School starts on Monday. I give it a yay and a nay.
Yay because, the kid gets bored. Yay because back to school signals the end of summer. I know, I’m likely in the minority in the world of people that hate summer, but I do, I really do. Perhaps I’d love summer if I lived somewhere that it is cold during the winter, but I don’t. This year, my hatred is multiplied by a few 1000. It’s just been too damned hot. I like rain and cloudy days. Those are the days that make me feel like getting out and doing something. On a hot summer day, I have no desire to move. I don’t want to eat, don’t want to walk the dog, no desire to go to the store, and the mere thought of climbing into my car when the inside of it is hovering around 140F (60C) makes me want to throw a temper tantrum worthy of a 3 year old. The fact that we are in a drought just makes it worse. We don’t have what most people would call winter. I don’t even own a coat. I have a light jacket that I wear on a windy day when I’m walking the dog. Cool air is invigorating and I don’t feel like a sloth, then of course is the added bonus of an electric bill that is only $50-80, not the almost $250 the last 2 have been.
Nay because I don’t like waking up early, especially if I closed the night before. I like to call myself a vampire cause I come alive at night. I’ve never been a morning person. Sure, I might wake up kind of early without an alarm clock, but that’s the great part, no alarm clock. Being jolted awake by an alarm clock sucks. When I am closing the restaurant, Sun-Thur we close at 10, I finish about 11 and get home about 11:45. Fri-Sat we close at 11, so I’m home about 12:45. I’m not one of those that is able to go right to sleep. Working in a restaurant gets the adrenaline pumping. It usually takes me about 2 hours of wind down time before I can go to sleep. I can be dead tired when I get home, but I won’t start dozing off until between 2-3am. Once school starts back, I’ll have to wake up no later than 8 so I can make sure the girl is up and ready to go by 8:45. I function with no problems, it’s just waking up by that alarm clock puts me in a pissy mood to start the day. I usually get out of that mood within a couple of hours, but it really sucks to start the day in a yucky mood. This is the last year of 9am start time for school. Next year, when she goes to high school, they start at 7:30. YUCK
Today, we headed out to get school supplies. Those things are not cheap, perhaps I should say, daughter’s taste is not cheap. Really, even if her tastes were cheap, the supplies, not so much. $130 today. That would be great if I didn’t have to get other stuff. I got the stuff on the 8th grade list, but that’s just the general. Each class is going to give a list of stuff they need for that class. Last year, the stuff ran about another $100. It’ll be more this year because she’s taking Algebra this year and I know there is some special calculator they need for that class. Didn’t get it today because I don’t know which calculator it is, I have a good idea, but I’m sure that the requirement will be for ‘the latest and greatest’. What kills me is why do they need a calculator. Granted, school was a year or two ago for me, but we weren’t allowed to bring a calculator into any type of math class. We had to use our brains, but these days, the calculator is a requirement. Uggghhh.
Last night at work, one of my employees really pissed me off, to the point of not being able to see straight pissed off. Once we close, I move my car so that I’m close to the restaurant. Coming back inside, a couple of customers on the patio wanted to thank me for the great tea, dessert, food, etc. I stood out there talking to them for about 15 minutes. They are regulars. Come in at least 5 times a week because I see them on those 5 days. I’m not sure which country they are from, but it is somewhere Mid-Eastish. I say ‘ish because while I have many accents down, I’ve yet to master Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Syria, Saudi, UAE, Turkey, Israel, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, and the many other countries in that general region. While I imagine they are Muslim, they could very well be Christian or Jewish or one of any other religions. All I know is they are nice gentleman, always friendly and polite. When I get back inside, this employee asks me, so, what did the terrorists want? This employee is Mexican. He was born here, but his parents are from Mexico. Without answering his question, I asked him, so, you gonna try to steal my car or take my purse, I mean, you are Mexican. He stood there rather shocked until it hit him what I was getting at with my comment. I then told him there was no place in our restaurant for those attitudes and he had better check it at the door or he was welcome to work elsewhere. I’m really glad I won’t see him until Monday, this really gives me time to get my pissed offness in check.
Now, the best part of today was going to the farmer’s market. We got a watermelon that I swear weighs as much as my dog. I know it doesn’t, but it’s freaking huge and I so cannot WAIT to cut into that bad boy tomorrow when it will be nice and cold.