Even though school starts in August in our area, when I was a child, school always started after Labor Day. I loved the anticipation of heading back to class. I read with excitement the list of needed supplies ("one Pink Pearl eraser", no other kind will do). I carefully packed the items into my backpack. Back-to-school time meant new clothes, and I knew exactly which outfit, down to the socks, I would wear on the first day. Ahhh, structure and routine!
My school days are long-since gone. Even my children have outgrown the K-12 days. However, September comes and I instinctively have a need to get completely organized! Of course, as an adult, I have more responsibilities than just one notebook with 5 dividers, so I am not completely organized!, but I took steps in the right direction this week.
This week, I am thankful for:
1. A working printer. Last week, my trusty ole printer gave up the ghost. After a google search to troubleshoot the problem, John declared the printer gone. A big box from amazon arrived recently, and we are happy not only to have a printer again, but are amazed at its wireless capabilities. What? We don't even have to connect it with a cord to the computer! I can even print from my phone!
2. A working refrigerator. It seems like our appliances only hang on to life as long as their comrades do. The fridge got word the printer died, and figured, "Well, if he can go, so can I!" Fortunately, the repairman was able to revive the fridge so we once again have cold milk in the house. Hopefully, none of the other appliances will get sick.
3. Shelving units in the garage. Our neighbors have friends who were moving and giving away a garage full of sturdy shelving units. They offered us some of them. What a wonderful gift! Although the garage is not 100% organized now, it is so much better. John now has room to walk around his project car!
4. New opportunities for oldest daughter. She recently applied for, and got, a new job. Her last job was good; this job is better--a "grown-up" job, in her words. She'll be working as an admissions counselor at a school. I'm so happy for her!
5. More frequent blogging. After a very sparsely-blogged August, I managed to publish more regularly this past week. (Have I mentioned I like routine?)
6. New clothes. I might not be in school, but that didn't prevent me from getting a new outfit. I'm not a frequent shopper for myself, but I did take a couple of hours this week to try on a million things, and purchase three items.
7. Cooler temperatures. It's only been in the 90s outside this week. Inside the house, I've even felt chilly and put on a sweatshirt. I can't figure out if I've just become a wimpy Californian, or if I'm starting to come down with something, or if I'm having some sort of anti-hot-flash, but whatever it is, I'm enjoying feeling chilled!
8. No-harm-done accidents. While driving (well, I was actually at a complete stand-still in traffic) on a Los Angeles freeway yesterday, the car in front of me rolled backwards and slowly collided with my car. I saw him coming, and so tapped my horn just before his car impacted mine. The funny thing was, the driver threw his hands up in the air in a "What did you do that for?" expression. He got out of his car, saw that there was no damage, and got back in his car. I told him that he had hit me, but I don't think he believed me. I think he thought I was crazy. I think he must have taken his foot off the brake and just wasn't paying attention. When traffic got moving again, I made sure to leave extra room between our cars, and was happy when another car decided to move between ours. When his car exited the freeway, I said, "Good-bye, little white car!" and relaxed a bit. The whole experience was so ridiculous, I'm still laughing about it.
9. The peace that comes from temple attendance. Fortunately, the accident happened on my way home from the temple, so I was in a calm, happy mood and could easily laugh off the incident.
10. Pho--and great company with which to share a meal. John and I discovered a new-to-us Vietnamese restaurant in our area. I love Vietnamese cuisine, but there are not many places locally that serve it. We will definitely remember this place for future date nights, too.
Thanks for back-to-school season, whether or not school is involved.
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