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Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Summer Gone? 
Jul. 28, 2009 10:00 pm 
Updated: Oct. 16, 2009 10:57 am
Oh where... oh where could it be? 
Every year, my summer seems to play out in much the same manner.  Right after Easter, when there are no more non weekend days off until the end of the school year, I start daydreaming about summer.  I imagine the productive days and the relaxing evenings.  I think of all of the organizing I will get done around the house, all of the fabulous meals I will make, the projects I will finish, the daily trips to the gym to work-out... And then the end of the school year comes, and I spend about a week *not* doing any of those things because I need time to decompress... And then suddenly it is the fourth of July, and I think, "I need to get on it... Summer is half over..." and then it is August and I have achieved nothing... And now I need to get ready to go back to work, convinced NEXT winter I will be able to park in my garage... really, I will...
Here is how this summer has played out thus far...
May 29: The kids' last day of school
June 1:  My last day of school
June 2: My future in-laws arrive
June 3-5: folding programs, making cookies, finishing touches for wedding, doing laundry, packing, preparing the house for our 2 week absence. 
June 6:  4 pm My wedding, followed by the reception
June 7: leave for honeymoon at 6:15 am (not optimal, I know... long story...)
June 8-16: Honeymoon
June 17-21: Doing laundry, dealing with mail, writing Thank-you notes
June 22: My 30th birthday
June 24 - July 15:  Teaching summer school (Gotta pay for that honeymoon somehow!)
July 20 - 24: Summer Institute to teach AP English (Fabulous information ... 3 hours of commuting per day and lots of homework...)
July 24: Board a plane to Houston to visit family
July 27: Board a plane to meet up with husband in Ft. Lauderdale for a mini trip
... and so here I am... July 28, wondering where my summer has gone.  It has not been bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it has been busy, and it has been work intensive, and I go back to work on August 10.  As I have never taught ANY of the three courses I am teaching next year, I should probably figure out what is going on with that, and so again I say... NEXT winter I will be able to park in my garage... Really.  I will...
Oct. 16, 2009 10:57 am
Hahaha! Oh Belle, I can't believe I didn't see this until now. Well now, my dear, I would say that getting married is more than enough for one summer! You deserved to let the honeymoon and trip-taking be the main meal deal for this summer! Love ya gal, hope you have a very productive winter, and don't worry about the summer 'til it's here! ~decaf
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Growing up, my nanny used to make her own pasta sauce using fresh tomatoes in season, but canned tomatoes in the winter. I watched her do it all of the time, and she used the pasta sauce in all of the same dishes that we always used the jar variety. One day, when I was in middle school, I decided I was going to make lasagna. I had watched my mom make lasagna a myriad of times, so I was confident I could do it too. However, I didn't realize until half-way into the process that I didn't have any spaghetti sauce. I figured I would just "make" some, like my nanny always did. I guess I forgot that she let the sauce simmer for hours, because I just threw all of the ingredients together and the used it as my sauce. The noodles didn't bake. It was soggy and crunchy at the same time. It was a disaster. My dad ate it to be polite, but my brother took one look at it and asked if we had any peanutbutter. Even after numerous successful lasagnas and close to 15 years later, my brother sti
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