Monday, August 1, 2011

Time is running out for me to get our nest fully feathered before the hectic pace of another school year resumes. I am teaching summer school this week to a really fabulous group of second graders and have enjoyed every minute so far. If there was just some way to stretch the time so I could get all the bits moved in nice 'n' tidy and still have time for all the extra summer pleasures... (I know, don't we all, right?) 

This year has been a bit weird for me in that not only did I pick up all my personal possessions and move in to make a home with my wonderful hubby, but I also moved all my teaching possessions from one hall at school clear to the far end of the other hall. If I never see another cardboard box again in my life, I would not shed a single tear. Okay. Maybe I am being a tad dramatic now. These crazy big moves have actually been an excellent catalyst for pushing sentimental, pack-rat me into parting with items I no longer use or need. My Sunday School class prize box, Planet Aid, various family members, and (of course) the dust bin have all gained from the process while I have simultaneously felt lightened being content with the fact that my untrashable items have found new, more appropriate homes for themselves. 

It all just takes sooooo much time to do, though! 

 I have to admit that I was very proud of myself for throwing out the dilapidated, cardboard, underbed box that I have had for the past 15 plus years. The moldy old thing nearly stayed with me due to the decoupaged bottom (pictured above) having some sweet girlhood memories attached. But then an epiphany struck! Why not take a picture to capture the memories? Then I could feel a-okay-okie-dokie about pitching the beggarly thing. *Proud pat on the back*

 In other news, I was able to find my way out from under the piles long enough to enjoy a night out with friends this Saturday past. Hubby found out that it was National Cheesecake Day and that The Cheesecake Factory was offering half price cheesecake in celebration! I dared to try their newest flavor ~ the Hershey's Chocolate Bar Cheesecake ~ and was not at all disappointed. (The lighting was horrible, so please forgive the slightly shabby pictures of its delectable goodness). My favorite still remains the Red Velvet Cheesecake, but if you are in the mood for a rich chocolate super-high then this is most definitely the flavor for you! The chocolate-chip-covered edges were my favorite part.

But I have rambled long enough today. Enjoy the rest of our fleeting summer days!