This is one of the first posts on this blog and a repost seemed appropriate since school starts back for kids in our area this week.
Parents of kids who have been in school — would you rather deal with the IRS or with the PTO?
You probably had to take a second to think about that. Answering questions related to purchases made years ago, deductions made, and other boring nonsense sounds pretty bad. But then you realize that you’re not comparing the IRS to car shopping or signing a million pages in a house closing — you’re comparing it to the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). At best, that realization gives you a sinking feeling in your stomach. At worst, you might be having some flashbacks and screaming, “No, God, no!” in your head.
The PTO is kind of life the mafia. And the PTO powers that be treat parents like we’re lower tier drug dealers. , and you might start to realize that the IRS isn’t the worst thing in the world.
“Get out there with 50 packs of overpriced M&Ms and don’t come back until they’re gone.”
“Little Peter can only sell 10 tins of popcorn? Get his butt back out in front of the Walmart ’til they’re gone.”
“Each child was supposed to raise $300 for this fundraiser. Your child raised $298.12. You think that’s acceptable?! Hit. The. Streets. Find that money or else!”
Or something like that.
Here’s a nice little comparison of the two organizations. I think we can all agree that the PTO is the worst (assuming you are honest on your taxes, anyway).
(You can zoom in to read the smallish handwriting. Laziness prevented me from redoing it.)
What would you add to the list of crappy things about the PTO?
I should mention that this isn’t representative of the PTO at Little Man’s current school, but definitely matches up with past experiences.
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If we were having coffee, I’d first tell you that I’m excited about starting this new blog. I have another blog on WordPress, but this one is a big change, plus it’s always fun starting something new. I’ve never been artistically inclined, but I’ve been enjoying creating the doodles and learning how to use the Adobe Draw app on my iPad. Learning something new tech-related is half the fun, at least at first.
Now, on to other things…
Over our drinks I’d tell you that this has been a relatively easy week. No one has been sick (hooray March), and aside from the kids going to school, the only thing we’ve had going on this week is soccer and a couple of appointments. That’s a relatively laid back week, especially when I’m not having to wash 10 loads of pukey clothes!
Next Saturday is Little Man’s soccer jamboree. My husband is coaching this year, and I’m helping out when I can. I stayed home with Baby Girl this morning since it’s cold out for a change. (We’ve had a very warm winter, but had a freeze last night, so it’s chilly. The temps will be back in the high 60s in a couple of days, though.) My husband is doing a great job with them, so hopefully they’ll have a good season.
Outside of soccer practice, I think that’s all that is on the agenda for this coming week. It’s a relief to look at the calendar and see days with no extra appointments, project due dates, etc. It feels like we’ve been running a marathon since September, outside of a couple weeks break before Christmas. Now if we can just keep everyone healthy as well, maybe we can catch our breath!
Between a largely uneventful week and a hopefully uneventful week to come, that’s all I’ve got for today. ‘Til next time!
How was your week?
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A night without the kids is an amazing thing. You can do all sorts of things that you can’t when they’re with you — eat at nice restaurants, go shopping whine-free, eat snack cakes without little vultures appearing when they hear the crinkling of the cellophane.
On to plans for the night — there are many decisions to be made. Where do we go? What do we eat? Do we stay home and do the parenting version of Netflix and chill (you know — the one where all you do is watch Netflix and actually chill)? Hmm.
What do you like to do when you get a night to yourself?
I’ve never been any good at drawing, to the point that I think my family wants to say, “Tell me about this, Mom,” to spare my feelings when I attempt to draw more than a stick figure. Despite this, I recently got an iPad Pro and discovered that I really enjoy doodling on it. It’s fun and relaxing and gives me something else to do beside zoning out to Netflix after the kids go to bed.
“This is adorably bad,” my husband told me when I showed him the doodle I’m sharing below. That’s better than just “bad,” right? And clearly, when he said “adorably bad,” he meant “start a blog and share it with the world.” Or something like that.
At any rate, I’m going with it. Maybe as I keep doodling, I’ll go from “adorably bad” to “not so bad.” We’ll see.