The Countdown Has Begun

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I’m loving this quote right now. We’ve been looking at to-do lists and saying “someday” or “when we get our plan in place” or “when we decide about…” and I’m over it. So this little mantra of mine (for the last two weeks anyway) and a general case of I-might-as-well are getting things done.

We are only a little over a week from school starting. Next week Wednesday, we will be meeting new teachers and putting school supplies in desks. Thursday, I will be dropping them off for their first day. Piano and dance lessons will start. Soccer’s fall season will resume. We will be busy. We are ready, but also wishing for a few more weeks of sunny days at the park or pool.  We are actively soaking up the lazy summer goodness while adjusting to school sleep schedules.

Knitting: I’m still working on those August socks. I just haven’t felt like knitting. I should have them done over a week ago and all I have left is one heel on one sock. I just can’t make myself.

Reading: I’m rereading Wurthering Heights. I collect these beautiful Coralie Bickford-Smith hardcover Penguin classics and I try to keep my purchases to books I’ve either read or books I’d like to read, but then I just set them on my shelves so they “look pretty”. I’m trying to remedy that by actually taking them out and using them. Because used books are prettier. Also the characters in this book are terrible. TERRIBLE.

Watching: I watched the second season of “Pushing Daisies” and enjoyed the whole show (though it really didn’t end the way I wanted). Next up was the movie “Seeking a Friend for the End of The World” which was so darkly funny. I laughed aloud often but I don’t know if other people will find it is comical as I did? Finally, I watched the first two episodes of “Stranger Things”. I was a little nervous because it’s labeled as “horror” and I’m such a wimp about reading or watching anything even slightly horrific. I’m too prone to the heebie jeebies and nightmares. In the first five minutes, I was sure there was absolutely no way I was going to be able to handle it, but it’s very well paced. The minute I start getting too creeped out, I’ll turn it off and find some comedy.

In my kitchen: I don’t know if it’s that we’ve had cooler temperatures lately or if it’s my need to try and eat healthier, but I’ve been in the kitchen a lot lately.  I made these pistachio bites but I think next time I’m going to try making them with almond butter instead of emulsified dates to cut down on the sugar. We’ve also been loving this fresh rainbow salsa. We eat it with chips but yesterday I threw it over a grilled chicken breast and it was a super delicious way to add some veggies.

I’m also attempting my first quilt. I’m terrified. I spent over 3 hours getting the fabric laid out last night and I’m already certain that when I made my stacks again I screwed up the order so I’m going to have to check each individual row. I’m hoping to start actually sewing it once the kids are back at school but if I can get my August socks done yet in the next day or two, I may work on that instead.

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  • A few years ago I was on a huge anti-procrastination kick and I used the Nike phrase, “Just Do It!” to spur myself on. It worked great, but I like the Earhart quote MUCH better! I think I’m going to write it down and stick it to the fridge, because I am feeling such a need (after this HOT and muggy and sitting-on-the-couch-and-reading, completely-unmotivated-to-do-much-of-anything-else summer) to get moving this fall, to accomplish things, to make some major decisions …

    It’s been crazy at our house the last couple of weeks. I’m trying to get my 17 year-old ready for university (something he put off and put off and put off, all summer long, and now we’re under a lot of pressure … aarrggghhh teenage boys!) and my daughter and her boyfriend are here for a few days, visiting and to celebrate her birthday. Yesterday my youngest son and I went to Stratford to see The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (a fantastic experience, but we booked the tickets with friends months ago, before I knew what a crunch this week would be). This weekend we move our son into his dorm and our daughter from one house to another (they’re at the same university, thankfully) and then we have a week of relative calm before our youngest starts school on the 6th.

    I hope the quilt goes well, Kate! The colours are gorgeous!

    • Summers are wonderful for sit on the couch reading, falls are good for projects (like quilts!). I’m fully accepting that there are seasons in life. And some of those seasons involve being hot and lazy and some of those seasons involve productivity and busy-ness. Maybe we’d be happier if we didn’t expect the ground to be fertile all the time (to steal a creativity metaphor from one of Rita’s posts)!! At least, I know I would be.

      Good luck with the moving this weekend! And a very happy birthday to your daughter. I hope the chaos is the least chaotic it can be and the celebrating is splendid! AND that you get to enjoy a truly restful week of calm before school starts for your youngest!

  • I’m obviously way behind on my blog reading. Thank you for the link to the salsa. It’s so simple, even I could do it, and I like the idea of putting it on grilled chicken. I need reminders that food doesn’t have to be a big production. I can’t wait to see the quilt. I’d like to find a project I can get excited about. Maybe I’ll live vicariously through you?

    • I’m more nervous than excited about the quilt but my quilter friends keep telling me that once I finish this one I’ll be hooked. But they’re quilter friends. What do they know? 😉