I decided against being an actual lunch lady (instead I’m going to do something else see bottom). I hope that doesn’t disappoint you guys too much. It was a great idea but here’s why it’s not feasable:
I’m wrecked. The blog project has been a huge undertaking in addition to all my other responsibilities. I’m not getting a lot of sleep and I’m not eating that great (ahem). I need to rest, to eat right, and to exercise. It became obvious over the past month or so that I don’t have the energy to actually work through the summer.
Our budget can’t cover full-time childcare during the summer. Plus I don’t want our kid to spend every day at daycare during the summer. It’s nice for us to have some time together at home and doing things in the community. We can afford a couple days a week of care so we’ll do that for socialization and for me to volunteer with kids.
I didn’t want to be an employee this summer (see number one). Working as a lunch lady is not about “the money” but instead it’s about the experience, which I can get as a volunteer. Plus an employee has to stick to a schedule and get vacations approved. Sorry to say but I’m going on vacation this summer. Do not try to stop me!
HOWEVER I’m going to be volunteering a couple days a week working with kids…and there will be food there too. But it’s not being a lunch lady. I’ll write a series about what I’m doing over the summer when I’m actually doing it.
To recap — my summer plans include:
1) Volunteering — to be detailed more in July and August
2) Being a cell phone journalist — (what I do best) taking pictures of children’s food environment and blogging about it
3) Being a Mommy — need I say more?
4) Taking a break from school lunches!
And Wednesday is the last school day with students and Friday is my last day of work… So close! Fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly….I’m still going to be paranoid until Friday rolls around!