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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Labor Day Chores

Finally! Say good-bye to the long hot summer days when 90 degree temperatures like today are cause for celebration. I don't do summer very well, but having previously promised not to blog whine, I'll resist going down that path. However, Labor Day week-end I plan to give summer a premature boot by getting after a punch list of chores that will usher in fall glorious fall on Summit Court. High on that list are the following:
  1. put away those white sandals--Tim Gunn on Bravo's Guide to Style may have relaxed his rules about wearing white after Labor Day, but I'm not there yet;
  2. call a young handyman god to clean out the gutters--I was willing to do this chore myself, but Paula Bunyan here took a high tumble off a ladder nearly breaking an elbow trying to trim trees (thanks American Journal of Sports Medicine for your un-timely post-accident recommendation that old people need to do regular balancing exercises);
  3. clear the TV viewing calendar for the fall reality shows--in case you're not up to date, the season openers are Tim Gunn's Guide to Style 9/6, The Dog Whisperer 9/7, Biggest Loser 9/11, America's Next Top Model 9/19, Survivor China 9/20, Dancing with the Tarts and The Bachelor 9/24;
  4. shop for an all-purpose culsha outfit--after the summer's entertainment drought, the new season begins in September with the KY Opera's performance of Puccini's Turandot and Actor's Theater Fire on the Mountain about the plight of mountain coal miners. . .how timely;
  5. rig up my master mixed media campaign monitoring system for the state governor's and then '08 presidential races--first proof of authenticity gets my vote!

How lucky we are to have two opportunities for new beginnings--both January and September. Happy Half Year to you all.

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