Helloooo. It’s September. A lovely breeze is blowing through my window. I am finally wearing long pants. Ha. It definitely feels like fall today. And I am most certainly back in the game, my friends. The blogging game, that is.
I had a lovely two weeks off. I tried to jam as many patio lunches, coffees, and dinners in as I could before the weather changes and my younger friends have to get back to work. Lots of trepidation there, I can tell you. And rightly so. My thoughts today are with all my teacher friends who went back to work on Monday, although not necessarily with kids in the classroom yet.
I’m sure the Black Dog Bistro in Manotick considers me a regular now. I’ve had two lovely dinners on their patio recently with friends. I’m not ready to dine inside. Not sure that will change even when it gets too cold to eat outside.
I’ve been shopping a bit. Well, once. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I visited my friend Katia who manages the Laura Mercier counter there. We had a lovely chat, and I came away with my make-up supply replenished and some good deals on skincare products. Laura Mercier often has sets during promotion time, full-size creams and oils etc at really good prices. Great value, especially if you already like and use the products.
I must say I was really uncomfortable in my new navy cotton reusable mask when I was shopping. I’ve been wearing the light blue disposable masks since the spring and have had no difficulty. But I found this heavy cotton one hot, and it made breathing difficult. Even though it looked great with my old Max Mara suit. After I left Katia, I has a quick whip round the sale merchandise upstairs. I saw little to tempt me and bought nothing. Then I hightailed it for home. Huffing and puffing all the way to my car.
As you can see below, it looks as if I am continuing my love affair with navy. I’ve worn my Max Mara suit twice and the matching jacket a couple of times. Once with my Rag and Bone checked pants, and another time with my Frame straight-leg white jeans, my Stan Smith sneakers, and my navy cashmere Vince sweater. I like the look of navy and white on me even better with my newly white hair than I did with my old hair. So that’s good.
On my holiday I had coffee with friends a couple of times. All masked up when applicable and socially distanced. Last week when my friend Marina and I met I didn’t recognize her in her sunglasses and mask. Oh, my god, how embarrassing was that?
As I gazed around the parking lot, and she stood in line to pick up her coffee, she even spoke to me saying where to line up to order. I just nodded and wondered why this stranger was directing me. Ha. Then she sat at a table outside and watched me cluelessly wandering around the parking lot waiting for her. She actually had to walk over to me and take off her mask. I almost fell over laughing. She just chuckled and said it was good to know that she could now walk around incognito, and even old friends wouldn’t know her. Hubby said my eye sight must be getting pretty bad if friends have to wear name tags. Okay… in my defense, I DO have to get that cataract looked at again.
Hubby and I squeezed in a few bike rides while I was on hiatus. Of course it’s not as if that will stop now. We are really enjoying our newly paved road with the wide paved shoulder. It’s lovely to be able to hop on our bikes and safely ride from home instead of throwing the bikes in the back of the truck and driving somewhere. Previously our busy main road had a sloping unpaved shoulder, chewed up edges, and tons and tons of potholes. I am not comfortable riding in traffic with big trucks approaching and a line-up of impatient drivers behind me waiting to pass. Even worse when it’s the truck impatiently waiting to pass.
Oh, that road was a nightmare in more ways than one. I still cringe at the memory of Hubby driving me to the doctor when I had shingles. Me clutching my abdomen and trying unsuccessfully not to cry, while he eased his way between potholes and bumps equally unsuccessfully. No more big bumps now, people. And we can safely ride our bikes to less busy roads and trails. Yah.
I did do one blogging related thing these past two weeks. I taught myself to use some new software that will allow me to edit my videos. That was fun. I love to learn new things. I’m no expert, but it’s a start. And I made a short video: “What I Did on My Summer Vacation.” Original, eh? Hope you enjoy it.
I have some ideas percolating in my head for posts I’ll write soon. I’ve finally given up organizing myself too far ahead of time. I’ve been trying to do that, with little success, for years. In the same way I used to plan a course, with topics and themes for the next few months, all organized and teacher-ish. I thought if it worked for my course content it would be good for blogging. But you know what? Being too organized just takes all the joy out of it for me. All the spontaneity. I think I’d forgotten those days when I’d walk into class and say to the kids that I’d jettisoned a lesson in favour of something more fun. Gad they loved that.
Of course with teaching one had a responsibility to finish the curriculum, prepare kids for the next course, for post-secondary education, or for the real world that awaited them. It couldn’t all be spontaneous. And it wasn’t all about me. But blogging is all about me. And you guys. And you and I can do as we please. Right?
I’m going to continue to jot down ideas as they come to me, ideas that may or may not become future posts. And I’m telling myself that I am not a slave to that list. Feels great, you know.
I should tell you that I do have a post on jeans coming up. I haven’t written a post about jeans for ages. I’m excited.
So. That’s all from me today. I am back from summer holidays, even though I went nowhere. Ha. And back in the game.
And like my video says… ” The end. See you soon.” 🙂
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