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That Last-Monday-in-August Feeling

When I got up this morning, it was dark.  Not just . . . a-bit-darker-than-yesterday dark.  But dark.  It's the last Monday in August, and I am really starting to feel the change in seasons.  

Monday.  
Last Monday in August.  
Time to . . . 

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A Quote

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"
---Dr. Seuss

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A Word

Encountered this word in something I was reading over weekend . . . 

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It's kind of like "proximity."  In fact the two words are related through the Latin root prope, which means near.  In English, "propinquity" conveys a stronger sense of closeness than "proximity."  (I think both words are fun to say, but "propinquity" is Even More Fun.)

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Read

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During the summer, I tend to go way off my "normal" schedule.  My calendar looks very different from it's usual and more structured form.  And my "to-do" lists?  Ha!  Depending on the week, they are extremely vague . . . or non-existent.  

Lots of people get themselves organized at the new year, but for me . . . September IS the new year.  So I'm getting myself organized and back on track now.  Here's an interesting article (from last December) about bullet journaling and to-do lists. Worth a read if you're looking to change the way you track your calendar and organize your list(s).

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A Factoid

According to Earth Day Network:

About 8 million metric tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually. Of those, 236,000 tons are microplastics– tiny pieces of broken-down plastic smaller than your little fingernail.

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Do Something About It

Although it seems overwhelming, we can all do something to help reduce single-use plastics.  Today's tip:  Make sure you always have reusable bags with you, and use them whenever you grocery shop, visit the farmer's market, or pick something up at the drugstore.  I keep an assortment of bags and baskets in my car (and have gotten into the habit of using them -- which is the trickiest part for most people I talk to), and I keep a small, foldable tote in my purse.

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And that's my start to this last Monday in August!  
Enjoy.

(Also, be sure to check out this month's Stash Giveaway and let me know if you're interested by Thursday at 5pm EST.)

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