At the end of every summer when I was a kid, my indulgent grandmother took my sisters and brothers and I shopping for new outfits to wear to the first day of school. It took the sting out of the ordeal of returning to the classroom. New school supplies helped, too.
Now that I'm grown (as I have been for awhile now), it seems I need to be responsible for my own transitions, and their easing. I am not starting school this fall, but I am adjusting to new work schedules, and most importantly, to the waning light and warmth that signal impending winter.
Since, like so many of my countrymen and women, I find myself a few shekels short these days, I will probably have to come up with something to get me through the first couple of weeks of September that doesn't involve pulling out a little plastic card. One thing I can give myself that may help is the gift of renewed blog rigor. (See last week's statement of good intentions.)
Although last week concluded a string of weeks of relative blog neglect, I did get some things done.
Done for the Week: Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2011
- Continued 5K training with my youngest son, in preparation for his first race--Finished Week 1 of 9 Week program
- Ran 2 times; walked once (babying yoga-induced hamstring strain)
- Finished Run, by Ann Patchett
- Continued to work my two part-time jobs
- Provided technical assistance to nonprofit organization
- Published 1 blog post
- Attended 2 yoga classes
- Continued significant work on current clients' projects
- Launched client's new site
- Attended Unity Rally in response to White Supremacy gathering
- Attended Social Justice meeting
- Had lunch with friends
- Went paddleboating with my kids and grandson
- Picked up my husband at the airport, back from Kenya
- Did laundry
- Attended church picnic; helped with setup
- Reapplied for vocational support for dyslexic son
- Organized and helped cook four at-home dinners
- Took my dog to the dog park, with both my sons