That school bus rolled up the street right on time this morning, signaling the official end of summer. The first day of school happened to fall on an auspicious day this year: my birthday. Since the house was quiet and I wanted to combine some errands with some celebrating, I took myself out to brunch! I've always wanted to indulge in a plate of decadent cream-cheese-stuffed french toast, but for some reason I never did it - til today! This is "frittered french toast" from the Everready Diner in Brewster, and it comes dusted with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzled with raspberry sauce! Wow! I couldn't even finish it, so I'll have the rest tomorrow.
Another present I got for myself was this set of 36 colored pencils, below. I use colored pencils more often than you would think, and the basic 12 color set just wasn't doing it for me anymore. I don't need a fancy artist-quality brand or anything; for my purposes, these will do just fine. Now I have a variety of shades of each color to use for sketching or on shrink film charms. Sometimes just a little, inexpensive thing like that gives you just the lift you need!
And although the summer is ending, this time of year is also a beginning - another school year and, for me, another year of my life. Maybe it's a good time to revisit and revise the goals I made in January and plan the next few months accordingly. One of the things I really want to get serious about is dropping a few pounds and exercising a little more. I did start the day with some stretches and exercises, but the diet will have to wait until tomorrow - after the birthday cake and frittered french toast are all gone!