Thursday, December 11, 2014

Random Inclement Weather Thoughts from the School Pick-Up Line with Jana Says

Today I am lounging around on a hammock on Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. Other activities include a massage on the beach. Hey ohhh. My long-time friend Jana who blogs over at Jana Says is here to pick up my slack today and will be responding to your comments below. Thanks Jana!
For those who don’t know me, I’m Jana. I blog at Jana Says and Steph and I go way, WAY back to our years at the University of Delaware. You might have seen me in some of her Throwback Thursday pictures. We had fun.  Unfortunately, my life isn’t as exciting now as it was back then. In fact, a good portion of my week is devoted to time in my car, driving my daughter to and from places. Including school because she’s afraid of the bus. So each day, I
wastespend a fair amount of time waiting in the school pick-up line.  And I think. Which might or might not be a good thing. I've talked before about some of the thoughts that go through my head but now, with the winter and lots of inclement weather swiftly approaching, I have other thoughts.
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In the morning
This line is incredibly long and slow moving. Kids need to toughen up and wait for the bus like we had to do.

 I really shouldn't criticize the other kids. My kid is just as bad.

I'm glad I remembered to warm up the car this morning. It's freaking cold out.

Is she wearing a warm enough coat? I hope they don't have outdoor recess.

Hey, why isn't that kid wearing a coat at all? Hoodies are not sufficient!!! His mother should know better.

I hate when people don't brush snow off their car. It's not that hard.


Oh, finally. We're moving towards the front door.

Where are all the teachers? Aren't they supposed to be supervising?

I guess I can't blame them. It's way too cold out. They can see the kids from the front door.

At least it's not raining/snowing.

I should check the weather to see if it's supposed to rain/snow today.

Oh, look at that. It's supposed to rain/snow.

I hate winter. I need to move somewhere warm.

In the afternoon

I think it's colder out now than it was this morning. I blame the snow.

I'm going to blame the snow for everything bad that happens during the months of December-March because it's really the worst thing ever.

That puddle is way bigger than it was this morning. I hope whichever teacher is walking around with the sign out clipboard doesn't step in it.

I'm glad this parking lot doesn't have huge potholes like the gym parking lot. My wheels would probably fall off. That would suck.

I should learn how to change a tire. But not until the weather is warmer. It's too cold for that shit. 

Why do I have 16 pairs of gloves and no scarves? If I could knit, I'd have 86 scarves. I should try knitting again.

Who am I kidding? Knitting is not a skill I will ever possess. I should surrender that fantasy.

What does one do with skeins of yarn? Is that what it's even called? I feel like it needs to be called "big knotted balls of yarn that serve no purpose".

I'm horrible at naming things.

That teacher has a pom pom on top of his hat! I bet someone knitted that for him.

I really need to stop thinking about knitting.

I should probably lower my music before that teacher gets to my car.

Why does Buckcherry's "Crazy Bitch" always play while I'm waiting for the child?

Let's go ahead and skip it today. I don't need these teachers thinking I'm a terrible and inappropriate parent.

WOOHOO! We're moving again!

Why is that teacher waving violently at my car? I'm aware that I have to move up.

Maybe she's doing it to keep warm. If that's the case, I can't fault her.

Okay, she needs to calm down now. My child is buckling her seat belt. Safety first.

OMG, I hate how people drive in the snow/rain.

I hate winter.

I need to move somewhere warm.

 Thanks so much to Steph for having me guest post again and Steph, if you're reading, I hope you're enjoying your vacation! Also, if you guys like intermittent posting, you can like Jana Says on Facebook; if you like pictures of dogs, books, and random stuff, you can follow me on Instagram; if you like nonsensical conversations, connect with me on Twitter; and if you like pins relating to food, snarky memes and pictures, and kids' crafts, find me on Pinterest.

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  1. I think the same thing in the pick up lane. Also add WTF are the parents getting out of the car? Stay in the car people if your kid can't open the door and get in on their own, you should probably park in the parking lot and go in and get them.

  2. If you don't mind me asking why is your daughter scared of the bus? Anyhoo I want to wage a campaign on the fact that I pay taxes to fund buses owned by schools & they come in half full due to parents driving their kids. I want a tax break lol. I would hate to sit in that line and I would want to smack those that do not clean the snow/ice off their cars. I an knit you a scarf I use a knifty knitter loom! I do hats too lol. Great blog love when you fill in!

  3. Oh my gosh this is hilarious! I used to suffer through the school pickup line when I nannied and oh holy mother of mercy it's a required skill to pace through it with patience for sure!

  4. I love this, Jana! So true. Random thoughts! Every mom dropping off was always on the phone. Most houses are so close to the school. Wait til you get home. I am so impatient with kids lolly gagging getting out of the cars!! Glad I was able to transport Sean his last 6 yrs. It was fun!
    Great post!
    Love, SMD's Momma. Thanks for guest posting!

  5. Oh man - My hubby does the bus in the morning and I pick Emry up in the evening at Boys and Girls Club - - But I have the same thoughts when I am picking him up - Some times, I have a hard time staying quiet about it too. UGH!!!!

  6. Haha. I love it! You don't even want to know all the crazy things that pop into my mind when I'm driving. And I don't even have kids to take to school!

  7. I always say i need to move somewhere warm. I thinking you should take up knitting. It is calming and would give you something to do while waiting. Oh and it is called a skein of yarn. :)

  8. I think you need to move to Alabama! :) It's warmer here, hardly ever any snow. Plus the gulf coast is only a 4 hour drive. And there is ME!

    This is hilarious. I would absolutely criticize every moment and every person in that line every morning if I had a kid. Because you know I have control issues and my kid would never ride the bus and be trusted in another drivers care each day. I remember the bus days, I was scared for my life more often than not. Those drivers are crazy! They have to be to drive those bratty ass kids all day! And I love Buckcherry. Duh.

  9. Didn't know you two were friends from college. Very cool! I don't like winter weather yet I still chose to live where it snows. I just started arm knitting. Totally do-able. I don't even know how to properly knit. I saw this pillow recently, with a ball of yarn on it, but it read "I like big balls and I cannot lie".

  10. So funny! I am so glad that the random shit that pops in my head is pretty normal. Sometimes my bf asks "what are you thinking?" and I respond "I wonder how those clouds ended up moving in a way that it created that shape" or something totally irrelevant.

    I went with my x a few times to pick up his daughter and it is absolute mayhem!!! I cannot imagine adding snow to the mix.

  11. This is hilarious! Most days my son takes the bus, but he's a slow eater so if he doesn't get enough breakfast in him, I have to drive. Thankfully I've never had to pick him up. And luckily, if it snows here, even just a half an inch, schools are closed. People don't know how to drive in the snow in Seattle!

  12. You should hear the dialogue going through my head when I am one of those teachers supervising drop-off/pick-up.

  13. I used to want to learn how to change a tire, too. Then I remembered I have AAA. :)

  14. I live somewhere warm and I have snow envy haha grass always greener..


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