Last Days of Summer Vacation...
..Which means that school starts
tomorrow. School. REAL school. Or as real as it can be 18
months into the pandemic. (Yes, the pandemic is still on...thanks
anti-vaxxers. I really thought we could have cancelled the show this
fall, but you have proven me wrong.) Students are physically going back
to school for a full day. Of course they are wearing masks which is why
it is not completely "normal" in my book...The way things are going I
wonder if they will ever be "normal" again. (Don't get me
started on what is normal; because to be honest I've got absolutely no clue.)
Summer has flown by quickly (as it always does). We did take one break as a family to Skytop (https://bfthsboringblog.blogspot.com/2021/08/the-downside-of-vacation.html) which was lovely.
I 've taken the last couple of
days off from work not because we were going anywhere, but because I still have
vacation days that I need to use or lose...so I thought I might enjoy a
few days not doing anything work related. Except you know that I can't do
that...I have to check in because I am either insane or a control freak.
(Or perhaps a little bit of both.) I only logged in yesterday for 30
minutes to weed through the 70+ emails that have popped in my box since Friday
afternoon. Not that there was that much that really needed my
After the mess that Ida made
last week (one of our roads is still not completely open yet and in the larger
scheme of things we really didn't get hit as hard as other parts of the state)
I was happy that Saturday was warm and sunny. I really just wanted to sit
out on my patio (still trying to get my money's worth out of it) and read a
book (or two). Instead friends we hadn't seen in...well I don't know how
long...came by and we spent the afternoon sipping wine (or at least two of us
did) and eating pizza (which all of us did). A nice way to start off the
Sunday turned out to be not great weather wise, but Monday was beautiful. My son and I were lucky enough to spend some time that afternoon visiting my aunt who has a home on a lake nearby. We've taken advantage of her hospitality several times this summer, but Monday might have been the loveliest day of all. I mean can you beat this?
It was warm enough to
take a dip and watch the clouds float by from the water. It was so nice
to just spend time with my aunt and my son and be. Days like this need to be
remembered as rare and precious as they are.
Then on Tuesday, I ran
down to the NJ shore to check in with my parents. Sometimes when I visit
I don't get a chance to go to the beach, but yesterday was another sunny,
beautiful one so even though I didn't have a lot of time, I did manage to run
up to the beach for just over an hour.
I definitely picked the
right day and time because several dolphins swam by. We could learn a
thing or two from them, as they joyfully headed south, breaking the surf with
Now here I am at the
very last day of my "summer vacation." Today is a day of running
a few errands, reading on the patio and nagging my son to turn in his summer
history assignment that is due today and that he's been SLOWLY working
on. (Way too slowly! Warning! Annoyed mom rant here: He
finally finished the project up yesterday after nagging and nagging. I
told him he needed to review it before submitting. Has he done that
yet? No! He spent the morning laying around NOT doing that.
Now he is out with his friends, which I don't mind, but I just want him to
review this work and turn it in! I suppose my time table is different
than his and I shouldn't force it on him, but ingrained in my being is that
work gets done first and then you can move onto the fun stuff, but...enough of
the mom rant.) Tomorrow it all ends...back to school and back to work.
Although it hasn't been
a spectacular summer (and it's not officially over yet), it has been a nice
one. And for that I am truly grateful.