What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word “September”?  Football?  Falling leaves?  For me, it’s a shiny yellow school bus chauffeuring cheerful young children to their elementary school.

Without making this post sound like the editor’s letter in a Real Simple-esque magazine, September really is full of possibility.  Vogue offers a gigantic issue with lots of ideas to help you “reinvent yourself.”  Stores everywhere are selling you fresh spiral notebooks and pencil pouches.

I have two more days of work left.  That’s a big deal for me, because it marks my final day of nannying ever (Lord willing).  Save for an even bigger recession or total elimination of any possible summer internship opportunities, I will be waving goodbye to the child-watching world and saying hello to the real world.

Don’t get me wrong.  It was a great gig while it lasted.  Minus a few major sibling fights, keys locked in the car, and maybe a few more major sibling fights, it was fun and lucrative.  Maybe it will turn me into a great mom someday.  But it’s time to move on.

And what better time to move on!  The way I see it, September is an even better fresh start than the new year…you’ve got a free ticket to making new friends, wearing different clothes, living in a different room, getting involved with different activities…the list goes on.

A few of my new school-year-resolutions?  First off, blog more.  Second, be more organized.  This will probably fail, because I’m pretty sure that’s been a resolution for the past seven years or so.  I’m reminded of the 30 Rock (yep, here it is again) episode where Liz Lemon buys loads of new organizational tools, is carrying them down the street in huge plastic bags, and is promptly hit by an oncoming biker.  She says, “I’m going to become wonderful!” and is down on the ground three seconds later.

But regardless of whether I fail or not, I’m going to spend the next few weeks before I leave home seriously considering what I want out of this school year.  It’s not September yet, but it’s not too early to start thinking about it.  What are your new-school-year resolutions?

P.S.: RIP Ted Kennedy.  That is not meant to be an insincere, obligatory sign-off; that would be a disgrace to someone who served as long and with as much dedication as Ted Kennedy.  After reading the New York Times’ obit, I am truly fascinated by Ted’s life in and out of the Senate and by Camelot in general.  If you’ve ever read a good book about Ted Kennedy and/or Kennedy family in general, let me know.