Holy Hannah, can I just tell you how many blog posts I’ve composed in my head and was convinced I’d sit down and have jewels of words just pour out all over your monitor? Can I tell you how surprised I was to find I hadn’t written any? I must have the most realistic dreams in the world…..
- July was a very hot month so I found lots of things to either do inside my house with air conditioning, or in my car with air conditioning, or at somebody else’s house with air conditioning, or in a restaurant with air conditioning. In July I pretty much forgot what fresh air smelled like.
- I also celebrated an anniversary in July, and it always amazes me how my wedding day only feels like two years ago, max. But it’s been twenty-eight, so either I’m the Doctor and I’ve nailed time-travel, or this is a pretty good marriage.
- I learned how to can!
- Which maybe wasn’t such a smart thing to do since it introduced a new component of humidity in my house.
- August was also hot, but I didn’t care because we went on an Alaskan cruise. Do you know that it doesn’t go much above 80 on the interior passage of Alaska? Me neither. Did you also know that it’s a temperate rainforest? Me neither. And what are rainforests good for? Sing with me, kids: H-U-M-I-D-I-T-Y!!!
- It was an amazing experience that I am truly grateful for; we saved up for this trip for eighteen months but it still boggles my mind just how expensive it was. It also taught me a lesson about cruises (this was my third one): limit excursions to ONE per day. Not because I was overstimulated or anything like that, it was just so redundant. We went from Juneau to Skagway to Icy Strait Point to Ketchikan, and every single excursion in every single place took great pains to educate us on bears and skunk cabbage. Go ahead, ask me about bears and skunk cabbage. I dare you.
- I did get to see a glacier. Yup!
That’s Hubbard Glacier, and when I saw how close the ship got and how incredibly cold the surrounding air was, I figured I’d finally found a place to live in the summer. But alas, regulations and rules and all….
- My knitting has been in drips and drabs. I made a shawl to bring with me on the trip but didn’t use it much. I’ve started two other shawls (because why not) and a couple of baby bibs, because many people I know are into the whole procreating thing. It’s so easy to knit baby stuff, I keep forgetting.
- I started orientation on my new job, where I am alternately exhilarated at the thought of teaching college and appalled at the thought of teaching college. Classes start September 7th, so if you don’t hear from me after that…..No, that’s not a fair thing to post because after all, I’m pretty bad at posting on a regular basis. So if you see a post after September 7th and I don’t mention my job, maybe just figure it’s best not to talk about it.
- Like that’s ever stopped me before.