Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When You Don't Have a Doctor's Excuse Note

"Oh shoot," I said as I drove my son Tommy back to school. "I forgot to ask for an excuse note." I shrugged. "Well, I'm the parent and I'll walk you in so it should be okay."

Tommy had his ADHD checkup. Since he takes ADHD meds, he has to be seen every few months to make sure he's growing properly since the medication can stunt growth. So far, it hasn't impacted him. And please do not lecture me on medication. I already wrote a post about why I don't feel guilty.

Anyhow, since Tommy had an appointment, he missed his first three classes at school. While we waited for his appointment, I took him to McDonalds, because yum. I love McGriddles, hot cakes, and hash browns. I could eat McDonalds for a week straight and be happy, but don't worry, I won't, because I need to fit into my pants.

I completely forgot to ask for an excuse note. Since Tommy is seen on base, sometimes they don't always ask if you need one and my caffeine hadn't kicked in yet, so I didn't think to ask until AFTER we were on our way back.

I ended up walking Tommy to the school office, signed him in, and the attendance lady was like, "I need a doctor's note."

I answered, "Oh, it's okay, I'm his mother and I took him to the doctor. It's where he was." I beamed.

The attendance lady was unimpressed. "We need a doctor's note or it's unexcused."

I completely get that there are parents who lie for their kids. If they slept in, they'll be all, "Oh, they were at the doctor, haha!" If perhaps they skipped class, to save face, a parent might be all, "Er...he was getting his braces tightened of course!"

But this was Tommy's FIRST ABSENCE. If they took the time to look him up, they'd see that he hasn't missed class once this year.

"Well. I can see if I can get a note, but it's an on base doctor and the chance of getting them on the phone is like 1%," I explained.

The attendance lady sighed and pushed over a blank piece of paper. "Write down where he was on this. Maybe we'll accept it but we really need a doctor's note."

I really think schools should allow at least THREE parent excuses. No note. I mean, what happens if Tommy is home sick? I don't always take the kids to the doctor. If it's a fever, it's common sense what should be done. I'm not wasting my time to take them to a doctor to be told rest and fluids. It just won't happen. Suppose Tommy misses a few days though? Am I not allowed to call and say he was home?

We were in Oklahoma last year and those rules were different. A parent could simply call in and explain why their children were absent, but schools in Texas don't mess around.

I filled out the paper basically stating that my son was at the doctor. I even left the phone number of the doctor, but again, the odds of someone actually speaking to a human being is slim to none. I don't know if it will be an excused or unexcused absence.

Is your school super strict about having a doctor's note?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude.

Hey, It's Okay.... absolutely LOVE the show Victoria on PBS. It's about Queen Victoria and it's superb. I've always loved my English history. I cracked up when she jumped up and down 10 times after sex because she was told she wouldn't conceive. Victoria wasn't thrilled on having kids because her cousin died during childbirth and she didn't have the best relationship with her mother. I'd be worried about the childbirth thing too: I can only do it with drugs. Give me the epidural or a baby isn't coming out of me. have not watched that terrible looking Britney movie on Lifetime. The previews alone made me go, "Is this a parody?" so I passed. be taking my car in for an inspection. In Texas it has to be inspected before you get tags. have not downloaded the latest update for Pokemon Go because I've never played it. It's not my thing. have written a post on annoying things bloggers do here. be headed to Sea World this weekend because they have giveaways and free items for pass holders. not like seafood but still love going to Red Lobster. I pig out on the cheddar bay biscuits and the cajun linguini pasta is amazing.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Annoying Things Bloggers Do

I've been blogging for many years now. I think I started when I was in high school. I started off on paper and then I graduated online. As I've written, blogging has evolved. It used to be about the writing. And it still is, sort of, but it also involves networking, having fabulous photos, and quality stories. There are thousands of bloggers out there and while most are perfectly friendly, there are some who clearly forget about having proper etiquette. No one is perfect, but there are some things that have bothered me. I know I'm guilty of doing some of these at one point, but I quickly learned, and hopefully other bloggers will too:

1. Not reading the rules of Facebook groups properly. For example, some state that a thread MUST be completed at a certain time the following day. But a lot of people don't bother. So then when people tag them about finishing, they come up with excuses. Look, life happens. But if you think you can't abide by rules, don't leave your link. Sometimes a thread will be forgotten now and again--it has happened to me--but finish it as soon as you see the tag and try not to let it happen again. Make a list of threads you have participated in or you can even click SAVE POST from the toggle on the right side.

2. Leaving comments like, "Great post!" or "I really like it!" on a blog. This is not cool. It basically means you didn't read a thing. It's okay to start with GREAT POST--I mean, I do it--but continue on. WHY is it great? What do you like about it? Likewise, don't just leave "Cool" or "Wow" or "This is really informative."

3. Not following through. Oh man, I see some bloggers leaving their links all over blogging groups and not completing. There are some names that I know won't reciprocate, so I skip them. Trust me, you have a reputation online. If you think people aren't noticing you not following through or constantly being late, you're wrong.

4. Leaving a comment on a blog or social media pages asking others to follow their blog. Stop it. If people like your blog, they'll follow it on their own. Don't be tacky.

5. Messaging people on Instagram or Twitter asking if they want to buy their product. Many do not. And do not start with "Hi Hon!" like we're old friends. Who are you? I once had to reply, "Hi Hon! No, I don't want your diet pills, I believe in carbs and chocolate!"

6. Having those annoying auto messaging if I like a Twitter page. I never read them and I find them irritating. I almost dread joining a Twitter Follow thread because I know I'll get those automated messages thanking me for following them and oh, if I like their Twitter feed, how about following them on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.

7. Linking up to my Hey, It's Okay post to a NON Hey It's Okay post. One chick had hers linked to a post about floors. I mean ??? It had nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. Stop doing that. Link up a PROPER post. When you join link ups, make sure you are following the rules. (If interested, I have Hey, It's Okay up every week!)

8. Leaving previews up when links are left on blogging Facebook threads. It clogs up everything. Many threads have rules saying to REMOVE PREVIEWS but people ignore it and say, "I don't know how." Well, Google is your friend. If you don't know how, perhaps stop leaving your link? I'm part of some groups who will simply delete your link with previews and people get so worked up over this. "Why was my link deleted?" Um, read the rules?

9. Blogs that have CAPTCHA or music can come across as irritating to readers. Most of the time I get the CAPTCHA wrong, and I won't try to figure it out more than three times. Not everyone has the same taste in music as you. Plus, some people forget to turn their speakers off, so please don't give a stranger a heart attack. Also, PS, don't have dozens of pop ups. If I have to click close more than two times, there's a problem.

Being a blogger can be difficult. People think all we do is write and reply to some comments, but it's not true. Many of us get paid to do this. We research, we edit, we take hours making sure a post looks as fabulous as it can be. But remember that other people are doing the same as you, so take the time to do the right thing.

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