Aw, summer vacation. A time both students and teachers dream of. A time when kids get outdoors more (hopefully), and probably lose about 75% of the knowledge they actually learned during the school year. But who cares, they’re experiencing life, man.
Summer vacation. A time when teachers become people again and compose a lengthy and ambitious to-do list, but probably don’t actually start tackling it until about a week before school starts up again. But who cares, this is vacation, a time to relax, man.
This morning, as I was lying in bed, enjoying the first morning of my vacation, envisioning all that I will* accomplish this summer, Mr. Art Teacher commented, “I wish I had summers off.” My reply, as always, “You should have become a teacher.” And his response, as always, “No way.” And this is why he earns twice what I do, despite his less superior education, but I digress.
My fear for this summer vacation is that boredom will set in. And set in quickly. It feels as if I haven’t had a responsibility-free summer in years. I remember as a kid looking forward to the summer, but quickly running out of things to do. I remember being bored nearly to tears (although I’m sure plenty of tears were involved). I would like a boredom-free summer this year, but I don’t anticipate that happening, despite my extensive to-do list (see below). I expect my ever expanding belly and my ever decreasing energy levels will have me lounging around more than I would like during the next eight weeks. I also have a sneaking suspicion that this little one is going to come early. I can’t explain why, it’s just a feeling I have, and the dreams I’ve been having lately sure as heck aren’t helping. Neither are the hiccups I’ve been feeling in my vagina. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping she holds out until at least her due date, if not longer. But again, I digress.
In preparation for my long, hopefully non-lazy days of summer, I present to you, my to-do list (in no particular order):
- Travel to NY for a week to see family and friends
- Attend my baby shower
- Attend a four-hour class (that I get paid for. And gives me re-certification points. Or something like that.)
- Refinish a crib
- Refinish a dresser
- Refinish a piece of furniture that I have no idea what to call it, but it has cubbies and should be really useful in the nursery.
- Put together the nursery
- Decorate the nursery
- Do some baby shopping
- Clean the house (except the bathrooms. Mr. Art Teacher does those now. Voluntarily, I might add.)
- Update my other blogs
- Go to the farmer’s markets. Weekly
- Catch one more live concert. Or two
- See a few movies in the actual theater
- Go out to dinner. A lot
- Throw some pottery (for any non-art people out there, that means I’ll be creating pieces on a potter’s wheel, not actually throwing ceramic bowls against a wall or anything. Although there’s the potential for that to happen as well)
- Start the baby book
- Tackle some DIY nursery projects
- Tour the hospital I’ll be delivering in
- Attend a doctor’s appointment. Or twenty
- Catch up on TV
- Hang out in the pool (fully equipped with a water gun filled with ice cold water to chase the obnoxious kids away with)
- I can’t believe I forgot the most important item on my summer to-do list… GIVE BIRTH!!!
What exciting things are on your summer to-do list?
* Because I have ambition, man.** Ambition.
** Apparently summer vacation brings out the dude-speak in me.