The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation. ~ Mark Twain
By the time the dismissal bell rang on June 15th, I was definitely ready for summer vacation. I was tired, and I need a break. So, what did I do with my 11 weeks “off” this summer?
- Joined LA Fitness and began going to Aqua Fit classes two or three times a week with my sister to hopefully relieve some of the pain of osteoarthritis in my knees and my all over body aches from fibromyalgia.
- Tutored one day a week at the local library.
- Joined the Summer Reading Program at my local library
- Read four adult books for pleasure (reading one more now)
- Read two YA books for my middle school students (still have one to go)
- Took a mini-class on podcasting at my local library
- Sent out a couple of things for publication (no luck just yet)
- Co-taught a PAWLP graduate class – Strategies for Teaching Writing at West Chester University.
- Attended two book club meetings.
- Had breakfast with friends and lunch with other friends
- Intermittently babysat by grandchildren (always a joy)
- Visited the Bucks County Children’s Museum with three of my four grandchildren
- Had one grandson sleep over which included him being my sous chef. He was the “whisker” at breakfast as we made French toast, and the “dumper and pusher” as we made chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon. He dumped all the ingredients into the bowl and pushed the batter off my spoon onto the baking sheet.
- Read professional books
- 180 Days by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittles
- The Unstoppable Writing Teacher by M Colleen Cruz
- Writing Strategies by Jennifer Serravallo (not the entire book- but participated in the Summer writing camp. (LOVED IT!)
- Beginning to read Teaching the Core Skills of Listening and Speaking by Erik Palmer
- Saw two movies and loved them both
- Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
- Crazy Rich Asians
- Bought three new picture books, 30 notebooks, and some dollar store finds for my classroom (so far)
- Got a couple of massages.
- Caught up on a couple of doctors’ appointments.
- Spent a long weekend at my brother and sister-in-law’s home (check out last week’s post) which we affectionately have dubbed “the spa”. It is a place where you can enjoy a beautiful view from any room in the house and almost guaranteed to see a fawn in the backyard.
- Viewed fireworks on the veranda with a glass of wine
- Shopped for new sneakers with an incredibly patient sister-in-law
- Ate delicious food, drank lots of wine, watched Phillies games, another movie (Ladybird) once we got the Netflix working, and just savored the time to talk and catch up with each other’s lives.
- Spent three nights in Atlantic City.
- Played the slot machines – win some/lose some.
- Met my husband’s brother’s family for lunch and a rendezvous at Historic Smithtown, NJ.
- Enjoyed a wonderful seafood buffet.
- Relaxed by the pool and hot tub.
- Did A LOT of thinking about how my classroom will be different in September.
Two weeks from today I start back to school. I am ready (well almost).
As you can see by the bold items on my list, school was never far from my mind this summer. I am sure that there a few things that I have forgotten to put on the list – both personally and professionally. But, when I begin to think about all the things that were on my summer “to do” list that didn’t get done – most of them things around the house, I wouldn’t beat myself up or look back with regret on how I spent my time. There is not one thing on the above list that I would have been willing to cross off.
Happy start of school!