August is here and, from this educator's perspective, it has arrived far too soon. This is the month that truly marks the end of summer vacation. While I still have plenty of days left, I can no longer avoid checking my school email and it is highly likely that someone is going to want me at a meeting at some point over the next couple of weeks. I also have to start reviewing those lessons I tucked away in June for future reference to see if I can remember why on earth I thought they were such a grand idea for the kids. Then there is that dreaded trip into the classroom to put it all together and finally admit that it is really and truly over.
I miss July. July is the month where I get to avoid thinking about all that stuff. However, since there is nothing I can do about it at the moment, I will go ahead with the Wednesday Night Bullet Post. Bullet points are ever so festive and distracting, after all!
*The weather has taken a truly delightful turn. So cool and pleasant! Such a nice change from the heatwave!
*Of course it is also a reminder of the autumn temperatures to come, but I think this is a sacrifice I am willing to make after what this summer put me through.
*Guess who shouldn't have complained about not making much progress on the sock?
*That'd be me.
*Knit the foot an inch too long and now must rip back lest I have socks that don't feel exactly the same.
*Socks must feel exactly the same. Must.
*I go crazy if they don't.
*Guess I was making more progress than I thought...
*Left the stupid, non-conforming sock at home today so I could go do my weekly Visit With The Vegetables.
*I am making salsa tomorrow.
*I have already peeled and chopped the 'maters because that is the job that makes me want to leap out the window.
*Messy. Pulpy. Slimy.
*Don't feel like making salsa after that.
*But, if it's already done, then I am simply giddy about the making of the salsa!
*I have enough for three pints which seems like very little product for all that tomato goo on my counters but I enjoyed having homemade salsa last winter so I'm going for it.
*I like it in scrambled eggs.
*I also liked my homemade relish but I don't need to make that again because I already did it.
*No reason for mentioning that. I just felt like telling someone that I made relish again this year.
*I have mixed feelings about not taking any of the celebratory cupcakes home after my parents' anniversary party.
*We had leftovers. They were good cupcakes.
*I miss those cupcakes.
*But I think I did the right thing in leaving them behind.
*Sometimes I hear them crying out for me, but that might just be a cupcake delusion.
*My parents took the cake top home so no comments about stealing confections from them!!!
*God...the more I say, "cupcakes" the worse the compulsion gets!!!
*Need to think about something else. Like the awesome fresh onions I picked up today.
*And the summer squash I got last week but didn't eat.
*Should eat that instead of cupcakes.
*Would be nice to not have to buy an entire new wardrobe for school this year...
*The phone just rang. Was hoping it was the doctor's office since I am out of meds and she is on vacation this week.
*Need that prescription. They are working on getting it together for me.
*Has to be on paper. Can't be called in per order of the government.
*I guess I should have thought about people taking vacations in August.
*Isn't everyone thinking about work right now????
*Not the doc's office. Just someone who wanted to hang up on me.
*With few days left as a full-time reader, I am doing my best to put away the pages.
*Finished The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart.
*Bad people come to a bad end.
*That is as it should be even if you maybe found yourself cheering for them a little bit over the course of the novel.
*Quiet cheering that no one else could hear because, well...they are VERY BAD PEOPLE!
*And they are not alone, it seems.
*Johannes Cabal the Necromancer is not very nice either.
*Yet, every once in a while you see this little glimmer of hope for him and you get all excited.
*He never seems to be able to stay the course for long.
*Apparently, I was firmly entrenched in some sort of anti-hero thing for a while there. Besides, the poor guy has issues and maybe even a good reason for why he is how he be.
*Johannes Cabal the Detective was unavoidable.
*In spite all the character flaws, once can't help but love this guy. I'm a sucker for a witty cad, it would seem...
*Now I'm reading The Magicians: A Novel.
*Here's a book where you can almost literally see the author waving to you gaily from the corner of the page as he shouts, "Hi! I blatantly ripped off Harry Potter and the Narnia books and have no guilt about that whatsoever! Enjoy!!!"
*And you know what?
*I DO enjoy! It was a best seller for a reason and this adult version of YA novels works brilliantly.
*No. There is no Hogwarts. And I've yet to see the appearance of a magical wardrobe. It's not that much of a carbon copy.
*But the influences are clear and the book is all the better for that being put right out there.
*Am hoping to read The Magician King: A Novel before the curtain closes on this summer vacation 'o mine!
Yes, it is time for me to start cranking through a lot of the stuff I wanted to get finished this summer. It is going to go faster from this point on, if past years are any indication. I honestly don't know how that happens but it does.
Part of the cruel plan, I think...
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