Summer of Paint and Books After ample quality time with paint, I am much more confident about painting walls, wood, and large metal objects. Keeping the paint away from smearing all over my clothes? Not so much. There is at least five different colours that won’t wash off of my pants. I don’t mind too much. Since we all have to wear uniforms, and that’s my only pair of uniform pants. By the end of the summer I’ll have fab rainbow paints, if I don’t get better at not getting paint on myself.

What’s less fun is getting paint on your skin. I’ve surprised even myself today by getting paint on my eyebrow, and not noticing until really looking closely in the mirror of a well lit bathroom. Normally I’d just wash it off with water and soap, but this was oil based paint, and water and soap would do nothing to wash it off. (This actually reminded me of chemistry class and the phrase “like dissolves like”. Haha.) So we are supposed to use turpentine to wash this oil based paint off of brushes and palettes. And if you want to get this paint off your skin, turpentine is used as well. Apparently rubbing alcohol works too, so I used that to get the paint off my eyebrow. Turpentine and rubbing alcohol both have strong smells, but something that’s contained in a container with a poison warning on it cannot be very good for your body.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t as active as I should’ve been during the school year, and especially during midterms/exams/when it was snowy outside. Which was pretty much most of the school year. It was pretty big change for me to wake up so early every day and to be so physically active throughout the day for work. But I think I’m getting used to it now…just this weekend, I was super restless from just sitting around. Usually I’d be find with that, but maybe I’m getting so used to moving around that not doing so makes me feel weird. Ah well.

I’ve got a few hours before my new and improved early bedtime. Maybe I will read. Reading books for fun is an activity that was pretty much nonexistent during school. I think I got through maybe two fifths of The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson second semester? I read most of it during the holiday and I’ve got a few chapters left ’til the end. It’s hilarious. Getting to read for fun is something I’m really enjoying this summer so far, and if you’re like me, you know that we should take advantage of the lull that is summer and fill it with reading. I’ve been meaning to read Code Verity by Elizabeth Wein and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Both were very enjoyable reads. Recently I finished Sarah Dessen’s new book Saint Anything. I’m already a fan, and a novel hopeless romantic, so her new book didn’t disappoint me! She is also on tour in North Carolina this month. If I lived closer I would go for sure. She was in Toronto in September on a Wednesday two years ago…it’s too bad I couldn’t go see her.

Anyway, the point is, read while you can. There’s enough mandatory textbook reading and otherwise during the school year. Read for fun!






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