Well, the weather finally broke last week, and we’ve been enjoying the most gloriously cool string of days. You can’t not think of Fall and pencils and new shoes and school in weather like this, even if you’re like me and you wish you didn’t quite like Fall so much because it’s a little bit over rated, and over way too fast, and comes right before Winter. We’ve been making the most of these gorgeous days with long walks, late dinners outside, candles, sweaters and friends. Except that none of that is true but the sweaters. In any case, it’s got me thikin’ and plannin’ and wishin’ and hopin’ and la la la la la, so here are some of my goals for the next month:
1. Finally have dinners under the pergola with the Italian lights, like I’ve been wanting to do all Summer, but haven’t done because it’s been so hot.
2. Put Italian lights on the pergola.
3. Collect a dozen or so fantastic soup recipes to be used throughout the Fall and Winter. Cheap and delicious are the goals. Oh, and no dairy, which eliminates cream-of-anything, in case you’re in the mood to feel sorry for me. I can hear your tiny fiddles tuning up now.
4. Finally take the plunge and buy some (horrifying) skinny jeans, but only so I can wear the boots I got for $12 on clearance a couple of years ago.
5. Take a moment every day to mourn the fact that all my resolutions revolve around food and clothes.
6. Learn the ukulele. To be more specific, learn three songs, and practice every day. Teach at least one song to Snert, who loves to sing, but only knows songs that he makes up, which usually go something like “Rock Star! Rock Star! Rock star rock star rock star! Bam Bam Bam, Pew pew pew exploding sounds!”
Oh, no, I forgot that he does know Yankee Doodle. “Mind the business and the stuff, and with the girls be handy!”
7. Start running with Cisco. First do some positive thinking exercises in order to get myself on board emotionally (stop being a weenie, stop being a weenie, stop being a weenie).
8. Take many walks with Snert and Co. through the forest preserves, so as to get in touch with Nature Parts. Pretend we live in the country and not in the suburbs, where a chipmunk is a novelty.
And now, on with the day! There is much to be done, including finding an appropriate place to put a huge Ikea bookshelf that we bought AND assembled without measuring, because we are the smartest. Honestly, I don’t know how it happened. It would be more than characteristic for me to do something like that, but not for Cisco. Dude seemed really shaken last night. Am thinking that either his mind was temporarily hijacked by aliens, or I finally made him crack last week by insisting that he have an opinion about my wedding apparel. “Does this dress look ok? How about this one? What about this other black one? What about the first one with these shoes? Which is your favorite? Do you want to see the third one again? Is this appropriate for an evening wedding? Are you sure? Is this one too light? Is this one too black? Are you sure? Would it be simpler if I just poked both of your eyes out for you so you don’t have to do this? In that case, which material feels best?”
So, um, what are your plans for the next month? And what about soup?