Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer Accomplishments

Even summer is far from over and even though it is 789 degrees outside, this is the last day of summer for me. School officially starts tomorrow for our teachers. That means I'm back a DEFCON 1 every weekday, although Hank remarked this morning that he surely was glad that this year's start is not like last year's start.  I'm so much more calm and collected, and here's the magical secret...I halfway know what I'm doing.  Last year...not a clue!  Oh, I thought I knew it ALL.  How hard could the high school principal business be...I mean, REALLY!  They say that ignorance is bliss and boy howdy was I an ignoramus of the highest order last year this time. 

Summer 2011 has been quite a bit more laid back than that of 2010. Here are a few happenings in no particular order...

Lorelai went to Italy for a month AND turned 21.  She's headed back to Clemson in another week or so for her SENIOR year.  I can hardly believe it.

Legare graduated from law school at Chapel Hill and as of yesterday is a full time resident of Charlotte. The bar exam has been taken and he starts work in a honest to goodness grown up person job in a tip top law firm. I'm pretty sure that I'm not supposed to be trying to run his life anymore. It's going to be hard. In case you didn't know, I'm a bossy individual.

While we didn't take a formal vacation, Hank and I spent some quality time at the summerhouse, enjoying the water and the boat. A little shopping here, a lot of eating there. The older we get, the more we appreciate the simple things.

I got a new refrigerator..not because we wanted one but because the old one died.  LOVE the new one...Samsung French Door model.

I didn't accomplish my weight loss goals but will keep on trying...

I took it easy...A LOT!  It was nice.  I read books and cooked and tried to organize this, that and the other.  Still a lot to organize...there's always next summer.

To end the summer on a positive note, my best friend Sue and her daughter Anna Lee spent the weekend with us. I made appointments for the two of them, Lorelai, and me to spend yesterday morning at Stella Nova, a wonderful Charleston spa. Sue and I laughed all afternoon long (and last night and this morning) about our massages. We had the same guy and he apparently had something against massaging feet...and he had no appreciation for symmetry. I want the same massage on my right arm that I get on my left arm...same on the right leg as the left leg.  (OK...I understand symmetry...) Somehow, I feel lopsided. The girls laughed and laughed at us.

Anyhow...back to serious business tomorrow morning bright and early.  I hope you've had a wonderful summer...the best ever. 

SO tell me...was it all you hoped it would be??


  1. Sounds like you and your family had a full summer, one full of accompolishments. I can't believe we're almost to the middle of August. This summer has flown by, temps over the 100 degree mark for over 14 days, today cloudy and rain.. loving it.. Best of luck starting your new year. hugs ~lynne~

  2. You had a great summer!! I go back tomorrow, too! It kind of shocked me today, as I said to MYSELF because I talk to myself all the time: Wow, S, you have to go to work tomorrow! hehe. Great summer here, too. Got some organizing done, visited my precious Grandbaby TWICE. That was the best part of it. xoxo

  3. I think this year has flown by! I can not believe it's already August and school will be starting up in our area in less than 3 weeks!

    Sounds like you've had a great summer! I too can relate to preferring the "simple" things as we get older...which is not bad!

    Hope this new school year will be an awesome year for you!



  4. Oh yes, it has been a WONDERFUL summer! I've gotten a few projects done, we've had little friends over to play, spent more time in the pool than ever before (although still not a lot of time), enjoyed a couple of weekends with extended family, read lots of books, and been lazy a good bit! I start back to work this Friday, the 12th, and the students start the 22nd. Am I, but it's time. We need to get back on a routine around here!

    Hope your school year is great! We have a new principal this year...his first principal position. I'm sure it will be an interesting year!

  5. A massage sounds wonderful right about now....I was just thinking that my shoulders feel tight. Hmmmmm

    My summer has been great. My two favorite months on the beach, September and October, will be here soon.

    Hope your new school year will be a good one.


  6. What a great summer you had! I can only imagine how proud you must be of both of your kids.

    We had a pretty simple summer too-a few weekend trips here and there and spending the rest of the time around the house. Like you, I did some organizing and cooking, but still have plenty of things for next summer too.

    Hope that the school year is off to a good start for you. The second year is definitely easier than the first!

    Oh, and I love how you refer to weekdays during the school year as DEFCON1. I've always said that I'm back in "school mode" but I think I like your term better!


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