Saturday, June 29, 2013

Would a Ham Sandwich Make You Cry?

There are a lot of things that can make a person cry, but a ham sandwich?

Abby has been at gymnastics camp this week.  She's there from 8:30am until 3pm.  That's a long day for her.  She's the type of kid, who everyday after Kindergarten needed quiet time in her room to veg out and re-energize.  She's never been at something this intense for this duration.  She's also a 'young-five' as they call them, so she's a younger than most of the kids in camp.

I worked from home on Thursday so I was able to pick her up.  She hasn't been eating her full lunch so of course that is one of things I asked her about after we got in the car.

Me: "Abby, did you eat your lunch today"
Abby: "No Mommy, it looked like ham"
Abby: then in full on, end of the world screaming, "I don't like hhhhhaaaaaaammmmmmm!!!!"

Then she started crying, uncontrollably.

I mixed up their lunches this morning and packed the wrong one for Abby.  The poor thing is so tired after camp she's having trouble keeping her wits about her.  I really don't blame her and she's generally very well behaved.

Some days I feel like screaming "I don't like (fill in the blank)" at the top of my lungs while at work.  How do you think that would go over?

Art and circus camp is on tap for next week.  She is so excited for it.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ignoring These Resulted in Abundance

Simply put, we are not good gardeners, not good at all.  The things that grow the best are the ones we ignore...

Last year we planted strawberries and had at most 10 ripe strawberries.  During fall, winter and spring, we ignored them.  Why bother putting time into something that didn't bear fruit.

There's a life lesson in this story somewhere.

The girls and I spent some time in the back yard this evening, to eat dinner, water our herbs and tomatoes and enjoy the nice weather.  I've kind of ignored the strawberries, but noticed them tonight.

Aren't they lovely?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Is This Normal in Other Parts of the Country - Bus Brigades?

Abby is in summer camp this week.  Her very first summer camp experience ever!  She’s so excited about it and is having fun, spending 6 hours a day doing gymnastics.  Well maybe a few breaks, lunch and an art project thrown in.  

Her summer camp drop-off changes my commute.  Instead of driving up the pristine, beautiful and traffic-less 280, I’m stuck on 101 with what seems like the rest of the bay area, all at the same time.  And there was an accident today too.

I did notice something as I was driving along, in much greater volume than my mellow 280 drive.  Charter bus after charter bus, with either explicit call outs of the companies these buses were taking people to or semi-cryptic code names or none at all.  I must have seen 60+ charter buses ushering people to their jobs, all in a 10 mile stretch.  Here are some of the ones I saw:

GBUS: Google buses, there are a gazillion of these
MPK: assuming this is Facebook, using my Inspector Gadget kills
Cisco: pretty straight forward
Genentech: pretty straight forward
LinkedIn: again, pretty straight forward
Y!: Yahoo buses and they are purple too!
There were also a handful of unlabeled buses; I do wonder where they are taking people to!

It’s not unusual for companies to enlist the services of these charter bus companies to get workers to their jobs.  A lot of people want to live in San Francisco, but don’t want to travel via car to work 30 miles south into the heart of the Silicon Valley.  In the case of where I work, we hire these buses to take people from the South Bay north to our offices for the 30-40 mile drive.  These buses are seen as an employee perk.  

Are these bus brigades typical in other parts of the country or only here?