This was the last weekend of summer. Let that sink in.
It’s the end of July.
And I’m telling you that it’s the last weekend of summer.
I will be back at work on Friday, and I’m having a hard time comprehending that. I know that this isn’t the first year that I’ve faced a return to school at the end of July/beginning of August, but it seems so much faster this year. Or perhaps it’s that I’m not all that enthused about returning to my job. Whatever it is, I’m struggling with the idea that it’s time to get back into a school year groove. I really wish that there was another option, but since it hasn’t presented itself…yet…I’m stuck.
Because it was the last weekend of summer, we went to the beach with Sweet Husband’s parents. It’s been a rough end to the week, and even though our beach doesn’t have pretty water or massive waves, it is still that massive ocean. Well technically, the Mississippi Sound, which is part of the Gulf of Mexico, but you know what I mean. There is something about the water that heals you, makes the stress go away, gives you peace and calm. SH and his daddy spent their time in the water fishing, and his momma and I spent the time under the tent, enjoying a bit of rum and sprite, a few shots of Patron. After a few hours, everyone was pleasantly relieved and we headed off for unlimited crab legs because what better way to celebrate the end of summer than with a bonanza of crab legs?
SH’s momma and I sat out on our front porch and talked for probably an hour after we got back to our house. When I head back to Hattiesburg Thursday afternoon to get ready to go to work on Friday, I’ll be staying with her and Mark. We discussed what I needed to make the bedroom comfortable and stuff related to being back at work. Made plans for a possible get together here in the coming week. A good way to cap off the week.
Today. Well, today there has been a whole lot of nothing going on. I suppose the heat outside – 103 today – is to blame for that. We slept late, had brunch, took a nap, watched some TV, and made some dinner. There were other things that we could have been doing, but I think I probably needed the rest. For some reason yesterday my back was hurting terribly. As in, I couldn’t wait to get out of the truck when we got back to the house because my back hurt so badly that I thought I was going to cry. My right hip -the one where arthritis was first diagnosed over 15 years ago – has bee hurting. It’s not to the point where I’m limping, but I can definitely tell that something is wrong there. If i were a smart girl, I’d make a trip to the doctor and get some preventative medication to deal with what I’m pretty sure is about to come. Or since those medications don’t seem to do a lot for me, perhaps I would be better suited to contact one of my former co-workers and see about some massage. It hurts. I’m afraid it’s going to hurt a lot more soon.
Because it is the end of summer this morning as I sat on the porch, trying to get comfortable between my lower back and hip, I wrote out a list of intentions for Monday – Thursday. There’s going to be a lot of stuff that has to happen before we leave for Hattiesburg on Thursday evening. I did better at getting things done last week because I put everything I wanted to get done into my Awesome Notes app with due dates and intermediate steps. I haven’t done that just yet, but I will get it taken care of tomorrow. Because tomorrow’s task is to get the cover done on my daybed. I was going to make piping, but I just looked up how much piping costs, and I think I’m going to just go and buy the piping. I don’t necessarily want to spend all that time cutting and sewing. I’ve never made piping before, so perhaps now isn’t really the time to try. I can use the cording that I bought to make the piping for the pillows that I’m going to be making with excess fabric.
Other than finishing the daybed cover, I’ve got to do the following:
- Clean the house.
- Cook and freeze healthy meals for SH.
- Finish the little odds and ends projects for the bedroom.
- Pack for my return to the world of work.
- Water the plants (they need it. And they need miracle grow)
- Get back in the school routine (I should be heading to bed now. I really, really should be. I just can’t give up yet).
- Begin pulling together lesson plans for the first week of school.
- Edit photos.
- Take photos.
- Work on creating opportunities to build the life I want.
- Start meditating again.
When I write it out like that, it doesn’t seem like a whole lot, does it? But it makes me tired just looking at it, particularly knowing that I need to go ahead and get myself together. I’m going to have to maximize the time that I have left in order to get even half of the things done that I had intended for this summer. I have no idea how where the summer went, but it sure is gone, isn’t it?
How was your weekend? And what plans do you have for the coming week? Let me know in the comments!