As of today, I am a Teacher once again. What this means:
- I am guaranteed to be exhausted at approximately 3:30 on every weekday in September (and possibly October)
- I may not have time to post to my blog as much
- My fifteen-day supply of educator-appropriate cardigans will be put to good use:
|Seriously. I've got 15 cardigans + 2 wintry sweater-cardigans.|
For the sake of brevity, and to keep it simple (which is kind of the same thing), I've devolved what would normally be a well composed, grammatically correct, turn-in-able essay into a simple outline of what occurred during my summer break. Read and enjoy (if you wish):
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Things I Accomplished:
- Witnessed the final launch of the space shuttle program
- Read the Hunger Games trilogy
- Confirmed that everything does indeed taste better with butter
- Spent lots of time developing my blog (though I'm still not satisfied - does that ever happen?)
- Spent quality time with my cats
- Researched the life of Julia Child
- Sewed two new aprons for my classroom
- Found lots of new foodies' blogs to follow
- Hosted an awesome Back-to-School theme party
- Bonded with my cute nephews and furthered the bond with the Sous Chef's family
- Spent some quality time with my mom whilst painting pottery
- Made my very first batch of cream-filled cupcakes
- Took detailed notes on every food item featured on "Friends"
- Learned how to make the perfect chocolate milk martini
- Organized several classroom items that desperately needed organizing
- Bought my first item from QVC
- Was quoted in Clean Eating Magazine
- Joined FoodBuzz and became a Featured Publisher on their site
- Stumbled upon food-themed fiction (and yes, the foodie murder mystery, of which there are seemingly THOUSANDS of titles)
- On the same note, discovered how fun it is to read a food-themed book and then come up with a dish inspired by it
- Allowed myself to sleep in as much as I wanted to, which turned out to be only about half an hour later than I sleep during the school year - go figure
- Survived an earthquake and a hurricane, both in the same week
Things I'll Miss:
- The little routines the cats and I fell into, like our daily petting time while I was on the computer, or playing fetch with a de-cottoned Q-tip right after breakfast
- Making an (occasional) cocktail at two in the afternoon with no one around to tell me it's inappropriate
- All the extra time I had to write my blog and read what others wrote on theirs
- Actually being around to get my packages from the UPS man, so he didn't have to leave a note on my door and delay the delivery of my item
- The freedom of not being mandated to apply myself in a constructive way
Things I'm Looking Forward To This Year:
- The routine of having to leave the house every day and apply myself in a constructive way
- Seeing my students again
- Being at the same school again for the second year in a row - a first for me! No more learning everyone's name, getting used to everyone's personality - been there, done that!
- Doling out enormous quantities of unconditional love to my students
- Getting a steady paycheck again!
- Meeting my new niece or nephew
- Once school starts, it's just a hop, skip, and a jump to my favorite time of year: The Holidays
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have a tendency to focus on the negative; worry about the things I didn't get to, or the things I didn't do right. Before I wrote this post, that's exactly what was going through my head: I didn't finish the TurboFire program (due to aching joints), I didn't link up all of my blog posts, I didn't make the FoodBuzz Top 9. Didn't didn't didn't.
But now that I look back at all the things I did accomplish, it's easy for me to say that I really did get a lot done this summer. I applied myself in ways I never had before, and I'm proud of what I've created both in the kitchen and out of it.
When you're a teacher, your mental calendar tends to start in September and end in June. If you're not careful, the entire summer can go by in a blurry instant. I'm glad I took the time to reflect on some of the great things that happened this summer, and I hope all of you can find a few moments to do the same.
What are some of your accomplishments from this summer? What are you most proud of?