**Dear Men of Japan: If you're going to pretend your neighbourhood committee meeting is really arduous and deserving of a おつかれさま "you must be tired" probably best not to sway in three hours later, red faced and incomprehensible, and fall asleep on the floor in front of the fire. Just a tip.**
Back to regular programming:
I only work three Saturday's a month and today was my day off.
So after a late start to the morning skyping rellies we had a big cook up for brekky- Amy and Meg made the omelette, Amy on eggs and milk and Meg on mushrooms and spinach and Mummy got to do onions and had to enforce the parent card to get to be the one to cook it- such a party pooper but you know gas stove and all that... anyway after brekky we decide to walk to the primary school for Meg to practice and me to be a little more reassured she has the road safety skills to manage it. Opened the door and the snow had turned to rain but you know, she needs to walk on rainy days, too so off we went.
We made it there in 35 minutes. Amazing. I was puffed as I had been half jogging trying to keep up with M who skipped the entire way there. Poor Amy was over it about 1/3 of the way there and ended up far behind walking/ being carried by K.
The walk home was a different story altogether. All of a sudden Meg's (empty) school bag was too heavy, her shoes were too small and she was too tired to walk. It wasn't fair Amy was being carried (Amy had fallen asleep on K's back by now) and she didn't want to walk home at all.
An hour and 5 minutes of coaxing, distracting, beseeching, reasoning and pleading later we made it home having bribed her with a can of carbonated stuff from the vending machine at the corner of our block. That machine has saved umpteen walks up the mountain from turning nightmarish. I know bribery is bad and bribery involving fizzy sugar water is horrendous but, you know, it works.
Anyway, we were all pretty tired after the walk and so I decided a nice quiet time activity would be labelling all Meg's school stuff. Oh ha ha ha, funny me! That was just so much fun- all the requirements, the exact sizes, the places and ways to name things, the two little helpers....
Luckily friend and neighbour A dropped in with some calendars for the girls to use as drawing paper and we had a coffee and a good moan about how crazy the whole bloody school preparation thing is. Very cathartic.
K went in to work to do something and the girls went out and played in the dwindling snow in the rain. I put on knee high rainboots and squelched around in the revoltingly muddy chook cage trying to fix the fallen in roof.
We all headed in when it began to get dark and the girls and I had dinner while K went off to his very grueling meeting. (See above).
And that was the Saturday that was.