First of all, while I love living here in Seattle, there are some things I do miss about Texas. I miss my friends, of course, and I miss the larger, cheaper apartment I had there, and I miss good Mexican food.
While I haven't (and won't) find a replacement for my friends, and the cost of living is not going down, I have found a way to assuage the pain from time to time.
McDonald's is selling sweet tea.
Now those of you from Yankee Land (also known as Places With Actual Seasons) won't understand sweet tea. It's not sweetened iced tea, it's sweet tea. It's different. It tastes like syrup, and it's impossible to duplicate at home, but it is a magical, mystical, memory juice when I'm feeling down and a little homesick (can you be homesick for a place that you never considered "home?").
And this week I am feeling a little ragged. I am pretty sure that my district has the LATEST SPRING BREAK IN THE WORLD. Our spring break is not until next week.
So this is the Longest Week Ever.
Combine the usual teacher drag at this time of year with the fact that it has been rainy and cold for longer than usual this winter, and add that to the fact that I have been working 2-4 nights a week and working with a dance team for Multicultural Week (more on that later), plus throw in the dance this Friday that I have to chaperone and I am dog-tired.
I can't wait for next week. 9 fabulous days of teenaged-angst-free days and then only 10 more weeks of school, followed by 2 months of glorious weather.
I can't wait.