Semester is over, now what?
I have been very impatient in my waiting for this term to finish. I have been working almost full time teaching for what feels like forever – but really is just 2 years – but that has been enough. I was starting to burn out. Several months ago, I had decided that I was not going to teach this summer. I needed the time off. I needed to recharge and get excited about teaching again.
So, now the semester is over. I have finished marking and I just submitted grades – so I’m now done until September – actually really sometime in August when I need to start putting together my fall courses. I’m also working on a new course for the spring – a course on coding for instructional designers. I’ve started work preparing for it and I’m quite enjoying it. It has been a while since I’ve had to put my computer science skills to use.
I do find that I am asking myself, now what? I no longer need to spend 1/2 of my days working on teaching stuff. I now have time, but I’m still not sure what to do with it.
Today I spent about an hour scraping paint off the bathroom wall. I had already stripped the wall paper, but there was a layer of paint underneath that was peeling in places. Before re-painting, I need to strip the existing paint, repair any holes, sand down my repairs, and then I can think about painting. I will most likely need to prime first, so that the paint stays nicely.
After that, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and go for a walk on the beach. I had been avoiding the beach because I thought the restrictions meant that I could not go there – as the beach is not in the Town of Bridgewater, which is my municipality. However, I have discovered that you are permitted to move within your county if you are going out for exercise – and there are many different beaches in my county (yay).
Tomorrow is also supposed to be a beautiful day, so I’ll need to figure out where I go for my walk (my walk with Cali). Hubby had his first Covid vaccine today Pfizer – so we will see how he is feeling tomorrow. I don’t get mine until Tuesday.
What do you like to do when you find yourself with time on your hands?