Finishing With A Whimper

I realize that nobody really reads blogs on weekends, much less a holiday weekend, but since I haven’t been around for a little over a week, I thought I’d take advantage of this beautiful afternoon and write a little update.

Because I think we can all agree that sitting inside and typing a blog post is the very best use of a beautiful afternoon.

It is what it is, I reckon.

Last weekend was full of graduation activities. Now I of course was not graduating from anything except maybe my rookie year at a new job (and there isn’t a formal ceremony for that particular graduation, though being able to turn off my alarm for 5:10 every morning felt pretty dadgum festive to me), but oh my word it made me super emotional to watch those seniors walk across the platform and accept their diplomas. They have so much fun and so many opportunities stretched out in front of them, and I really can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store. It was such a privilege to be a tiny part of their senior year, and I already miss them like crazy. Honestly, I think part of the reason why I’ve been so quiet blog-wise over the last week is because I just needed some time to process and think about the last nine months; it has been LIVELY and completely different from being with kids in a classroom and a big ole learning experience.

(If you don’t remember why my work has been different this year, this post explains a little bit.)

(I figure clicking on a link is easier than having to read while I repeat myself.)

All righty. So that’s it for the semi-reflective. Now on to the mundane!

It was close to 9 last Sunday night when we finally got home from graduation and a couple of get-togethers that followed, and after Alex went to bed I decided I was going to push through and watch the Mad Men series finale before I went to bed. David had already determined that he couldn’t stay awake for it, but I wanted to see it. Maybe, after graduation, I was just in the mood for another good-bye.

So I watched. And I cried my eyes out. I’m not sure how much of that was related to Don Draper and how much of that was related to those seniors who have been like family this year. Regardless, it was a cathartic hour and a half. And towards the end, when I started to think that my stomach felt a little funny, I wondered if I’d cried to the point that I’d made myself sick.

But then my stomach started to feel even funnier.

And then, about thirty minutes later, even funnier than that.

And not a bit of it was the “ha ha” variety of funny, either.

By late Sunday night, I was in the middle of some full-blown misery. I couldn’t get comfortable, so I slept for a few hours on the bathroom floor (how does the body do that? how does it decide you know what? I can’t possibly sleep in a bed right now, but I will conk out in four seconds if I can just stretch out on a hardwood floor with a towel for a pillow?), and by the time I woke up from my bathroom slumber I realized that I was in for a really long Monday morning. As Mama would say, I was sick as a dog, so I stayed home from work and – no kidding – I slept for 18 hours. EIGHTEEN. LIKE A BOSS.

Nothing like an end-of-the-school-year stomach bug to really kick May up a notch, huh?

Tuesday I was over the stomach woes but still feeling rough. I managed to pull myself together long enough to go speak to some 6th grade girls (it had been on my calendar forever, and I didn’t feel like I was sick enough to cancel), and I am all but certain that my fever broke while I was talking to them. I broke out in a cold sweat and my hair was soaking wet, but by the time I finished talking – about an hour later – my hair had started to dry and was so frizzy that I looked like I’d deliberately copied Roseanne Roseannadanna’s bob. So that made for a stellar afternoon.

By late Tuesday afternoon, though, I was human again. I went to a retirement party for my friend Marcia and had the best time. Marcia has had enormous influence on so many people, so honoring her seemed like the perfect way to close out the school year. Have mercy we’re gonna miss her, but she has all sorts of adventure in store and deserves some time (some years!) off more than just about anyone I know.

As for the rest of the week, it was a busy blur: plowing through the last few days of school, hanging out with friends, running a whole bunch of errands and then our all-time family favorite, going to the SEC baseball tournament. Even though State didn’t make it to the tourney this year, we just picked a team to cheer for at any given game and had ourselves a big time. We definitely missed our Bulldogs, but when Alex and I were tempted to start a “WAR EAGLE” chant at Wednesday night’s game, I felt pretty good about our genuine affection for other SEC teams. It was so fun.

We really don’t have much on the agenda for this summer; I want to write as much as possible, and after a pretty crazy pace for the last couple of years, we’re all excited about staying home and laying low and taking each day as it comes. I want to clean out closets and and throw out clutter and figure out once and for all what exactly is in the big wicker basket that sits on our bar and apparently holds a lot of stuff we don’t need because it is full to the brim even though I never have to look in there. I would also like to pare down my Mentholatum collection (there are jars all over this house) and re-organize my pantry. These are my exciting goals for the summer of 2015.

So. I hope y’all have been doing great. And I hope you have seen these at the grocery store because THEY ARE DELICIOUS.

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That’s just a little Memorial Day tip for you. In the form of Cheez-Its.

Which is as it should be, I think.

Happy Summer, y’all.

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  1. I just convinced my husband to throw away a wicker basket that held all manner of cords. Cords to what, you ask? We don’t know. No idea. Chargers and etc. of all color shapes and sizes.
    But, as this basket was buried under art supplies (because of course) and we have yet to think “WE NEED THAT ONE CORD UNDER THE TEMPORA PAINT!” We reasoned it was time to bid the mystery cords adieu.

    All that to say, I wish you well on your adventures in cleaning out your wicker basket. May it be more exciting than cords, cords & more cords.

  2. Anotherlisa says:

    Such a nice treat to see a weekend post from you.
    May I suggest a visit to your local veterans cemetery, if not tomorrow, then sometime this summer? We fell into the tradition of going to the Memorial Day service here in Houston, and it has become important to our family.
    We have so much for which to be thankful, and so many opportunities to teach our children of our veterans’ sacrifices.
    Happy holiday weekend!

  3. sue tucker says:

    I’m glad you are feeling better! I am a school teacher, and we have 1 more week to finish before our summer starts! I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now, and I look forward to it every time. Your books are amazing, too! My mother and all her family were from the south and I spent 2-3 weeks there every summer. Your writing takes me back to my childhood and teen years, reminds me of how wonderfully “southern” my mother was, and makes me proud of my southern roots. Thank You Sophie.

  4. Tummy bugs are the worst. So strange about the slumber inducing quality of bathroom floors. Or maybe it’s the towel…a terrycloth pillowcase could be marketed to insomniacs (for use in an actual bed). Your summer agenda sounds a bit like my vacation week agenda: do some serious decluttering, but don’t forget to sprawl on the couch reading for a bit every day.

  5. Lori H says:

    Thanks for writing on a weekend! Maybe it’s just me, but I love reading blog posts on weekends (early riser + hot tea + blog posts = happiness!) and yet there are so few of them.
    Hope your stomach is back to normal – I feel like stomach upset and earaches are the two maladies hardest to ignore (but then, I rarely get migraines or back pain so I think those would figure prominently in someone else’s list!). Have a great weekend!

  6. Jeannie S says:

    I read blogs on the weekends and especially holiday weekends, so thank you! Wishing you a happy and relaxing summer. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Another Holiday Weekend Blog Reader here. Thanks for such a nice treat!

  8. I have recently started reading your blog, after reading your first book. My brother and your husband are friends from their school days. We seem to have many connections even though we have never met. I have visited your school this past year to see how you “do technology”. This post was great for me because we are in a transition time. I am moving into a job as educational technologist at my school. Leaving the classroom is very scary but I am super excited about working with all the students and teachers in our school. My oldest son (24) got married this weekend and something about both of these changes has put me in a “clean it all” mood. My summer plan includes cleaning out our attic storage, the linen closet that looks like a bomb went off, and maybe even getting a major new hairstyle change. I am just in the mood for change. Thanks for sharing. I sent your first book over to my mom who knows Martha. I love reading your blog!

  9. Terri D says:

    Well, here we are – quite a few of us – reading and responding to blogs on Memorial Day! I enjoyed catching up on your news. It is good your bug only lasted a couple of days. Nasty stuff going around everywhere. Our grandson loves Cheez-Its.

  10. Brenda says:

    I JUST got home from the store with a box of those very Cheez-its based on your earlier Tweet. I know I can trust your cracker recommendations and you have not steered me wrong again! They are delish…. too delish. I may eat the whole box today.

    I can attest to the cathartic pleasure of cleaning out closets. We’re moving soon and I’ve been cleaning out and purging like a boss! It makes such a huge difference in one’s psyche. Just to be able to see the bottom of something you haven’t seen a long while is amazing! Good luck with your summer ambitions!

  11. So happy to see a weekend post here, although, technically, I read it on a Monday…

  12. Missy Bush says:

    Thank you for this post. I got up thinking there wouldn’t be much to read today and was happily surprised to see your post. I also got to go back and read the post about your new job, since I wasn’t a blog reader then……bonus! I enjoyed them both. Your funny, sweet, kind, Southern words make my day.

  13. Happy summer to you! Sorry about the flu – that feeling is the WORST! But at least it’s over and you can rock the summer on! :) And thanks for the Cheez-It tip – I can’t always count on you for a good cracker recommendation. :)

  14. You know what else is really good? The Cheez-It snack mix. SO much better than Chex Mix!

  15. Weekends and holidays are the BEST time for me to read blogs…I am always excited when people post on the weekends. :)

    Thanks for the heads-up on the Cheez-Its. I can’t wait to try them. Extra toasty…mmmm…