The Friday Five!

1. I feel like the summer is just whizzing by right now. I mean, it’s mid-August. School starts at UNC in less than two weeks, for the public schools around the same time. My own daughter is starting playschool (sob!) the end of this month. Part of me really wants to try and embrace the fall, and get excited about things fall-lovers do, like cool weather and sweaters and apple cider and pumpkins. That is the stuff that fall lovers like, right? I have no idea, because given my choice, I’d be all about flip flops and shrimpburgers and ice cream all year round. Maybe I should move to Florida or something. Huh. Seems like an extreme solution, though. I think I should at least try to embrace sweaters and apple cider first.

2. Something else to be excited about for the fall: my first box set! Check it out:

I’m not sure what the release date is for this, other than it’s sometime in September. Exciting, right? My husband and I have always joked about The Sarah Dessen Collected Works and now it’s actually kind of happening. Shrimpburgers not included!

3. Also coming up in the next few weeks: the return of shows! There’s Project Runway, and Top Chef. Also, Mad Men, which I honestly tried to watch but was way too dark and smoky for me. Maybe it was because I was a new mom and needed bright, cheery things to watch. Should I try again? I just added The Wire to my Netflix list (again) because everyone keeps saying I HAVE to watch it and I guess I can’t go around demanding everyone watch Friday Night Lights without listening when other people champion their favorites. Fair is fair, right?

4. My husband now wants to buy a car JUST for the racetrack. As I write this, he is looking at a bright yellow Z car. He keeps saying, “You’d look so good in it!” Which is ridiculous because 1) I’d never go on the track and 2) I look really bad in yellow. Why can’t he take up something safe, like stamp collecting or video games? Does it HAVE to be bike jumping or race car driving? Geez. This is marriage, though. You have to understand.

5. Okay, so I know I am super late to this. But John Hughes died last week, and it has honestly taken me this long to even begin to process it. What would my teen years have been like without Sixteen Candles and the Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Pretty in Pink? Uncle Buck is one of my husband’s favorite movies: I have seen it, literally, hundreds of times. John Hughes just had an understanding of being a teenager that the rest of us who try to chronicle this time can only hope we can aspire to. I don’t know how to honor him other than to do what everyone else is doing, which is watch his movies and quote them and just remember. “Make a wish,” Jake said at the end of Sixteen Candles. And Molly Ringwald replies, “It already came true.” How can you do a better finish than that? You can’t. You just can’t!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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