My annual "last day of school" post.

Tonight I rented a movie for the kids, to celebrate, and to cheer them up because Ice had to unexpectedly spend another night out of town. It's hard to find something that will appeal to all of them, given the age range, so I finally settled on Bridge to Terabithia. We couldn't watch it though because the disc had a huge scratch on it. The menu came up but choosing "play movie" led to "Error. Check disc." Using scene selection worked for a few minutes but then it froze and we couldn't get past the third scene. When I took it back to the store, J asked if they had another copy (small town, small store, small selection). The girl said they did but that it was also damaged. She let us choose another movie but what the hell is wrong with people? It's been out on DVD for what, a week? Is it really so hard to be careful with how you treat things? Particularly things that don't belong to you? Sheesh.

This has been a strange week for me. L finished her exams last Friday so she's been home every day and staying up later at night. So, to me, it felt like summer vacation had already started and it was extra hard to go to bed at a reasonable hour.

Earlier in the month, on one of the hottest days, I went with J and his gifted class to the Toronto Zoo. The kids had a great time. Me, not so much.

A piece of advice: if you visit the zoo on a day when it is 8000°C (approx.), I would recommend that you skip the Canadian Domain. The grizzly bears were cool but you know how on the map (top right) it says "steep hill"? THEY'RE NOT KIDDING. Damn thing nearly killed me. I honestly didn't think I was going to make it to the top.

In anticipation of the trip, I cleared the memory card for my camera. I thought I'd take lots and lots of pictures but ended up with very few because many of the animals were hiding from the heat (who could blame them?). Even the animatronic dinosaur display was only partially working due to power issues caused by the heat.

I was in bed that night before midnight and my brain still felt foggy the next morning. If you'd asked me immediately after if I would go back again (I had been there once before when I was a kid), I would have said, "NEVER". The next day I would have said the same thing. But now, with some distance, I would probably agree to go again. But never on a day that hot.

Posted by Ripley on June 28, 2007 | Tags: movies, school trips, summer