Friday, June 19, 2009

Weekend Assignment #272: Here Comes Summer!

I bet you thought I forgot to post the Weekend Assignment, didn't you? Actually I was holding off last night and today, hoping to get last-minute participation in last week's assignment. It didn't happen, so it's time to move on, ready or not! This week, guest professor Carly has a few questions for you, slightly tweaked and expounded on by yours truly.

Weekend Assignment #272: What are your plans for the summer months? Do things get busier for you this time of year, or slow down? Do you go on vacation, or stick close to home?
Extra Credit: Do you do much summer TV viewing? Is there anything in particular you're looking forward to watching?

For me, Summer 2009 looks to be a slight variation on Spring 2009. I am finally working again, but only part time, and other job prospects have not panned out so far. There is no time or money for travel, obviously. It looked for a while as if I were going to get up to Phoenix for one day this past week to learn the Church Windows software, but the seminar was canceled. It will now apparently be offered online instead. That sounds fairly practical, but won't be as much fun!

One thing I am looking forward to is the monsoon. Every year when the rain hits, there are lots of dramatic photographic opportunities. Expect to see photos of clouds, rainbows, torrential downpours, flooded streets and rushing water in rivers and washes that are bone dry the rest of the year. When I got up late this morning it was raining and I got my hopes up, but it dried out on the afternoon. No matter: it's too soon to expect the formal monsoon. But in a couple of weeks, watch out!

This year's hunt for great monsoon photos will be slightly complicated by my ongoing attempts to keep the dogs amused. It will be interesting to see their reactions when we start gallivanting in the rain together.

Meanwhile at home, I'm near the end of my second CPA review online seminar, which basically consists of assigning a set of units to be completed and the online tests passed every three days. I've got about 5 more units due three days ago, and another 5 or 6 due in 24 hours and seven minutes. After I finish "REG" (Regulation) I'll take a few days off and then start on my third section.

As for television, I haven't been watching much other than Keith and Rachel on MSNBC. To be honest, I don't expect that to change for a while - unless, of course, I embark on a Doctor Who or Buffy marathon.

How about you? Are you sticking around home, or getting the heck out of Dodge? Is it work as usual, or quality time with the kids, or some of each? Tell us about it in your blog, and don't forget to link to your entry in the comments below. (Also, please link to this entry in the entry you write, okay? Thanks!) I'll be back next Friday (probably earlier in the day!) to recap the results, thus:

For Weekend Assignment #271: A Thousand Words, I asked you to describe your town or city (or whatever). I think we've either set or matched our record for low participation, because only Julie turned in her homework this week. Writing about Plano, Texas, she says, in part:

So how's the weather here? Pardon me while I look outside. I'm not kidding. We have a saying here that if you don't like the weather in Texas, just wait a few minutes. The summers are generally hot and humid, winter is changeable (90F one day, snow the next) and fall and spring tend to be changeable. While we don't live in tornado alley, we still get our share of bumpy weather. 120,000 people are still without power after a severe storm hit two days ago. Tonight there was more severe weather, but we just missed it.
That's it for now! As always, I'm looking for suggestions for future Weekend Assignments, but at the moment I'm especially looking for participants to write the entries. Thanks!



Mike said...

I was out of town last week. I'll be back this week. I promise! :)

barrettmanor said...

Everyone's on summer vacation. That's the ticket. Except for me, of course. What's a vacation? I can use a blogging break and will try to write this weekend. I also have an assignment idea. You may have to nag me, though. I'm very swamped with work at the moment.

barrettmanor said...

Here you go:

And I'll send you that e-mail before I get snowed under with work again...

Florinda said...

Sorry I missed last week - I was having trouble getting a handle on the assignment AND figuring out where it would fit into my blog content for the week, which was themed. But I tried to work it into THIS week's assignment, so I hope that can count as a make-up!

Mike said...

Okay mine is up now. Not really all that exciting.