Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dear Summer Discoveries


Dear Summer Discoveries,

As a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, I and my aging brain continue to accumulate facts that unexpectedly surprise me.  For example, when one's computer begins to exhibit abnormal behavior routinely over a period of weeks, one should not be surprised when The Blue Screen of Death shows up and declares "Hard Drive Failure."  And by one I mean me.  I thought to myself, it's okay; we have an old laptop so I can still write and post this week.  I powered it up and I kid you not, The Blue Screen of Death flashed its grotesque gibberish at me, for a second, and the computer restarted on its own.  I almost had to write this post on my smartphone and I probably would have cried.  However, despite my technical difficulties, I hereby present to you a short regularly scheduled post, listing my #TopTen Unexpected Summer Discoveries:

10.  That like all students and teachers, this blog can go on summer vacation, too, because it deserves the rejuvenation and fun-in-the-sun everyone else get at this time of year.  #I'mStillHereDon'tForgetMe

9.  That a flock of crows is called a murder (cuz I learned it from reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein), and that a group of male cheetahs is a called a coalition (cuz I looked it up, just for fun).  #NowGoShowOffYourNewVocabulary

8.  That it's time for my very first mammogram, which I honestly totally forgot about at this turn of the decade, probably because my mind fell over the hill.  #My40sClubWelcomeGift

7.  That my wish to grow a pumpkin or two--from seed--for Halloween this year, may in fact turn me into a pumpkin seller because currently I have a few dozen flower buds and large yellow flowers that might eventually yield two or thirty-five Jack-O-Lanterns.  #TheVinesAreTakingOver

6.  That I sometimes keep my vacuum on a little bit longer so that I can imagine hearing one or two fewer MAA-MMAAAHHHHs in all... my... days... of... summer....  #SacredMommySanityMoments

5.  That I am incapable of buying a lusciously sweet watermelon (which I've only ever tasted at BFF's house), and that consequently I must friggin' eat the entire 50lb watermelon even if the first bite was just meh.  #ThumpingDoesNOTWork

4.  That the hunt for the next great book to read is almost as exciting as the one I'm currently enamored with (this one is listed, obvs, just so I can showoff mention that I read four books in June, rapidly closing in on my goal of 12 for this year; go, record-setting me!).  #SummerReadingRocks

3.  That Little Boys' anger and frustration are something of a monstrosity to contend with, and that Big Boys' patience and touch are sometimes more comforting than one assumes.  #ParentingIsHumbling



2.  That Tweens still eagerly wait to play with their little cousins, and still want to wear matching tees with their mamas.  #SlowDownYearsSlowDownLife



1.  That I am enjoying this summer far more than any I can ever remember because I am writing and reading and baking and farming and swimming and sleeping and unwinding and breathing and softening and exhaling.  #CarpeSummerCarpeAestatem



So, Dear Summer Discoveries, you're not bad for a list one month into summer. The Medic came and resuscitated my laptop; it's still in a coma, and we're waiting for it to wake the hell up.  Nevertheless, when one is in the midst of a beautiful, carefree season that one dreams of in the middle of bleak, deathly winter, one looks around, gives thanks, and carpes the heck out of it.  Carpe summer, carpe aestatem. 

Happy Summer vacation!

Sincerely,
Me

11 comments:

  1. Happy 4th. Happy Summer. Love your list. And also - if you read anything really fantastic, you need to list it and let me know cuz I'm ALWAYS looking for great reads.

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    1. And then I think about it, look at the top of your page and THERE THEY ARE. I am a genius. And so are you:)

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    2. Cindy, I hope you had a great 4th celebration! We did the whole spiel--parade, cookout, and fireworks. And it was a beautiful day for them all. Happy summer to you, too! Hope you're sleeping in and having fun! As for the reads, :) you're right! Up there, and to the right sidebar ----> I'm listing all my reads on Goodreads, to keep track for myself, and for recommendations to others. If you're interested, join Goodreads and look me up! :)

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  2. I'm glad you wrote this at the beginning of the summer, because it's a great reminder of all the wonderful changes in routine that summer provides ... and it will hopefully continue to remind you to keep on enjoying the changed flow for the next couple months!

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    1. Thanks, Nilsa! We're enjoying summer, all right! Summer school's over and they kiddos are ALL MINE. Which means we can pack a ton of fun into a day, or just chill and do nothing all day. Ahhh, I love summer! I'm in no hurry for this to end!

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  3. Summer is a beautiful time...unfortunately, it makes me want to take a summer break, too. I work from home most days and when the kiddos want me to watch a show with them or go to the park, I really want to do it...but can't! I read a few books when we went on vacation, but haven't read any since. I'm now down to fourteen unread books on my Kindle.

    I hope your computer comes back. That blue screen of death is the worst!

    Oh, and I've been guilty of pretending I don't hear the Moooooooooommmy hollered from across the house. It can only mean tattling or refereeing a fight.

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    1. Hi, Janna! I know summer is so very different for working moms. I'm so sorry to hear that you're not able to join in the fun a whole lot. But it is nice that you are able to be with the boys at least some of the time, even if it's for refereeing--and man, do I know the feeling of that! I hope you do get to your books somehow, maybe with a few short summer reads? I hope you're enjoying this time of year in other ways, maybe just a respite from dealing with school stuff? Maybe? :)

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  4. LOVE your blue layer cake! Glad you had a nice vacation--everyone deserves a break. :)

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    1. Thanks, Asianmommy! It actually takes hours to make, so I feel pretty accomplished afterwards. Now it's time for a pie! Love this summer schedule... :)

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  5. Time to get a new computer :D! Tks for the new vocab. Oh the things we learn from books, and can then get from the internet too. Pls send some pumpkins my way. They sure are expensive during the Fall! Or maybe you can provide them to a school classroom. I bet they'd LOVE that. As for picking watermelons, my dad used to thump them too. Instead, I pick them up and feel how dense they are. I do the same for oranges, peaches, and melons too. The juiciest fruit are the dense ones that don't feel like they have a lot of air in them. Know what I mean? Though sweetness is hard to tell from outside. I usually let my fruit sit on counter for a few days. Yay for 4 books in June. Go girl! Are they all being read together with DS? So cute that DS still wants to match tees with you!!!! Glad you're having a WONDERFUL summer & doing a lot of fun activities!

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    1. Hi, Lisa! I'm still learning as I go--apparently not every pumpkin flower yields a pumpkin! But I'll still get a good few, hopefully! I'm going to try your "dense" test--I am determined to get one sweet watermelon this season. I read one book with DD this summer (Holes), and I really enjoyed it probably more than she did. We'll be watching the movie together soon. We are having a great summer--I don't want this to end any time soon!!!

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