i know it sounds odd, but i've never liked summer. even as a child. especially as a child. summer meant an end to school and waaaaaay too much free time. i never knew what to do with myself and was often told to, "put that book down and go outside." in those cases, i usually just took my book outside.
as an adult, i'm learning to like summer a bit more. vacation is fun. having my kids home is a nice change (when they are enjoying summer). chuck is around a bit more,... usually. but, still, i resist this terrible urge to compartmentalize and structure our free time and "fun." so, i've been learning this about myself and, as a result, backing off. and that's a good thing. except, that once i hit summer's half way mark, i start getting the shakes and have to start, at least, thinking about the beloved fall season.
i know, i know. it's sad. pray for me.
the sure sign of improvement, however, is that most of my work is being done in my head. and in my trusty spiral notebook. inventories, lists, plans - as long as they are on paper, i feel somewhat productive. and, like i mentioned yesterday, searching for clearance racks gradually is a nice way to shop. and it doesn't hit the wallet like a bucket of cold water. i'm also starting to think about christmas. not in a psycho way. (not yet anyway). but, as people make comments about things they like or need, i add them to my list. should i find a deal, i may make the purchase. yesterday, i made a particularly strategic holiday move when i stumbled upon a coupon code for 25 free photo cards at www.seehere.com (one of my favorite photo websites). the code was intended to motivate people to send cards highlighting their summer fun, but i decided to use it to order christmas cards. and,... if you happen to have multiple email addresses, you could also have multiple accounts... you see where i'm going. let's just say, for the price of shipping, i have 50 personalized christmas cards en route to my house. i think i may keep an eye on more photo freebies... i could build up quite a collection that way. hmm....
despite my overactive brain and compulsive need for productivity, i am making progress. schedules are fun,... but for now my kids are playing with trains. tucker is still in his pajamas. and, if yesterday's course of events is any indications, he may stay like that til lunchtime.