Friday, June 02, 2006

Ten Things I'm Doing This Summer

Summer Vacation!
Today is the last day of school in my district, which means that after today, for the next 75 days, I don't have to go to work, and I still get paid! What a great job!
Seriously, every teacher and student loves summer vacation. It's a chance to charge up your batteries. take on projects you wouldn't normally have time for, and just generally enjoy life in a way you can't quite manage when you're doing that 9 to 5 thing every day. Retired people can relate.

Yesterday at school a little girl asked me quite earnestly, "Ms. Denny, just what do you DO all day long during the summer?" Kids think their teachers don't have any kind of identity away from school, and I'm sure she imagines I'm home pining away for the students and longing for school to start up again. (Not hardly.) Anyway, to answer the question, and just for fun, here are 10 things I'm going to do this summer.

  • Every day I'm going to leave the house early before it gets too hot and walk for a few miles in a lovely park that's close to my house. I did this last summer and really enjoyed it. I do exercise in the winter, but lately I've been slacking off a bit and I'm looking forward to getting back into a good routine.
  • I'm going to read at least 10 books, something I don't have much time for during the school year, since I'm usually working, cooking, cleaning up the kitchen, or blogging about what I've been cooking. I went to the used book store last night and bought 4 novels to get me started!
  • I'm going to do some serious work in my yard in an attempt to get rid of a pervasive grass type weed that has taken over two of my flower beds. Organic gardeners, cover your ears, but I am probably going to have to resort to cutting the weeds off at the ground and then spraying it with Round-up, being careful to avoid the flowers. I've tried everything else I can think of. (Anyone have suggestions?) This is a project that will take a couple of full days at least, maybe longer.
  • I'm going to go to the Blogher conference in San Jose, one of the things I'm looking forward to the most out of all the summer fun I have planned. Originally I didn't think I was going to be able to go, but recently I decided I just couldn't miss it. Not only am I excited to have a chance to meet so many other great women bloggers, but I know I'll learn so much about blogging. (Any of you going? Leave a comment and let me know if you are.)
  • I'm going to visit Rand and Bradley in Venice Beach, and have fun eating Thai and Indian food, cooking with Rand, going to the beach, and just generally hanging out doing the whole Untangled Life California thing.
  • While I'm in California, or maybe even sooner, I'm finally going to take the plunge and buy a laptop so I can actually watch TV again (while I'm reading the blogs that is). I'll probably buy it in California so I can get some advice and technical assistance with the wireless connection stuff from Rand and Bradley.
  • I'm going to go to California (again, third time!) with my friend Mary to visit our other friend Jacque, who now lives in San Francisco. This trip is just for fun.
  • I'm going to attend the Denny Family Campout, where close to 80 people gather each year and have fun doing all those camping type things that big families love to do together. This year it's in a rather warm weather place, so we'll probably do some swimming, and then there's always eating.
  • Last, but not least by any means, I'm going to use the great veggies from my garden to cook lots of new, interesting dishes, and a few old standbys too. One thing I'm going to make a lot more of this year is roasted tomatoes, one reason I wanted the 12 tomato plants.
So that's what I have planned for my summer vacation. My condolences for those of you who have to work all summer. I've done that too, most recently seven years back when I was president of my local teacher's association for four years. It confirmed for me that I need the summer off to have time to reflect, exercise, cook, travel, garden, read, and just generally enjoy life, so that's what I'll be doing for the next 75 days.

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steven said...

Kaylyn, there is an organic product called "Burnout" that is just as effective as Roundup, it is made from vinegar,lemon and clove oils and is comperable in price.

Enjoy your vacation and make sure that whatever laptop you get will run Windows Vista when and if it comes out.

When you're in San Francisco, make sure to got to the Food Hall at the Ferry Terminal (Market and Embarcadero)

ilva said...

You are going to have a lot of fun...promise to do some serius blogging with photos from the BlogHer conference

Pille said...

Good for you - I only get 6 weeks of holiday (sulk), so I'm green with envy:)
Hope you get to do all your summer plans and more!

Helen said...

The blogher conference sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to read your report. Have fun this summer and enjoy all the wonderful thing you have planned.

Rene said...

I had no idea there was something called the Blogher Conference. I am just starting out blogging. Alas, the Friday session is sold out. And I LIVE in San Jose! Bummed that I will miss you while you are here as I am a faithful reader (and recipe follower) of your blog.

drbiggles said...

You could also attend the 2nd Annual Food Bloggers Picnic here in the San Francisco Bay Area on August 27th.
The invite hasn't gone out yet. We have the date, the venue and just need to tighten down the particulars. We're meeting at Meathenge Labs to take on these particulars this coming Sunday. And yes, the smoker will be up and going!
Comon, 'everyone' will be there.


FJK said...


Sounds like a great summer you have lined up

When you are in the Bay area I'd love to visit. Drop me an email through my profile.

Faith of Blog Appetit

Kalyn said...

Steven, thanks for the tip about Burnout. I hadn't heard of it before. Also hadn't heard of Windows Vista, so I'll keep that in mind. I've been to Food Hall at the Ferry building, but Mary and Jacque are not foodies (hard to believe isn't it?) so I don't know if we'll make it there.

Ilva and Helen, will be sure to share about Blogher.

Pille, it's one of the best things about being a teacher. The kids are the other thing. The bad thing is the salary.

Rene, it might be worth signing up for day two or one of the cocktail parties if you're right in town. I'm just on the waiting list for day one myself, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I don't know about your political leanings, but Arianna Huffington is speaking at day two. I love her. Or you could just come to the hotel and have a drink. It would be fun to meet you. Send me an e-mail if you decide to come.

Biggles, I would LOVE to come to the Food Blogger picnic. I remember reading about it last year. The problem is my school starts on August 22. I'll keep it in mind, but since I couldn't miss any school that early in the year it would be a pretty quick trip.

Faith, I'd love to meet you too. I'll send you an e-mail and maybe we can get together.

mae said...

Kalyn, i'm so green with envy! If only i was clever enough to be a teacher, i could have the whole summer off too. I should have paid attention to my teachers at school back then. Sigh... and sigh again.

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