I am LOVING summer vacation.Â It is so nice to have time to do all the things I don’t do the rest of the year (like, you know, clean house).Â Â And not having to do any grading for two whole months is — well, it’s impossible to describe.Â It’s like drinking a bottle of really expensive wine, or being in love.Â It’s heady.Â It’s intoxicating.Â It’ s heaven.
In other news:
* Had a great San Francisco “mini-conference” today with fellow writers Lisa Hendey, Christine Watkins, and Julie Paavola.Â Â It was marvelous to meet and talk shop and pray together.Â Writing is such a solitary endeavor that it’s always a treat to connect.
*Last week, I found out that I won a Catholic Press Association Award for my columns for Catholic San Francisco! — an Honorable Mention in the category of Family Life.Â Woo hoo!Â That was a remarkably nice bit of news in the middle of the drudgery of finals week.Â (If you want to read a few of my columns, you can click here, and here, and here.)
* Every now and then, even this totally unartistic person gets a flash of inspiration.Â As beautiful as these homegrown roses are, I think they’re even nicer paired with a few sprigs from my lavender plant … wouldn’t you agree?
(No, I don’t normally put my vases on the carpet.Â I was just looking for the best light for the photo.)
So how is YOUR summer going so far?