Reports of my demise are exaggerated.
But only barely.
Maybe I can squeeze it in sometime in late January.
This is just the two weeks from hell, given the universal proposition that, all other things being equal, everything must be scheduled at the same time.
So, take Saturday.
December 1st — a day that will live in infamy.
There's two SAT subject tests, because as a homeschooler she has to take at least four subject tests.
She already did English Literature and Math last month, so this time it's Latin and Biology.
That's 8am to around 11am.
Then she can zip back to ballet for Nutcracker rehearsal all afternoon, but she'll have to leave a little early for her chamber orchestra call at 5, for their winter show at 7pm.
Oh, and her UW on-line application is due at midnight.
Oh joy! Sair is applying to colleges for next year.
Yes, she is doing it on her very ownsome, but life as an interested observer is difficult.
And since we homeschool, I have a certain amount of work too, since I am effectively her high school office, and I get to organize her transcript.
My role is master of the scavenger hunt: Wanted, what were we doing for history in 2004 (American history), and what did we read for it? When did we do which community service? Oh, and how did we assess her work?
Filing and record-keeping have always been my weak point, so I am doing much tossing about of papers and a little fancy cursing.
Luckily it is all pulling together at last.
Basically, there are three sensitive dates: November 30/December 1 — public universities, and either January 1st or January 15th, private places, for a total of about nine schools.
Each school has an essay, or two, or three, with only minimal overlap as to subject.
So far she's nailed:
"Describe the world you come from," and "An accomplishment that defines who you are or makes you proud" — for a total of 1000 words.
"A story that helps us understand who you are" (550 words).
"Your best mistake" (500-650 words).
She has a short statement on what are her plans for her career in music still to do for Saturday.
She is just starting on 250 words for UW on how she will contribute to diversity on campus, or a story about something multicultural and what she learned from it.
That finishes off the first lot.
The next batch includes gems like, if she was singing karaoke, what song would she choose, how will she introduce herself to her college roommate, and if she could meet a famous person of her choice what would she tell them?
There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
My role has been the applying of cups of tea, and occasional reminders that the essay has to clearly address the assigned topic.
We are getting weird cross-overs from the necessary multi-tasking; she just looked up from biology review to announce
"I can tell UW that sexual reproduction increases diversity."
I guess it's an improvement over the first two options:
"I hate you, I hate you." or "I'll bring the cupcakes!"