Dog Days of Summer

It’s August.  School is still over a month away and temperatures are way up there.   According to Wikipedia, the dog days of summer will be over for us soon, but it’s still always a challenging time to get through.  I’m just back from 4 days camping without Internet or cell phone or electricity even, and it’s going to be a challenge to go back into the mode of always on and electronics everywhere.  I do love my technology, but I love camping because it reminds me that it’s not that hard to live without it.  And it’s beautiful!  See?

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I learned a new term for my affinity for nature, biophilia.  It’s not a new idea, but a biologist friend of mine told me about it, and I thought it fit my general love of being outdoors.  I don’t like exercising indoors at all.  If I’m going to move around, I’d rather do it, even in the freezing cold rather than on a treadmill.  I’m not as adventurous in this area as some people I know.  I’ve been backpacking once, but only overnight.  I don’t have a desire to truly be out in the wilderness, but I like being in semi remote places for a while. Mr. Geeky and I often talk about relocating to a house with a more outdoors-y feel.

Anyway, August will be a preparation month.  Aside from a short visit from family, we have nothing else planned.  We might take another long weekend, but essentially, the work will begin.  There’s a lot of that work I’m looking forward to.  It’s going to be a challenging year, filled with some interesting transitions, for me, for my school, and more.  I’m looking forward to those challenges.  And I’m hoping to find balance between my work and my life–or at least be at peace with everything that’s on my plate.  More on that later. Enjoy the dog days.  When they’re over, the real work begins.