    I really feel for you, it is really nerve wracking worring how your children will fit in. But I’m thinking they will fine and so will you.

    BTW that’s a great picture of the three little ones in stripes.

    Comment by Vanda on August 28, 2007
  11. I love that you love LOST. You know that right? So – here is a non-spoilerish spoiler: In season 3, episode 3, someone will die. It’s not Charlie. But the death is not the best part – the best part is what the person says right before they die. (Now, that gave away everything and nothing!!) xo

    Comment by bella on August 28, 2007
  12. Oh, and Season 3 Finale – To die for. You’ll kick yourself in the arse for not having it in your 13 favorite season finale’s list!!!!

    Comment by bella on August 28, 2007
  13. Beth dies, too. Oh wait…that was “Little Women.” I suck at spoilers.

    Comment by Stacy on August 28, 2007
  14. I am about to start season 1 of Lost, SO THANKS FOR SPOILING IT FOR ME!!

    Comment by Lisa on August 28, 2007
  15. The Moms at my kids school wouldn’t like you. Why? Cause you’re that fucking cool. That’s right, I said fuck. You’re that fucking cool.

    Comment by chantal on August 28, 2007
  16. I bet you’ll be the GORJEST mom there. Everyone’s gonna want to be your friend! And, yeah, that school is AWESOME! Good luck!!!

    At least I can say I never spoiled LOST for you…. Not sure if I’m watching it next season. It’s so creepy….

    Comment by haley-o on August 28, 2007
  17. Sounds like you know you’ve already made a good choice for your family–good for you!

    Comment by Multi-tasking Mommy on August 28, 2007
  18. Doesn’t it just figure that you’re more nervouse than she is????

    Comment by FENICLE on August 28, 2007
  19. I have been trying to figure out how to use torrents for weeks now and it is driving me crazy. Do you have a step-by-step guide on how to do it? A source you can refer me to, perhaps?

    And yes, Lost is awesome. It continues to get better and better.

    Comment by Jodi on August 30, 2007
  20. I don’t know which school you left, or which one you are going to, but I am a teacher in the day school system (high school) so if you have any questions or want to chat about it, feel free to send me an email!

    Comment by Naomi (Urban Mummy) on August 31, 2007
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