Friday, August 13, 2021

Back to School We Go--Mask Up

My tiny baby, my precious, IS IN THE EIGHTH GRADE.  I am trying not to freak out about it, but it is difficult, because HE IS IN THE EIGHTH GRADE.  In my head he is still little, even though he is about to hit 5'9".  We have had to take all of his school pants back and get new ones, and I don't know if these new ones will make it to October.  Zane is growing so fast that his bones actually hurt.  At least that is what he tells me.  Often.  Teenagers like to complain, apparently. Who knew?

He starts school Monday, and it will be face-to-face.  Zane insisted on getting the vaccine immediately when it was approved for his age group.  He hasn't been back to school in person since March of 2020.  He's going to have masks in his back pack, and the class he will be in is small.  He seems to be more mature about the entire event than his parents.  

I have been at work since July, but the kids start on Monday.  I am not sure what my district was planning to do once the covid numbers began rising in Bexar County, but the Mayor of San Antonio and the County Judge got a temporary restraining order against the Governor of Texas in order to implement a mask mandate for the area.  As of now, masks are required at schools.    

Masks save lives. That is a fact that has been verified by research. No more arguing about that, no more conspiracy theories about that.   

I confess that I am not a huge fan of masks.  In the heat, I feel like I can't breathe sometimes, and it freaks me out.  But I keep my mask on, because it is the right thing to do.  I get tired of all the idiots who are hollering about their 'freedoms' and particularly all of these hateful and angry people who come to school board meetings to scream and threaten people who just want their children to be safe.  

That is it.  

Parents just want their children to be safe. I want my child to be safe. My neighbors want their children to be safe.  My brother wants his child to be safe. Most parents want their children to be safe.  That is to be commended, not jeered.  And school is supposed to be a safe place.  How does that happen if a school cannot even take steps to protect their students because a governor is trying to impress a tiny minority of idiots who just want to scream at people?  Why is this such a hot button issue in the first place?  Knock it off, you guys.    

 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

It is Cold. Texas Cold.

Today, Texas is cold.  Not the kind of cold you are thinking of...COLD.  North Pole cold.  Polar bear cold.  There is ice on my car that has been there for TWO days. And it's not just here--the entire state is freezing. The coast is even closed.  Hear that?  THE GULF OF MEXICO IS CLOSED.  

Good times.

It hasn't made it above 32 in the past three days, and that never happens here in San Antonio.  I don't remember this kind of weather happening here since...1985.  That winter we got a foot plus of snow, and since there wasn't a snow plow in sight, the entire city shut down.  The northern portions of Texas are used to such events, so THEY have actual snowplows. San Antonio generally never gets below freezing more than a day or two every winter, and never for long.  

My husband is excited about the idea of snow.  My son is excited about the idea of snow.  Me, not so much. It's really difficult to love snow when you've had to shovel it, or constantly scrape ice of your car. Oh, it is pretty to look at, transforming a landscape that looks relatively dull in the winter to a magical, pristine wonderland.  Everything looks clean, at least until the dog gets out there, the kids have snow fights, and the exhaust from cars takes over.  

I'll take pictures of the event, mostly from my warm house.  I will get plenty of exercise running to "see" Larry and Zane play in the snow.  I may go outside. 

Maybe not.      

Friday, February 12, 2021

Not Today, Satan

Lately I've taken to haunting the local Dollar Trees.  My reason?  Cheap crafts, of course!  Where else can I find so many items that I can take home and look at while they collect dust?  Just kidding--what else can a Covid-confined chica like myself do while remaining inside and solitary for 90% of her weekend? Get crafty! I've been watching YouTube videos, and I'm dangerous. At the Dollar Tree, I can fill my basket full of stickers, delightful wooden shapes, yarn, and random crazy stuff, safe in the knowledge that I will spend no more than fifty bucks, at the most.  I've been sneaking over there at least once a week. I don't always buy stuff, but it is fun to look around.  

This afternoon found me with a little time, and off to the Dollar Tree I went.  I walked in and headed straight for some shadow boxes placed on an endcap.  As I turned the corner to walk the aisle, I noticed music playing.  That's nice, I thought. Then I realized that I was hearing the theme song from the movie The Exorcist.  

What?

I looked around, because even though it was only a movie, something scary could pop right up.  It was a ringtone on someone's phone. Whew!  It was only a coincidence, my hitting the craft aisle to that tune.  Or WAS it?  Just in case, I said a few Hail Marys and held onto my St. Benedict medal a minute.  No way was Satan, or whatever that demon in the Exorcist was called, going to keep me from duly enjoying my crafts.  No sir.  I picked up some cool stuff and headed home.  Look what I made!