Forever, Back to School

August 26th, 2010 No Comments

What is it about this time of year that makes me do the things I do?? I have been out of school since the mid-80′s. When this time of year rolls around I get a hankering to go buy socks and undies, maybe some tights, a new sweater perhaps, you know, that sort of thing. Maybe all of the advertising does sink in, I don’t know. I really think it goes much deeper.

I go through my closets, cubbies, drawers and reorganize things. Pull items out I haven’t worn to give away. Refold and straighten things up. It’s like I’m waiting for a cold front to move in and I want to be the first one ready when it does.

The other thing I do is get into hibernation mode. Sometimes I think the biologists have it all wrong reporting that humans are descendants of the chimpanzees. This time I year I feel like a descendant of the bear family. I feel like I need to stock up on food supplies. Make a sauce or two and fill up the freezer. Change my routine from Beach-Blanket-BBQ to Brrrrrrrr-chili-con-carne. I swear it must be in my genes or something.

It’s still nice out, but no, here I am with 2 cauldron sized pots on the stove making my eggplant sauce (yes I succumbed, posted on August 3) and pizza sauce as if I were organizing a fundraiser for the church “spaghetti & pizza night”.

Secretly I do enjoy this time of year when August meanders into September. For me it’s like a mini-new year within the year. Time to revamp my exercise goals and take it up a notch. The extreme heat is no longer an excuse I can hold onto with those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Time to try a new vegetable, perhaps, maybe a new soup recipe. Nothing like pulling out my soup pot, throwing in a bone and an old boot and letting it bubble away.

Tell me what you love about this time of year. We can compare notes.

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