Well November is finally here. The months have been passing by pretty quickly, I must say.
My daughter woke up with the stomache flu this week and luckily for her it was a very mild case and she was back to normal in under 24 hours. Not such the case for my husband. But to be fair, when we all got sick in the summer with the same more horrible case of stomache flu, he really didn't get it. I've cleaned and sanitized everything now a few times so I'm hoping no one else gets it.
I'm glad trick or treating is over. Our town does it twice. One night is for the downtown businesses and the next day is for the town. Which is kinda nice because if you can't make it to one, you can make it to the other. Now we can use our costumes as play clothes, which my children always get a huge use out of. My oldest already is looking at costumes for NEXT year.
Our next big holiday of course is THANKSGIVING. October flew by fast, however the weather couldn't make up its mind. I put the summer clothes away and it was 75 degrees the next week. And I'm glad the cooler weather is back...except for having to scrape windows in the morning before taking the children to school. Apparently, you're NOT allowed to just drive with the windows down, it makes the children howl. I didn't prepare this morning for such a thick frost on my windshield, meaning I didn't have an ice scraper in my car. And to tell the honest truth, I hate hate scraping windows. Such a waste of time. And cold.I get in the car, crank the defrost and splash the windows with window cleaner....and wait. Which also makes the childen howl. So a mom just can't win.
We've got the winter coats and snow pants and boots ready for them all. Last year we did this, and didn't really get any snow. I"m sure we'll get bombed with snow this year and complain about it. That's just the way it works. We complain when we don't get snow and then complain when we DO get snow. I don't mind snow. Its pretty when looking outside, and its fun for the kids. However I don't enjoy walking in it, getting it in your socks and shoes and on your pants, and I don't enjoy driving in it. Since the state of our economy is sucking, our town doesn't throw down salt for the roads unless it has to. Salt shortage people, thats what its coming to. They throw down sand. SAND! Tell me how this is really going to achieve anything positive. I don't even enjoy sand in the summer, and once it gets in your bathtub, its over. So getting snow on yourself and then combine it with snow? ugh! And lets not forget the snow plows that don't come out to plow anything until theres at least 8 feet on the ground and you can't get anywhere. And usually it drifts right up against our garage. So you open the door, and watch as it comes up and I sit there and think "if I floor it out of the garage, will I make it? " Because the husband won't really be happy if I get stuck halfways in and out. When we owned the minivan, sure that thing could scale the drifts. But the cars we have now? Not so sure, I'll have to report back once I"ve tried this with both cars, just to be fair , ya know. I'd hate to only try it with one car, to sit and wonder "what would have happened with the other car?" And we live in an apartment complex who nicely plows out the parking lot for us. And back by our garages. However, facing the way we do, the plowing also adds to the drifts I must ponder about driving out of. Of COURSE I could just shovel the drifts away. But I don't own snow boots. And shoveling sucks. And the cold? it also sucks, so its a lose-lose situation, hence flooring the car over said drift. This shall be a winter of expirementation. Or a season of annoying the husband. Or possibly both, you never quite know whats in store at our house.
Lets not forget the hill we drive down to drop the oldest off at school. Some of the daily drivers annoy me. The parking lot is basically a circle. You drive in, DROP YOUR KID OFF and go. Its that simple really. But oooooh, even adults seem to get that confuzed. You can't wait your turn in the drop off line, you have to cut in line, park like a dope, and when people get mad, don't sit and wonder just what is going on! And I need to also say its called "drop off" for a reason. Not get in line, get to the spot to drop them off, then lollygag for about 7 minutes while your unprepared child tries unsuccessfully to leave the car. During our drive to school, which is about 4 minutes, I"m going "ok, you got your stuff, on your lap? because when we get there, I"m going to pull into line and you gotta be ready to get out"... If I could coach them to TUCK AND ROLL as I keep the car moving, it would be awesome. But people frown on that. And it would probably make the children howl. So theres a hill that goes down leading to the school. And I"m sure with the non plowing of the streets(budget issues?) and people who can't drive in dry weather, I might have to take the older car during snow. Because if I crash, I'd like to keep the newer car with less dents. And who made up the rule to put a school at the bottom of the hill? So either you slide down the hill, in whichever way your car believes its fun, or you try to avoid the hill on the way there, by driving around the block, and get into the high school traffic, and then have to scale the hill on the way back up. Either way, you'll probably end up sliding down. So much fun to look forward to. But I'm sure when they throw the sand down instead of salt, we'll all be SO much safer. Just sayin.
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