Today is the first day of school for the kids in the Metro area. A lot of other counties are either starting this week, too, or one day next week. I think it is crazy to start school in August, but this has been a long term effort to change our public schools into a year round schedule.
By starting in August, the schools build in a week of “Fall Break” in October, a two week “Holiday Break” and then a one week “Spring Break.” So the kids don’t really go for a longer school year, they just get more breaks.
Since I don’t have kids, it doesn’t matter much to me. I find is strange to go back to school before Labor Day, as that traditionally meant the end of summer where I grew up. But in the South, the warm weather lasts a lot longer and they have redefined the breaks away from Christian holidays to be more suited to teacher’s needing a break and professional development seminars.
School back in session just means longer drive time in the mornings, as the school buses mess up traffic. I absolutely HATE getting stuck behind a school bus on my way to work. I end up leaving for work 20 minutes earlier when school is in session just so I don’t have to deal with school buses. Getting to work early means less sleep for me and not enough time after I get to work to do anything personal, so I end up making coffee for the whole office and reading the newspaper for 15 minutes every morning. Personally, I would rather get that extra sleep and skip the newspaper, but I’m not willing to risk being late due to traffic. So it is what it is.
All day today has been really challenging for me. I feel like everyone around me is going out of their way to be difficult. Even people who are normally very sweet and friendly are acting rude. Maybe it is something in the water? It’s not the full moon, so we can’t blame that. But I have bitten my tongue way too many times today in the interest of keeping the peace and not offending anyone. I hope tomorrow these same difficult people change back to their normal selves and appreciate how much trouble they’ve been. If they show up grumpy again for a second day, I think I will have to leave early and just escape. I don’t think that I can put up with so much stuff two days in a row. I don’t have enough patience to be babysitting everyone who is supposed to be a grown up anyway.
Sometimes I think I am the jerk magnet – not the jerk whisperer. I have had enough with the jerks at work. Please make tomorrow a jerk-free day. I need a break.
One of my friends from work was talking about her blog while we were in the kitchen taking our lunch break. I didn’t know Cameron even had a blog! I have told all my friends at work about my blog – but I bet no one even cares. My work friends are good people to work with, but once 5:00 roles around they are gone.
Well it looks like it’s going to be a great Labor Day weekend for us. Every room is booked and in fact, I had more calls for reservations than I had rooms. Luckily some of them took dates for next weekend and some went ahead and booked for Halloween weekend and even Thanksgiving.
I hope that each and every one of you has a safe and happy Labor Day. Unfortunately it’s also the sign of Autumn beginning but that’s okay. All things must change!!