Sunday, July 5, 2009

Learning to Relax

Something about this school year was different than any previous year of teaching for me. Normally, I look forward to the end of the year with breathless anticipation, and relish those last few days of finals. This year was such a terrible year, and I counted down, counted down, counted down, and then the end of the year reached out and smacked me across the face. I don't really remember the last few days and the last day of school didn't really seem like the end of the year. It was weird.

Due to that, and the visitors I had two days later, I have really struggled to find my rhythm this summer. Last summer was so busy, and the summer before that was such a nightmare that I don't really know how to relax this summer. This is the first summer I won't be hanging out with my two best friends in the world. I don't really know what to do with myself.

In my other life, I sew. I make things to sell, although that's not going great right now, so I thought about it for a while and decided that one of the things that might relax me a bit is sewing for me. So I am focusing on me this week. I am trying not to go anywhere or do anything...just focus on me for a while.

Fireworks last night...were interesting. Last year K and I went to Gasworks. This year, I didn't feel like fighting the traffic, so I stayed home. And it was then that I realized that Seattle is SERIOUS about their fireworks. From where I sat on my balcony, I could see 6 different legal fireworks shows (all south of Seattle) and there were all kinds of illegal family shows going on just in my complex. It was crazy. I am not so great at the photos at night, but here are a few....This one is from the large show just across the river.
And these were of the family setting them off about 30 feet down the sidewalk. Proving that even "small" fireworks can be pretty neat. I did wish that the older boy setting them off was capable of aiming up instead of DIRECTLY at the dead grass right in front of us.
Hope you had a happy and safe 4th everyone.....

7 comments:

Ronnica said...

I can't imagine having the summer like that. I tend to waste time when it's fairly open, and then I feel bad. If (when?) I become a teacher, I hope our county has implemented year-round in at least one high school, because I'd much prefer that kind of schedule!

John Deere Mom said...

I love your fireworks pictures! They are awesome!

carla said...

If I could see fireworks like that I'd stay on my balcony too! Hope you find that relaxing rhythm this week.

Just say Julie said...

I slept all day today trying to reset my vacation clock. Thanks for letting us visit so soon after school being out. I know it was kind of whirlwind crazy for you. We loved our tour of Seattle though!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I find beading relaxing. Maybe you need a new hobby...

Melissa B. said...

These certainly are Superior Snaps! I know what you mean about trying to relax. After my hellish end-of-year (meeting with the principal and the whole brouhaha about the newspaper editorial), I've been trying to relax, and at the same time dreading going back. The guy is such a schmoe. I'm hoping he's not going to be a Lifer at Our Humble High School!

Bethany said...

Beautiful fireworks!

Here we are, almost mid-July and I still can't believe it's summer. I LOVE summer- but it just gets SO busy and it's incredibly hard to find time to relax! I hope you're able to enjoy the rest of your summer!