"What Did I Just Do?"

What I’ve Done on my Summer Vacation (so far)

* Convinced the AVID lady at the district that I really did want to take the train to Chicago, and yes, I am aware that it is a 30-hour journey that starts at 4:45 am (she apparently has no faith in my knowledge of geography or traveling velocities).
* Started cooking dinner again instead of take-out every day!
* Read three novels
* Spent three days at school to make my classroom look like this:

(which included organizing and filing papers from the past two years of teaching – glorious!)
* Spent one day in my classroom to make my desk look like this:

* Watched “The Valet” (recommended!) with Teresa (who’s back – yay!)
* Watched “Waitress”
* Watched “A Midwinter’s Tale”
* Watched “Sing Faster!”
* Went to IKEA again to get shelves
* Installed said shelves, after moving my desk near my kitchen:

* Discovered that getting shelves level is tricky when you’re working alone, but by golly I did it!
* Saw “Thoroughly Modern Millie” with Heidi (also back – yay!) and Virginia, Spanish teacher at my school
* Saw “Saturday’s Voyeur” with Heidi and her new husband
* Watched the Tony’s with Janelle and Donavon (“Spring Awakening” and “Coast of Utopia” – no surprises there!)
* Went to the doctor for my first checkup since, well, ever
* Was told “your cervix is stellar!”
* Got four shots and two blood samples taken
* Found out I am TB, HIV, and syphilis- free (no surprises there, either)
* Began reorganizing my library (including the closets!)
* Met with Heidi and Katharine daily this week to begin some serious writing work in anticipation of creating our play about teaching.
* Enjoyed said writing meetings in this glorious place:

* Wrote three pieces I rather like so far, and revisited others from before.
* Am gaining confidence in my abilities as a creative writer.
* Discovered the Community Writing Center
* 30 minutes on my elliptical every day since school got out!
* Am finally starting to feel rested, capable, and organized again.
Hurrah for summer!


  1. you can add*made your sister feel lazy and completely ineptI’m very impressed. My doctor never said anything special about my cervix 😉 I’m also totally jealous of your ikea. The kitchen space looks awesome now! What’s going to go on the shelves?I totally forgot that I recommended you see Sing Faster. What did you think? And is the Valet in theaters or did you rent it?


  2. “The Valet” is still in theaters here at least.I liked “Sing Faster” a lot. Especially since it made me feel like I actually know quite a bit about theater – there wasn’t much they did that I haven’t done or don’t know how to do. I loved the dragon puppet, though. Awesome. And the female actor who kept hanging out with the techies backstage. There’s always one of those.I’m not sure about the shelves yet. I couldn’t find any studs in the walls, so I don’t know if I trust them to hold a stack of books, which was the original intention. Right now, I have some knick-knacks and a basket of cards on it. I figure things will eventually find their way there.


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