This visual quote from FB pretty much sums up my attitude regarding the java.
It has been suggested that I include an update blog to share my personal current events with readers. Since I am actually sitting here with coffee cup in hand, and about an hour to kill, this is as good a time as any.
I have been off of work for about 3 weeks. The end of another school year came and went at the end of May, and although I usually look forward to this respite from teaching, I was facing summer break with some trepidation.
First, there is the HEAT. It has been over 100 degrees for almost 2 weeks already. I can barely set foot outside without bursting into flame. Although I could use a dose of nature’s Vitamin D, I do not think this should include radiation treatments from the sun.
I have somehow managed to put on about 5 pounds, and all my joints ache. I seriously need exercise. I do some yoga stretches nightly, just so I do not wake up kinked, and in some cases rusted solid as the Tin Man. Inactivity is my worst enemy in summer, so I am volunteering to teach swimming to some refugee kids in my neighborhood. This requires me to go outside. In the sun. In a swimsuit. What the hell was I thinking?
My partner and my daughter (and occasionally, her boyfriend) are also mostly house-bound, and they eat almost non-stop. Between Netflix and You Tube marathons, and frequent snack breaks, they are going to end up either seriously overweight or brain dead from boredom. I try to stay busy, but cleaning house around their prone bodies and grocery shopping 3 times in a week is not exactly what I had in mind.
This is not to say they never leave: My partner works a few hours in the morning, comes home, then goes out again when the sun moves to another side of the sky. He is a freelance maintenance man and painter, so he can do whatever he wants.
My daughter is on break from school. She needs a job, so she works with her Dad sometimes, and otherwise applies online for various jobs, most of which she is not qualified for. She does not get that actually going into a business, introducing yourself, and stating an interest in working there, goes further than filling out an electronic app.
Oh well, guess she’ll have to learn the hard way. I always did, when I was a teen.
My ennui is about to end in a few days, anyway. I have signed up for no less than four “professional development” opportunities, most of them for a small stipend. I decided to do this, rather than another summer school gig. My income is spread over 12 months, so I do not actually have to work over the summer, but I always need extra income. We (teachers in Arizona) are supposed to receive a merit bonus and a cost of living raise in July. Let’s see if that does anything more than raise my tax liability.
So, my coffee is almost gone, and I’m off to do my first refugee swim lesson gig. Besides helping kids stay safe in and near pools this summer, I don’t have to shower, since I’ll be getting simultaneously sweaty and wet in the pool within an hour from now.
You all have a nice day, and enjoy summer. Full disclosure: My next “What’s up” may be from a bar, rather than over coffee. Cheers!