I’m just gonna do a general roundup today, because it seems like that sort of a week.
It’s the National Park Service’s 100th birthday today, and admission is free all weekend. It makes me want to road trip SO BAD. Joshua Tree is only an hour from us. It’s supposed to be 93 degrees out, though. I don’t know. At this point, temperatures have been over 100 for so much of the summer that 93 seems doable. We’ll see.
I had a spate of work that was all mindless adding things to the database, and so I was doing it while listening to the On Being podcast. They’re all amazing, but I want to particularly recommend this one by Ellen Langer. Mindfulness without meditation? Amazing. And her advice on “can we?” vs “how can we?” is also mind-blowing. This podcast maybe has changed my life.
I made both Apple Lemon Lavender Jam last weekend and Watermelon Jelly. The apple lemon is a bit tart, and the watermelon didn’t set up correctly, despite all the pectin I added. But both are tasty, so there’s that. I’ve made the Apple Lemon before, only with lemon balm instead of lavender, and it’s one of my favorite flavors EVER. I just think that I should have either soaked the lemon peel or picked a different herb to put it all with. Or maybe just added more sugar. Next time. And I’ve officially invented watermelon syrup – good on ice cream of all kinds. Just don’t try to spread it on any bread (it doesn’t spread, it oozes. I may also have a B movie in my refrigerator, only time will tell).
The students come back to school in a couple of weeks. I’m not ready. Mostly because I haven’t even started my seasonal reading list, and that’s no small task. I’d better get on it. Amid all the novel writing and dissecting of my favorite books, of course. I’m ½ way through the dissection of A Ring of Endless Light by Madeline L’Engle and I feel like it’s so full of stuff I never fully realized yet still felt. I’m in love with all the quotes she uses.
I guess the point of this post (if it has one) is that it’s been a very educational week. That’s all I have to say on the subject for now. Have a good weekend. I’m going to. How do I know this? Ellen Langer told me so.