Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bouquets of Sharpened Pencils

"Old School" photo by Lucy Barnett (IntheDivide)

I always think of this quote from You've Got Mail when I feel autumn approaching. Something about the subtle shift in the weather, the smell of wood and falling leaves, the ads for clothes and backpacks... It all sends me to a very nostalgic place. It makes me wanna buy school supplies.

For many, classes started last week. The online school I work for has been busy, busy, busy prepping courses and enrolling high school students for this new semester. And me, well... I've been feeling exactly how I always feel this time of year: anxious for school to begin, to see my friends everyday, to meet my new teachers, and to start learning something new.

Silly, since I haven't been a student in over three years.

"for words and things" photograph by girlhula

Jon is in the process of applying to grad schools, which has given me the opportunity to consider what I want for myself. Yet even though I feel those dreams and ideas percolating in the background, I can't say exactly what I see for my future; with everything going on, and how busy I've been, it's been difficult to see beyond the to-do list in front of me.

A little bit like school, I suppose, but with real world pressures this time.

Once things stop being so crazy, I have a good/dramatic hiking story and lots of pictures of beautiful nature to share. There has been so much I've wanted to write about, and while I've been beating myself up for not keeping up with my writing and blogging, I know I must stop. Right now is not the time for me to be active here. My attention and dedication is needed elsewhere, and for now...

That's fine with me.


  1. Lets skip class and get a Blenzerz and hide in your car. Cool?

    I can't wait to read the hiking story.

  2. YAY! Entry!

    And I, too, think of those quotes and "You've Got Mail" every time fall hits and I see the kids bustling to school. I never missed high school while in college, but being in the "real world" has made me long for those simple times. =)

    I'm really looking forward to your upcoming entries, but I'm glad you're good-busy right now. Try not to be TOO busy when I'm there at the end of the month. =) I want to enjoy my time with you.

    Oh! and find out if I can come with you to work one of the days - or if you can work from home. That would be fun!