Thursday, August 23, 2007

The heat is on!

Once again we are under a heat emergency/excessive heat warning. Several of the schools in the older districts are closed due to no air conditioning and the heat yesterday was in the high 90's in the classrooms - and we weren't under a heat emergency yesterday. Today is supposed to be 102 with a heat index of 105-112. E and A have air conditioned schools, but I am guessing the bus ride home will be rather warm. Big E is supposed to have baseball practice tonight. I don't know if they will cancel or not.

Day 2 morning of school went off without a hitch and no last minute trips to school as of yet. There have been no tears, theirs or mine. I have only cried once on the first day of school and that was Big E's first day of 2nd grade when we moved to KS. I will never forget the look on his face the day I took him to his classroom. He was smiling but you could tell he was very nervous and unsure. I walked out of that building having left my child with 400 people I had never met before! It was a strange feeling. At least here we are familiar with the area, have met neighbors with kids at the same schools and on our bus and I have a longtime family friend working at Big E's school. When Big E got home he was all smiles. He said it was "one of the best days ever." Sous Chef also had a blast and they both made a few friends. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the entire school year goes this well.

On Tuesday, a friend that I worked with came over with her two children. Her daughter and Sous Chef are just a few classrooms away from one another at their building. We had fun. It was good to see and talk to her. Being that we both worked and then started to stay home with our children, something neither of us thought we would ever do, we have quite a bit in common.

Our city area seems to be in the national news a few times a year, usually for something negative. Recently, however, the area made the news again. A local store, Jungle Jim's (a super mega, international store) won first place for the "best restroom in America." See it at: . It beat out a restaurant in VA, a lounge in the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, a museum in VT and restaurant in Flushing, MI. Who even knew there was a contest for top bathrooms in the country?

I have been doing fairly well with our organic/natural food shopping. I decided I would try to buy organic products for the things we use the most: produce, milk, eggs and meat. For chicken, I am happy using Tyson or Perdu. While it's not certified organic, the poultry is free of antibiotics, hormones and steroids. I have not found organic pork, but I will keep looking. I am also trying some different organic pastas since we do seem to eat a lot of that, too. I still have not made it to Wild Oats as the grocery stores do a great job of having large selections of organic items.

That's about all I have for today. We have been officially added to our old neighborhood's playgroup roster and we will go to playgroup tomorrow.

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