*Some people wonder what I do with myself since I have the whole summer free from work. Two words: bake, and play. Of course, by play, that encompasses leisure in all its forms—reading, gardening, even cleaning (on occasion). And, as far as baking goes, you can find out more about that particular joy of mine when I do a post on it tomorrow. Let’s just say this: I think I might have a hunch about why I haven’t lost any weight yet this summer (even though I have gained muscle, like I posted about the other day).
*After all this blissful business of not having to worry about teaching, going back to work is going to be a slap in the face. Last week’s four-day-long Common Core conference felt eternal. Someone invent something already that slows down the delicious times and speeds up the bland times?
*But, considering that I still have a whole month of summer left, I’m trying really, REALLY hard not to think about the inevitable end of summer any more than is absolutely necessary. I still have loads on my want-to-do list, including day trips up to both Tony’s Grove and Bear Lake and some more dates from my summer dating challenge. These next 6 weeks have got to be full of a LOT of living for me to be able to sanely make it through another teaching year.
*Speaking of teaching, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately—I’ve been wondering if teaching is really the thing I want to do for the rest of my life. Aside from the ridiculously low pay, I often felt like my work was belittled and way underappreciated by the world at large. I know I can’t judge the rest of my life by my first year of teaching, but still—it’s really been on my mind. If you could change careers or go take a different path, what would you do?
*In other news, our garden is really starting to produce, and by produce, I mean lots and lots and lots of zucchini. Only about six zucchinis in, and I’m already on the lookout for more recipes to use it in. Do you know of any good zucchini recipes besides zucchini bread and pasta?
*Last Saturday, I went into the local bookstore with the best intentions to only magazine-browse, but I walked out an hour later with two books. However, one of the books—Born to Run—which I’ve already started, has already made the shopping guilt go away. Seriously, that book is exactly the motivation I needed to keep up my thrice-weekly running regimen for the rest of the summer (and maybe for the rest of forever). Anyone else read it?
*So, there’s been a change of plans in our vacation plans this summer—originally, we were going to do a ten-day road trip to uncover some family history stuff I’ve been wondering about, but we’ve changed our minds: with our garden and our church responsibilities, ten days just seemed a little bit out of reach. So now we’re going to spend five days in Kansas City with my dad, which I’m super stoked for because Matt’s never been out there. Five days of world-famous KC barbecue, hanging out at my dad’s workplace (Hallmark), and visiting historical sites with my pops and hubs = awesome vacay. Can’t wait!
*Well, this tell-all is a bit on the short side, but I’ve got to go get ready for a meeting tonight. Hope your week is a lotta bit of summery awesomeness!