Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Roller Coaster is Out of Control

I don't know what it is about this time of year, but it always seems like I've gone from a dead stop to MACH 10 in the course of a few days. The pow wow was late this year due to Labor Day being later in the year. This isn't a big deal in and of itself but it creates more stress when it happens after the school year has started.

Random's bus stop is once again 3 miles away. I really don't understand it but I'm not fighting with the town over it this year. It's his last year in middle school and they aren't going to change. Every year they say they are considering putting a bus stop on the reservation for the 10 or so kids that would use it. But they never do. At least we don't have to drive 6 miles like the start of last year. I really don't understand why, when the schools complain so loudly about being over crowded, they actively discourage parents from sending their children to charter schools. In CT the sending towns aren't required to cover the costs of enrollment for charter students, unless the child is listed as special needs. Even then the costs pertain only to the services the child needs, not their enrollment costs. You would think they would want the children to attend charter schools to alleviate the overcrowding at the existing schools, which is only going to get worse when they close the third elementary school.

I hadn't realized I was still so upset over the busing issue. But it's not just the back to school that has me busy. There are two workshops that we are hosting at work in the next few weeks. I'm looking forward to them but now is crunch time as I finalize the agenda's, get welcome packets together and field phone calls. I also have my regular duties to cover. While it's not bad, and I enjoy doing the work, it means that I'm running from the time I get to work until I head home. There are no breaks and some days lunch is at my desk. I don't mind it because it's a temporary situation and I really feel like I can contribute. Like I'm a part of the process - not just another body. It feels good to know that I can contribute and that my efforts are appreciated. While I enjoy the work I often get home exhausted.

With the start of a new school year also comes the back to school meet and greets. One of the things I love about Random's school is the back to school potluck. Each grade is assigned a type of dish (appetizer, entree or dessert) and we all meet up in a local park to chat and meet everyone. Most of the teachers come. This year the gym teacher had a really cute game were she threw out a bunch of laminated cards and everyone had to grab one and do what it said. The activities were hysterical.

"Walk around and wink at people."
"Get 3 people to sing a song with you."
"Put 7 people in alphabetical order by their favorite office supply."

Tim picked one where he had to get the entire group to clap 3 times. That was hysterical. I don't think anyone there had ever heard him command a room like that before. It's always fun to watch people's reactions when they realize that he can be that loud. He's usually so quiet and reserved.

We also had our monthly dinner with friends. We attend every month with a group of online friends (not Ingress) to chat in person and catch up on the local events. We always have fun at the dinner. This time around the waitress had a balancing problem and ended up tipping a drink off her tray and down his back. We all had a good laugh. Even the waitress, once she figured out that Tim wasn't going to deck her. I ended up sitting next to an author that connected with. She's working on another book and may be contacting me for cover art. I love doing that sort of work. Where I can be creative but have a solid purpose for the imagery. It makes composition so much easier when I know where it's going to end up.

A friend of my mother in laws is also looking for photography work. She needs some landscape images for a project she's working on and she's very anxious to get started. She was disappointed when I told her I can't just drop everything and run off with her to another state for photos. These things take planning. Not just for the gear and hotels and also for household management - like getting Random to the freaking bus. It's a great opportunity if we can get past the minor hurdles of time management and contract negotiation. I'm excited to see where it leads, but I'm apprehensive with so many questions about the details still unanswered.

This week still has an evening dentist appointment and a music parents meeting to attend. Random made the Swing Choir so I'm a music parent again. Again, I enjoy this type of stuff. But this, with work and workshops and photo shoots - oh my.

We aren't doing our weekly potluck with friends. It's been switched to a later S'mores and Bonfire event. This works out because with Stamp Camp this weekend I wasn't sure if I would make it to the potluck on time. Not that any one cares if your "on time" for it - it's just a gathering a friend's - but I'm a Type A personality wrapped in a blanket of CDO (That's like OCD but the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be) so being on time isn't optional - it's mandatory.

So for the next few weeks I'm going to be running around like a maniac. I'll probably crash in late October or early November - but for now I've got things to do and people to shoot!