Summer in academia feels like controlled chaos. Contrary to popular opinion, having “summers off” does not equate to three months of vacation, laying around eating bonbons (despite what Mr. T may claim). Rather, it’s a big old nebulous chunk of time where work must get done, but without the helpful structure of routine and deadlines. Every day is different. For me, it’s both delicious and nauseating. Much like telecommuting, I enjoy the freedom and flexibility, but life without pattern and predictability is a challenge. For instance, it’s unnerving that I can never seem to remember what day it is! In any case, this week’s pixels seem to reflect my current chaos in their variety. Expect similar levels of random all summer.
#150- May 29- Kale/fruit smoothie (disaster)
#151- May 30- Watering more than the onions
|I must be careful when watering lately because my itty bitty Praying Mantis friends hide out in the most unlikely places.|
#152- May 31- Energy conscious PDX
#153- June 1- Seven levels of rude!
|Calling all shopping cart activists! I fumed to see this cart left in the only shady parking space at Costco, ESPECIALLY when the cart return area was only 20 feet away. Grrrr.|
#154- June 2- Angie!
|Dogwatching for my in-laws over the hottest days of the year so far meant that Angie preferred the pool to playing catch. She didn’t seem to understand why I wouldn’t jump in the pool to fetch and throw her ball.|
#155- June 3- Shawna does landscaping
|Fingers crossed these perennials live long and happy lives! See here for the before and after photos.|
#156- June 4- Taunting a girl
|Mail from the Grand Hotel inviting us to stay this summer for their 125th anniversary season. Sniff. Wish we could go! (For a zillion photos of my favorite-ist Honeymoon spot, see here.)|
#157- June 5- Cucs!
|How does my garden grow? Quickly, lately. Yay!|
#158- June 6- Easy weeknight enchiladas
|Quick and easy enchiladas using rotisserie chicken. Check out the recipe here.|