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Barbie and the Worm

May 3, 2012

Summer feels like it might be just around the corner! It was 88°F today here in Salem. Scarlett and I headed outside about 9:00 a.m., earlier than usual. Her Barbies went to the beach (a.k.a played in the sandbox) and then went down the slide about 64 times. When that grew wearisome, I rescued an earthworm from the middle of the driveway, which Scarlett referred to as “Slimey” (Oscar’s pet worm on Sesame Street) but absolutely refused to touch. She comes by that honestly: I used to wear my pink pleather Smurfette mittens for any and all yard work as a child. 

This summer my yoga studio is going dark for the summer, and today was the last class before September. I’m feeling pretty bummed. There is another yoga studio in the area that Gerbs and I went to last summer, but it’s not really the same. My yoga instructor teaches a few classes there, but to be honest, I feel like I’m cheating on her when I go to other classes there. This other studio is also more expensive and farther away, but I suppose it’s better than nothing. I’m also thinking of taking on a walking program for the summer. I’ve been wanting to start Julia Cameron’s second book, Walking in This World, since I finished The Artist’s Way, but between the inclement weather and a busy schedule, it just hasn’t happened. It’s another 12-week program, so it might the perfect way to get into both creative/artistic and exercise routines.

I’ve also been compiling a summer reading list of sorts. The Salem Library Adult Book Group has some good books scheduled for the upcoming months; there are a number of books that I have on my Kindle that I’ve been meaning to read, and others that I just really want to read. Here they are in no particular order:

  1. French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters by Karen Le Billon
  2. The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau
  3. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
  4. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  5. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  6. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  7. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingslover
  8. Room: A Novel by Emma Donaghue
  9. Picnic by William Inge
  10. Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
  11.  . . . and of course, I should try to get back to these at some point.

And I’m still working on my photography skills. Apparently, I’m really into flowers. And fruit. Possibly because they don’t move. I tried to catch the bumblebee who was buzzing around in one of the shots, but he wasn’t having it. Maybe next time. Until then . . .

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