Ugh… sore throat!

It’s amazing how busy a person can be even when one isn’t working. Anyone who bashes people who are SAHMs or SAHDs by choice are really off the mark!

Yesterday, I started the day with getting my daughter ready for school (as usual). One minute after I returned from walking her to school, the phone rang. It was the parent who is in charge of the Ice Cream Fundraiser. It seems that she forgot (?) to pick up the check from the PTO treasurer for the ice cream order that was to be delivered. I spent 10 minutes or so getting her calmed down.

Then I called the other PTO leader and spent another hour or so on the phone with her, getting things ready for the PTO meeting on Tuesday. It’s going to be a nightmare. Lots of angry parents and very few who really want to put their efforts into trying to fix things. It’s better this year than ever before, so we’ll see what happens. I know that I do not want to sit through a hour or more long gripe session and still have no plans for resolution by the time we are done. Agenda, agenda, agenda!

Someone tell me again. WHY did I want to do this? Oh yeah. My daughter’s school needs help. Desperately!

Later in the afternoon, we went over to the school to help our daughter and the rest of the Brownies plant bulbs. Three hundred bulbs! The principal wanted them planted in neat little lines. It took about 20 minutes before we said, “Oh, that’s a bad idea!” The girls were getting frustrated because the ground was hard to dig with their little trowels. And there weren’t enough adults to go running from girl to girl to dig the holes for them. So we punted. Hubby ran back to the house to get our big shovel. One of the parents ran back to theirs to get two more. After that, we were in business! After over 3 hours, though, we still hadn’t planted them all. (I’m highly skeptical that there weren’t far more than 300 bulbs there!) But we knew we had done lots and were running out of daylight (and patience). The Brownies love to work, but that was too much for a bunch of 6, 7, 8, and 9 year olds.

The Brownie leader and I think we might go back to finish it on Monday. Since the Brownie leader is also the other PTO leader, maybe we’ll finish the agenda while we’re at it.

On the way out of the school parking lot, a teacher came out of one of the mobiles looking really frustrated. Her car had died and there wasn’t anyone around to help her. Hubby had already gone home with the shovel and gardening equipment by then, so I offered to help her. Other than having problems opening our car hoods (hers wouldn’t open and I couldn’t find the doo-hicky to hold mine open), it was a cinch!

We are women. Hear us roar!

After showering off a combination of dirt and grease, we went to work on the gifts for the cheerleading team moms. Fortunately, I had bought most of the stuff months ago, but for some reason, we hadn’t finished them yet. We bought some of those insulated coffee mugs that allow you to insert pictures. But we also added little paper chearleading dolls, some words, and some stars. They turned out really cute, and Ellie was so proud of her work!

We’re going to be having another busy day today. The cheerleading banquet is from 10:30 to 3. And then we’re going to see Harry Potter and the Scorcerer’s Stone at around 4. Ellie is so excited. Last night, before she went to bed, she was counting down the hours until she could see it.

But now my throat is extremely sore. I really can’t get sick today. Too much to do and no time to rest. I fear it will be one of those days when I have to mentally whack myself and say “You go, girl!”

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