Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Ah, laziness...

Something can definitely be said for laziness. I turned in my grades last week, showed up for a book discussion at the bookstore, celebrated Mother's Day with my mom and large family, and today is the last of my "obligations"--college graduation. I find this to be a big bore--four hours of pomp and circumstance, 45 minutes trying to get out of a packed parking lot, and another 45 minutes driving home. I should get back home around 10 or 11pm. Yuck! I'm happy for the people graduating, but the boredom of it all almost makes me comatose before I get to it.

I haven't spent much time at the bookstore in the last two weeks, for which, I hate to say, I am grateful. I've been sitting in the backyard watching the hummingbirds chase each other around; I have two pair of Cardinals, Mockingbirds and a ton of Blue Jays to entertain me. Not to mention, my new neighbor's dog, Sampson, a tiny Pomeranian, who barks himself hoarse over my cats (and they just love to tease him). Poor Sammy! He's going to choke himself trying to get to the kittys. Hopefully, my neighbor will get her fence up soon so Sammy can run himself ragged chasing the cats up and down the yard.

I planted some squash and cucumbers, rather late and, perhaps, in a too-shady spot. But, if the bugs or birds don't get the seeds, maybe something will grow. I finally planted the Tarragon my friend Walter gave me. And I've managed to mow the yard twice! The Mayhaws are going great guns, so maybe I'll be able to make some jelly later in the summer or in early fall.

I haven't exactly been lazy, but I finally have the time to do some of the things I want to do. I have a stack of books waiting for me--I really want to tackle Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman--and I need to write more. My writing group is heating up and I want to have something for our next meeting. And, of course, I need to work on my courses for the fall--one freshman comp and three advanced comps. I also need to work on the online class I want to teach in the spring. I have a great deal to do and more time to do it.

So, stop and smell the honeysuckle, watch the hummingbirds, laugh at the neighbor's dog. It's summer, so let's all chill!


saltnmw said...
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saltnmw said...

Dear Ms. Smith,

At first I checked your blog regularly, but then a spell came where you didn't blog for a long while, so I stopped checking. Now I see you’ve written a book of blogs!

I haven't forgotten you - any time I write something for fun, I remember you. Since your class, I've had to write a number of things that were not for fun. In fact, I recently finished an English essay designed to practice reasoning, of which the instructor said I far exceeded the required rubric level. I really did not like the assignment - I was sure it had permanently cured me of writing forever. But I was wrong.

I told you how I admired and could not do what you do – reading all those papers. You insist you love it. Well, I don’t need a grade, just a reader. And since I’ve written a couple of fun things, I naturally thought of you. So, if you’d like me to send you a couple of short shorts – just post an email address that actually works.

Or, jeez! What a dummy I am, I haven’t posted anything to my blog……

Crazy In Shreveport said...

I found you. Post more. Take pictures of your environment if nothing else.