Thursday, May 14, 2009

on my summer list

The countdown has begun. Summer is about 5 little school weeks away, about the time I start jotting down lists of things I really want to do once I'm free. I'm so ready to stop thinking about the week-night worries (papers graded? lunches packed? kids' outfits ready?) and start eating ice cream, reading books, and watching sox games, even when the game goes way past 10 pm.

I acknowledge the fine line between planning too much and planning too little. I don't want to be hurried or stressed, but I also don't want to get to the end of the summer and have nothing to say for "what I did on my summer vacation."

Some items are the same from last year's summer list:
- bake bread every week
- cook a lot of fresh food with our farm share vegetables from Fisher Farm
- complete one big sewing project (yet to be determined)
- stay true to my running training program, plus add situps and pushups every night
- bake pies and scones (inextricably linked to the goal just above)

Some new goals:
- create and order photo books of Skyler and Reed's pictures
- find and adopt a puppy that could maybe even slightly live up to my Charlieboy
- complete the correspondence course I have to take on teaching gifted and talented students as quickly as humanly possible. ugh.
- transform our back yard/driveway into a patio and garden. Right, Sam?
- make Skyler an art/writing desk
- cover the seats of the dining room chairs with pretty fabric
- paint the living room. Right, Sam?
and, last but not least,
- Read this pile of books (my recommendations come from my friend/ former colleague/ mentor Carol who has never given me a title I didn't adore, and from a great article in Real Simple and from various friends/students telling me what I must read:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Triangle by Katherine Weber
The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Orpheus Lost by Jeanette Hospital
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCracken
The Late, Lamented Molly Marx, by Sally Koslow
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells

(These are all fiction, because I've been reading almost only non-fiction lately. I'm trying to get back to my roots).

Book reviews of the above list will be forthcoming. Wishing you all a joyous season of summer anticipation.


Kelly Jane Dahl said...

Sounds like beautiful summer plans. I'm excited about the puppy and had been wondering when you guys would do that.

I have book recommendations for you: "Love Walked In" and "Belong to Me" by Marisa de los Santos. Great reads that I really loved. I think her writing is great...reminiscent of early Barbara Kingsolver (Bean Trees, etc.), wonderful characters. She is my current new fav. author.

Paige said...

Hi Em, Love your summer plans, especially the baking bread part. Would you happen to have a good list of non-fiction you could share with me? Thanks. Email me