Another day in the suburbs

Honest to Gawd, I think summer vacation is making my brains evaporate.  It’s not just the endless small interruptions and tasks.  Those are fixtures in my life.  Nor is it the fact that the kids and their friends are around non-stop.  Indeed, having the friends around is a good thing, because they engage with each other, rather than nudniking me.

The problem for me is the irregular schedule.  One of the things I love about the school year is the rhythm of life.  There’s their time and my time.  The blurring of those times during the summer befuddles me.

This befuddlement means that, at almost 11:00, I’m still trying to read the news.  The phone’s been ringing, the repair man has come and gone, the kids have been nagged (or, should I say, politely reminded) to do this and that, the errands are lined up, and my brain is functioning like an old 33 rpm record played at 16 — very, very slowly.

Incidentally, I’ve given up trying to explain to my kids the whole 16, 33 and 78 rpm thing.  They just don’t get the principle, so the analogies inevitably fail.

Anyhoo, as always, I’m reading, trying to think, and longing to write.  All will happen, but in their own good time, not mine.

Until then, of course, here’s your open thread.  I have long felt that, for those of you who regularly comment here, this is as much your blog as it is mine.

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  • expat

    What is a 16?

  • Spartacus

    Mrs. Bookworm — Have you considered, instead of 16 rpm, -16 rpm?  If they’re old country LP’s, you can get your dog back, your truck back, your house back, and your job back (albeit somewhat slowly).  If they’re heavy metal, the kids won’t dare interrupt you for the rest of the summer.
    Just a thought…  =)

  • Ymarsakar

    “Incidentally, I’ve given up trying to explain to my kids the whole 16, 33 and 78 rpm thing.  They just don’t get the principle, so the analogies inevitably fail.”
    Tell them it’s like a slow time freeze in games.

  • Ymarsakar
    Good music to listen to if you get angry at the Left.


    What is the difference between the Journolist and elitist.
    You don’t have to be interested in art to find some of these stories about ordinary people embarking on a struggle to get their junk shop finds authenticated. There is a great documentary called “Who The *$&% Is Jackson Pollack?” It’s the story of a 70ish, hardscrabble trucker woman named Teri Horton.


    My very first car review and why General Motors should be demoted to Private Motors.

    The Chevy Volt
    Starting price: $41,000 w/o bells and whistles
    Driving range: 40 miles (less if you use air conditioning or heater).
    GM suggests cooling or heating the car while charging the vehicle before you go on the road.
    There is a gasoline engine that extends driving range to 300 miles.
    The lucky 6.5 chosen for 2011:
    New Jersey
    New York Texas
    D.C. (.5)
    Production is limited to 10,000
    You can pick up your vehicle in November, just in time for the holidays.


    Private Motors is fined.  ‘Financial justice’ was paid for by TARP?  Taxpayers? You! and damn it, ME!

    General Electric has agreed to pay $23.5m to settle allegations from US regulators that its subsidiaries bribed Iraqi officials to win contracts under the United Nations Oil for Food Programme between 2000 and 2003.
    The settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission is the second in as many years for GE. Last year, the company agreed to pay $50m to resolve charges of accounting fraud relating to hedging activities in 2002 and 2003.