Oh my! Let's talk about how the school year is pretty much here! Silly things: It will be crazy and fun to get used to my new name in a very real setting (besides addresses on cards and thank-you notes), there will be a new teacher, so I won't be the newcomer anymore, and I got handed down a whole trash bag of professional clothes (skirt-suits!), which I can use to look like a completely different person in the colder days where I can't wear my pretty skirts. Sad things: MY DEPARTMENT CHAIR IS LEAVING to a new school and a new position, and I COULD NOT BE SADDER. Really. I am so sad. I love her. We clicked, you know? The other teacher I clicked with left, but she started saying that halfway through last school year, and I never worked with her directly. This one, I did. Bus duty will never be the same. :'( . Wonderful things: I HAVE THE BEST CASELOAD. I love these children, I've worked with over half of them last year, and there are NINE. Last year I had FOURTEEN. In TWO grade levels. This year, both fifth grade classes, and I hear those teachers will be phenomenal to work with. I am so excited and so happy. I will have a consistent, reasonable schedule! I will be productive and chart their growth! And we will make AYP! Oh yes.
Speaking of school starting, I am so excited for fall. I am jazzed. To the max. Not only because there's that hum in the air as school starts, not only because that means it will decline below 89 degrees once more, not only because I will be earning wages at long last, but because there's a sense of ownership that is totally new to me. In my new era of cooking (and cooking SEASONALLY! Imagine that! I am so sorry, but seriously, Smitten Kitchen has changed my life), crafting, having adult couples friends, and earning two incomes has me feeling so legitimate. Cooking with the seasons means fresh and tastier than I am ever inclined to notice, but it's the knowledge that I am following along that is so fantastic! As the longest standing member of this house, I've really made it so pleasant to live and be in and look around in. Justin has helped. I feel like I can be such a great homemaker in this environment, with these new and creative and healthy things to eat, and with the style and energy infused in the house, as much as we can.
I didn't mean for this post to end sadly too. I didn't mean for them to go in this order. But my friends, I had to do something for the second time in my life (and an even more dire situation than the first time): I had to pull out my pumpkin plants. I know. I know. I was devastated too. There were three of them, and yes, eventually they all sprouted, but from the moment they went into the earth, I was concerned. That dirt is not meant to hold intentional plants. Weeds, bushes - fine. Grass, vegetables - almost no chance. The quality is ridiculous, and though my pumpkins grew fairly quickly at the start, and although they reached a few feet and sprouted a tendril or two, the roots never thickened. And this worried me greatly. They were always these spindly things, and, not wanting to relive the MiracleGro Disaster of '99, I just stuck to watering it in between torrential downpours. I tried to give it better soil. Nothing was strong enough, and as I saw when visited it the other day, the storms had all but torn it to shreds. I pulled them up, and sure enough, the roots may as well have been thread. Sigh. We must cultivate our gardens, better, next year.
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