Well hello there. Where have you been? Especially since I’ve BEEN HERE THE WHOLE TIME!
(I will go ahead and assume that guilt tactic did not work.)
Actually, the summer ate my words. Between Two Funny Brains and the blog web series and the kids home and the work and the general melting, I’ve been quite out of commission. Today, too is supposed to be PROMPTuesday time, a fact I’ve missed last week as well, and I’m checking to to say that regularly scheduled programming will resume next Tuesday.
I posted this on Facebook, but can’t get enough. This is Booger and about a month ago she surprised me in the kitchen with: “Hi! I’m the new girl!”
Meanwhile, tomorrow the girls start school, which is both welcome and wistful, because first and third grade won’t you slow down the time train. I discovered yesterday that Booger placed in a kindergarten/first grade combo class, and became quite upset because although I’m not one of “those” parents, my daughter is in the first grade and I think putting newbie school kids in with just-out-of-newbie-school-kiddom is a recipe for poor learning for both ages. Still, after a post-teacher-placement powwow with other concerned moms, I decided to chill out and react only if this combo class sucks. I’m making progress: curtailing my freak-outs to only when there’s something concrete for the freaking.
Of course, my advancing age does induce mental instability, and as I looked back to my “I’m almost 40!” posts, I realized how quickly the years tromp all over your once dewy face. I issued a deadline for myself to complete my manuscript by mid-September of this year and saw I had given myself the same deadline nearly four years ago. I’ll tell you one thing: If I finish this draft by September, it will be turbo joy explosion. And twelve years in the making. And holy crap, someone give me a motivation intervention.
I camped! That’s me under 49 layers of clothing because tree spiders don’t eat through material. (Do they?)
In between the aging and the fuzzy deadlining, I embarked upon some decidedly summery things, like camping, pool-hopping, and beaching (not the whale kind), plus some extras like meeting Sam the Cooking Guy and Top Chef’s Brian Malarkey (news to come). We also finished a Two Funny Brains video (did I show you this already?), and I started eating healthier most of the time except for times when I was unwittingly presented mashed potato tacos with chips on top.
That’s Brian Malarkey. He’s taller in person so doesn’t usually stand on tables.
Oh! Also, I found a boob hair. It was gray.
I think I can safely end on that note.