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I finally scored my very first-out-of-district field trip. Another new bus driver from my class last summer got the same trip, too, so the day before the trip I picked her up in my car and we drove the route... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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You know how life gets busy (like shoe shopping, above) and you lose touch with friends and relatives (other than watching each other's facebook posts)? Well, April turned out to be a month to reconnect with a lot of people... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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The new washer and dryer arrived and I got caught up on 2 weeks worth of laundry. At first the girls were all excited to help with the laundry, for the excitement of pressing buttons on the new machines, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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This is what happens when you go on errands in the Seattle area during the Super Bowl ... Everyone else is in front of a screen watching, so you have the road to yourself! Never seen the town so deserted!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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Just before Christmas our family grew by one when Little K's friend came to live with us. She stayed with us into January, for about 4 weeks. The girls shared K's room with bunk beds, and enjoyed dressing in semi-matching... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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In January I began "subbing," as in filling in on routes when the regular driver was out sick or on an extended field trip. From October 1 through December 20th I was in the "mentor driving" phase, where I was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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When the School District anticipates a snow day, a robo-call goes out to all the school bus drivers at 5am, telling them to report to work at the usual time, or a little earlier. As a new driver, oddly enough... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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We brought our neighbors along this year when we went to the tree farm. It was cold and frosty, but refreshingly clear for a Pacific Northwest winter day. The girls and Grammy in red and black, on our way to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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In anticipation of leaving the mentor driving phase, with an assigned route, and going into the "sub pool" in January, where each day I'll have to drive a new and unknown route on short notice, I decided to spend a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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When my parents bought their house in the summer of 1965 it came with a ten foot deep in-ground swimming pool. They didn't realize it at the time, but it was just a hole in which to throw money. For... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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Fall went by quickly, at least for me. On October 1st I began driving students and getting up at 4:30am to get to the bus base early. I came home between shifts to rest my eyes and eat lunch, then... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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It's no secret that I drag my daughters all over the world for unique cultural and educational experiences. Today's fun was had at a commercial composting facility, the destination for yard waste and food scraps collected from residences and businesses... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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After 3 weeks of driving my first training route I was sent to the smaller satellite base to spend a week with each of 2 different special needs drivers. My first week I was paired with a woman who had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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I completed bus driver training. I passed the test and now had my CDL with school bus and passenger endorsements. Before transporting kids the district had one more test for me: the solo drive. I'd spend one day looking at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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This post shows a few of the things we did before summer ended. The neighborhood church is still under construction, but they had a summer festival out in the parking lot. The fire department came with a truck and "christened"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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This post is the next chapter in the story of how I reentered the workforce and began a new career after "staying home" with my children. You can read the first post about my finding this job here, part one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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In the midst of my starting school bus driver training, the Humane Society called. A mother cat and her 1 week old kittens needed a quiet home to grow and gain weight in until they were ready for adoption. There... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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My husband left his job and with that went our dental and vision insurance (we're self-paying an obscene amount for health coverage through COBRA for 18 months). Before our coverage expired we had a flurry of appointments, and found out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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This post is the next chapter in the story of how I reentered the workforce and began a new career after "staying home" with my children. You can read the first post about my finding this job here, and part... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at kandas-adventures
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This post is the next chapter in the story of how I reentered the workforce and began a new career after "staying home" with my children. You can read the previous post here. After passing my 4 different written tests... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2013 at kandas-adventures
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Back in July when my husband announced he was leaving his job, with no intention of working again, the pressure was on for me to get a job, and fast. I used to work in medical administration, and for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at kandas-adventures
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Do you see the sleeping lady? Her profile, lying there facing upward toward the sky? We finally heeded her siren call and returned to the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort for some R&R. We had been before, in winter, and in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at kandas-adventures
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My mother always wanted to travel when she retired, but by the time she was financially able to leave her job, her disabilities prevented independent travel. She still drives all over the city of Seattle, chauffeuring friends and acquaintances who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2013 at kandas-adventures
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What kid wouldn't want to go to camp at a sewage treatment plant? Well, maybe this kid. But, since her best friend was going, and this was Little K's last opportunity to attend daycamp (next year she'll be "too old"),... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at kandas-adventures
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For mid-sommer my husband enjoys making Grav-Lax out of wild Alaskan salmon. It takes 3 days of salting, chilling, and pressing. I love being able to fill my plate with greens harvested directly from the garden. My stepdaughter is at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at kandas-adventures