June 24, 2009 at 7:02 pm 17 comments

Mom blowing bubbles in the backyard


I am not even exaggerating when I tell you I believed it would NEVER happen. From a two week long teacher strike, to a surprise week of snow days, to AP/IB testing and finals, school stretched on and on and on. Today was my very last day of school. The excitement bubbled in me throughout this entire week as I slowly crossed classes off my mental schedule.

This is the last French class I will ever take. The last time changing in the girl’s locker room. The last time I’ll ever sit through a lecture about art.

And while saying goodbye to some of my teachers was a little bittersweet, another door opens. A gigantic flowery door that smells like sunshine and blueberry stains and cotton sundresses.

Here are the things I have to look forward to:

– Now officially being a senior!
– A job (turned in my application today)
– Sleeping in
– Movies, beach, mall, repeat
– Long walks with the Canon at any moment in the day
– And of course, lots and lots of baking.

I am so, so looking forward to sharing this month’s Daring Bakers challenge with you all. But for now, I leave you with some jelly I made last weekend. Any ideas what kind it is?

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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joann  |  June 24, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I am dying to know what kind of jelly you made there! It looks really interesting. Thank you for all of your posts and recipes.

  • 2. Valerie  |  June 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    *grin* This post made me smile, and brought back quite a few memories. Enjoy your summer!

    As for the jelly, I’m going to guess… um, kiwi?

  • 3. Preston  |  June 24, 2009 at 10:06 pm


  • 4. Monica H  |  June 24, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    I was going to say prickly pear, but I think it’s inside is fuschia…hmmm.

    Lime and basil. Jalapeno?

  • 5. Alana @ The Good Girl Gone Blog  |  June 25, 2009 at 6:17 am

    I’m going to say “slime” jelly. You could sell it to Nickelodeon. Congrats on (finally) finishing school! Guest post soon haha

  • 6. stephchows  |  June 25, 2009 at 6:18 am

    OK that jar looks wicked pretty and interesting… some kind of relish? So what’s the summer job going to be?? I miss summer jobs, I was a lifeguard and swim instructor before taking on my current graphic design/marketing job… man it was nice going to work in a bathing suit everyday and being outside :D Enjoy it!!

  • 7. Eliana  |  June 25, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Dunno what it is but it looks pretty darn interesting. You’re going ot have me thinking about this all day now.

  • 8. nutmegnanny  |  June 25, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I’m going to guess…basil? I’m in daring bakers and I’m thinking basil would be quite interesting with the challenge…

  • 9. Jen  |  June 25, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Oh, happy summer to you deary! All of your plans sound delightful. I’m guessing some sort of minty citrus jelly.

  • 10. Marta  |  June 25, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I’m going to go with green tea jelly!!!!!
    Congrats on being done school!!!!! Youhave one more year before you graduate, right? Oh, that least year of high-school is magical, seriously, I think it was the funnest year of my life! Especially after you’ve already been accepted into university, it’s like there are no more worries or stress in your life and you just enjoy your friends and the lovely student lifestyle!
    Enjoy this sumemr first!

  • 11. Marian (sweetopia)  |  June 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I just want to say… yaaaayyyyy!! My last day is tomorrow, although the students have been done since Tuesday. I’m off to a city 3 hours away to take some more University courses, but I have a week off in between before I go, and then a few more weeks off when I return.
    Sooo, congrats to you too and happppy summmmmmer!!!! I’m looking forward to your posts!

  • 12. Amanda  |  June 25, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Oh… I’m jealous of your summer plans and your obviously completed Daring Bakers challenge. :) I need to get moving on that!

  • 13. Shannalee  |  June 25, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Oh, to be 17 again! Enjoy your summer, every sunny, happy bit of it, and take it all in, arms wide open. (And I’ll try to do the same, at nine years later.)

  • 14. Shannon L  |  June 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Wow! Your summer just started? And I thought ours was late. We got out June 4!! We use to get out like on May 24th, but we have been going back later! I can hear you on how easier it is to do everything without the pressure of school! Snow days? Wow, we def. dont have those here(florida). And a teachers strike? We talked about strikes in history and my teacher told us that here if they go on strike they are automatically fired! I can’t wait to see the DB challenge this month. I do not get officially registered until July so I will be participating in that one!

    I bet the jelly is some herb right? Like mint or maybe basil?

  • 15. Elissa  |  June 26, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Shannon – Yeah, we only got out this Wednesday! The teacher’s strike was two weeks but could have even gone on longer… and the snow days! I thought they would never end! I would absolutely love to get out that early in June. The last three weeks of school always seem to me like killing time :)

  • 16. Erik K.  |  July 3, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    You rock sweethart! You’ve got a big future ahead ! !

  • 17. David C.  |  July 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    You’re going to have to bring some of that jelly to Houston next time you come down!


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