End of Summer Highlights

Good morning, friends! Or good afternoon or good evening, depending on when you are reading this post. Oh, the magic of the internet.

Anyway, today marks my return to work for the fall semester. Although classes don’t start (for me) until Thursday, I have various meetings and duties to take care of starting today. I took the advantage of having this morning to myself, however, and got a 2.5 mile tempo run in at the gym, had a lingering breakfast (oatmeal with banana and blackberries, two huge mugs of coffee), and am now sitting around watching a couple of episodes of Friends before I go into campus. I know. How do I do it all?! Working life is hard. I kid; I kid.

Anyway, I have certainly enjoyed having the last week off in between summer and fall teaching. I have managed to get in plenty of rest, a little reading, a little socializing, and so on. One night, W. and I headed out to find his favorite (and most elusive) cocktail, the Sazerac. Have you had one before? I believe it’s a New Orleans specialty, and involves rye whiskey, bitters, lemon peel, and an absinthe rinse. High maintenance but delicious.

[224/365] Sazerac Night

I’ve also had several great meals lately, some out at restaurants and others cooked just for me. That always makes a little staycation feel more special, too. On the whole, I feel rested and ready to hit the books!

One of the highlights, I cannot lie, has been getting my new washer and dryer installed. I dorked out over this to an extreme degree, but like I menioned before, I have been longing to have my own laundry machines for years. I don’t have to collect and save quarters anymore, or endure the put-out glares of the grocery store cashiers when I beg to buy a roll of quarters from their cash tills. I don’t have to go gingerly brushing a strange person’s pubic hair off the top of the washer before adding my clothes. It’s the little things, you know?

[223/365] THE WASHER AND DRYER ARE HERE

Another highlight was a trip to the local farmers’ market. Can you believe that in four years I had never been before? I KNOW. In my defense, it only operates in the summer, only for a few hours once a week, and a lot of the time I’ve been getting produce from my CSA. So anyway, I finally managed to make it to the market on Thursday and it was fabulous! It turns out it’s quite the place to see and be seen – I ran into my friends S. and H. there and saw quite a few other familiar faces from around campus.

Jams and Jellies Peppers
Beans
Chilton County Peaches

My big purchases were some peaches (amazing), tomatoes (bring on the sandwiches!), and some local goat cheese. Yes, that’s right, goat cheese. I have been interested in finding some quality local dairy from a trustworthy farm for a while now, and the goat cheese at the farmers market is sort of famous around the area, so I decided to try some.

Here is one of my concoctions:

[226/365] Peaches

Peaches, goat cheese, and a balsamic vinegar reduction. Simple and delicious.

It’s easy to see that the summer is ending, though: this morning I slept in until the late hour of 8:00 and walked to the gym and it wasn’t even 80 degrees out yet. It felt amazing! Soon enough the weather will start to cool down for real and it will be sweater, blazer, boots, and scarf season — and then it will really feel like fall semester! Fashion-wise, I can’t wait. On the other hand, I certainly wouldn’t complain if I had a few more restful summer weeks like this one before I had to go back to work. I don’t, though, so I’d better get moving. The office and my syllabi await me!

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6 thoughts on “End of Summer Highlights

  1. Holly August 15, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    Ok 3 things:
    1. Do you have new hair? The bangs look very cute! Have I just never noticed (totally possible) or are they new? Either way, adorable!
    2. That cocktail sounds AMAZING. The man has good taste, obviously.
    3. I just bought a boat load of peaches and I think I ate 3 the other night. Summer peaches are the best! Pretty photos.

    That’s all — happy Monday! Hope your first day of fall (wow, it seems to early for fall) goes well!

    • Kate August 15, 2011 / 1:37 pm

      1. Thanks! I’ve had these bangs for a while, but in between trims I wind up brushing them to the side. I’m all freshly trimmed and flatironed in that pic!
      2. YES, it’s great. He is too.
      3. I ate the first peach in about 14 seconds it was SO good.

      Thanks for the well wishes!

  2. Rose-Anne August 15, 2011 / 12:40 pm

    I’m right there with you, rooting for fall. I noticed this morning that my walk from the bus stop to work was so pleasant that I wanted to linger, so I took the scenic route 🙂

    And a high five to you for the new laundry set-up! It’s fantastic, not having to share laundry space. Love it.

    • Kate August 15, 2011 / 1:37 pm

      And a high five to YOU on the cooler weather. Must mean it’s running season again, right?

  3. Clarabella August 15, 2011 / 3:49 pm

    Sazerac! They make those at Snack Bar, the French place I always talk about. When you & W come up to visit, we shall go there for cocktails!
    Those purple heirloom green beans are gorgeous. And yummy.
    I am glad you found some quality goat cheese to eat. It is a shame to go without yummy goat cheese with summer produce. I keep eating the local GC we buy with our yellow garden tomatoes, & it is riDICulous!

    • Kate August 17, 2011 / 6:21 pm

      OK, we are definitely going to Snack Bar next time I visit! Also, I am pretty psyched about the goat cheese. I am enjoying looking into the local dairy scene, or at least dipping a toe in.

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