I hope everyone had as relaxing a weekend as I did. A bike ride, some house cleaning, a luxurious Sunday morning reading the Times, a picnic with my cousin and her friends all added up to a lovely time.
Tomorrow begins the academic year for me. I've revamped my first sequence (on American culture this time) and will copy my syllabus today. I'm going to try out a blog for my course this year; it could be a great tool if I use it right. It's a matter of figuring out how to use it right that will challenge me.
Even before I became a teacher, rather by accident, I worked for a college in their public relations office, and later in their sponsored programs office. In my late 20s, September became once again a time for fresh starts, and I think I like it even better than New Year's Day for that. There's a quality of opportunity to September. I may have done things that didn't work during the last academic year, but this time, I can try something new. I can improve.
Neal and I reflected on our summer over the weekend. The weather was the nicest I ever remember, and Neal's flower gardens really took off this year. Unlike last year when I felt that I had wasted the summer as I worried about living back east and finding a job, this year I had a summer that leaves me satisfied with myself. It started, of course, with our wedding. While we didn't kayak as much as we wanted, it was fun to get on the water when we did. In June we made it out to NM to put the condo up for sale, and despite the craziness that ensued near closing, we met our goal of closing by the end of June. There was our fantastic party, with a visit from my NM pals Mike and Dana, including trips to New York and Boston. By the end of July, I finished my novella, and in August I began revisions and also managed to write three new essays. There was a beach trip, and Neal and I both remembered how much we love to ride bikes, resulting in new road bikes and a few falls for me (those clipless pedals are a challenge!). I read some good books, got closer to friends old and new, and knit almost every day.
A good summer, no doubt.
Now with September comes cooler evenings and milder afternoons. I have some goals for this month, which include embroidering and knitting some Christmas gifts, revising my novella, and taking lots of bike rides. What are your plans for September?
Oh, yeah, the contest. Only a few more posts before I reach No. 300, and under 50 comments to go to reach 2000. Did you notice Santa commented on the last post? Who knew I had such a prestigious reader!