Sometimes when my students ask about their grades, I'll joke and say they have an F-. When they insist that an F- is not an actual grade, I say, "No, seriously. I made this grade up just for you." And then I stare at them until I see the panicked look where they start to wonder if I'm actually being serious.
I have actually created this grade to assign to my live blogging endeavor. Except that as my students often claim, it totally wasn't my fault. As I settled into update post-lunch, I realized the internet wasn't working. Horrific, right? I tried every troubleshooting trick I had up my sleeve before resorting to tech support, who offered no support until finally fixing it this afternoon. I've kind of felt like the universe is conspiring against me lately, so the fact that the internet was down for four days in the midst of the one and only time I've tried to live blog is pretty comical.
I'm not going to lie, being internet free (mostly, because I still have my phone) was kind of nice. I filled the free time that I might've used for online with baths and books. Although I was a little sad that I didn't get to live blog that Tommy eats his ramen noodles with a hand instead of a fork and can you blame him? They're pretty tasty.
I was also a little sad that I couldn't tell you how Tommy ate lunch, then put on his hat as if he thought we were going to play outside. Apparently he forgot that a) he was sick, and b) it's cold outside and I hate hate hate the cold.
Sometimes he amazes me with his bigness. Like, he knows that putting his hat on is a way to signal that he wants to go out and play. Yesterday, I was getting him dressed and absentmindedly said, "Lie down, so I can put your pants on," and when I turned around, he was on his back smiling at me. And just last week, he said ball, car, and bus for the first time, all in the same day. He then repeated bus eight million times while frantically pointing at the window, as if this would bring the school bus back past the house and then I kind of wished that he didn't know how to say bus.
I'm pretty excited because we're all actually healthy for once, and I hope it stays that way well into next year. I really should be folding clothes right now, but also I'm so behind on emails and my feet hurt (which I realize has nothing to do with folding clothes) and the laundry will still be there tomorrow, right?