Hello from the other side of summer

I’m not sure how I feel about being on the other side of summer, but I am happy to be on the other side of the move!  Between unpacking and cleaning, cleaning and unpacking, a variety of house projects, a five-year-old birthday, a visit from my family, a short getaway, and a semester-long class packed into 6 weeks (also, unpacking and cleaning), the summer flew by!

On Monday, I began the second of three years of part-time coursework that I need for my didactic program in dietetics (DPD) verification.  I have this feeling that I’m going to blink and I’ll be sitting here a year from now starting my final year of the program — oof!

My first day of class almost didn’t happen due to a a power outage on campus, but we managed to get in a shortened class after a delayed start.

I’ll be getting back into shape again with a thrice weekly commute to campus (weather permitting — I’ve already tried out my public transit back-up route).  I’m already looking forward to feeling cool fall breezes on that commute, but those are more than a few weeks away!

I’m not the only one back to school this week — Gabriel starts kindergarten today!  For the past two years, Matthew was the primary child transporter (along with my MIL, who did p.m. transportation), biking Gabriel to preschool almost every morning, first on Big Blue, then on the trail-a-bike.  The timing of Gabriel’s new school means that school drop-off and pick-up will fall to me most days, and I’m looking forward to this new routine (though again, it will be more fun when it’s not so darn hot!).

In addition to the new transportation routine, we’re going to need a new plan for lunches.  For the past two years, I’ve been able to pack Gabriel a lunch based on dinner leftovers (i.e., the same thing Matthew and I eat for lunch) that school staff or my MIL reheated and served.  He won’t have the luxury of heating his food anymore (as far as I know), and while some dishes are okay chilled or room temp, I’ll likely have to rethink others.  I’m browsing the school lunches over at Bonzai Aphrodite (and wishing she could just make G’s lunches every day).

Two days in, I’m already feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the moving pieces, but I survived last fall and spring — I’ve got this!


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