Sorry for not posting more regularly, folks. What with teaching two Summer I classes and doing oft-neglected landscaping work, I’ve been too busy to post anything more ambitious than a few cryptic Facebook updates these past few weeks.
But what with Summer I winding down (just one more week to go) and the front and back yards finally starting to look presentable (I may post pictures of the new frontyard shrubbery — WEEE), I’m hoping to get back on a more regular posting schedule… as in weekly, AT LEAST.
The fact that I’ve been blogging on “I Am the Lizard Queen!” for exactly seven years snuck up on me earlier this week as I was grading. I guess that seven-year itch caught up with me and I’ve been playing with various WordPress themes. I’m not sure about this current theme, but the “magazine-y/ newspaper-y” feel about it currently appeals to me. So I’ll stick with it — for now.
I’m still not sure what kind of blog this is. I’ve been a student far longer than I’ve been a teacher, but my student days officially ended four years ago. I’ve only been a mom for less than three years, but that Brave New World of parenthood has taken over my non-teaching life (right now, Daniel is going through the throes of potty training, and that topic is a blog entry in its own right).
Whatever kind of blog this IS, I still find it funny that my main traffic comes from people searching for Elmo’s Ducks lyrics. A distant second are those looking for places to donate yarn.
What’s ironic is that Daniel is starting to outgrow Elmo, and I haven’t messed with yarn in any serious way since Daniel was born (hence me donating a lot of my supply).
But anyways — I’m actually stealing time, writing this entry. I should be grading (I have a handful of late papers students gave me today), but I don’t feel like it. After pruning some trees (and having a serious intervention with myself while on a ladder about my fear of heights), my mind is obsessed with the dismantled and disheveled playset that Technogypsy gave me before Daniel was born.
It’s time for it to be put back together, so I’ve been researching what would work, given the limited space of the backyard. What with a brick patio, a huge shed, and eleven trees taking up space, I was looking for a small footprint in a playset while not sacrificing swings, slide, and a fort thingy so that, when I start to call around for a carpenter who would be able to re-use what I currently have, I can explain what I want.
So far, I’ve found this design:
This will be the outdoor July project (while redesigning my Fall syllabi will be my indoor project).
Hmmm… sometimes I wonder if I’m just like my parents — workaholics.
Ah, well. TTFN.