Thursday Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up Thursday #23: Vacation Edition


Well, I have SO failed on my 31 posts in 31 days mission.  But, maybe I’ll try again in April.  We shall see.

I just got back from a mini-vacation (two days) and we had a great time.  So, I’ll relate today’s Thumbs Ups to items related to my vacation:

1) TAKING VACATION!  We aren’t really the vacationing type of family.  We try to do one major vacation a year with Bean, but we often fail in that effort and end up doing some short trips or visiting family and not really doing anything “special”.  We’ve done two vacations that I would call total successes – one with my in-laws to Lake Almanor and one to Oregon.  Both were really a lot of fun.  But, they are stand outs.  And I love to travel and do family trips.  So, we did a mini-vacation this Spring Break.  We drove just an hour to our destination (which made it easy to do and not waste a lot of time driving) in Redding CA and we stayed in the Oxford Suites and we used my DD’s gift from our in-laws (annual passes) to visit Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Museum three times while there!  We also swam in the hotel pool two times, ate breakfast at the hotel each morning and then meals out the rest of the time (which, unfortunately weren’t great, but hey, I didn’t have to do the dishes).  We played Candy Land as a family a couple of times (we bought the nostalgia version at the Museum gift shop and it is awesome).  Overall, it was great and I am so thankful to have time together and away from home and just to relax.  I didn’t open my laptop while there (which is incredibly unusual for me and I’m proud of myself for that), which means I will need to do some catch up on grading and blogging and email, but that’s okay.  It felt good to just vacation.  I read over half of the book that I’m currently reading (The Girls of August) and it was blissful.

2) TURTLE BAY EXPLORATION PARK.  This isn’t a new place to us, but there is always something new to discover there.  If you’re ever in Northern California and can make it to Redding, CA, consider visiting this place.  It is best for people who love animals or plants and/or who have children between the ages of 2 and 12 (about).  There are a ton of things to do in the area – the Exploration Park includes a museum that has two exhibitions showing.  Sometimes there are fun ones (like the candy one we visited today) and some are more artistic (like the other current exhibition which is a photography show featuring Northern California landmarks), but they are always interesting.  We had a great time all three times that we went this weekend.  Our favorites are the Lorikeets, my DD loves the play area and water feature and the animal show during the summer months is great, learning fun!

Motivational Mondays

Motivational Monday – Spring Break Edition

pi joke

A little humor in honor of Pi Day this weekend.

Well, motivational Monday is upon me once again.  And once again, I am feeling a little lacking in motivation.  I am thankful it is Spring Break and I have no instructional duties for a week as I have a TON of grading to get caught up on and it would be nice to go back to school with it all graded and entered in the grade book and prepped through the end of the semester, which is actually spiraling towards us at break-neck speed it seems.  So, I guess I’m kind of motivated to do that.  I am also motivated (sort of – I’m feeling a bit ambiguous about my motivations versus my must-dos, but in the end, if I can converge those two things it would be great) to get all the laundry caught up and get the house somewhat clean and organized.  Oh, and I HAVE to clean up the backyard because the dog comes in with stickers all over her every time she spends any amount of time out there because of all the weeds.  So, yeah, my Spring Break is basically booked up.

But, I am also motivated to spend some quality family time doing things that are fun this week.  So, tomorrow we are heading an hour and a half north of us to Redding, CA to stay a couple of nights in a hotel (which, in itself would be enough for my DD) and go to Turtle Bay Exploratory Park (one of our favorite family outings, which we have annual passes to thanks to my in-laws) and maybe find a couple of other touristy things to do (although playing in the pool and reading and relaxing sounds like enough things to do for me).

Speaking of reading, I’ve been doing pretty good in that area.  I’ve already read three books since the beginning of the year, which is really good for me during the school year.  I’ve stayed off of Candy Crush at night and read instead and I’ve been motivated to finish books!  I’m excited about re-establishing my reading habits and I’m motivated to get as many books read this year as possible!  So far, I’ve read Inferno by Dan Brown, The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian and Murder in Merino by Sally Goldenblaum.  I am currently reading The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons which seemed like a good read for Spring Break.

I think that motivation sometimes stems from desperation (the procrastinator’s way) and some of my motivation will be coming from that (laundry, grading, etc.), but other motivation stems from desire and that will be my motivation to read and spend quality time vacationing with my family.  So, I’ve definitely got some motivation going on this week.

What about you?  What is motivating you this week and what are you motivated to do?