Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Summer Report No. 6: Back to School

Frankly, we are all worn out.

In a blink of an eye we went from being the laziest people on the face of the planet to being A Family on the Go. Yesterday was Open House at Our Fine Schools, and I managed to get through both sessions without saying anything too outrageously stupid. In fact, I'm proud to report that I only said moderately stupid things all day. It helped that during Our Fine Middle School's open house I hid in the library with my friend the middle school librarian the whole time.

I'd planned to spend this morning writing, and I did write some, but mostly I felt sleepy. I yawned a lot. I kept waiting to be interrupted. It was very quiet.

After lunch I drank a cup of coffee and sat down to a good writing session. I was writing up a storm. I was getting 'er done, son. And then, suddenly, WHAM! A bomb exploded. A helicopter landed on our roof. An army kicked down the backdoor.

Whenever this sort of thing happens to me, my first response is to, well, panic. So that's what I did, but quietly, and with great dignity. Then I walked around for a few minutes trying to figure out why my house was shaking. Finally, I got my act together, grabbed the dog and the phone and headed outside.

The thought crossed my mind that we'd had an earthquake, but this is North Carolina and we don't have earthquakes here. After I'd walked around the yard and ascertained that there was no S.W.A.T. team on my roof, I went back inside and sat around feeling freaked out. What on earth had just happened?

A few minutes later, Sarah called. "Did you just have an earthquake over there?" she asked. As it happened, she'd had an earthquake at her house, too. I felt hugely relieved. All of Durham was having an earthquake--it wasn't just me having my own private earthquake!

Turns out the whole eastern seaboard had had an earthquake. You may have read about it in the paper. If you live in California, you've probably spent most of the day rolling your eyes. Don't get snarky with me, you California people! Let's just see you drive in snow! (Okay, I can't really drive in snow, either, but still; snarky people just peeve me.)

So that was the first day of school. Both of the boys seemed to have had a good day. They both had homework, which is how I like it. Will fell asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow, which is how I like it even more. Neither of them felt the earthquake. Sensitive little fellers.

That's it for me. I guess this is my last summer report. I thought it was funny that nobody commented on my last post that they were ready for fall, too (Tracy was too polite to point that she lives in Australia, where it's no where near close to fall). This morning when I took Travis for his walk, it was cool, almost crisp. I'm readier than ever. Bring it on.

I hope it stays summer (or winter) where you are for as long as you want it to.


Pom Pom said...

I forgot that earthquakes sound funny! Oh, school is so exhausting the first week. I feel like early-to-beds, too!
Back to School Nights involve a lot of smiling and talking. I'll need coffee!
Whatcha writing? (BIG HUG!)

Tracy said...

Aren't earthquakes fun?! OK, so maybe that's my childhood in PNG coming out. I think they're fun. Now you know missionary kids are weird.

Sounds like a great start to school. Enjoy the fact that no one is after you for .... whatever it is they get after you for! And enjoy the peace and quite a little bit for me?!

OK, so now I have to comment about the seasons!! Not because I want to be impolite, but we're having this really strange spring-like end of winter. August is normally bitterly cold here, but it's been beautiful and sunny after frosty starts. It's just amazing. And I'm not looking forward to the impending summer heat!

magsmcc said...

Well I don't know how I missed that last post because I am more ready for Autumn than I have ever been- I am no longer wearing summer clothes, being completely caught out on days like today when I realise with disgust that it is actually still summer! Mind you, still a frozen North summer- when i got home and changed sweatily into summer clothes, the heavens did open and resound with rain- no earthquakes though! Not that exciting!

debbie bailey said...

I didn't comment on your last post, because I haven't read it yet. I am SO ready for fall; have been since the end of July when the light changes and the cicadas start screaming their demise in earnest. It can't come soon enough for me!

Melissa E said...

Oh I am so ready for Fall! I have been loving this cooler weather! I was sewing when the earthquake rolled through and I thought it a big truck or something...completely had no idea it was an earthquake until my mom called!

wayside wanderer said...

I am so very thankful and glad all you got was a little shakin' and that things weren't worse for you guys. Will you get something from the hurricane/tropical storm headed somewhere that direction?

A cool front blew through yesterday. It was a freezy 85ish at 8pm. =) Maybe fall is really on its way?

Angela said...

Glad you are OK and hope the quakes and other freak weather doesnt do anymore damage
blessings x

Gumbo Lily said...

We had only a 3.something earthquake here last summer. (really weird) and I was at home.

Glad to hear your home is peaceful once again even if you're going to start having earthquakes now that the boys are gone.

"It's always something."
~Rosanne Rosanna Danna

The dB family said...

Hah! I did post that I am looking forward to fall. I'm just a really slow poster :o). Supposedly the earthquake was felt here in Ontario. I felt nuthin. I'm glad to read that you too have a friend that will call you just to make sure she's not crazy -- or you're not, whatever the case may be. I'm glad you were still safe!