Fall is in full blast! It is still hot as balls out, but school started and my new job at the school has started.
Band practice has started.
Flag football has started.
We are all in. Balls to the wall, full steam ahead. At least until we hit that wall, which usually happens around November. When the wall is hit, we are wiped out and then we have to get ready for the holidays.
I have this image in my head of how the school year will go. I have started with a good momentum by packing lunches every day, preparing dinner, making sure the kids are clean and in bed by 8:00pm. I am getting the kids up early enough so there is no crazy rushing around in the morning. I am not sure how long this will last, because by February or there about, we are usually getting up with the most minimal time needed to get ready. No lunch is packed and I am scrambling to make sure that their lunch accounts have some money in them. And dinner consists of frozen waffles and a yogurt. But for now I am going to bask in the glory of everything being done right and in a timely manner!
I started a new job. I am the lunch lady at the kids’ school. I don’t see my kids because I work in a different building, but I will get to see Little One, next year. That is, if I decide to stay and I haven’t lost all my shit by the time school is over! As the lunch lady I am responsible for all of the first and second graders (approximately 600 munchkins). I make sure they get in line if they are ordering lunch. I get them sitting down to eat their lunches. Since they are relatively little guys and gals, I have to open juice boxes, yogurts, snacks and milks. I can also foresee carpel tunnel set in for all the shoes I have to tie. After they are done eating — and there is never enough time - I wipe down all of their tables and then take them out to recess until their teachers are done eating their lunches and come to retrieve them. I do this four times, in a row for about 150 kids at a pop. It is the fastest 2.5 hours of my life, every day.
The kids are a riot. Some of them need more discipline at home. Some of them need more help in school. Some of them are not happy. Some of them are super hyper. Some are space cadets. And the vast majority are really great kids. I love the kids. They make me laugh, smile, wince, roll my eyes, cry and they make me talk to myself. This is motherhood, so I am well suited. I am not sure if I am getting the whole “time away from my kids” thing correct. Since now I am just spending that time with other peoples kids. At least there is a meager paycheck in it at the end of the week.
Then we have this crazy armed burglary/home invasion stuff going on in our neighborhood. Yes, you read that right. It is complete bullshit. These desperate sonsabtches are going to houses in broad daylight, banging on the doors and then breaking in. It is so comforting to know that they have no fear in being caught, because most people are not home during the day, except for some of us. I am a bit rattled. But we have our vicious dog who will tear apart anyone who tries to get in and my double-black belt in TaiKwanJuJitSu will also help. Mother fuckers need to step back. Other than that, there really is nothing in this house worth more than a few bucks. Believe me I have tried to sell most of this shit on the yard sale sites and no one wants it.
Then we have my MiMom (94 year old grandmother) who fell and broke her hip in the nursing home…. yes, IN the nursing home. They actually had to perform surgery and she did well. It has been a trying summer to say the least. I spent my birthday in the hospital with my MiMom as she went in for surgery that day. It was not the best way to turn 42 but it could have been worse.
I look forward to fall. I love the change of seasons, the smells, the warm clothes that cover up hairy legs, the boots that hide the jacked up toes, the scarves and accessories. Time to break out the crock pot and have the house smelling yummy with food only The Hub and I will eat.
My plan is to write more, now that I have all this time on my hands….wait, what? Time, is still a commodity that eludes me. Until the next update.