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Jillian Burns | Saying Goodbye For The Summer

May 11, 2009

Jillian BurnsTonight is the season finale of one of my favorite TV shows, THE MEDIUM. In fact, this week a lot of my fave shows have season finales. So, I sadly bid farewell until the new season—which nowadays starts not in September or even October, but January! It’s depressing to think about all our favorite shows ending for the summer, but there is a positive side. Think of all the free time I’ll have in the evenings! I’ve made a list of all the things I can do this summer.

1. Write. Since there’ll be nothing to watch on TV, this is a good time to work. Especially since, beginning June 5th, my kids will be home all day, every day, for an entire three months (Ack!) and I certainly won’t get any writing done during the day.
2. Catch up on my reading. My To Be Read pile—ok, PILES–are getting so ridiculously high I’m afraid they might topple over and give me a concussion while I sleep. If I don’t start reading some of them, I might be forced to cull through the stacks and pare them down to only the ones I actually think I might someday read. And how could I do that? It would be easier to choose which child I’d like to send to a relative to raise for the rest of their lives.
3. Have meaningful conversations with my kids. Without new episodes of Medium or Lie To Me to watch, I might—stress might—talk to my kids. That is, about something other than homework, school projects, upcoming band concerts, volleyball schedules, PTA meetings, or their bad grades. Instead, we can talk about boyfriends, girlfriends, clothes, makeup, driver’s ed, video games, movies, malls, relationships—um, when does the New Fall Season start again?
4. Ditto for my husband. Hmm, a conversation that is NOT about the kids. What does that leave? I’m not sure I remember how to talk about anything else with the man I’ve been living with for more than twenty years. This may require a date night and alcohol. Who knows? Maybe he’ll get lucky.
5. Take a long soak in a Bubble Bath. Which leads to…
6. Paint my nails. I haven’t painted my nails since before I was pregnant with the last kid. How sad is that?
7. Go out to dinner with my girlfriends. Ahhh, more alcohol
8. Have long phone conversation with a friend who lives far away
9. Cook a magnificent gourmet meal. There are a few new things I’ve been dying to try.
10. Clean out my office closet—Yeah, right. I’ll NEVER be that desperate!

So, what will YOU do with your lazy, hazy summer evenings?

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