1. read the gardner heist. i first heard about this book in february and i’ve been dying to read it since then. here’s what i already love about this mystery: the curators left the frames up from where the original artwork was stolen! i’m not entirely sure why i like that so much, but i do…
2. refinish the book shelf in my bedroom. as in remove the chipped, old paint, sand it down, and make it pretty. it’s a first rate eye-sore, and i didn’t realize it until tuesday.
3. read fall down 7 times get up 8. author debbie silver was one of the keynote speakers at the ira convention i attended in april. she was seriously funny. here are the notes i took down while watching her: that was my starter marriage, i'm a recovering middle school teacher, he's my step ex husband in law, middle school kids = hormones with feet. see? genius. here's a link to a book trailer...cute images + forward by carol ann tomlinson = gotta be good.
4. take (and pass) the reading specialist test. i submitted my final review assignment earlier today and now i wait for approval to take the exam. there are lots of theories i’ve forgotten in the last six months: the transactional one, the behaviorist one, the sociolinguistics one, and constructivist one. after i brush up on those, i’ll be ready to go!
5. grow tomatoes. they are seriously adorable little sprouts right now. my san marzanos and my yellow pears are off and running, but my beefsteaks are on the remedial track.
6. speaking of running on the remedial track, that’s next on my list. if you know me, don’t laugh because i’m serious. i’ve never been a huge fan of running (unless it's a rare circumstance and i’m being chased), so this one is a little bit of a risky undertaking. but the girls and i are going to start running. really.
7. enjoy the twinkle lights that we set up in our backyard a couple of weeks ago. unfortunately, i haven’t stayed up late enough to enjoy them since school’s been out, what with my incessant need for catching up on all the sleep i lost during the school year. but i will. probably tomorrow evening. maybe.
8. float. the girls are finally big enough (and by big enough i mean their attention spans are long enough) to float the river. i have some inside info on a new stretch of the river to float, and i can’t wait to give it a whirl with my little ladies in tow.
9. make pickles. the theme for end of year teacher gifts this year involved ball jars. i got some cute jars in all shapes and sizes with some incredibly thoughtful gifts. so now i have cute, empty jars. may as well put them to good use.
10. make an advent calendar (a documented and rare example of me planning ahead). i have wanted to do this for approximately twelve years. i always remember that i’ve intended to do this on approximately december first, which is (ironically) the day i need to have it ready to use. this time, i’m going to put time on my side.
so there you have it. ten things to accomplish this summer. the first five are for me, and the last five are for the girls and me to do together. seems fair, i think?
i have a new blog that i’m completely loving right now, partly because she is hilarious and partly because i love reading about families who have gone through the international adoption process. jen hatmaker. i stumbled across her blog about a year ago, and found it again in may.
oh, and she was on the today show on monday for a hilarious blog post she wrote about the end of the school year. no big deal. here’s a link to a great piece she wrote earlier today that might resonate with anyone who’s brave enough to be at home with their kids during the summer. hope you enjoy – she leaves me in a constant state of "i’m not worthy"-ness. in a good way, of course.
i can't wait for the girls to get home on saturday. i'm looking forward to a summer filled with lots of fun with these little ladies.