Making: Well, we haven't started yet, but we have gathered the materials to make seashell stepping stones for the yard using shells we collected last week at the beach. There were so many shells all over the place every day, and I was really surprised at how disinterested Arabella was in picking them up. She changed her tune a little when I told her we could make something with them when we got home.
Cooking: I have actually been cooking! The past few months were plagued by a cooking rut, but my recent (like, in the last couple of days) rededication to Weight Watchers has motivated me to get back at it. I started out by choosing recipes from the WW site on Sunday before going to Kroger. Tonight we had chicken with grape tomatoes, garlic, and basil, grilled in foil packets, along with brown rice and fresh veggie kabobs courtesy of Nana and Poppy's garden.
Drinking: Lots of flavored water and coffee. I'm trying not to drink pop, even though I drink diet and it's usually caffeine-free. I'm in love with Simple Truth blueberry blackberry flavor and the Metro Mint brand orange spearmint flavor. I also like Skinnygirl white cherry.
Reading: Today is actually my day off from reading since I had a writing assignment due. Yesterday I read several short stories by Charles Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, and Ernest Hemingway. I liked them all very much. Tomorrow I begin the novel The Professor's House by Willa Cather.
Wanting: To go shopping. Both my budget and my diet are keeping me in check on this one. I don't need any clothes for work, but there's just something about going back to school that fuels the shopping bug. I guess years of advertising and ingrained consumerism are working on me. I'm hoping that I can make it until late September or even October before I really invest in my wardrobe. Even then, I know I will be as thrifty as possible, and I will hopefully be a few sizes smaller!
Looking: At beach photos. I've spent a few hours tonight getting photos from both of our phones and our camera into our Dropbox and on Shutterfly. I usually procrastinate a ton on uploading photos and doing anything with them, so I thought now would be a good time to get the ball rolling. I plan to make a 20x30 collage print with the best ones and get an extra copy to display in my classroom.
Playing: Anything outside. I'm trying to get Arabella outside every day for as long as I can get her to stay there. We have spent some time at a couple of parks this month, and obviously we were outside a ton last week in Ocean Isle. Today was gorgeous and cool with a great breeze, so she played in the backyard with the dog while I worked on my assignment. This evening, she rode her bike a little. She gets really frustrated with it and tries to give up, but she did the best tonight that she has ever done with it.
Wishing: For everything in the next year or so to work out as I'm hoping. This fall, I'm taking Shakespeare and Technical Writing (two separate courses, though the combination might prove interesting) and teaching about four times more AP kiddos than last year, and I'm scared to death. I'll take two more classes in the spring, plus studying for and *hopefully* passing the exit exam. In the midst of all that, and no one better tell my mama this because she'll kill me, I'm hoping to have another baby next year. Plus, after this upcoming school year, I hope to be teaching College English. I feel like if I can make it through the next two years, I can make it through anything.
Enjoying: Summertime! There simply isn't anything like it. Summer vacation is a poor reason to become a teacher, though I've heard some people confess it as their motivation, but it definitely makes up for the stress of August to May.
Waiting: For Arabella to fall asleep. The last month has gotten our routine all out of whack. And what little bit of routine we clung to was destroyed by late nights and sharing a bed on vacation. I've spent the last two nights insisting that she sleep in her own bed and she's resisting.
Needing: A great idea for my next big paper. I got a good grade on my last one and I was super proud of it. I had an idea for the biggie, but when I ran it by the professor, he said he liked it but that I should branch out and write this one about a different book rather than focusing on The House of the Seven Gables all month. I don't really want to LOL. I have a vague notion about Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River," but I don't have time for vague notions since the annotated bibliography is due Friday. And it's a major conference-style paper, which I've never written before...basically, it's like a twenty-minute speech. Cray.
Smelling: Coffee. Specifically Peet's Coffee, Major Dickason's blend. It's a dark roast that I make in the Keurig, and that I definitely should not be drinking at 11:00 at night.
Wearing: Shorts! I don't usually wear shorts, and I still avoid wearing them in public, but I have embraced at least wearing them around the house this summer. I got a couple of pairs of Everlast shorts at K-Mart a few weeks ago and I'm loving them. I also have some that are technically pajamas that I wear around here on lazy days when I have reading and writing to do. And since it's cold tonight, I'm wearing a new jacket I got last week on one of our trips to Sunset Beach. Because that's the beach where we got married, I love that this jacket says "Live Love Forever."
Following: I've started following the Tone It Up girls on Spotify to get their workout playlists. I use the free version of Spotify, which means I can't download the songs to access them offline and I have to use the random shuffle on playlists, but I don't mind one bit. I also follow fitsugar playlists, which include music for cooldown and relaxation. And for our vacation, I found some cool roadtrip soundtracks on Spotify as well.
Noticing: My blonde roots are coming back in. I'm going to try to hold off on coloring it for a few more weeks since I've spent way too much time and money on dying the underneath purple this summer. P.S. next summer, I might dye all my hair purple. It makes me so happy.
Knowing: That summer is almost over. But that's okay. I'm ready for my Spaniard to get home! I will probably be camped out on her front porch before her flight even lands. No joke.
Thinking: About what tattoo I want to get next. Adam has a great idea to get a compass on his shoulders with the coordinates for the spot where we got married. I was planning to get a tattoo in homage to my mama, but since he's getting one about us, I kind of feel obligated. And since he's going with the beach theme (seems like that's on our minds a lot lately, LOL), I thought I'd go the same route. I found a quote a like from a Tyler Knott Gregson poem: "the ocean was always you." I've also always liked the idea of his "You are the poem I never knew how to write and this life is the story I have always wanted to tell." Still undecided though.
Pinning: Weight Watchers recipes, tattoo ideas, and school stuff. My Pinterest followers are probably super annoyed with me right now.
Giggling: At this video a former student sent me on Twitter. I'm going to use it on the first day of school.
Feeling: Empowered and at peace.