My school raised several million dollars for a major addition to the building, which was to take place over the summer. Anyone who’s ever observed an ongoing construction project knows that deadlines are seldom met, so when the first day of school got pushed back several times, now holding at 10 days later than the original, our gleeful gratitude far eclipsed our shock. However, the gift of a week and a half, just when I’m starting to get depressed about all the things I didn’t accomplish this summer, is nothing to sneeze at. Here’s my plan:
- Clean the house from top to bottom.
- Organize all the junk in the basement.
- Sell one or two more unused pieces of furniture (I’ve had pretty good luck with Craigslist, despite a preponderance of flaky people who simply stop responding when they’re no longer interested.)
- Weed the gardens and harvest remaining produce.
- Go through my piano and vocal music; purge and reorganize.
- Catch up with friends I missed all summer.
The real surprise? An earthquake that unleashed widespread devastation in the area this afternoon. We’re slowly digging our way out from all the havoc.