Remember how just a couple of weeks ago I was all, Summer is going GREAT!?
Never mind. Forget it. I ran out of steam.
We're still going to swimming lessons, but activities at the library have almost completely ceased (in many cases, because so many of them are scheduled at the same time as our swimming lessons, a conflict I'd thought we were avoiding by booking lessons at lunchtime), and today we have no swimming lesson and yet I don't feel at all motivated to figure out something else to do---even though I know full well that if I don't schedule something, everyone is going to end up bickering.
I seem to have lost both my "Hey, I can DO this!!" feeling AND my "Hey, I WANT to do this!!" feeling. In exchange, please accept "When does SCHOOL start?" and "Why did we have so many CHILdren?" and "There are not enough CHAIRS in this LIVING room."
Also, a school-related vent: the school supply lists. They NEVER WORK OUT. Either we don't get the list until the first day of school, by which time all the back-to-school sales are over, OR, worse, we get a long list in the mail well before school starts and I carefully purchase everything on the list, only to be told by the teacher on the first day of school that "Oh, the office just sends those out---here's my completely different list" and now all the back-to-school sales are over.
Here is what I want, because "asking for what one wants" is allegedly more mentally healthy than complaining about what one doesn't want: I want each teacher to send out their own supply list, and I want it on the last day of school with the report card. That's when we get the classroom assignments, so by the last day of school it's already known what teacher the child will have---and except in the case of a new teacher, the teacher can use the same list year after year. The office can in fact combine this with the classroom-assignment sheet, since they're printing out a million of those and custom-assigning one to each child ALREADY: top of sheet can say "Your next-year's teacher is ____!" and rest of sheet can say "Here are the supplies you will need!"
I just read Hilarity in Shoes's post about post-break-up post titles (post post post), and I DO feel bad that it is DEEP MISERY fueling this excellent funniness.
I bought a box of Drumsticks ice cream treats for the children to try, because I have a general summer policy of "a new fun treat each week." Later that night, putting something else away in the freezer, I noticed my terrible error: FOUR Drumsticks per box. FOUR. The box was the same size and price as 12 ice cream sandwiches, 12 ice cream bars, or 24 popsicles, and I hadn't even thought to check my unknowingly-held assumption that I would get enough Drumsticks in a box to hand out to five children.
Anyway, I was telling this sad tale to Paul, and he said that it probably wasn't a big deal---that I should check beforehand with the children, because Edward didn't really like meat, and Rob was squeamish about eating meat off a bone. And there was a long pause, and I said, "But they don't have ANYTHING TO DO with meat! or bones!" and he said "...", and I said, "DRUMSTICKS! The ICE CREAM TREAT! Did you never have a Drumstick as a child??", and he said "I did! I did! But I thought you meant you bought a box of frozen chicken legs, for them to try!", and I said, "BUT I SHOWED YOU THE BOX!!", and he said "But I didn't see it!", and I said "BUT I WENT INTO DETAIL ABOUT IT BEING A CHILDHOOD TREAT EVERYONE SHOULD TRY EVEN IF IT IS A DISAPPOINTMENT!", and he said "But I thought you meant CHICKEN!", and I said "CHICKEN IS NOT A CHILDHOOD TREAT!"
Anyway, now we're cleared up and we're agreed I need to go by another box of them, even though 75 cents (on SALE!) for a Drumstick is more than I'd expected when I embarked on this mission. (Ice cream sandwiches are TWENTY-FIVE cents.)
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