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When Will this Winter End?

March 4, 2014
T2's reaction to ANOTHER snow day...

T2’s reaction to ANOTHER snow day…

We’ve had something like 13 or 14 snow days. And if you made it through my last really long post you know that my girls lost 2+ hours of instruction every day last week to either a bomb threat or a delayed opening.

Here’s the kicker: for the first time since my children have been going to school (pre-K for T1 10 years ago) our county decided that we should start school after Labor Day. We used to get special permission to go against the region’s amusement park laws because when bad weather hits we have rural parts of our county that just don’t get dug out well enough to ensure the safe transport of students. The county made a big deal about not extending our school year much past our end of school date in the second week of June–they got rid of the last week of school being nothing but half days and made them full days of instruction. Not that any instruction really goes on during those last days but still, they count!

If we had gone back to school at our usual date and time in August that would have been 9 of these 13 snow days. We’d still be in the positive. In the past it served us well when other nearby Labor Day counties were having to extend their school days and take away teacher work-days.

And now this. One of the worst and longest winters we’ve had in a while. And I don’t think we’re done. I’ve had as many snow days on my mid-March birthday as I’ve had snow on Thanksgiving (which interestingly is more times than I’ve had white Christmases). And let’s not forget that last winter we had a snow day the 25th of March. I know this because that was the last date the Chief used the local cancellation website on his Kindle when he called up the page a few weeks ago.

I hope the county realizes the errors of its ways and reconsiders the 2014-2015 calendar.

Snow days just aren’t as fun without the Chief. But we did go to IHOP today for National Pancake Day. Glad I rode my exercise bike for 6.2 miles. 🙂


Where has the time gone?

January 22, 2014

It is January 22nd and I am not sure where the time has gone.

I haven’t written much. It is not that I don’t have anything to blog about, it is just that the moments are pretty mundane.

So today I will just say that for once in a long while I’m happy for the snow days.

By this time I have usually posted that I wish the girls would go to school. And immediately people would comment back and chastise me about not appreciating the fleeting time with T1 and T2. “Enjoy it–the time goes by too quickly.” “Rather than complain, make memories with them.”

Wow. Doesn’t anybody appreciate or understand that on days like these there is a feeling of waste when the Chief isn’t here to share with us? I feel the same about the regularly scheduled school breaks and don’t get me started about the 2 and half months of summer he misses out on.

I’m sure quite a few who chastise me have their spouses home, especially the government workers who also get the occasional snow day, home to share with them. Or who are there with them if the power goes out at night.

And the girls notice a difference between snow days with the Chief and without.

So we had a fabulously long Christmas break followed by several snow days recently. Not a complaint from me. I haven’t even heard T2 moan that she cannot be in school.

It is definitely better with the Chief home.

Maybe that’s why the time is flying.


August 17

August 17, 2012

It is not as if I don’t have anything to say or that I don’t was to say it … it has just been a crazy roller coaster month. I was on such a high early that of course I crashed physically. I’ve been sick, so has T2. We’re on the mend. My tests, which I did post about, were negative. I’m relieved. I still have some blood work to do but as I’ve posted before I will never get blood drawn while I’m sick again! I tried to donate blood (just before getting sick) and they missed my huge veins for the first time ever. Ouch! I could not take my Enbrell injection while I had a fever so I went almost 13 days without a shot. It does not bode well for when I have to go 20 days without a shot for the upcoming dental implant surgery I’m having next week. I’m back at E.o.t.T. and for the first time this year I’m actually losing weight instead of gaining. Down 5.5 lbs. but I have 8 more to go to get back to what I weighed last October.

Lastly, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It has been caught very early and the prognosis is good. There is a strong chance it is genetic because her first cousin and her sister have survived breast cancer themselves. I have already gotten orders to schedule my baseline mammogram. I will carefully weigh my options if her pathology comes back with the genetic markers. I really don’t know if any of the medicines I’m on would accelerate or exacerbate this type of cancer. Blood cancers and lymphoma are the types you hear about in the warnings in the commercials.

School begins for T1 & T2 in just a few days. T1 had “business night” last night and we discovered a scheduling conflict for her elective language. Sadly she will not be able to take German until high school if she decides to change out of French. T2 is waiting to hear who her teacher is and we’re hoping she gets teachers her sister hasn’t had.

The Chief continues to sail along, riding some stressful waves. Probably 6 more weeks until he comes home. Can’t wait.

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