Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Summer Manifesto

The spring manifesto was something I really enjoyed doing, and since the start of summer is upon us, I thought I'd do another one (thanks to Julia for getting me started on these).  A lot of things I want to do over the next few weeks are really a continuance of or a variation on a theme from my spring list, but here it goes:
  • Get outside with G every day.  This is a particular challenge here right now since it's almost a hundred degrees by noon, making it necessary to get out the door before her morning nap or right before bedtime, or it's just too hot.   We just sat in the paddling pool last night before bed.  That was lovely.
  • Continue to try new recipes.  We're slated to get over two pounds of zucchini in our CSA box tomorrow, so .  . . 
  • Rebuild my wardrobe as environmentally responsibly and thriftily as I can - meaning a lot of sewing and browsing second hand stores.  I wrote about a set of particular challenges before  and I'm still working on them.    
  • Finish sewing two more articles of clothing for the Wardrobe Challenge
  • Get that Diana camera out and get the film--- from my trip to Vermont last summer--- in it developed.  There's so many little places in Albuquerque that would look amazing captured on film.  Does anyone have an online film processor that they like?
  • And finally, this is more of a chore, but something that will make me feel better in the long run: Prepare the household for my return to work.  I know, I know.  There are tons and tons of women who do this every day.  But for the last sixth months I've been recovering from a very difficult pregnancy and, following that, just allowing myself to enjoy this time that will never happen again.  I'm kind of dreading G's transition to daycare (well, probably more my own than hers) and the shift in our family time once I am working again.  I have a new, busier position when I go back to teaching, and ideally I'd like to be as organized as possible to ease the adjustment.  At home, this means building up a store of breast milk, freezing meals, and . . . ?  Any advice here, people?  Or any freezer-friendly vegetarian recipes? I keep telling myself that if I work on school for an hour a day and do a household task every day, I'll be TOTALLY SET by August.  And then I think, bah, forget it.  Because the whole thing reminds me too much of this article.  
 Reflect, slow down, enjoy.  That's what I said and I'm stickin' to it.  Until I completely freak out.


  1. love the idea of a manifesto for each season. a declaration! goals! so inspiring!


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