25 August 14 • MAV

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This past week I have felt many things.
I have felt as if I was …

… the most anxious person in the world about summer ending.

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… the luckiest friend in the world getting to talk to two of my besties on the phone in one week.

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… the most chilled out person in the world siting for hours on end doing nothing … absolutely nothing.

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… the most confused person in the world seeing how we treat each other in our day to day goings on (I mean, honking at each other, really? And how about people be a whole lot nicer to hosts in restaurants? Do you really think it’s their fault that you have to wait 30 minutes for a table?).

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… the most overjoyed and proud aunt in the world seeing my oldest nephew about to turn 6 and start kindergarten.

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… the most accident prone person in the world as I keep tripping on things, banging my knees and scraping up my hands. What in the world?

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… the luckiest everyday photo-taker in the world because SCB and I get to share our work with you here and in print (!) in the Quarterly. This last week I shot five rolls of film that will be sifted through and edited down for our upcoming issue, No. 16. Right now we are offering all three of the 2014 issues of Quarterly at a special “set” price of just $36. This is a limited offer so grab it while you can.

What will this week’s feelings bring? We’ll see …

25 August 14 • SCB

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Summer, or at least the summer life that exists between the end and beginning of the school year, is coming to an end for us in a week’s time. We have one more fun adventure to go on before it’s over, but still, I am feeling a sense of regret—regret for all that we did not get to, for aspirations and expectations left unfulfilled (I did not, for example, make pickles!!) Time, I think, to celebrate and commemorate all we did do!

:: We walked everywhere and took full advantage of our urban neighborhood.

:: We were together enough that if I ever went to grab a coffee or a carton of milk on my own, inevitably I would be asked, “where’s your crew?”

:: My “crew” and I thrift shopped and yard-saled. We found 90s crop tops (my daughter), early gameboys (my son), and baskets (me).

:: We explored forests, climbed mountainsides, and swam in rivers, but have not been to the ocean once! (This will change this week!)

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:: We visited family in North Carolina and explored the flea market, meandered through museums, caught lightening bugs, and showed our kids that Southern Hipsters exist (in Durham).

:: It was hot often. Too hot to cook, but we ate cold peanut noodles and fish tacos and sometimes just popcorn.

:: We made ice cream and frozen yogurt and endless batches of popsicles.

:: We binge-watched 90s TV and Bob’s Burgers and Cosmos and Wes Anderson movies.

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:: We walked to the top of Mt Tabor often, usually dragging someone along who did want to go (sometimes that was me).

:: We helped out friends.

:: We picked and froze 30 pounds of berries, and have nearly finished eating them all (feeling regret for not stockpiling more berries).

:: We visited the library and accrued many fines (always worth it).

:: We gave the walls and trim of half the rooms in our house a fresh coat of white.

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:: We hosted friends and family from near and far.

:: We listened to records, streamed KCRW, and watched dumb videos on YouTube.

:: We filled sketchbooks, covered things in patches, and burned things with a magnifying glass and the sun.

:: We propagated house plants from cuttings. We let others get brown and wither and die.

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:: We spent five days camping at our happy place along the river, swinging in hammocks, letting our feet go numb in the frigid water, and building pine cone shelters.

:: We cleaned out the basement, photographing and then giving/throwing away years of meaningful, but no longer useful, things.

:: We all took photos—rolls and rolls of film, sometimes the big digital, but mostly with the phones in our pockets (these are all snapshots from my phone).

:: We summered. We did just fine.

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