I especially like Paul Simon's lyrics: "You know the nearer your destination/ The more you're slip slidin' away". Those final days of summer break just zoom by in the blink of an eye, as I scramble to whittle away at the gargantuan to-do list I made for myself back in May, when I was dreaming of those days I would have under my command, setting my own schedule and answering only to myself...
Well, that's only partially true. Teachers know that summer is more of a "catch-up" time than one of relaxation. Catching up on needed appointments, networking with other teachers, finding new resources for the classroom, finally getting to read for fun and learning (because how can we teach that reading is fun unless we do it ourselves?). Yes, I had the occasional free day, but there was still laundry and cleaning and shopping. And napping...oh, how I love my summer naps!
So I didn't get the crochet projects finished. I didn't do as much professional reading as I would have liked (but I have done a lot of reading for fun!). We did have a garage sale, and I have gone into my new library a few times to get my bearings and get to know some of my new colleagues. I've attended two more trainings and went on my first leadership team retreat. I even managed to get my daughter and I refitted for new retainers, and I have a decent tan line from swimming a bit.
And yes, I'm still reading! I've got three books on deck now: one on women's health (nonfiction), a grownup novel, and I'll be starting Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein as soon as I post this blog. I still have a few free moments at my disposal, and what better way to spend them, than with my feet propped up and my nose in a book? Read on, my friends; summer's not over yet!