Here It Comes… The Last Week of Summer

Aside from the summers off, er, the joy of molding young minds, the best thing about working in education is the opportunity for a fresh start every year.  I feel lucky to have a defined time in my professional life to trash what doesn’t work and build on what does.  But summer ain’t over for another four days – so when I’m not writing lesson plans or setting up the library at my new job, I want to make the most of it! Here are my tentative plans:

Board Games and Brews – This actually might be happening later this afternoon.  My husband and I having a running Scrabble rivalry in which he usually pulls ahead, but we picked up Scattergories a few weeks ago and I have the edge there for now.  I’m already thirsty for some Ommegang Rare Vos – I first tried it because of the cute animals on the label and now I’m hooked.  It’s supposedly “made to reward your victories,” but I’ll enjoy it whether I win or lose.

Making Quiche Out of Leftovers – Wild, I know. Jesse Styles, who said I don’t know how to have fun?? But seriously, quiche is a great way to make a new meal out of leftover vegetables or meat.  I’m going to adapt a recipe from Woman’s Day using some broccoli rabe and sausage from earlier this week.  This is my favorite quiche recipe, BTW, because using half sour cream and half milk (instead of all milk) makes for a rich, velvety pie.  Swap the gruyere for cheddar if you’re a teacher waiting for that first September paycheck and you’d rather spend your money on fancy beer.

A Trip to the Heirloom? –The bars and music venues of my old college town have destroyed themselves with every vice from bad promotion to illegal puppy mills, while the powers-that-be stand back, shake their heads, and withhold new liquor permits.  One exception to the Danbury mass suicide is the Heirloom Arts Theatre, an all-ages venue that lives on in spite of the odds.  Xenosis is playing there this Wednesday, before my bedtime, so I’m thinking about taking a ride up.  After the next few days, I won’t have time for any midweek shows an hour away from where I live, so….  Maybe.

A Trip to Bradford’s – This one is definitely happening.  I used to go here every week with some co-workers who helped me out a lot in the beginning of my teaching career; eventually they moved on to different places and so did the ritual.  Now that I’m the one moving on, I feel like this relaxed Stamford pub is a fitting place to get together with some teacher friends and knock a few back.

I want to write a thoughtful conclusion that entwines endings, new beginnings, school, and quiche… But the liquor store closes soon and I have to go get that beer! Cheers!

How are you spending the last few days of summer?  Leave a comment or contact us!


  1. I am so sad about the end of summer, and to make it worse, it already feels like fall! 

    And, by the way, I’ve just discovered the glory of quiche myself! Such an easy thing to make, and tastes so good! I never thought of pairing it with leftovers, though. Thanks for the tip! 

  2. That sounds like a great way to end the summer! I love Scattergories…I wish my hubs would play board games with me!

    Good luck with the new school year 🙂

  3. A cheers to the end of summer is definitely in order … and Rare Vos is one of my favs!

    The last few brisk mornings reminded me of when I had to wait for the school bus at the start of the school year. I am admittedly relived it’s only a memory. 🙂

    Good luck in the new school year.

  4. Summer’s nearly over? NOOOOOO!  Anyway for board games, I don’t want to brag or anything but I’m really, really good at chutes and ladders.

  5. I haven’t been to Bradford’s yet- will definitely need to check it out! Also, I think it’s so great that educators get a fresh start every year- I wish there were something similar in my profession. 

  6. I have learning how to make quiche on my list of things to do. I fell in love with them about 7 years ago and everyone keeps saying how you can use your left overs!

    Board games and brew also sounds right up my alley!


  7. That sounds like a great way to spend the last few days! I used to regularly beat my husband at Scrabble. Then we switched to Words with Friends where he cheats like a madman, so I refuse to play with him anymore.

  8. board games and beer, check. Quiche, check. having an awesome summer blow out, check and check! Sounds like you got it all figured out! I totally want to sit home and play board games now!!!

  9. Oh I love Scrabble! We haven’t played that in so long! I want to get it out again now! And definitely want to try that quiche recipe…I need to plan ahead…that’s a great breakfast for the kids too! But not something I can whip up in the morning! School starts for us on Monday…time to get organized!

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