Saturday, May 09, 2009

More Apple Whine

I've been away from blogging for quite awhile now. I was sick enough to be miserable but not sick enough to miss work for a couple of weeks and then things (mostly work) simply got so stressful that I basically stopped doing anything I didn't have too. Instead I've spent hours in the garden, read a few novels and become addicted to Peggle.

We normally keep our routes from year to year, however due to a change I'm not sure I can talk about yet, all of our routes for next year went up for bid. The not knowing what we were going to get was stressful for everyone. Some of the drivers will be loosing a 1/4 of their hours and others are loosing overtime that they have come to count on. Bidding is finally over and I am quite relieved that I will have routes very similar to what I have this year and will retain 40-45% of my students. Knowing that I will be loosing so many has made me quite sad, as I've had my routes for five years.

We also had to move into our new facility before it was finished. I'm thrilled for our mechanics that they have such a great garage to work in. We've all been told not to say anything negative because it will be great once it's done, and I'm sure it will be. It is much larger than than the very old and cramped space that we've left behind. I anticipate loosing lots of weight walking up and down the giant hill gentle slope that we now park on. I hope the flat tire I got from a screw in the new parking lot was a one time thing.

There have been lots of other little things that by themselves don't amount to much but so many, so close together just piled up. I've found myself angry over things that normally I'd just shrug off. Hopefully with things starting to sort themselves out things will get back to normal - and so will I.


  1. Change gets harder every year, at least I think so. Hang on and hang in, and if all else fails, drink the whine!

  2. Changes are always tough. At least you kept several of your 'old' kids. Hopefully they are the well behaved ones. It's amazing how attached you can become to them all. I feel like my bus kids are just an extended part of my family, and enjoy watching them in sports and seeing their name in the paper on the honor roll.

  3. I'm feeling blue for you. And for me too. I finally gave in and went for physical therapy for my back injury (from last Feb.) only to have made things worse. I'm in more pain now than I was before therapy and I don't know what to do next. :-(

    On the bright side, the condo is coming along nicely :-) This next weekend will be our last official "work weekend" before we knock for the summer. I'm looking forward to relaxing... not that I'm doing much more than that now, LOL!

    Hang in there, friend. We have better days ahead of us!

  4. Sorry to hear you've had a rough time, Apple, but glad you're at least going to be keeping some of your old gang. I know how attached you become to them. They're lucky to have a bus driver who really cares about them.
    Thank heavens you have the garden for therapy. It's the best kind :)
    Warmer weather on the way....yay! Enough already of this cold north wind. I won't be sad to see the end of it!