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Summer Checklist

I have a long and complicated relationship with myself. I am all at once entirely organized and a hot mess. There's a place for everything and yet sometimes I simply rebel against it and leave a mess and then, under the weight of that, I am crushed and irritated with myself because I know better. So, this summer, which is flying by in my very first week of it, I am sticking to a checklist that is ever-evolving. For instance, I didn't know that I'd be on a conference call with Stephanie Cutter, the Deputy Campaign Manager for Barack Obama nor did I expect to have lunch with the Governor of Illinois.

Even this list won't be the end of what I do, but if I don't chronicle it (and this one didn't count - it didn't have the adorable little check mark boxes next to each thing) then I won't be responsible to work at it. Some things are already checked off and others will be added when I decide to do them.


These things have to be finished so that I can breathe easily when I go to New York in August to speak at BlogHer 2012. My panel this year consists of some women I have known, loved, and respected for quite some time and we're speaking on The Personal track on the following topic: Blogging the Fine Line Between Your Identity and the Issues. We had our initial conference call the other day and it was so full of important topics that I can't wait to dig into this one.  If you're going to be there, come see me and Faiqa Khan, Deb Rox, and our moderator and my surrogate Jewish mother, Cynthia Samuels. You won't want to miss this meaty conversation and I promise not to make a joke about a lesbian, a Muslim and a Black woman who walk into a bar. I promise.

Other than that, I am working toward my certification for the new evaluation system in Illinois for administrators, investing in a pair of knee pads for all that volleyball I've been playing (Oh, hello, thighs. I haven't heard from you in a while!), and working on the normal changes that sweep along in the dust corners of life.

I intend to squeeze every last drop of summer fun out of the next three weeks. What about you?
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Reader Comments (11)

That's quite a list that you have there. As tempted as I am to do so, I will not write "Be salty about the fact that I'm not going to BlogHer" on my Summer To Do list.

My school system finishes at the end of May and we're back at it on the 1st of August (yes, really). I've spent the last three weeks teaching summer school, so my Day 1 of summer didn't really come around until yesterday. There's quite a bit of ELA work that I'm doing to get our county ready for the upcoming transition to Common Core standards, but I plan on packing in as much non-school summer fun as I can around that.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKymberli aka JW Moxie

I now have to by scrivener as I begin the daunting task of writing this here dissertation thing and two academic articles for publication.

I love your list. My summer consists of work, work and as much play with my kids as I can get and time with the hubs. So wish I could make it to BlogHer (but I've been saying that since 2006), but hence life an commitments get in the way.

Enjoy the hell out of your remaining 3 weeks.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDawn @ thedalaimama

Might I suggest a Bikini Martini if you've not yet found a new drink? (That is, if you're seeking an alcoholic one.)

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Bah, those check marks got me! :)

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Well, darling, I am thinking a few of these you can actually take care of quite magnificently IN New York City...

Be totally ridiculous and let loose - what do you think the BlogHer parties are for? PLENTY of opportunity for this one. (Thinking the silly paper bag hats from CheeseBurgHer qualify for "totally ridiculous" big time.)

Visit 3 museums - come early for or stay late after BlogHer. NYC is the museum capital of the country. Among others, special exhibit "Schiaparelli and Prada" at the Met should be awesome.

Find an awesome pair of Sunglasses - NYC. Shopping. Need I say more?

See, 3 more down, easy, without the pressure to get done before the trip! Also, can't wait to see you in August! Planning to be at your panel, but not able to make any promises as I don't know what BH has scheduled for me in the way of rehearsals and other VOTY duties.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVarda (SquashedMom)

Oooh, I love Scrivener too! Such a clever idea, and very well executed.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. I'm being very lazy and haven't even done a list... but maybe that's what I need this year. You've inspired me to get reading though, I'm off to the library now.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermy honest answer

FOUL! I cry foul on "Eat more vegetables"' and "Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize" being checked off! :) Only because those aren't one-and-done things if you're looking to improve a habit. Maybe leave them unchecked so you're reminded to do them when you review the list. I know I tend to ignore things that are crossed-off on my list once I get past the 'see, I did this!' feeling.

Ha-ha! I'm just giving you grief! Your list (and it's an awesome one!). Your blog. Your rules. It sounds like you're lining up a nice balance of important work with fun time. Love your blog! Now go get 'em!

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlikeablegirl

I believe "Dinner with Cheyenne and Kayse" should be on there too ;) Miss you!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne Snodgrass

My summer list involves the following things:
* Charity shop volunteering
* Start applications for grad school (round 2)
* Revise for my GRE
* Go hiking at least once
* Write a number of articles for an online website
Which isn't very exciting, but it helps me fill in my "CV blanks" for later.
You sound like you've got a badass summer lined up. :)

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaire J

[...] earlier today I found myself catching up over at Mocha Momma’s blog and her Summer Checklist post really spoke to me. It reminded me of some of the items I have jotted down late at night in my [...]

[...] Yesterday, I drove to St. Charles, Missouri just outside of St. Louis for a writing assessment to complete the application for graduate school so that I could earn a doctoral degree. Classes start next month and this process of applying has taken almost 3 months for me. Of course, in that time I was also working full-time and writing that book proposal so that extensive nap I just described totally makes sense, doesn’t it? It was the last piece of this journey (in which I shut up those voices telling me I couldn’t do it) and I was slightly nervous about it. Writing a blog is very different from writing a professional, academic paper. For instance, see how I started out this blog post by talking directly to you? Using ALL CAPS is frowned upon in the world of academia. I will most likely never mention in a dissertation how important taking naps are, either. The good news, for me, is that I got to cross off (again, with finality) the last thing on this list I wrote. [...]

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