Poetry Anthologies graded. Field trip survived. Report card comments written. File folders emptied. Google Docs organized. Classroom rearranged. Storage closet cleaned. Goodbyes spoken. Coworkers hugged.
Today is my third day of vacation, and although I was anxiously anticipating time to write, I’ve been procrastinating. I believe it’s God’s way of allowing me to empathize with my students. I have a lot I want to write about, I just get stuck on where to start. Kinda overwhelmed. I even cleaned and organized the laundry room instead writing.
But today, I have decided:
It. Is. Time.
So, to kick off the new me,
“What I Love About Summer Vacation”…
Goji Berry Tea
Truth be told, I drink Goji Berry Tea almost every morning without fail, but what makes summertime Goji Berry Tea so special is the mug. A real mug. Not a traveling mug. This provides a totally different experience. Try it. (Just be smart about it. Don’t try it in a moving car.)
Goji Berry Tea
Based on a recipe by Kathy Patalsky of HappyHealthyLife.com
1 green tea bag
8-12 oz. of almost boiling water
small handful of goji berries
one lemon, squeezed
sweetener of choice (I’ve been utilizing organic raw blue agave as of late, but maple syrup does the trick as well.)
Place goji berries and tea bag in mug. Add hot water. Steep for 3 minutes. Remove tea bag. Add juice of one freshly squeezed lemon. Sweeten with whatever your little heart desires. Add 2-3 shakes of cayenne pepper. Stir. Enjoy.
Sport Shorts and T-Shirts
My “go to” summer wardrobe. I add a sweatshirt when cold. Very simple. No ironing required. Matching, however, is required.
Hair Au Naturale
No blowdryer, no curling iron, no straightener. Ponytail optional.
Face Au Naturale
Moisturizer with sunscreen.
Leisurely Walks with the Dog
Yep. That little cutie patootie above. School days require a rather rushed morning walk. No time to chew on blades of grass, chase squirrels up trees, or sneak abandoned pieces of food in the park. Summertime morning walks are a total game changer.
When it’s light outside. (It’s not light at 4:30 in the morning, just in case you were wondering.)
Weekday Morning Yoga
During the school year, Tuesday afternoons and early Sunday mornings are official yoga times. Now I can listen to my body instead of looking at the calendar when planning workouts.
Anytime of the day I want!
Good Morning America
Not that Twitter doesn’t provide me with the news of the day, but sitting down with a cup of tea, AFTER a workout, and watching my GMA friends is quite satisfying.
While I enjoyed reading A Wrinkle in Time, Out of My Mind, I am Malala, Marshfield Dreams, and the entire Harry Potter series (my son challenged me…how could I call myself a middle school ELA teacher without having read Harry Potter?) over the past 9 months, I am more than ready for a little Baldacci, Patterson, Grisham, Sandford and Grafton.
And I’m going to reacquaint myself Bible. It’s been a few weeks.
Meals Made with Love
I’ve become rather routine (boring) these past few months: breakfasts have either been smoothies made with frozen bananas, almond milk, kale, and Vega One…
or nut butter with chia seed jam on Ezekiel sprouted grain English Muffins.
Dinners typically consisted of roasted veggies, grains, and tofu or tempeh. Tasty. But unmemorable.
Lunch has been leftovers.
I am so looking forward to creativity in the kitchen!
I love, love, love being part of a CSA! Each week I get to go to this little stand and pick up a box of goodies. Almost like Christmas, I tell you!
Time to Write
No excuses. No expectations. Just taking time to write whatever happens to be on my mind.
If you have any ideas, let me know!