Gahhhh I didn’t have a great day yesterday.
Won’t get into many details here, but it was work related. The short version is that I got something essentially dumped into my lap and then put on the spot to lead a presentation to a group of managers, with no real advance warning. Until I was in the meeting and I was suddenly told to take over. Ended up being mostly fine, but I felt completely flustered. I knew I was going to contribute some to the discussion and attend the meeting- that part was fine- but obviously I would have prepared differently/approached things differently had I been aware that I was going to be the sole presenter!
On top of it, I then received some borderline negative feedback afterwards, which was just frustrating and felt a little unfair. Felt like I was being graded on a test I didn’t know I was taking! It seems to me there was some lack of communication or a misunderstanding along the way, because I am 100% sure I was never informed that I was leading this. (I had in fact reached out multiple times last week for some clarification about this meeting precisely to make sure I didn’t need to prep anything specific/ see if I’d be leading, and the responses definitely did not indicate this.)
Anyway, my immediate inclination was to then perseverate about this for the rest of the day, which obviously does zero good. The whole thing is still irking me some today but I’m trying to just learn from it and move on. It’s not the end of the world or anything, and like I said, overall, it went fine. Life is full of ups and downs, and in the grand scheme of things, this really constitutes not much more than a minor dip.
On a happier note, Asher had his last cross country meet of the season yesterday. He finished on a very strong note, with by far his fastest race of the season. (Sadly, he was only able to do a few meets due to his foot issues, but he bounced back by the end here and had a nice race.) His coach came up to him after and complimented him on a good run, especially after the complicated season he had.
Ivan had the day off yesterday so we were both able to attend for a change. It was a beautiful fall late afternoon on a country club course. Very pretty with the changing leaves.
Cross country is an odd sport compared to what I’m used to. You can’t really “spectate” the whole thing like you obviously can for soccer or swimming or tennis. All the parents sort of flock to a couple of viewing points on the course, so at least we caught him run by a couple times.
I’m not sure if he’ll do cross country again next year or not. He’ll be in 8th grade next year, so final year of middle school. I basically think there is no way he will want to run XC in high school, because the truth is- I don’t really think he likes running that much. But in middle school here he enjoys the friends aspect and the team environment, etc. We’ll see. If he ends up continuing with soccer and swim, I might put the kibosh on cross country next year if he still seems kind of wishy washy on it anyway. It was a lot to juggle with 3 sports!!! BUT, the XC coach is amazing and the school team is a ton of fun. So I do love that he has been involved with it. Guess we’ll worry about that next summer!
Quote of the Day:
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- in which case you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling
Oh, and, a funny parenting meme that I saw yesterday that made me laugh:
I am grateful for my husband, who is a very good and patient listener whenever I’m upset about anything.