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).

Beautiful Risser’s Beach at low tide.
So far, this is the most crowded I’ve seen the beach. I’m sure that during non-Covid tourist season, the beach would be packed with people enjoying the sand and the water. There were some kids playing wading in the water, but in general, the water is too cold at this time of year.

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?

  • Becky

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