September 21-26

It’s 5:33 am…yes, it’s that early and I’m sitting on the edge of my side of the bed with feet planted on the floor. My eyes are still closed and I’m trying to convince my brain to work in tandem with my body. The problem lately with getting myself up and about is due to the drop in temperature in this room, well, in the whole house. The air conditioner is not on, so… Damn it, Summer is gone. The first week of Fall is here and I am already chilled to the bone. Yes, I have pulled out my flannel pajamas (sorry Honey!). I keep hearing how Autumn is a time of natural transitions, the beautiful new colors reminding us that change can be a wondrous thing. We accept the shedding of the old to prepare for the next stage. Many women (sans myself) are all excited about planning their new season outfits. The boots, the sweaters, a reason to buy a brand new coat. (Cha-ching for credit card companies). Most men just relieved they will be spared the sweaty mess under their suit and ties thanks to the crisp cool air. So in honor of “the need for change” theme, everyone below should get with the program.

1. The public school system needs to change their ways of planning events during work hours. This has been my experience with them since my 17-year-old started school and still going on with my now recent Kindergartener. Really, I can’t keep cutting my days short for assemblies, science fairs, back to school night, parent/teacher conferences, book fair family night, project presentations and PTO meetings (I’m sure I missed some other event here).  All working folks, parent or not, need to complete their 40 hour work week. And please don’t excuse this if one parent doesn’t work. The working parent still has a right to make it to all of their kids events. And yes, commuting time comes into the equation. Have some empathy and maybe we can vote to have this changed at the next PTO meeting. Well, if I can take off early that day. All in favor raise your hand and say “Aye”.

2. We live in an age of “advanced” technology and yet we still can’t get proper reception either on our phones or television? Every time that stupid little hourglass shows up on my phone screen, my internal Mr. Hyde wants to take over, or is it my internal Hulk? I’m sure there is some tech nerd out there that has a true solution. If Verizon figured it out then Sprint needs to follow suit.

3. Toilet seats. Yes, I said toilet seats. The ones we buy for our homes. Its frustrating every time I sit on the throne (yes, throne for I am the Queen) and my rear shifts to the side because the darn seat has become loose, AGAIN. I don’t want to do my business while trying to keep balance. And this is not the moment to tighten those plastic screws UNDERNEATH. I want to go in and out and not have an unsteady experience. Someone needs to change this. There has to be a better way.

4. English muffin companies, I don’t care what brand, need to consider packaging their muffins already separated. In the morning rush it’s very frustrating to have to “fork” through my muffin to get the perfect nook and cranny experience. The half ratio is usually off with one side becoming oddly small making it more prone to burning or not having enough surface to butter. Enough with this morning madness!

That’s it for this week. Happy leaf raking?! You see, nothing good about Autumn.

— Elke

3 thoughts

  1. With you completely on the school/work balance, the toilet seats (who makes those flimsy screw/nut wobbly things anyway?), and the English muffins (I pity the poor bakers who have to par-bake them separately, then tack in little bits of unbaked dough and re-bake the things to create that weird random semi-perforation around the edges… What a horribly inefficient method of food manufacture…). You use a fork to separate them? Wow, that’s four times more dangerous than me using the angry end of a carving knife to do it.
    Maybe switch to crumpets… do you even have crumpets over there?

    1. I would like to share with you the following straight from the faq portion of the Thomas’ website itself. Cutting it with a knife leaves you short of the amazing experience of extremely deep nook and crannies. You’ll thank me later. You’re welcome.

      About Thomas’®
      What’s the best way to toast and cut open an English muffin?
      First, use your hands. Find a crease on the side and pull the muffin apart. If you prefer, you can use your fork. Just poke a hole in three sides of the muffin with a fork and pull apart. Do not use a knife. This cuts away the delicious “Nooks & Crannies” texture. Place each side of the English muffin in separate toaster slots to toast all sides evenly. See our How To page for further detail.

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