Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Cup

#1. Elementary Carnival Preparations
Positive: I managed to figure it out. I used our entire budget, got the administration on board to spot us the rest, and managed to rent a dunk tank and an inflatable slide and obstacle course.
Negative: It took FOREVER. Making phone calls on every break I had to try to get in contact with people who inevitably needed to call me back later... Stressing about money. Stressing about disappointing the kids...

#2. Moving
Negative: Again. And of course it would have to be the same week (same day!) as the carnival. So now, once again, everything I own is in boxes in Russ's garage.
Positive: At least when I moved there six months ago, I did not actually take all of my stuff. I mean, hey, if you never actually set up anywhere, then the take-down aspect of it becomes that much faster! And now I don't live alone in a house that makes creepy creaking noises whenever the wind blows.

#3. Elementary Carnival
Positive: It was really nice of the librarian to help me find all those extra parent volunteers. And we had enough going on that the kids stayed busy. The SBOs LOVED the dunk tank, and since we were outside, I did not have to orchestrate a schedule for the event.
Negative: Oh. My. Gosh. 215 kids as of the morning before the carnival. (Not counting the kids that brought their permission slips in that day.) Ridiculous budget! Parent volunteers who finally showed up 15 minutes after the party started. Broken promises from coworkers. Grr.

#4. Rafting Trip is Cancelled
Negative: I was really, really looking forward to this trip. The Memorial Day trip was supposed to be the light at the end of the tunnel. Disappointment. So why did I take Friday off? Especially because there is SO much to do right now!
Positive: Now, I can stay and get things done. I can watch Russ give his graduation speech, and I will get to attend Carly's birthday party.

#5. Flat Tire
Positive: It is not actually hurt. The guy at the tire place said there was no hole, so I will not have to pay to fix the tire.
Negative: The guy at the tire place said someone probably deflated it as a prank. Which possibly means a student vandalized my car. And that is most definitely NOT okay.


So, what shall it be then, Cup? Which is it? Are you half-full or half-empty?

6 comments:

Megan and Kenny said...

The cup is half-full! Dwell on the positive. (though i should take my own advice). Sorry the rafting trip was canceled. That is a bummer.

kel said...

Holy smoke! Let's just say it's half full for sanity's sake. Also, at least you don't have to deal with mice in the dryer anymore. That makes it at least three-quarters full according to my calculations. But really, wow. Props to you for always surviving gracefully!

Mike and Judy said...

I would say the cup contains half as much water as it could hold. Is that positive or negative? Too bad about the cancellation but great to be able to be there for Russ' speech.

Katie said...

Half full! Half full! Half full! On a side note, can I say that a Cap'n Crunch milkshake sounds freakin A AWESOME!!!

Kalen's Mommy said...

Hanging out with me didn't make the list on the pro side of cancelled rafting!?! I'm shocked! It was a huge positive for me! One of the top three moments of Russ's graduation was when you stood up and proudly announced "I'm family!" It made me cry!

Kalen's Mommy said...

Hanging out with me didn't make the list on the pro side of cancelled rafting!?! I'm shocked! It was a huge positive for me! One of the top three moments of Russ's graduation was when you stood up and proudly announced "I'm family!" It made me cry!