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Channeling Rip Van Winkle #sol22

Yesterday was my first official day back at school. I’ve been working at school periodically over the summer, but yesterday was the actual day to start back. I was a little worried that I’d gotten into a routine of staying up late and sleeping in. I read and wrote a lot between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Sunday night I was still wide awake at midnight, but I did okay when the alarm sounded in the morning. I felt fine all day Monday and had a great start to Year 24. We have some new staff members and I’m excited about all that they’re bringing to the school and it was great to connect with my returning colleagues. However, by 8:00 Monday night, I was out of gas. I struggled to stay awake and fell into a deep sleep when I went to bed.

Today, when I arrived at home, I decided to curl up for just a few minutes (famous last words, I know). Later, I woke up, feeling like Rip Van Winkle. What time was it? Those few minutes had stretched to about two hours! However, I felt so refreshed that after grabbing a bite to eat, I finished watching a webinar and took the associated quiz. Hopefully, though, I’ll still feel like going to bed at a regular time and don’t find myself sitting up wide-awake at midnight!

The same dress #sol22

I had stretched out on the couch and was idly scrolling through my phone. Occasionally, I’d share something funny with Mike and then continue scrolling. He stopped at one point and asked me if I’d shared the link to my Tuesday blog (which I often do, especially if he’s been mentioned). I sat up straight and bellowed, “Oh, no! It’s Tuesday!” At this point, it was after 8:00. So I grabbed my laptop and began to type.

I don’t often wear dresses. In fact, I tend to wear the same types of things every day. It’s become a uniform of sorts, I suppose. For example, in warm weather, I typically wear capris (although they aren’t really capris on me since I’m so short) and short-sleeved shirts (I have a variety of colors). I had a PD day with folks from across the county, so I wanted to look nice (or at least nicer). I had a new casual black dress, so I wore it. Unfortunately my ankle braces took away from the look, but overall, it was a positive change from my usual attire.

When I arrived at the high school for the meeting, I was in for a surprise. I wasn’t the only person wearing this dress. My principal was wearing the exact same dress in the same color and one of the other principals wore the gray version of the dress. We had a good chuckle over our wardrobe coordination and in hindsight, I wish that we’d have snapped a photo.

Then, one of the teachers from my school mentioned that she had the same (black) dress and had thought about wearing it, but was concerned that the room would be too chilly for it. I can’t wait for the day at school when we all end up choosing that same dress!

Wedding Day #sol22

Saturday was one of the most amazing and special days of my life. Mike and I were married in Mom’s backyard with our closest family members by our sides. The ceremony was absolutely perfect and it was a day that we’ll never forget.

While it was one of the hottest days of the year and thunder rumbled ominously in the background, we were able to finish the ceremony and take family photos before the storm struck. Thankfully, we planned to have the reception inside and we gathered inside for a beautiful family meal. There was so much laughter and joy and love and it was the wedding day that Mike and I had envisioned.

The Left-Behind Laptop #sol22

I had camped out at Mom’s kitchen table to work on some edits for an article that will hopefully appear in a journal later this year. I had my notes, pen, and laptop, in addition to some amazing Red Velvet cookies. I worked busily for a couple of hours until time to leave for a doctor’s appointment. I left everything on the table because I intended to return after my appointment to work some more (and to sample the practice wedding cake that Mom made).

By the time I arrived at the medical building, I had a message, marked “Time Sensitive” on my phone’s screen. It said, “‘Jennifer’s MacBook Pro’ left behind.” The message continued to state that “this device is no longer detected near you. It was last seen near (insert address). This message floored me because I had never received one like this before. I assume it’s due to some setting on my new laptop, which I haven’t had very long, and the fact that I wasn’t at my house. At least I now know that I’m not going to get very far without my laptop!

An Episode with Voice Notes #sol22

I had a few ideas for a project that I didn’t want to forget. So I fired up my voice notes app and began recording. As I cruised down the road, talking to myself, a deer suddenly jumped out of the brush on the side of the road and began racing alongside the car. At one point, I thought the deer was going to veer off into the front fender of the car. Forgetting all about the recording, I shouted out as I worked to avoid hitting the deer. Once all was safe, I remembered that the app was recording and quickly shut it down. I haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to the recording to see what I actually said when all of this was happening!

Raiding the Refrigerator #sol22

I think that I must be part Gremlin in that it’s not a good idea for me to eat after midnight, no matter how tempting it is. Last night, after I went to bed, I kept thinking about the leftovers in the fridge. My stomach seemed to growl each time I thought about the macaroni and cheese, in particular. I tossed and turned a few times, trying to will myself to sleep, but that just didn’t happen. Finally, around midnight, I padded down the hall and raided the refrigerator. I pulled out a book to read while I munched on the leftovers from supper. That macaroni and cheese was soooo good.

However, after I finally returned to bed, I began to regret my late-night snack. I think that I had a bit of a food hangover. Now I was tossing and turning not because of the tempting thoughts of macaroni and cheese, but because the indigestion was intensifying. Thank goodness for Tums, although it took a while to settle down. Finally, I was able to drift off to sleep and I’m sure that tonight, I’ll stay in place no matter what’s in the refrigerator!

Random Thoughts #sol22

I’m full of random thoughts today.

Random Thought #1: I’m really enjoying Lynne Olson’s Last Hope Island and have stayed up way too late reading it the last few nights. If you’re interested in World War II, this is a book for you!

Random Thought #2: Being a forty-something bride looking for a simple wedding dress has been challenging, especially when I’m not a size three like I was when I was a twenty-something bride:)

Random Thought #3: My best writing time this summer has been between 10 p.m. and midnight. I’ve been so productive during those hours, but I know that schedule is probably not going to be sustainable in the fall.

Random Thought #4: For the next six weeks, I have to wear ankle braces and go to physical therapy with the hope that I’ll be able to avoid ankle surgery. The braces are really bulky and I have a hard time getting them on. It’s a workout!

You Know You’re Getting Older When…#sol22

I celebrated a birthday yesterday and now I am closer to fifty than I am to forty. I realized that I am definitely getting older when I got so excited that all of the socks matched up when I folded the laundry this afternoon. The socks never match up completely, or at least they never seem to do so. I cannot remember the last time when this happened. I even checked the floor around the dryer to make sure that I hadn’t missed a lone sock, but everything was clear.

Now, I’m thinking about all of the other little things that might also signify that I’m getting older. I’m noticing that I have to hold things out further to read them, especially if they include small print. I recently got excited over a deal on new sheets and I was just checking out vacuum cleaners and comparing them online for the best deal. These are little things, but the younger version of me would not have been excited about matching pairs of socks, sheets, and vacuum cleaners!

Trying to find a slice #sol22

I’m struggling with settling on a topic for today’s slice. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent a good part of the day working on other projects and my brain is mush. Maybe it’s because I’m anxious to grab my Kindle and head out to the deck to enjoy some early evening reading. No matter what the reason, slicing is a bit challenging today.

I scrolled through the photos on my phone searching for something to write about, but nothing really spoke to me. I thought about the day, but I stayed around the house working on an article that was requested and some PD that I’ll provide teachers in my division in the fall. I almost wrote a slice about the chocolate chip brownies that my Mom made for me, but instead, I snacked on the brownies.

So, today’s slice is just about showing up, even when the ideas are not flowing but the brownies are calling. So, I’m off to grab my Kindle and a brownie for some reading time on the deck!

The first fawn of the year #sol22

I’ve been anxiously waiting to see this year’s crop of fawns. I love this time of the year when fawns are born and I love catching little glimpses of them with their mothers. We recently started our evening rides looking for deer and while we’ve seen plenty of does and a few small bucks, we haven’t yet seen a fawn.

Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting at the dining room table at Mike’s house and happened to glance out to the backyard. Mike has a fairly sizeable backyard bounded by fields. The farmer who leases the fields had mowed some of the fields, but not the small area directly behind the house. Anyway, some movement caught my eye and I immediately hopped out of my chair when I realized that it was a fawn moving along the edge of the yard and the field. Mike was out on the front porch, so after watching the fawn for a moment and snapping a photo, I hustled through the living room, opened the front door and excitedly announced that we had our first fawn of the year. By the time Mike arrived in the dining room, the fawn had disappeared into the tall grass, but I had several photos to show off.

Since yesterday, I have been drawn to every window on the back of the house, hoping to catch another glimpse of the fawn, but nothing yet. I’m looking forward to setting up the trail camera in the backyard to see what images we’ll be able to capture now!