So, HTF, What Did You Do On Your Day Off?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | | |

Yesterday was a much-needed “vacation day” for me.  I decided to use the day to tag along with my son on his 4th grade class field trip to the state capital.  I had carefully considered the great time we’d have seeing the building and learning a bit about history and government.  I’d forgotten about the 3 hours of school bus time that I’d put in to get there and back.  I recently told you all about my own daily bus experience, so while I knew the trip might be a little different than the corporate bus, I was ready.  Well, without extreme detail I give you this comparison based on my 3+ hours on the school bus (3 hours = 76 days in adult time):


Hopefully that gives you a little feel for my “vacation” day on Tuesday.  Trust me, we did have a great time at the capital.  My little man even got to play the role of Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, which he handled well by ignoring the kids playing the lawyers and instead talked to the other mini-justices about video games.

Anyway, the ride into work this morning was pretty awesome, but the bus driver looked a bit confused when I hugged her…


  1. Pam says:

    Ah the joys of chaperoning fieldtrips. And being a parent volunteer in general.

  2. Emmy says:

    Yeah, I think I would have to be in an extremely hard and desperate place to ever want to be a school bus driver.

  3. Mary says:

    That is awesome! (That you hugged the bus driver!) Ok...I completely understand. That is why I have limited taking my Spanish 4 kids to a film festival and not more things...I can't stand the bus ride. Definitely take an ipod or other device to drown out the noise...not just the bus! :)

  4. Cindy B. says:


  5. JJ says:

    I found this post hilarious and entertaining (the visuals were pretty funny).

    Note to self: Never volunteer for a school activity that involves a bus. Room parties? Sure. Walks to WalMart? Why not (this actually was a field trip for some first graders in our school this year - there wasn't enough money for a bus). Trip to a faraway destination? I'm extremely busy that day.

    Thank you for educating the rest of us.

  6. CM says:

    Oozing Resentment - band name!

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