Ah, Monday. Fresh start, new week: the last week of summer, for many of you out there. Time to wake up, stretch, seize the day, make a difference!

Or, just drink more coffee. I think I’ll go with that one.

Last night, I finally watched The Incredibles, which was one of those movies I’ve been meaning to see forever. (Thank you, Netflix!) I thought it was GREAT. How often is it that a movie lives up to the hype? Animation these days is just so amazing. It’s almost distracting, when you think about how real everything looks, but then you get sucked into the story and you stop thinking about that. Which is another thing that was so good about it: the STORY was good. Beginning, middle, end. Strong characters, clever writing, everything working towards a resolution that makes sense. Just what all movies should be, but how many really are? Not many, these days. Simply put, I recommend it. But then again, you all probably saw it months ago.

Meanwhile, while I had high hopes for starting this week with a burst of productivity and enthusiasm, sometimes things happen to make you reconsider. Today, I intended to get up early, hit the treadmill, then attack my To Do list with a vengeance. Instead, I rolled over this morning to see that the power had gone out. The clocks were dark, the fan still, everything quiet. It seemed like a sign—and I am up for signs early in the a.m., especially ones that seem to be telling me to go back to sleep. So I did. About an hour later, I heard a click and everything came back on. So I got up a little later, will get a little less done. Big deal. Productivity is way overrated. And I’m in such a good mood now! (But again, that might be the coffee.)

This is what I want to remember about this summer. That I slept in a little more, relaxed more often, cut myself some proverbial slack. And in this last week, I want to cram in as much summer as I can. Which means cool drinks on the back steps, lazy afternoons reading US Weekly under the fan, Gilmore Girls, turkey burgers on the grill, listening to the cicadas, and everything else. I just want to take a little while to savor this. Then maybe, just maybe, I’ll be ready to pack it away until next year.

have a good day, everyone!
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