The semester ended on Friday and I’m not sure if I’ve ever been more relieved for summer break. We ended up having half of the semester online with two days’ notice. It was an incredible amount of work at a time when I felt very little motivation. It was hard to keep going with the world in the middle of a pandemic while being stuck alone at home with no structure to my days. But the semester is over and I have three months of summer vacation ahead of me and hopefully by August, life and work will be somewhat more normal.
As much as I’m relieved to have completed the semester, it eliminates what little structure I had left to my days and weeks. I’m trying to establish a summer rhythm that allows me to get the things done that I want to while still giving me time to relax, recharge, and recover from the past two months.
My main summer projects are to finish building my vegetable garden and landscape my front yard. I’d also like to work on making Roman shades for more of the windows and take the time to get back into some neglected hobbies like writing, reading, and photography. I also need to incorporate a bit more exercise into my life (it seems online teaching plus stress plus lack of motivation equals binge eating chocolate!).
My little garden is growing well…
Hopefully, I’ll be able to pick my first harvests in a few weeks!