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Yet I am still so weary.
Some nights it's all I can do to read a half chapter in a pretty light book before I cash out for the night.
That said, July was a pretty good month. I reconnected with a very old friend (she's now my new boss). My Godson was born. I got to spend a good bit of time with my family. I've buried a couple of hatchets (or am in the process of digging a hole to bury said hatchet).
As per usual, I feel like I am on my way to being on the right track. But I am just not quite there yet.
One of these days...
Also, I've decided to stop calling it a "planner." I'm going to start calling it "my list of aspirations." Because plans that I make seem to have a 50% chance of survival if I write them down and it's even less if it involves other people. Fortunately my job allows for some measure of flexibility. I must say, failed plans aside, I am really excited about putting in my planner refill today. I love the fresh start that a blank planner gives you!
Anyway, so this post was called "August," not "My Summer," so I probably ought to talk about what's on tap for August...
Well, first thing I want to do is finish Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine. I am about halfway through and I really like it so far. It's a lot like Auntie Mame, but set in the 1960s and the boy lives with his half-sister, not his aunt. I really like these totally eccentric characters. I saw an article somewhere not too long ago about this type of character and it included the character from Elizabethtown, but I can't remember where the article came from. I know it's unrealistic to aspire to be like this because people just can't get away with acting like that in real life, but I can't help myself--I wish I could be that airy, sexy, and carefree, but still be smart and wise. These characters are also often very well-read. Anyway, I need to finish reading and get a review up for it. If I can dedicate myself, it shouldn't take too long to finish.
After that, I'd like to use August to finish up the books I've already started. Going back to my Summer Reading TBR list from June 18, this would be: Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Marriage Plot, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and The Odyssey (which I didn't get very far into, but I did sign up for a readalong) and Rebecca, both of which I started this summer with the best of intentions of focusing and finishing and then I failed miserably because other bright, shiny books came across my radar. I swear--I am like a kitten with a ball of string sometimes when it comes to books! I will be super surprised if I actually am able to finish all of these, but why not shoot for the moon?
I am really excited about a book that's coming out at the end of the month--Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines by Samantha Hahn. I came across it on Twitter and immediately pre-ordered a copy. Just look at the cover! The book provides a brief portrait of some of literature's most well-known heroines. Among these are Daisy Buchanan, Anna Karenina, and Mrs. Dalloway. Apparently, the book very nicely combines literature and art. I can't wait to go through this book and see who is mentioned and what is said about each character. I normally don't focus a whole lot on the female character of a book, unless it's the protagonist. However, when I re-read The Grapes of Wrath back in May/June, I focused a whole lot on Ma Joad and how strong she was and how, in many ways, she was the head of the family. I want to broaden my awareness, so this book is coming out at a great time.
I would just love to squeeze in some Hemingway and Faulkner, but I just don't know if I will have time.
Let's see...what else is happening in August or should be happening in August? The main thing--school starts. Because I finally had the support of everyone to not go back to school, but then decided to when I was offered the opportunity to work on a really cool project, I am going to make a concerted effort to not gripe about school. It's entirely self-inflicted at this point. I have been eating better and now that Zach is back from his summer travels, I'd like to continue eating smart and begin experimenting with new recipes, some of them meatless options. I'd like to start waking up earlier to walk the lake if Zach is going to be getting up or doing yoga before work. That's about it.