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One of my favorite things about this month is the opportunity to display our patriotism and celebrate the gift of freedom.
In years past, this has meant lining up along Main Street, waving a flag and cheering the parade along its hilly route; sprawling out on a quilt under the stars, savoring a dish of ice cream, and admiring the fireworks display with appropriate "oohs" and "ahs"; and listening to John Philip Sousa marches on repeat.
This year, I think we'll cook some of our favorite all-American (i.e. Southern) food and watch the fireworks from the roof as we munch on chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches.
Here are my goals for the month:
Walk every day and do 30 minutes of bike exercise each week
Go berry-picking (or cherry-picking)!
Review a few sight-reading series to recommend to students this summer/in the fall*
Clean up files from the school year – save/organize on hard drive*
Organize Lake J trip receipts, update records, and file
Start reading The $100 Startup
Schedule brunch on the roof with friends
Spend some time reassessing my annual goals and adjusting as needed
Complete final component of PhD qualifying exam
*carryover from last month
Have a happy 4th of July, y'all!