Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 166- Humanities Washington and School's Out for Summer!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Art of Dancing in the Rain by Garth Stein last year.  The book made me laugh and cry and think, and reading the blog from last year made me want to read it all over again.  I just might.

I looked up Stein's website, and it turns out that he is involved in some really great organizations.  By stalking his calendar of upcoming events, I found one that I'd like to donate to today.  Stein grew up in Seattle, moved away for a while, and now resides there again.  Many of the groups he works with are scattered around that area, including Humanities Washington.  Their mission is to honor "stories, ideas, and perspectives from across our state that connect Washingtonians from all backgrounds and communities, allowing us to understand our past and present as we work to shape our future." 

Through reading, writing, storytelling, conversation, presentations, and other avenues, Humanities Washington reaches out to all to create a deeper understanding of who we are and the remarkable, challenging, and inspiring experiences that connect us–advancing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Even though I don't live in Washington anymore, I really dig what these people stand for and what they're trying to do.  Plus, if it's good enough for Garth Stein, I think it's good enough for me.

http://www.humanities.org/

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Schoollllllllllllllllllllllllll's out for summer!  Need I say more?

Okay, maybe I'll say a little bit more.  I'm ecstatic to have a little time to myself.  I'm also really going to miss the kiddos.  However, I was explaining the whole thing to Tom in an analogy (while he half listened and tried to make the appropriate noises to let me know that he was at least half listening).  Here goes...

I'm like a pitcher.  Not the kind that stands on a mound and hopes for a no-hitter.  More like the kind you put lemonade in.  Or margaritas.  Anyway...  I pour my whole self into my job and my kids.  It's constant.  Tip and pour.  Tip and pour.  I think these next two months are just a chance for me to refill.  This will help me to do the whole thing over again starting in August.  Tip and pour.

I will be keeping busy too.  I'm going to be taking a couple of classes this summer so that I can finish the Master's and graduate in December.  One of the classes is a crazy research class that meets Mon.-Thurs., and the other is a class that meets for FIVE hours at a time twice a week.  I have no concept of what you can do in a class for five hours at a time, but I'm about to find out.

Time to go fill the pitcher! :)

Thank you, schoollllllllllllll's out for summer, you made my day.

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