During most of the school term a lot of my friends ask me, “when does your Summer break start?” As a teacher (with a long commute) a great deal of my life gets put on hold while I teach. Projects, books to read, hanging out with friends, helping friends in need, playing games, housework, exercise…. I know what I need to do for self-care during the term, but I do end up with a backlog of things to do.
So here is what I did last Summer, in no particular order:
- Writing lists of things to do
- Helped a friend move into her new house *
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- A much anticipated cancer remission celebration **
- Rescued a friend from a breakdown in the middle of an intersection
- Binge watching NCIS
- Help negotiate purchasing a more reliable car ***
- Putting together my classes for fall.
- Finally finishing three books on my yard tall “books to read” pile.
- Walking (for an hour or two) with a crazy friend who decided that walking two and a half marathons was a good idea.
- Driving my girlfriend to work, while her car was on the fritz. ****
- Getting a new teaching gig (!!!!!)
- Putting together MORE classes for fall.
- Fighting with unemployment, trying to convince them that “teaching in the fall” still is a conditional offer of employment, and they need to pay me more money.
- See’s Candies. Chocolati. Theo’s Chocolate.
- Photo shoot of Rory the Racoon at the Center of the Universe
- Helping pull up scary orange carpet from a nice hardwood floor.
- Spreadsheets, spreadsheets, spreadsheets!
- Writing lists of things I’ve done, so I can feel like I was productive.
So, it has been a fun and interesting Summer. I would have liked a few more “do nothing” days, but I have managed to stay busy enough to not go completely stir crazy. The jury is still out on “crazy.”
As for now, I get ready to go back to teaching. I’ll miss you, free time!
* Honestly, this is the third person I’ve helped move this year. Enough is enough, already!
** Wow, I was seriously holding my breath on this one!
*** It is more reliable, but the old car was much-loved. It’s loss will be missed.
**** The car wasn’t universally loved. But it did give me an excuse to hang out with my girlfriend (moderately incessantly) this Summer.