I was working at the Toyoshina school.
It's a fabulous school with HEAPS of space and a really cool layout.
I love the days I teach there as I have my little kids room set up just so and there are enough rooms there that I am beginning to think I am the only teacher who uses it as it is always just the way I left it which suits a control freak like me just perfectly!
Anyway, we have offstreet parking for the mums. Most classes the kids are just dropped off but I teach the real littlies where the mums often choose to hang around and watch. As they often step in and ask their kids to settle down I'm all for this system as I get to be good cop and still have a harmonious and productive classroom.
So on my class days a lot of people use the carpark.
And the problem with the carpark is that it collects snow.
And it's surrounded by buildings so it doesn't get a lot of sunlight and tends to hoard its snow.
And it turns out that it was a misunderstanding on my part that if we are paying to rent car parking spaces the landlord would keep them in working and usable condition as part of our fee.
That still seems very reasonable to me.
But alas, it doesn't work that way and one of the tasks when I get to the school is to shovel the carpark.
Not just me of course, all the teachers do this and I have been really lucky and it has been someone else shovelling before me each time I've taught so far.
The fabulously fun and friendly Canadian teacher turned out to be fabulously generous as well and went over and shovelled a couple of weeks ago when there was a huge dump even though it was my day to teach. Ohhh what a guy, right? Canadians are keepers!
So, anyway, I was all set to shovel. Wore my snow boots, waterproof jacket and waterproof gloves, grabbed the snow shovel, made one giant scooping motion to clear a big path and-
What exactly do you do with the snow you clear?
I have cleared snow at home.
Admittedly only occasionally but I have done it. And I just heave the snow anywhere as I only need a path for walking and the rest doesn't matter.
But a whole carpark? If I make little paths the way I usually do I will end up moving the same snow again and again and again....
Went for a little walk to see how the neighbouring carparks were looking.
Seems large snow mountains in the corners are the way to go.
Back to it.
Heaving snow over a distance was a lot more of a job than I was expecting!
My snowboots got soggy and wet in the wet snow and my socks were soon soggy too.
My waterproof jacket was sweltering.
My snowpiling was going well but I couldn't see the little parking signs anymore and couldn't remember how many carparks we have out there.... and how wide each one should be...
Realised how much of a princess I've been so far and sent up thanks and apologies to K and the fabulous Canadian.
I only had 20 minutes to shovel as I needed to go in and get ready to teach but I got this far:
Pretty good for a (reformed- well reforming) princess, hey?