I'm getting there... slowly but surely. I've already decided that once I'm healthy again, I'm *so* starting a once-a-week Sauna routine again. Back when I was going swimming and into the sauna almost every week, I had almost no problems with colds or bronchitis. There's a big spa-pool-thing (public) just two towns over and, despite the fact that we've been living here for two years now, I haven't managed to scrounge up the time to go.
I will do so, as soon as my bronchitis is gone. *hates bronchitis*
Because I was feeling better yesterday, I finally cleared up my office. I'd just been piling boxes and papers and mangas and stuff all over the place, until I almost couldn't get through anymore. Cleaned all of that out yesterday, dusted and vaccuumed and now it's looking so much better! Makes me feel clearer in my head, too. I like not trying to dig my way through five piles of stuff just to find one invoice. >.<
My daughter got her first-term report card yesterday. Well... I've seen better... No "F", but also no "A"s in subjects where it would count. Mostly "C"s and "D"s... :( *sigh* Well, I told her to make a wish for herself. If she has nothing worse than a "C" on her report card at the end of the year, in any subject, then I'll fullfill that wish. Right now it's not looking like I need to put aside any money for that... We'll see...
My mother's worried that Zizi is not doing well enough in school. She's already thinking that with her current grades, she won't have a chance in life. Gods, Zizi's in *7th* grade, for Goddess's sake! She'll pick up as things go on, I'm sure of it. So far, there's no question of her having to repeat a year, so I'm not *that* worried. Not terribly pleased, but not really worried. I guess I have a lot more confidence in my daughter's abilities than my mother does. Then again, my mother's just worried - and seeing the way things are going as far as jobs and stuff are concerned here in Germany... I almost have to agree...
Oh, a question to the Americans on my flist: how long is school (High School) usually on a given day. I seem to remember having (regular) school from 8:45 am to 3:45 pm - with one period for lunch. Is that still accurate? And then afternoon activities. *And* homework. Right?
'Cause there's currently a discussion about higher level schooling here in Germany. Usually kids go to school from 8 am to about 1, 1:30 pm. But now they're extending school hours until 2, sometimes 3 pm. And everyone's up in arms about it, because it means that the kids don't have any free time for extracurricular activities.
Mind you though: the extracurricular activities are *not* being offered by the school! They're your private business. You want your kids to do sports? You find a local sports club for them. And the sports clubs, of course, only meet in the afternoon, so that everyone can be home by dinner.
So ever since school hours are being extended into later afternoon, everyone's complaining that the sports clubs are loosing members, that the kids have no free time, that there's too much homework... and so on.
I'm trying to think back to my time at HS. I seem to remember quite a *lot* of homework. Has that changed?
I've discovered ITunes... or rather, the store. I just bought a few songs, instead of investing into the CD immediately. This way I can see whether I like the music and *then* go out and buy the CD if I really want to. I've also bought a few albums off ITunes and it's cheaper than picking up the CD. *And* I can put them right onto my IPod without all the hassle. I even found music by one of my all time favourite bands - I think ITunes has almost all of their albums up for downloading. That's really nice, especially because Steeleye Span's music is often hard to find.
I think I like ITunes... ^^