June was a terrible month for blogging or surfing or any quasi-work. If I wasn’t getting a paycheck for a task, then I just couldn’t do it.
If I didn’t have a pressing work task, I was unearthing boys’ dusty dinner jackets, taking the jackets to the dry cleaners, sending in checks for the high school yearbook, locating the guest pillows and sheets for the daybed in the office, organizing a family dinner at fancy restaurant in honor of Ian, planning dinner menus for guests, helping Jonah pack for a trip to Alaska, filling out paperwork for Ian’s jobs program, driving him to the school for more evaluations, buying new light fixtures for the outside of the house, and so on. And that Huff Post article still requires follow up emails and chasing down good opportunities for my book project and for Ian’s future employment. All excellent real life stuff, which I’m privileged to have in my life.
Things should be much more normal now, except for a certain mandatory mid-life procedure on Thursday, that will require a great deal of “prep” on Wednesday. Well, I hope to be five pounds closer to my goal weight on Thursday.
Our house is under construction. We’re getting new siding, doors, and windows. The old girl is sixty years old, so she needs a face lift. I’ll write about it. There are pictures of the before and Day One on Instagram.
Ian graduated from high school on Tuesday. Today, his grandparents from NC just drove here and will stay for the weekend. Cousins from Florida also came into town. We had a big dinner to celebrate at a local Italian restaurant on Saturday.
I’m fascinated with Post-COVID luxury spending. The Washington Post has a good article on it, and referred to education spending. I wrote a newsletter post that touched on this topic. Education entrepreneurs are going to do well this year.
I taught college for years and loved it. But all the students wanted to be there. They PAID to be there. I’m not sure that I could teach kids that were being FORCED to be there and hated it. Fun day-in-the-life of a high school teacher by Cafeteria Duty.
I’m in the Emily Oster fan club.
Shopping: For our anniversary, Steve surprised me with a leather purse with a wide canvas strap from Madewell. I’ve been using it all month.
Dieting: High Noons and Cherries
Picture: New front door.