|Mrs. Jump's Class|
Deanna Jump, my blogger role model, had a great idea -- of course, all her ideas are great. That's why she has a gazillion followers. But this time she suggested that we make actual plans for the summer, unlike my usual "whatever" summer. And since I spent last summer having a little battle with cancer -- I WON, thank you, God -- I think I will make a to-do list of thing that don't involve medical tests and lying on the couch!
1. Before I can really get to the "relaxing " part of the summer, I HAVE to get my classroom de-cluttered and reorganized. This will probably be my last year teaching -- I plan to retire at the end of next year -- so I need to give away, throw away, and otherwise get rid of years of accumulated teaching materials that I don't use anymore. We have 2 planning days after school is out, and I hope that will be enough to clear out all the excess. Only 13 more days of school for us this year!
2. Celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary on June 22. We still haven't decided exactly how to mark this momentous occasion -- but it will not be a fishing trip or Army reunion, two of my darling husband's ideas. I love the man dearly, but, really?
3. I also need to clean out my closet. I either need to move down a size or give up, but I know there are things I cannot wear and it is time to face the facts. In fact, I plan to clean out all the closets. My son graduated from college this month, so I am sure there are some treasures in his closet -- but it might be a little scary.
4. On the other hand, I intend to keep up the walking I have been doing -- and try to hit my goal of 10,000 steps/ 5 miles a day. If I do this, maybe I will be able to wear those clothes...
5. I will also get rid of nearly 45 years of teaching materials that I have kept at home -- I have hoarded in case I need them someday. I will also try to be realistic about which books I will actually read again. It is so hard for me to turn loose of books, but I am going to try. My file cabinets need work, too.
6. I need to spend time catching up on my volunteer job as church librarian. And I want to read lots of books that I have purchased for the library, too -- no time for fiction during the school year.
7. Pull weeds out of my flower garden! Then I can sit on the front porch in my new rocking chair and not feel guilty.
8. Go to West Virginia to see my brothers and other relatives. While I am there I will eat hot dogs from the Dairy Queen and biscuits from Tudor's --any pounds I gain will be worth it.
9. Learn all the new music we are getting in my Sweet Adelines chorus. I will listen to learning tapes while I am walking laps.
10. Take my daughter to New York for a girls only trip to celebrate her birthday. Take lots of pictures and make lots of memories! School will start right after we get back, so this will be the last time I will have to relax before the craziness starts again!
There, I feel better about summer now!! I have a plan!!