All I want to do is take a trip to Target and pretend that I have back to school supplies to buy, just to be a part of the chaos that is a university town filled with new freshman and their parents during dorm move in. Yes, we have little kids in this town too, so I'm sure I could enjoy the glue-buying crowd as well. I really have zero things I need from Target, so I will just stay home and work on my own back to school stuff.
The week in between my vacations I had a meeting with my fellow professors where I had an "Oh yeah, I have a real job that starts up soon" moment. The moment lasted no more than an hour and I skipped off to vacation #2 and didn't crack a textbook the whole trip. Really, this is very unlike me. During the school year I was working 14 hour days and almost all weekends. It definitely all caught up with me and slacker/vacation mode suited me better than I ever could have known. Having a month off was something I don't think I've ever had, ever. Although I could have been working diligently to make my life that much easier in the future, I really did not do much work in July.
I returned home this weekend and spent the first two days doing everything I could think of that didn't involve actually cracking a book (unpacking, cleaning, figuring out my bus schedule for the fall). Well, yesterday I finally took a hard look at my calendar and had a little flip-flop in my stomach. Apparently this is what it takes to force me to get down to business. I have very few work days left before classes start and for my new, very upper level class, I have only prepped about 1/20th of the semester, and not well. Luckily, my other three classes I have taught before and spent the beginning half of the summer perfecting my materials for those. I guess I'm down to the wire and today will be spent not surfing the internet for fun blogs, but actually creating some hard-core lectures.
Life is good, I feel refreshed, I'm stoked about my new job, but it's time to get down to business so my stress levels don't go through the roof once school starts!
I'll leave you with my last picture taken on my trip to New Jersey. I'll call it, "Vacation's over." As we got through security at Newark, we looked out the window and saw the sun rise over NYC. And now, back to reality.