While driving to work this morning, it suddenly hit me. It's summer! I knew it was coming in the abstract, but with the craziness that is the end of the school year I hadn't really thought about it. Summer! No school, no work (after three more days next week). Sleeping in, reading, taking photos, setting my own schedule. It's like a little gift that just popped up this morning. I'm excited.
I have grand plans for the summer. I can actually do them all if I don't spend the whole day being lazy. THAT is the total key. Things that I would like to work on in some form or fashion this summer:
1.) Cooking - You already knew that one! Summer should really ramp up my cooking because I will not be at work or coming home from work thus I will not be passing fast food places or looking to grab a quick bite after a long day. I have always enjoyed my summer eating schedule much more than my work eating schedule. Too bad one lasts two months and one lasts the other ten. I tend to eat a small breakfast and then a full meal at around 2-3 p.m. A light dinner usually follows. I should have plenty of time to do things that way.
2.) Museum - I will be volunteering again this summer at HMNS and it will be a much more enjoyable experience this time around. Last summer I started for the first time and it was a frankly overwhelming experience. There is so much to learn and so much to do and I felt lost a lot of the times. I wasn't able to go up there as much during the school year, but I did get up there on occasion and I feel much more ready for activities this summer. I'll be working in Terra Cotta Warriors, maybe a little Genghis Khan and maybe a little Diamonds. Plus whatever other crazy events appear in my email. It's going to be fun.
3.) Spanish - I need to buckle down and really work my way through my Spanish programs this summer. It is going to have to happen every single day. I bought six month access to the program and there are a LOT of levels to go through. I don't want to waste my money or the opportunity to learn as much as I can before November.
4.) Pictures - Pictures and more pictures of course.
5.) Chicago (Eeeek! So excited!) Austin (Happy to visit a dear friend) San Antonio (work) and To Be Determined (because I want to go at least one other place).
6.) Read - I must get my reading back on track. I feel like I'm getting stupider. I spend my downtime playing games on the iPhone or surfing the internet or watching TV. I used to have to read every single night before I went to bed. I could not sleep without it. Now, not so much. I need to get my reading groove back on.
7.) Exercise - Sigh. Yes, but I need it. I would *love* to buy a bicycle. I rode a bike today for about 10 seconds (no exaggeration). It haven't ridden one since I was a child. I've got the wild hare about buying a bike again not that I really have the money to buy a bike. Even if I could find the $200ish to buy a bike I'm not sure where I would go to buy it. It seems like a lot of bike shops are judgmental. And then where would I go to ride it? I've already discussed that my part of town is not bike friendly. We'll see about the bike. Other than that I need to alternate taking a walk or going for an early morning swim. Just something to get me moving.
All this plus more in just two months! I already know the time is going to fly by.