August 18, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up! Bye, Summer... :(

After my first year teaching, one of my friends asked me, "Do you miss your students sooo much??"  I looked at her like she was a crazy person!  Sometimes I think people outside of the profession expect teachers to just LOVE their jobs SO MUCH that they hate to say goodbye to the kids in summer!  You guys should know by now that I'm a tell-it-like-it-is kinda girl, so I'm going to be straight up honest.  I love teaching.  I love my students.  But I LOVE summer.  LOVE IT!
Oh summer...I love you.
This summer was the perfect combination of relaxing, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.  I even got to spend over a week with my sweet little niece aka my favorite person in the world.  
However, it has FLOWN by, and here we are--another Sunday night, thinking ahead about how I'm going to have to set an early alarm tomorrow.  Don't get me wrong--part of me is excited for the year to come, to meet my new kiddos, and to get back into the routine, but a very real other part of me is bummed that my days of sleeping in past 8, morning hot yoga classes, and afternoons reading or at the pool are long gone for awhile!  I did squeeze in some fun things to celebrate my last weekend of summer.  

My Friday nights are less than eventful these days as my wake-up calls are bright and early for Saturday training runs.  I had to make a special trip to the grocery store Friday afternoon for pasta and bananas...going through a lot of those things these days!  Then I laid out my clothes and gear, cut my rock tape, and settled in with a good book.  I'm reading Tell the Wolves I'm Home right now, and I'm loving it.  Really beautiful, but kind of sad.  I don't think I'll have a book review ready for this Wednesday, but check back next week!
Saturday morning I set a new DISTANCE RECORD by running FIFTEEN FREAKIN' MILES!  Check back for a whole post detailing it on Training Tuesday!
After my amazing 15-miler and visit to a French Farmer's Market, I quickly showered, threw on a bathing suit, and met a couple friends for a day on a lake in Wisconsin.  Don't worry, I wore my compression sleeves...Obv.
I'm always hesitant to make plans for Saturday afternoons post-long run, but I'm glad I did!  It was the perfect day for tubing, sunshine, and of course some Goose Island.  Sweet summer. 
By the time I got home, I was completely ready to pass out and was in bed by 9:30.  I apparently moonlight as an elderly woman, hmm?  Oh well. :)

Sunday, I met my cousin for lunch and a movie.  We saw The Spectacular Now, which I liked but was kind of sad.  
Seems like Shailene Woodley is in everything these days, but to be honest I have a hard time seeing her and not seeing Amy Jergens from Secret Life of the American Teenager... 

That was followed up with some perusing of picture books, reviewing of lesson plans, and making a new affirmation sign to start my year off with.  I'm so excited to share this one with the kids this week!  I look forward to talking about "Being our Best Selves" all year long.  (Read more about my affirmations here.)
And now I'm off to pack up my gym bag for an early morning swim tomorrow before heading over to my parents' for dinner and the season premier of The Great Food Truck Race.   LOVE Food Network reality shows!  

Have a great week!  Good luck if you're heading back to school!

What did you do this weekend?

When do you go back to school?

Seen any great movies lately?


  1. OMG I love the Great Food Truck Race too!!! Did you watch last season? I was addicted to the Jersey girls & the Korean guys... Food Network reality shows are AMAZING.

  2. Great Sign! I too am feeling the sadness of summer coming to an end. I keep telling people to be quiet about it! It is esp hard b/c I am jobless. : ( I am not ready to go back to subbing.... its just horrible after having done it for SOOOO long. It's even harder b/c I had a job last year!

  3. I moved my baby into her freshman dorm in West Virginia this weekend! It was an amazing, sad, bittersweet trip. She LOVES it there which is awesome...but her momma misses her already. I have to remind myself she is 18 and not 8.

    We don't go back to school with kids until September 3. Teachers report back on August 28 although I am attending a couple of full day PD sessions this week.

    The Caffeinated Teacher

  4. The end of summer is always my routines, but love my summer days, too. I read Tell The Wolves I'm Home not too long ago. I thought I would love it, but not so much. I ended up flipping to the end, reading that, and then reading backwards (a terrible habit I've picked up lately for books that I'm not in love with).

  5. I love love summer and I go back to school Tuesday. I was in last week but on my time. Now there is no choice.

  6. Adore summer! Back in next Tuesday, boys still have a fortnight off, lucky ducks!

  7. I love, love, love summer. We went camping this past weekend, one more trip for labor day. I start inservice on Friday, but have orientation on Wednesday because I am in a new district.


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