Woooo Hoooo?!! CardioGirl?!!! Look what Em got--some snappy new Converse. With sea creatures! Aren't they just fabulous? I broke down and got my 40-something year-old feet some bumblebee ones, but I'll save that photo for another day.
My pally, CardioGirl is known for her Converse low-tops--each day she posts a pair for us to admire. So, she kinda started the whole trend of them being the hot item for your tootsies. Thanks, CG, for awakening our feet to such loveliness.
I'm off on a field trip today. Yep, my very last field trip! Hooray! I hate field trips.
I hate the bus. I hate the creepy kids that I have to keep track of. I hate the other field trip moms. I hate the office ladies and their b*tchy attitude when I have to check in. And I hate how little time you actually get to spend at wherever the field trip takes me. And I really, really hate that bus. But I go, and I go with a big giant fake smile on my face. And a cute outfit on because it annoys the crud out of the other field trip moms.
Today's adventure takes us to the lakefront and the Planetarium. I usually like the Planetarium because they have this cool show where you lie back in really comfortable chairs and they light up the faux domed sky above with constellations and stuff. I love to see them light up the various stars and tell the stories of ancient times and beliefs of what the clusters of stars are supposed to mean. Most of the time I don't see the form until they connect the dots and I'm thinking "Where the hell did they come up with that??". But it is relaxing and I don't have to worry that someone has wandered off because I think they lock they doors behind you so nobody escapes during movie time. And it is quiet. And I can probably close my eyes for a second or two. And nobody will know. Except me and now, you.
Problem comes in when the teacher tells me we aren't going to the movie. Crud. Now I'm stuck looking at light-up displays and photos of planets and stars while I'm keeping the third eye poised for escapees. It's not so bad now that the kids are older, but I'm thinking the 8th graders from Thugs-R-Us Middle School are probably back to ditching the chaperone again. (There's only a month left at this school.... for FOREVER! Can you tell that I'm anxious to get out of there?) I'm hoping I just get Em and her friends for my group--I'm used to to their shennanigans, although that stupid giggling stuff really grates on my nerves.
So, after the 40 minute drive into the city, on a school bus (ack!), the 3o minutes of getting off the bus, getting organized, and then finally entering the Planetarium--I figure we'll have about 22 minutes to explore the vast building. That's when we spend another 30 minutes finding everyone again, boarding the bus and heading to the restaurant.
Em says we are going to Rain Forest Cafe for lunch. Give that teacher points for convincing the school board that this is actually educational. Or more fitting--fire that school board for actually allowing these kids to miss yet another day of teaching for a trip to a restaurant that has robotronic animals and waterfalls thinking that could possibly pass as a lesson for today.
I'm sure we'll probably spend more time at the Cafe than at the Planetarium, but who cares? I'll sit with the kids, cracking up about whatever and eat my lunch. It's supposed to be a lovely day--up into the 80's (!!) and we'll be by the lakefront. It sure beats doing laundry and vacuuming on the homefront.
Em was really excited to have me going with on a last trip together.
"Thanks for going, Mom." she says wistfully. "I can't wait--I love the Planetarium and all those plants."
Huh?! I look at her to see if she's joking. She's semi-not joking and I'm freaked out by this straight A, tied for #1 in her class, high honor roll kid.
"Uh, Em? It's the PLANETARIUM we're going to."
"Yeah. Don't they have like plants and flowers and stuff there?"
"Oh. That's what Hannah said too. She says it's all about planets."
"She's right, Em. Tell me you're kidding me..."
"Not really. But I don't care, I like planets too. What's the plant place called?"
"The Botanic Gardens, Em."
Criminy, it's gonna be a long day.