Oy... what a day we've had around the hobbit-hole. (But more on that later)
It's hard to believe, but we are approaching the end of the A to z Challenge. When I signed up for this challenge, I really only wanted something to help distract me through the last few weeks of this pregnancy, but I have found that I have not only enjoyed the process, but have rekindled a desire to read some old favourites. I'm hoping that some day soon I might find the focus that I've lost and be able to read at something close to the speed I used to.
You see, the teachers unions in BC (the province to the west of us) have been battling for a new contract and have been holding some rotating work stoppages. Now teachers in some areas have been using a quote from Yertle to promote their cause. "I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we too should have rights" The quote seems appropos for those in the midst of a labour dispute.
But why this has made news is because some school districts have an issue with teachers using this quote on buttons and bumper stickers that are visible to students. They say that they don't want the students drawn into the politics of the situation.
Personally, I wonder what world the school districts live in where they think that the students aren't fully aware of what's going on. But, I'm not sure that teachers should be bringing the dispute into the classroom (wearing buttons with the quote).
Do you have an opinion about this? And whether you do or not, what's your favourite Seuss book?
Ok, back to 'oy'. We were up and out of the house by 9:30 this morning. We hit Costco first, and because it was still early, it was a breeze to get in and out of there (even though the bill at the end was ouchy). After a quick stop at home to dump things in the fridge and freezer, we then headed to our regular grocery store, and spent another ridiculous amount of money. Really, for the amount of money we spend on groceries, shouldn't someone come home with us to put them all away?
After lunch we went to work on repackaging the bulk packages of meat and I started my freezer cooking. I made 2 meatloaves (is that really a word?), 5 meals worth of meatballs, 2 meals of Garlic Balsamic Pork, and 4 meals worth of Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole. I also started on three other recipes that I will be finishing tomorrow. And I made dinner, and I did almost all my dishes from my crazy kitchen mess. I had to stop just shy of doing it all because my back started to rebel, in a very big way.
I also finished knitting the Halfling's baby blanket, and my Beloved got a start on putting together the Halfling's crib.
It's been one heck of a day. But even though my back is screaming at me, and I may not be up to going to church tomorrow morning, I'm happy with what we accomplished today. By the end of tomorrow I will have 30 dinner meals and 30+ breakfasts. I won't have to cook for a whole month!!! (Okay, I'll probably do a bit of cooking, but it's reassuring to know that I will have easy options)
Remember those wonderful burns I got on my hand back on Easter Sunday? Well, they've healed up nicely, but now I'm in that nasty gross reptile stage... my hand is peeling like crazy. Ick!