Fall: A Plan.

September 16, 2013

As I mentioned last week, I’m not ready for Fall. I’m still holding on fast with a summer hangover, and we’ll still be wearing practically nothing until at least November, but I’m going to play along and try to pretend that it’s possibly changing seasons outside and if I dream it I can do it. Or something.

In the meantime, we went ahead and made Fall Plans. Because the optimism, it runs deep.

Harry hasn’t decided whether or not he wants to share his list this time, so while he’s deciding, I’ll share mine. Here we go. These first few will look familiar.

1. Finish the kitchen. I am so close. So so close. So close that three guys are here finishing it (basically) this week. I think I will actually be able to stop putting this one on the list.

2. Finish the front room. I need you to come over and help me paint a six-foot heirloom the shiny color of bright orange. C’mon! It will be fun! Said Tom Sawyer.

3. Garden vegetables like a real farmer who farms. Because on the inside, I am an 80-year-old man who likes to talk about Sorghum. Truth.

4. Read 3 books. Which three should I read this season? Tell me, people. Tell me.

P.S. This photo has nothing to do with books…but this is how Harry looks at me when I suggest that it’s time to read. Oh but, by the way, this kid is already ahead of me on books this season…he just finished My Big Fat Goldfish Zombie and loved it. But I mean, with that title, what’s not to love?

5. Take an educational trip. For the education. For the last decade, every vacation I’ve had has involved work, a wedding, or a Disney character. I would like to go explore and experience and learn something in my brain, thank you.

6. Take 3 classes. Any ol’ classes will do. I’m not picky. It’s back to school, y’all.

7.  Swim so regularly that my hair becomes a nightmare mass of chlorine-infested nightmares. Also, this will be good for my body and soul.

8. Discover some new bands that I dig. At someplace where I can sit down. Because I’m an 8o-year-old man, remember?

9. Find a church that’s right for me. This photo has nothing to do with church. Or then maybe it does. The church that’s right for me is that elusive and mysterious. I have no idea what I’m talking about anymore.

10. Get over my fear of sleeping outside. Ha. HAHAHAHAHAHA! I’m just going to keep putting this one on there because it makes me laugh so much every time I look in its general direction. HA! Image source

This should keep me busy until it gets cold. Or, cooler at least.

Soundtrack: Hammer and Nail by Indigo Girls

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  • Reply Heather B. September 17, 2013 at 6:42 am

    DC is educational and I know some people who know some people who will give you a tour and a trip to the WH. Just saying.

  • Reply Knighton September 17, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I almost can’t believe the number of books I have on deck this fall. First up is The Happiness Advantange by Shawn Achor (of the wonderful TED talk), and if you haven’t read it already, may I highly recommend it to you. But what I’m most looking forward to is the November release of Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich, whose Stephanie Plum series is just plain laugh-out-loud funny. It’s the perfect late-late-it’s-still-summer-in-Texas beach read.

    And if you find that church anywhere in Central Texas, you let me know, k?

    P.S. You’re officially invited to be an 80yo man farmer on my back patio. Where we’ll debate the merits of dillo dirt versus seaweed emulsion for soil amendment.

  • Reply Katja September 17, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I’m inspired to make my own list. First up will be to tackle 5 of the 42 books in my TBR pile. Next will be turning the bushel of apples into apple-vanilla jam. And then maybe fold some laundry.

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    Reply Laura September 17, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Heather, I’ve always wanted to take a tour of the White House… #lifelist!

    Knighton, I will totally come over and talk about seaweed emulsion and that elusive church.

  • Reply Karen September 17, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Okay, “said Tom Sawyer” laid. me. out.

    Also, I’m re-reading Bill Bryson’s “In a Sunburned Country” right now, about his travels through Australia, and loving every minute. Bryson is a hysterical writer, and I think you might enjoy it. 😉


  • Reply Heather B. September 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    It’s on my lifelist as well, I’ve never been but dude, let’s go!

  • Reply Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 September 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Good list. I waited to search for a church until the now-hubster and I were engaged. Figured we might as well find one that fit both of us. We came from wildly different backgrounds (I refer to my upbringing as “pseudo-Episcopalian with forays into agnosticism”; the hubs basically fell into “burnt-out nondenominational-but-quite-evangelical Christian” territory. We wanted something geographically convenient, so we attended a couple of services at a few churches in the middle (quickly focusing on Methodist and Presbyterian as not too much E(-piscopalian or -vangelical) for either one of us, and ultimately, the progressive PCUSA church in the community near us was a great fit (I’m now super involved in leadership there and we attend regularly). So it’s worth it. You will know when you’ve found a spot that fits.

  • Reply Jenny Stockton September 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I just started this book called The Telling Room and so far it seems to be about one kind of Spanish cheese and I think it’s going to be one of my new favorites.

  • Reply Judy Woods September 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I have one question. When did you and Jimmy get your own bus? Can I ride?

  • Reply Barchbo September 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I will help you paint if you promise to blast Tom Sawyer by RUSH while we work.
    And maybe I can concurrently enroll Archie in Harry 101.

    Books? I second the Achor book (his dad was my Psych prof at Baylor) and anything by Bryson. Every Bryson book makes me feel like I’m on vacation.

  • Reply Stacey September 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’m an 80 year old woman! But occationally a 15 year old boy seems to come out of me also…
    I could talk about gardening all day! Still in the beginning learning phase so I’d love to KNOW what Sorghum is. Ha!
    What are you going to plant for the fall?
    I’m not sure how close to ATX you are but we go to Gateway Church. We love it! They also have a ‘internet campus’ where you can watch the service if you’re not close to town.

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  • Reply Victoria September 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    My book recommendation would be Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf (I like to double up and think this should count towards goal 3 too). It examines the relationship Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison had with their gardens and farms (those guys were obsessed!) and how being gardeners/farmers influenced the way they thought about the nation they were trying to create.

  • Reply Titania Jordan September 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Bwahahahaaaaaaa to sleeping outside. I might do that one day as well. Or not.

    Also, Nashville starts this week. So, that’s part of my fall plan.

  • Reply Christine October 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I’m currently reading the Jane Jameson series by Molly Harper – Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs is the first book – and it has been quite hysterical and fun to read! I’m really enjoying it.

    I read it while I camp, sleeping outside in my tent. Want to go camping sometime? Maybe up in Wyoming, without all the Texas mosquitos?

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