these are my kittens, yes they meow weird, but they are mine. i found them all on my own. they are my ohana. back the fuck off camera.
One of them is actually a kitten so this is extra precious.
Ohana means “family, so you can suck it.”
So today will not be “fun”.
I am taking a half day. I will work until 11:30 and then go get Audra. We will get lunch, I guess. It is lunchtime, so that is appropriate.
Then we will come back to my school, where they have been trying screw us and give the Little Man the shaft with his special ed services. Things were not even given to us on time. Things were absurdly and terribly written. Things say he is totally 100% fine with language and abilities, which is just not true.
Audra had gone into meetings putting her years of special education experience away and just going as a parent. This was a mistake, for both her and Little Man. She got too emotional, when they said he was a typical kindergartener (do they threaten to cut the cats or need a harness on neighborhood walks to prevent running and encourage an internal sense of safety?). So she yelled, which was a poor move but oh well.
It feels like we are going into battle. But things are my coworkers, some if who I still have respect for. I know many are towing the County’s line, but seriously fuck that noise. These are kids, and you are doing this to someone you know and someone who has a reputation for being very very good and very very thorough.
Audra is going now as herself. She is a highly left-brained person, and her lists are made. Special education is her speciality and she writes damn good IEPs.
I am also worried if I will have a job at my school next year, so there’s that too. I don’t know. It’s also early and I’ve been thinking about this for awhile.
We will see. We will see.
It is 8:10 and the little man is still asleep. This may not seem like much, but this is nothing short of a miracle.
After a month, a literal four weeks, of everyday having crisis after crisis, we got him on meds, risperdone, and we saw something underneath. That under the panic of his attachment disturbances, was something else that could and would explain the seemingly cyclical nature of his mood and behavior, the likely culprit of pediatric bipolar.
I felt dumb when the psychiatrist brought this up because we were talking about his mood fluctuating largely in cycles since the beginning, but whatever, Dan.
Now we are seeing a wonderful kid; not that he wasn’t always wonderful but we can see it. More, he can respond to the four and a half months of stuff we have been doing with him. Well, except for a witching hour between 2:30 to 3:30, but that is typical for pBPD.
I sat zazen for ten interrupted minutes during normal humans, save when I pushed a cat-butt out of my face. This is something new. Audra will be thrilled when she gets up eventually.
David Kwong is a self-proclaimed “word nerd,” and he’s also the quintessential alternative magician. Instead of sparkly suits and white tigers, he uses the periodic table, Scrabble tiles, and crossword puzzles in his magic show. He talked to Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen about alt-magic, the new magic-caper film Now You See Me, and shared some some Scrabble skills. He also performed a trick.
This is both a profoundly boring and also completely surprising magic trick. (Unless you presume the markers are fake.)
I’ll send $20 via Paypal to the first person who can explain this to me.
We didn’t even the school grounds before shenanigans! Not even in the parking lot! A dozen stupid and dangerous and aggressive within an hour of the start of the weekend. Of the long weekend! We’re thinking attachment issues and pediatric bipolar. Woo Right now we are watching Rango and this may be my new favorite movie. This is a fantastic movie, with an extra plus for the Fear and Loathing… nod at beginning. He’s bouncing up and down, which he’s apt to do whenever. We’re very tired. Also I scratched my eye and that sucks too.
We will make it till Tuesday. We will make it till Tuesday.
Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find le mot juste. Here are a whole bunch of foreign words with no direct English equivalent.
1. Kummerspeck (German)
Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.
2. Shemomedjamo (Georgian)
You know when you’re…
Schlimazel and schlemiel. I need to learn Yiddish. Audra, let’s get on this, as we didn’t have enough to do. This will be our secret code.