Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Allergy Season

Fresh when it gets here from Julie Barrett
Monday, March 25, 2024

I've been reading that allergy season hit North Texas early this year. My sinuses agree! 

I woke up feeling kind of icky this morning, but I had some things to do before lunch and plowed through. This afternoon I feel as though I've been hit by a truck.

Sigh. I suppose I should have worn a dust mask in the craft room today. My big job was installing a replacement set of shelves over part of the sewing table. I kicked up dust - both of the regular and plaster varieties. But it sure looks good!

Soon I can leave the house and do some grocery shopping. I hate driving during school zone hours, if I can absolutely help it because I have to go through one to get to/from the store. The kids are generally pretty good at watching for traffic. It's the entitled parents that drive me up the wall. I did six years of carpooling at that school and several years on the PTO, trying to help direct traffic before and after school on peak days. One driver screamed at me and threatened to tell the principal. Fine. He was the one who sent the crew out to keep traffic moving. I'm sure he would like to hear your complaint, parent. Don't forget to park your car in the carpool lane while you go in. There was almost always some parent who got there 20 minutes before school was out, and invariably, their kid was 15 or 20 minutes getting out the door. Then there were the parents who would drop their kid off at the door and watch as they went up the steps, and inside the door, watching through the windows until their child vanished. Then it was okay to move along. And don't get me started on the parents who held up the carpool lane to write a check for lunch money. 

The school has since been rebuilt and now there are extra lanes and doors for dropping off/picking up kids. It makes a difference. But dang, is it really okay to block traffic on the side street with your car while you wait for the line to move? The parents who figured out (and/or listened to instructions from the school) to line up along the right side of the street so traffic can get through have my undying thanks.

I'm looking at a batch of stuff in my inbox to take care of. I am not going to make at least one person happy, judging from the subject line. You see, I'm going to delegate - and ask them to do the job or delegate it. I'll show them how to do it, but I have a feeling it's going to be beneath them. This is a thing I've written about on Facebook and need to write about here. 

But in the meantime, the school zone is almost done for the day, so I'll go and grab some dinner noms.

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