Six Word Saturday

Six Word Saturday -Summer is Coming

Joining up at Six Word Saturday over at Show My Face.

Summer is Coming.  End in Sight.

That is basically my mantra these days.  I have four weeks left.  Three weeks at one campus and four weeks at the other.  And then I have some time “off”.  I put that in quotation marks, because although I won’t be teaching and coaching during that time, I have a lot of things I would like to get done.  But, it is so nice to not have to prep for class, go teach and grade.  It really does make a huge difference.

Six Word Saturday

Six Word Saturday – Summer Edition

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Can’t wait for summer fun.  Ready!

I am so ready for summer to be here!  I am sure you will tire of me saying that in the next couple of weeks, but I’m going to have to say it anyways!

I am finishing up grading at one of my teaching jobs (the full time one, so there is much more grading to do) and I have two more trips to reconcile and I am done there for the summer.  My other teaching job has another two weeks to go, but my classes are mostly just listening to students talk, so it isn’t too bad.  But, I’m at that stage where I just want it to be done.

The picture above is from last summer and that joy captures summer for me.  I am looking forward to swim lessons, hanging out at the pool with a book (on my iPad probably, but a book all the same), trips to Discovery Kingdom for the day (we got season passes again and Bean is big enough to go for longer periods of time and hopefully ride a few more rides this year), vacation trips, and I may even try a short camping trip this summer (with some others who have camping stuff, because I don’t have any).  My goal this summer is to (1) read a lot – I have missed reading and I want to take the hours and hours per week I usually spend prepping for class, grading and teaching reading books, (2) spend time doing fun stuff with Bean – this is her last summer of official pre school status and I want to make sure we do a lot of activities and crafts and such, and (3) establish a household routine that works for our family.  I really want to prepare this summer for next year and have some routines in place that will keep us ready for school each day – both Bean’s school and my school – keep the house somewhat clean and organized and give us a more relaxed work week than I’ve experienced in the past.

So, that’s my summer plan – what’s yours?  Any goals you have for summer?  What’s on your bucket list?

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday- Grateful

Five Minute Friday

This week’s 5 minute Friday is a good one for me since I’m not feeling very grateful this week.  It has been a rough one that I am glad to see come to an end, but also know that some of the bad will continue to linger on in the short term.  But, even in the midst of this less-than-joyful week, I need to find something to be grateful for…and I can.  Here goes:

I am grateful that we have such great health insurance.  This week, Bean was diagnosed with her third UTI in about four months and we had to get a renal ultrasound done this morning to make sure there isn’t something going on structurally.  Cost for this: $0.  Her pediatrician appointment was $15 and her antibiotic was $5.  Without this great of insurance, we would certainly be in a world of hurt with the last five years of medical expenses.  So, I am very, very grateful for that.  And it is a big reason I do not want to leave my job in the near future.  Making more money at the cost of having to pay more for all these medical procedures (or having to deal with an insurance company every time a charge came up) would be miserable and not really worth it in the end.

I am also grateful for my summer off.  I am exhausted.  I feel like this has been a really tough semester – fast-moving, too much to do the whole time, and no real breaks.  I realize that the summer is such a great recharging opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to enjoying it.  I am so glad I have multiple weeks to fit in fun and rest and time with Bean as opposed to just two weeks off like most people get.

I am grateful for having enthusiastic students this semester.  I’ve really had some great students in my classes and on the team and I’ve enjoyed getting to know them better.  I feel like this was one of my better semesters despite it being too fast-moving.  I hope my students felt the same way.

Finally, I am grateful to have multiple sources of income.  This is a tough month financially and without all the different sources of income we have coming in, it would be even more tough.  I often focus only on the shortness of money, which there is plenty of always, but there is also plenty of opportunity for us to play catch up.  I am thankful for that.

So, there you have it.  All the things I am thankful for.  Now, if I can just get myself organized for summer so I don’t feel like I waste it all away but I also feel rested at the end of it.