Summer Wrap-Up

So, in my very first blog, my first yawp, I made a list of summer goals. It is not September. I have already started a new (part-time) teaching job (yay! income!) almost a month ago. The cranberries are also ready to be picked and the air is cold. Summer is over.

New photo by Chelsey Zibell / Google Photos

So, I’ve gone over my list to see what if I have done anything with these goals. The things I’ve accomplished, I’ve crossed off and provided notes in blue. The things I haven’t done, I’ve provided excuses for in red.

Goals for the summer:

  1. Read at least one book that has nothing to do with education or research  I’m counting audiobooks because that is the only way my fried brain can consume books nowadays. I listened to Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It was incredibly moving. If I ever teach a college writing course ever again, I would like to use this text.
  2. Sew one atikłuk/qaspeq/kuspuk (pictures here if you don’t know what that is). I have not sewn a stitch this summer. I still have fabric sitting in the plastic store bag that I carried them home in.
  3. Organize my daughter’s room (seriously, I’m afraid of getting lost in the jungle of toys). Has not happened yet, but I am hopeful for the coming week.
  4. Finish the Shopkins craft I started with my daughter one year ago. Not yet. Still hopeful for this week. 
  5. Run all the way to that sign I ran to that sign, I ran past that sign, ran down the road that goes past that sign, ran down another road, and another and eventually made a loop back to my car (Yeah, it took all summer for me to be able to do that, but running muscles aren’t built in a day).
  6. Figure out how to get that bit of pink nail polish out of the carpet. Nope. I did shampoo the carpet in my apartment though (ok, my boyfriend did about 2/3 of it)
  7. Expand my Netflixing beyond just watching documentaries narrated by John Hurt (although I’m pretty sure falling asleep to the disembodied voice of Human Planet is making me dream smarter) I did expand my Netflixing to Hulu-ing, and eventually started watching house-flipping shows. After months of deliberation I’ve decided that I don’t like subway tile but I loooove farmhouse sinks.