Monday, August 24, 2009

Farewell to summer

I know that Labor Day weekend is the traditional close of summer, but to me, the day school starts is the real end. I'm married to a high school teacher, and I teach college, so for both of us, our lives are very tied to the school year. I feel a little guilty saying this, but it's always nice when my husband goes back to school and I have more control over my own time and a little time alone. I loved having all that time with him this summer, but I felt more of a need to make decisions with him and plan my schedule around the time we could spend together. Now I'm on my own more during the day.

I took advantage of some of my alone time to reorganize my closet. I'm sure it won't stay that way because I'm me, but I put all the dresses in one section, all the jackets in another, etc. I pulled out a few things that are a long way from fitting me and put them in an upstairs closet. I still hold out hope that they will fit again, but in the meantime, there's no reason to navigate around them every time I get dressed.

I took my last summer morning swim outdoors today. It was a super-short one, because for the first time on these cool mornings, I got into the pool and it felt colder than the outside air. I made myself stick it out for 20 laps of crawl and 4 laps of breaststroke, which took about 12 minutes, and then I got dried off and got into my car and put the heater on -- first time for that too. Brrr! I will miss the outdoor pool, which looks like something out of a 1950s summer camp with trees all around, but I got reassured that the early laps would be continued next summer when I checked out.

I never did get around to repainting my living room to get rid of the ugly wallpaper border. That might be something I do in the next few weeks. I'll need my husband's help to move the furniture out of the way, and I'm still not sure how we're going to make it work. We have couches and things that won't really fit anywhere else easily, and the drying time will be a pain.

I did pull out those ugly privet bushes I've been hating and put in hydrangeas in their place. I have also been buying perennials on sale here and there on special to start building my flowerbeds. I have one section that looks pretty much the way I want it to, but the rest is still looking a little thin. I think a nice garden is something that you have to build over several years. I enjoy the time outside so that's another thing I'll have more time to do now that school has started.

I'm still going back and forth in my head about returning to Weight Watchers meetings vs. going it alone. If I could be guaranteed a meeting with realistic, fun members, I'd go in a second. I tend to go during the day, though, and I seem to get in with the cranky old guys who monopolize the time or the True Believers who swear that they're never hungry and they never touch their Weekly Points Allowance. My evenings are pretty busy and I think that's when the people with jobs and real lives tend to go to the meetings. I wish I could get all of you in a room and we could sip Cosmos and talk about how we're really making this work.


  1. No! Not the end of summer!! I'm afraid I've been seeing the signs. A few trees are already changing their colors and the birds are acting like they're getting ready to head for warmer places. But Mother Nature is still going to have to drag me, kicking and screaming, into the cooler weather.

  2. Do you know if your University has a WW At Work program? I work at a State U. and we have one that is sponsored by the state.

  3. When you find that group, let me know. I might be willing to drive from this far away to go. :)

  4. Carolyn, I started WW in an at work program at my old school and I really liked it. My new school is probably too small to have one.

  5. Oh boy, sitting around sipping Cosmos and giving the real scoop on how we're really making things work -- sounds perfect. I go to my weekly meeting but all through the summer, the numbers were thin and sometimes it was hard to get into it. Our leader is great but my last one was a dud. It makes a difference.

    Love that you've been working on your space both inside and out and making it more your own. Good job weeding out clothes that are not right for this point in time. Having them upstairs when you're ready will be like a visit to Ann Taylor without spending any $$.


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