Monday, August 17, 2009

i used to have a locker

And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.—Rainer Maria Rilke

I was always the kid who began missing long division sometime around August.

Long division and cool white paper and the smell of erasers. The afternoons would grow longer, and the cicadas buzzed louder and louder. I wanted again the strange sanity of seven classes in a day. Even the challenge of homework looked appealing. (That appeal never lasted a month into school, though.)

So what do I do now? No school in my future (that I can tell), but the buses have been trundling past today, and my cousins and friends are all heading back to one school or another. Graduate classes, teaching classes, off to college for the first time, off to high school for the last…

Meanwhile I flick on my computer and stare down this novel that has decided to outlive me.

... No, it won’t do. I need to find some way to quench the back-to-school urge. Some way that doesn’t cost… Um, or take time…

Maybe I’ll just have to get over it. Maybe I’ll just write my brains out, and within a week, I’ll forget all about long division and clean folders and backpacks that still smell like the store…

Or maybe it will just rain, and I’ll bury myself in a Victorian mystery with a cup of coffee. And forget all about August and September and the way things were…—jl

Posted by Jenn Langefeld on 08/17 at 03:33 PM
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Thursday, August 06, 2009

renovation photo album

Let’s see if we have more photo success today…

A bit of paint:

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And after the floor and bookshelves were installed, we had some sorting of books to do…

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Ooooh. That just makes my heart happy.

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. You see? Don’t you want to come visit now?—jl

Posted by Jenn Langefeld on 08/06 at 06:41 PM
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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

the story of july

I said “one o’clock” as though I could see it, and “Monday” as though I could find it on the map.—Peter S. Beagle

Once upon a time, there was a blogger with very fine intentions, who encountered a hectic July… oh, wait: you already know how this one turns out, don’t you?

Yes, I was blindsided by a crazy summer. Here’s what happened, after Bermuda:

Home renovation, on a grand scale! As a family, we have long adored bookstores and coffee shops. (Shocking!) And after a bit of planning, that’s what our dining room and living room now resemble.

Maple built-in bookcases (not quite enough for my parents’ collection, but nearly), hardwood floors, bistro table… It looks gorgeous, a dream come true, but for some reason, my camera and this blogsite are at odds… I’ll try to counsel both and post pictures later. For now, you’ll have to imagine…

At the same time, we also replaced our crumbling deck for something larger and sturdier… and then hosted a family reunion in our new place! Hooray for relatives, my grandma’s 80th birthday, and enormous quantities of Mexican food. And crepes… there were also crepes.

After the reunion, I crashed into bed and have been sleeping a LOT. But am almost back to equilibrium. Whew! ... So that was July.

And now? Now is the countdown to the birth of my very first niece! Hooray! And helping my younger sister’s family move to Florida… Then making plans for an inspiring and creative fall. Hopefully a complete reinvigoration of my writing routine…

August! The end of summer… The cicadas are singing about it…—jl

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