What do you do over the summer?

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  1. UpperMidwest

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    What do you do over the summer? Do you work a 2nd job? Just enjoy your time off (vacations, etc.)? Work on continuing education?
     
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    I gain 50 lbs every winter (not exaggerating), and spend much of the summer losing it. I teach summer school, but only for a few weeks, and occasionally do some tutoring.
     
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    What I want! I don't set alarm clocks. Sometimes I travel. Sometimes I watch too much TV, sometimes I exercise.
    I was just talking about this with my non-teacher best friend today. She works for a bank. Last night we went to Endgame at a showing that started at 11:00 p.m. She took today off because she could, and she knew she would be exhausted. I crawled into bed at 3:00 a.m. and dragged myself to work less than 5 hours later because my district only lets us take personal leave days during testing season for certain circumstances-late night movies are not one of them. We had a conversation about how people think that we shouldn't have all that time, but don't realize the draconian leave policies in place during the school year. They make it difficult to live life during the year because we can't really take a day when we want to if we have a life outside of school like every other profession can.
    She said, "You do nothing girl, you've earned it."
     
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    We usually do projects around the house, take a vacation, and just relax.
     
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    How do you gain 50 pounds?!
     
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    I private tutor part time and shop and relax the rest of the time. This summer, I plan on getting a 3-4 massages a week, dining out every other day (my goal is to go to each restaurant in my city at least once and then a few in the surrounding cities), binge watching Netflix and Hulu (I just bought a new iPad and so the timing is perfect), riding around the city with my dog on my Segway, exercising (shudders) as I’m too skinny (my students and colleagues commonly crack jokes about my being skinny and I’m tired of it), getting a new wardrobe as my current one is boring, going to San Francisco and Los Angeles for a week each, visiting some high school friends of mine about 1.5 hours away and playing a ton of video games (Gears of War, Halo, Super Smash Bros), going to a few casinos to play Blackjack (easy way to make money if you understand the mechanics of the game), seeing a ton of movies (I recently saw Captain Marvel and Shazam back to back and I loved them both), tending to my garden (I’m trying to grow all of my vegetables), maybe dye my hair blonde (because why not?) going on a shopping spree for something frivolous and stupid (YOLO), and investing in the stock market a ton (I recently bought several Amazon stock and I plan to buy more as I’ve already garnered a huge return on my investment). And lastly, I’ll also be helping a friend of mine move to their new home. So busy busy, haha!

    What are you doing over the summer? :D
     
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    I have been thinking about the concept of vacation. I have come to the conclusion that vacation days taken while young are about 2x as valuable as vacation days when I am older (age 60+). No one knows what there health will be like when they are older, then there's the energy drop as well. So for me the perk of having summers off is huge. I am not sure what monetary value I would assign to it though.

    I can't imagine having only 2-3 weeks of vacation a year. (Well actually I can, since that has been my life in the past). I mean, what's the point of working just to spend it all on vacations in old age--unless you just want new expensive gadgets.
     
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    I have an interview for a business education teacher job on next week! I think it will be a long shot because I do not yet have my cert. (I have done everything but student teach and take the dreaded edTPA). When having the summers off I can see myself traveling, work around the home, maybe do some manual labor (I like that once in a while) or tutoring. Or sunbathe and read a lot and be a little lazy.
     
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    Exactly! That’s why I became an educator because of all the time off, plus the sweet salary that goes along with it (at my school at least). I get the best of both worlds!

    And vacationing does NOT have to be expensive. Even though I spend a lot of money all the time, I maximize my purchasing power in any way I can. For example, did you know that — at certain times of the year — you could fly to like Denver for $150 round trip, book an airbnb for $70 a night (so 2 nights for $140 and spend $200 on food/entertainment), and that’s a fun trip for less than $500, thus fitting in small budget!
     
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    I didn’t have to do my edTPA’s because I went through an alternate route <sticks out tongue playfully> to get my credential. I was so happy to didn’t have to do those. I still took the CBEST, CSET’s, and Praxis for my credential, but it was nice not having to do extra on top of the myriad of things I already did.

    Make sure to put on plenty of suntan lotion!

    And I have very light brown skin so I naturally have a tan, ha!
     
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    Teaching summer school (again) and working on my psychology practice/craft. try to get involved with being a psychology professor.
    I do not do this for the money. I have fun!
    I also want to go camping.
     
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    I try to spend as much time outside of cell phone range as humanly possible. Camping, on a lake somewhere, etc.
     
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    Summer is time to go see my family out of state, do anything that I have put off during the school year medically, and I try to work in some workshops and conventions if at all possible. At the very least, I am usually able to add some webinars, and the occasional online grad class. I actually love learning, and find it invigorating. Online courses are great because I can work them into going out of state, visiting family, and even being laid up from minor procedures because "have laptop, will travel". Oh - I also putter around my yard, growing things, new plantings, etc. You knew that science stuff would show up somewhere!
     
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    Run-pretty much every day
    Read- most times on my veranda
    Go to the beach
    Garden
    Go to the farm markets
    Family time
     
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    I have usually spent my summers just relaxing and enjoying things that I never had time for during the school year.
    This year, however, since I will be retiring, I will be planning for our 2 month bucket trip out west and to Hawaii. Lots of things to shop for!
     
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    Poor winter diet and lack of exercise. Then in the summer I have time to cook properly and get outside for lots of exercise on a daily basis.
     
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    Uff! I went to a showing yesterday (Friday) at 11:00 AM thinking there wouldn't be anybody... I was WRONG! There was a line before the theater was even open. A lot of school aged children also attended. WTF? I was standing in line listening to one family who kept laughing saying that "they got their kid out of school because he had a dentist's appointment beforehand, and the doc wrote a note to get him out of school all day.'' Then they took him to the movies. Great message to send your kid. :roll:
    It was a great film and didn't even really feel like 3 hours. I'll probably re-watch it before it leaves theaters to make sure I pick up all the details. :)
     
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    That's impressive! I feel like I gained that much but in reality each summer I only need to lose about 10-15 of fat. I may work a couple days teaching at a local museum but nothing long term. Looking forward to live, outdoor shows with my band. An evening on stage is a sweat fest and light cardio. Being outside - fishing (walking miles in/along a creek), mowing grass, swimming with kids and dogs, and a little biking is my exercise. I eat less too, since I'm busy and on the go.
     
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    I do a lot of hiking on local trails, work in my garden, spend time with my dog, sleep in. I also do some volunteer work, do some stuff for my HOA, do lots of house projects. My husband works a typical job and works all summer, and I don't have kids, so I get to kind of do whatever I want.

    I typically read about 1-2 books a week. I seriously never read during the school year, but I love reading, so I spend a lot of time on my patio reading. We also are taking a couple vacations.
     
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    Where to for your vacations? :)
     

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