I am absolutely stunned to suddenly find myself in the last week of summer vacation. It's been a long one this year. We got out early and are going back later than usual. That said, the whole thing seems to have passed in a blur.
My sudden and obsessive need to Finish All Things Or Die Trying continues unabated, but I fear I might be reaching the point where a bit of a sit down is in order. Since I've been able to reset my router enough to make internet happen for a while, I'll kick back and enjoy a nice Wednesday Night Bullet Post. Maybe that will be enough to reset my internal router and let me stop with the "doing of stuff" for a little while...
*I've been doing stuff.
*Today should have been Farmer's Market Day, but it wasn't.
*I was obsessed with doing stuff and decided that trip would be more stuff than I could handle.
*Fear not. I went last Saturday. I got tomatoes. I made sauce.
*I've done the math and figured out that this sauce rings up at roughly twenty dollars a pint.
*It's not about the money. It's about making tomatoes into liquid.
*That amuses me beyond all reason...
*So yesterday I found myself in a kind of weird situation.
*I was standing in the middle of my bathroom and covered in Belgian Waffle when I suddenly said to myself...
*HOLY CRAP, I AM PAINTING MY BATHROOM!!!
*I've been thinking about it for a while.
*I'm good at thinking about stuff, but usually not so good with the follow through.
*How I ended up standing in the middle of my empty bathroom with a paint roller in my hand and peachy/brownish paint up to my elbows is something of a mystery.
*I found the receipt for the paint so clearly I purchased it that morning.
*But I refuse to believe that it was I who did such a meticulous job of taping the edges.
*That just doesn't sound like something I would do...
*The paint color is really called Belgian Waffle.
*I'm thinking about getting some Fresh Baked Pumpernickel to do a couple of accent walls.
*I firmly believe that walls should have a high carb content.
*I'm not going to buy any of the paints named after fruits.
*We'll see if I suddenly end up in the middle of a some other room with pumpernickel on my elbows any time in the near future...
*Meanwhile, the bathroom walls look pretty good except for that one spot.
*You know the spot...the one that never seems to come out the same color and you have to go back over it.
*Yeah. That spot.
*I haven't gone back over it yet. I'm hoping the magic that is drying paint will somehow even it all out.
*Painting the bathroom walls means everything else looks kinda grungy.
*So I had to scrub some stuff.
*Then I took a nap.
*Then I woke up because my back was so sore I thought I'd suddenly aged forty years over the duration of a forty minute nap.
*On Monday, I finally broke down and went in to school.
*A classroom will not set itself up without teacher assistance no matter how far we've come as a society.
*It was hot. It was sticky.
*It was infested with hornets.
*Lots and lots of hornets.
*They come in through the spot where they had to board up that window.
*You know...the window. The one that kids break and that they keep telling you they will fix so you'll stop complaining, but they never do.
*I finished setting up the room over the course of three hours, killed a dozen hornets with my flip flop and headed down to see Mr. Principal.
Ms. Sheep: Hey, Mr. Principal. How are you?
Mr. Principal: Why, hello Ms. Sheep! I've missed you and your sunny disposition over these dreary summer months. What delightful news do you bring me today?
MS: Well, I thought I should give you a heads up. My room couldn't have any more hornets in it if it were an actual hornets nest. I've been up there for three hours and now I have to clean my flip flop.
MP: That is horrible! We should do something about that!!
MS: Yeah. It might be a good idea. They keep coming in through that boarded up window. The one with the rain soaked plywood over it. I haven't gotten around to stuffing it with paper towels yet what with having to set up the whole room and all.
MP: Paper towels? In the window? Ms. Sheep...that is ridiculous! We should fix that!!
MS: Well...I may have mentioned that once or twice over the last few years.
*With my luck, the hornets will all hide when the custodians get in there to check it out and they will have taken with them the bodies of their fallen comrades previously littering my office floor.
*Or they will discover that the hornets are coming from somewhere else and I STILL won't have a window in the main classroom area.
*If I am lucky, one of them will sting me and I can fake an allergy or something. That could be good for a sick day or something...
*My idiot neighbors are working on their car and revving the engine with great gusto.
*There is also a great deal of whooping and chortling involved.
*My back hurts too much to go down there. I'll just glare at the window periodically and I'm certain they will get the message. They'll probably feel just horrible about their behavior...
*Do you realize that, this time next week, I will be back to school full time?
*With the kids.
*And the hornets.
*Neither of which really want me around long term. It's more fun for both kids and hornets when Ms. Sheep isn't there.
*And neither understands that I don't really have a choice in the matter.
*I'd much rather be home covered in Belgian Waffle even if I don't fully understand how I ended up in that condition.
*I was pleasantly surprised by A Dirty Job: A Novel.
*Most of Mr. Moore's stuff is on the edgy side and more than a little irreverent. Sharp witted and sarcastic but in a good way.
*This one had all that, true. But it was, dare I say it...sweet.
*Really sweet. And a little bit sentimental and I couldn't help but genuinely like almost all the characters even if they were representing Death's interests on earth.
*I found Fire Burn And Cauldron Bubble: The Jolie Wilkins Series (Volume 1) hiding in my Nook library last weekend.
*I don't use that account very often and totally forgot the first two books in that series were in there.
*I've already read them, but I like a nice re-read every now and again.
*And, with commuting season almost upon me, I borrowed an audio copy of Moon Called (Mercy Thompson) from the library just to get myself back in the swing of listening to stuff in the car.
*Surprisingly good and adequately read.
*Will probably try to get others in the series at some point.
*Summer is short. The school year is long. A girl needs something to pass the time once the Waffle High wears off.
Well, that's about it for me sitting in one spot. My back doesn't seem to like it and I'm getting the urge to go see if there is anything that needs "touching up" on my waffle-walls. Besides, no one is really sure how long my internet connection is going to last (the techs at my service provider included) so I suppose I should upload while the uploadin' is good.
Tomorrow I am taking the car in for service but that is all I have on the docket. For now anyway. It's the last week of summer vacation. Who knows what urge will overtake me in these dwindling moments of freedom?
Or if it will come with a side of bacon?
Dateline – Toronto
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