Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bad Blog Day

The To Do List

(#14 -18 actually occupied a little too much brain/heart power)

1. Get kids off to school
2. Answer the 42 (yup) new emails in the inbox
3. Teach 10 am class
4. Short Meeting at 11:00
5. Scholarship Committee Meeting at 11:30
6. Field requests to teach an additional extra credit next semester
7. Serve as "team leader" on scholarship drive
8. Go to two hour meeting at 2:00
9. (this is her favorite) Prepare for two panel presentations at an all day conference tomorrow, one on something she doesn't know a thing about and the second on a paper she wrote TEN YEARS ago and completely forgot.
10. Enter online grades
11. Call publisher and beg for desk copies
12. Order books for next year
13. Office hours
14. Compose thoughtful, non-angry, reasoned, polite but incredulous (tone is important) email about the nepotism involved in selecting players for the Little League 13 year old team after hearing from TWO parties how it unfolded unfairly. Guess who didn't make the team.
15. Send said email to 15 friends and the husband instead of sending to Little League Board President. Better not to complain but wow, that felt good to compose.
16. Agonize for two hours about sending the email to the Board President after all.
17. Email someone else at Little League and rescind all volunteer hours. Tell them to cash the 'volunteer check' instead.
18. Call husband and tell him about the $100 anger hit to the budget
19. Send Scarlett's new head shot to agent
20. Make four audition phone calls on her behalf
21. Update family calendar
22. Sign up Merrick for one day camp
23. Send in form for try-outs for new baseball league
24. Cook dinner for friend who had surgery
25. Finish to do list.
26. Dinner
27. Battle with Merrick over homework
28. Hand over everything to John and go to bed!!!

Creative juices might ooze more tomorrow . . . ?

29. Agonize more about that damn email . . .


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I was involved in Little League and Softball and many All-Star teams. Unless you or your husband is willing to become a board member you should just let it go.

Yes, there is nepotism, but the people that spend countless hours on coaching, etc. will believe (not fairly, but strongly) that their child deserves the edge.

I am truly the voice of experience on this one and have seen it from the outside and the inside.

Minnesota Matron said...

Here's the rub-- I was a board member for three years and wrote a $135,000 grant, which they got. I resigned two years ago because I was too busy. So I've put in those hours!

another mary said...

I'd say sent that email - you'll feel better even if it seems hopeless. It sure seems really wrong - hasn't Stryker been on that team for years?(I'd love to talk about a recent e-mail I sent about an unfair "cut" made to one of my kids).

Karen ~ said...

oooh, share #19 with us?

Minnesota Matron said...

Head shot post coming soon -- she's starting to audition for the 2010-11 theater season. Some hard choices but the first show is in place -- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in September. More on all that soon - but why can't poor He Who Cannot be Named get a break? SIgh. . .

Michele R said...

Was it for an All Stars team or a travel team? Over here everyone who signs up and pays gets on a recreational team and then there are "try-outs" for the other types I mentioned.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Little League can be as evil as Congress. Send the letter! "Cuts" at that age are a joke!

Daisy said...

The protective mother bear is often the strongest ally a child has.

Emm said...

Send it, send it, send it! Dealing with miss moody 14 year old here....have lately had the epiphany that she appreciates Mom standing up for her when she feels she cannot. (Must tread carefully, of course,but it sounds like you've done your time and racked up some payback points.)

Anonymous said...

Is it bad that I am thrilled my kids no longer play competitive sports?
It's been much easier being a band mom and a parent cheering along the cross-country course. I'm giving the 10yo one more year of scouts and then we are re-considering what he wants to do, since there has been some backbiting going on there amongst the parents as well.