No kids…for the first time in a very, very long time. Hanna spent the night at Aunt Carrie’s and Caleb went to Grandma Fee’s for a few days. And I, of course, was wide awake at 6:15. *sigh*
18 days until school starts – yes, we start on a Thursday here. A bit odd, but they claim they get all of that prep/here’s how it goes stuff out of the way on Thursday and Friday and are able to hit the ground running the next Monday. Even with a busy summer, both kids have already mentioned how much they’re looking forward to going back.
I’m chairing this year’s Ice Cream Social at our church. It’s something we’ve enjoyed as guests during our past few summer visits from Florida, so it’s a little odd to be chairing it this year. I’m looking forward to it, and am enjoying putting all those skills I learned as a scrapbooker – studying fonts and design, working with paper and design – to work in a new way.
I’m starting off August insanely budgeting and tracking our finances. We know what Tom’s salary is each month from the church, but the rest of our income is a little…hmmmm…flexible. He’ll continue substitute teaching when school starts again and I’ll have a little income stream then too, but it will all vary from month to month, and will only be during the school year so some good saving is going to be a necessity. I’m going back to the old envelope budgeting method that’s always worked well for us. I’m also working through Dave Ramsey’s suggestions for irregular budgets, since we’ll have different paychecks coming in at different times. And I’m tracking this month – every penny – and probably September too, to try to figure out where our money is actually going. It’s a little different, this living in a parsonage when it comes to bills and such.
I’m obsessed with perfecting my polenta pizza right now. As soon as I can figure out how to crisp that crust a bit more, I’ll be sharing it. I’m craving it right now…at 8 am.
It’s that good.
I’ve spent the past few days dreaming about Fall…knowing that leaves will actually turn and fall here, the weather will turn crisp and cool…planning wreaths and our mantle, contemplating having a front porch to decorate, thinking about muffins and scents for the house. Never mind that we’ve got August to get through first. It’s been an oddly mild summer here in Central California – a few hot days, but nothing like I remember. After six summers of Florida humidity, I’m enjoying every second of it.
Wondering if I can really start getting to the gym by 6:15 when they change their opening time a few days a week. It would make everything else in my day run so much better, but I just don’t know if I can get up that early.
I know I can get up that early.
I just don’t want to.
What’s on your mind right now?