Monday, August 24, 2009

I'm Just Sayin'...


There's only one thing that's always bothered me about this commercial. That should totally be a MOM sailing down the aisle, riding on her cart in blissful joyfulness. A dad? Right.


So after the gas leak/school evacuation thing at the high school on Friday, all is well and they started school today, as planned. They now think it was a prank. Like someone sprayed some mace into one of the air vents. Funny, right? Yeah.


Here's a crazy thing. The high school starts at 7:15am. The elementary school? 9:10am. For those of you who are math-challenged (like me), that's nearly a TWO HOUR difference.


Why?


I'll tell you why. I think the privately run before-school program has a deal with the school district. If both parents work, you pretty much have no choice but to pay for the before-school care if they don't start until 9:10am. So the school gets a kickback from the before-school people from all the extra kids they get by starting school so late...see how that works?


This morning, I dropped Shannon off around 7am, came home, got in the shower, made breakfast for Kylie, made her lunch, unloaded the dishwasher, got her dressed, hair and teeth brushed, got myself all ready, made sure she had her backpack and supplies...and it was 8:05am. So the next hour went like this:


"Can we go now?"


"Not yet, we still have like an hour."


Five minutes later:


"Can we go now?"


"Kylie, it's still like 55 minutes until your first bell.


Five minutes later:


"Mom! Can we go now? I want to play on the playground!"


"We'll go in a little while, why don't you ... um... feed the dogs."


Five minutes later:


"MOM, CAN WE GO NOW?"


Ad nausem. I managed to hold her back until 8:40am, and then we walked over to the school. Of course, we were one of the first people there. Also of course, I forgot my camera. So while all the other moms were there with their Cannon Rebels and their Nikon DWhatevers, I present my first grader on her first day...taken with my cell phone.







So let's see...Shannon gets out at 2:27pm, Kylie gets out at 3:40pm, Shannon has softball practice at 4:30pm that goes until 6:30pm.


Now I need to look for a job. Well, tomorrow I do. Today I will contemplate what sort of job will let me work from 9:30am to 2pm, but still have 40 hours a week, and full benefits. That shouldn't be too hard, right?


12 comments:

Peterson Family said...

My kids were in two different schools last year. They both started at 9:08 and got out at 4:10.

The high school started at 7:15 and got out at 2:30.

This was done because of the buses. They had a three tier system going where high school started at 7:15, middle school started at 8 something and elementary at 9:08.

It's way easier to get smaller kids up earlier than it is high school kids. They totally got that backwards!!!

Mary~Momathon said...

That's how the schedule is here! Almost... the elementary schools start at 8:15 (convenient for working parents who have to be at work at 8am!) Middle school starts at 9:00 and High school at 7:30. They say it is for the bus schedule and to minimize traffic around the schools.

I'm just super excited to be taking a break from school this year! Yippeee! Don't be too jealous, I earned it.

Mary~Momathon said...

That's how the schedule is here! Almost... the elementary schools start at 8:15 (convenient for working parents who have to be at work at 8am!) Middle school starts at 9:00 and High school at 7:30. They say it is for the bus schedule and to minimize traffic around the schools.

I'm just super excited to be taking a break from school this year! Yippeee! Don't be too jealous, I earned it.

the Provident Woman said...

No that would be the dad. Acting that goofy and just throwing things in the cart without looking at a school supply list.

Lish said...

Good luck on the job hunt!

I'm working 6am-11:30am right now. Thankfully, our HS and ES are right next to each other and start within 5 minutes of each other, so Paige has Aidan duty in the morning (and I get 3 hours to myself in the afternoon!)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I was going to say it's for buses too.

That job should be noooo problem.

Joyce said...

7:15 is too early for anyone, especially teenagers and their mothers.

Your little one is a cutie. Good luck with the job hunt.

Fannie said...

7:15 IN THE MORNING? Precious Youngest would have died. No lie.

Dawn in Austin said...

I totally agree about the dad throwing stuff in the cart willy nilly. I've been on the recieving end of bags full of the wrong size crayons, no three ring binders and sewing scissors for a first grader. Thanks, Dad.

Kylie sure looks cute!
Let me know when you find that job so I can see if they have a satellite office near me.

Scotvalkyrie said...

I also started high school at 7:15 am, which was why I was generally asleep during physics class. Of course, here, most of the kids have been in school for a few weeks already. I hope Danni is doing well! Good luck with the job search!

Danni said...

I love how some people are shocked that we high schoolers get up at the crack of dawn. It's the same in Arizona. And the guy above me, I am doing well thank you(: It just rained here last night though, so I'm not really looking forward to the humidity.

Shelley said...

Hey Dan...that "guy" above you? That's Bonnie! lol I know the name could cause some confusion.