So it is obviously not an unusual thing around here for me to go a long time between posts. I've been in grad school and it pretty much sucked up every free moment I've had for the last two years. But it's totally been worth it because I feel ready for the next adventure in my life. I am so excited about the prospect of starting my first teaching job in a few weeks. Wherever that happens to be. :)
So, just to let you know how I've been filling my time instead of sitting here blogging, I compiled a list of what I have done (so far) on my summer vacation.
10. Reading, reading, and more reading!
I've been checking out a lot of YA literature especially and hope to get some reviews up for you next week. But let me just say, you should go read Bird by Crystal Chan. Just go do it. Trust me!
9. Shopping for my future classroom.
In the hopes that I will find an upper elementary school or middle school language arts teaching position, I hit up Open Books for their annual 50% off sale and scored some good finds for my classroom library.
8. Keeping a dream journal.
This is something I started doing back in 2012 at the beginning of my grad school adventures when I was having some interesting stress dreams, but with my busy schedule, it didn't last long. I have always loved dreams though and often get some interesting story ideas from them, so I wanted to get back into the habit of writing down my dreams now while I have more time to do so.
7. Volunteering with the Chicago Force.
Most people aren't even aware that Chicago has a women's professional tackle football team. But we do and they are amazing. They are also the current national champions and we'll be hosting the championship here in Chicago this year. You can usually find me in the ticket booth during games and I am proud to support such an amazing organization which is doing its part to break down gender barriers in professional sports as well as inspiring young female athletes every day!
6. Rediscovering forgotten writing projects.
I think every writer has those forgotten files saved somewhere on a random flash drive or taking up space in their Dropbox account, and I recently started exploring all these files I haven't opened up in years. And some of the things I found were quite inspiring! Can't wait to blow the dust off of these unfinished stories and flesh out these untouched ideas.
5. Cleaning and Organizing
My office (and attached closet) is truly neat and tidy for the first time in months. I know where everything is and I have found oodles of great supplies that I can bring into my classroom this fall -- opening up more space in my office!
Vegan Shepard's Pie topped with polenta was a great success and now probably my favorite comfort food. But we've also made some great fish tacos and I have oodles more recipes I plan to try out in the coming weeks.
3. Meeting with my writing partner every week.
This has been such a great source of happiness for me to reconnect with my writing partner so we can support each other through our current projects. Because of her motivation, I am writing almost every day again!
Almost two weeks ago, me, along with my 20 amazing classmates, all gave our Master's Presentations and celebrated the fact that we are done, and we are teachers! It was a great day and I am so proud to be part of such a talented, smart, wonderful group of teachers. Yay, Cohort 10!
1. Finishing my novel!
And last, but certainly not least, last week I wrote the final sentence to my WIP. This will actually be the third novel I have finished in the last five years, but this is the one that I feel is ready. The one I know I can send out into the world and be proud of. Just as soon as I finish those pesky revisions. . .
And so, that is how I've been spending my summer vacation so far. What do you think? Spending my time wisely? How about you? Whatever you've been up to, I hope it involves some relaxation and fun!
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