Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer 2011

I haven't posted since February? It certainly has been a dry spell for this ol' blog. Another school year has come and gone. It was a pretty good year. 5 out of 6 classes were good. And the other? Well, good luck to those kids.

Last summer I started with writing a blog about my goals for the summer. Looking back, I accomplished just about nothing. That's mostly because I moved into my new house and quickly realized that I had negative dollars. I did achieve two goals. I was awake before noon every day. Once again, I would like to point out that was a huge accomplishment for someone with my sleeping difficulties. I give myself a sweet pat on the back. I also finished watching The Sopranos. That's mostly because Astound messed up my appointment time and I had a week in my house with no cable, and no money to go do anything. So I watched The Sopranos. It was awesome.

So Summer 2011? My goals are much more ambitious. I finally have some money saved up to finish the big projects in my house. In the last few weeks, I've started on a couple of these. I have my own list of things to get done so that my house no longer looks like a construction zone. I just finished fixing a wall that I hated. I'm purposefully leaving it unpainted before I leave on vacation. Why? Motivation. When I get back, it will be staring me in the face and I should get going right away. Also, Costco has flooring on sale. So I bought the new floor for my sun room, which I'm going to leave in a place where I trip over it regularly so that I get to work. It would be nice to get the inside of the house in good shape so next summer I can worry about the outside.

Speaking of vacation, I'm leaving Wednesday morning for my little road trip. It should be pretty sweet. I'm looking forward to some southern BBQ, New Orleans food, and seeing some cool sites as well. But it's mostly about the food.

I have all of the episodes of The Wire ready to watch. I've heard nothing but excellent things about the series, so I'm going to tackle that this summer. I have a few book that I've started reading over the past couple months. I need to get those finished. I want to get some painting done (as in art, not my walls). And I would like to do some writing. I started during NaNoWriMo, but it stalled after the first week. I start up every few weeks, but I'm boring myself. I can't quite find my voice. I completely stall on the Oscar Project last summer. I blame it on the movie Cavalcade. I can't find a quality version of it, and the crappy copy I did find was boring as crap. I'm going to skip it and restart with the next movie.

And like last year, I want to exercise regularly. I didn't do very well last summer, but I picked up again in September. My 24 Hour Fitness membership runs out in August. I'm feeling pretty good about what I've been doing for the past year, but I've had a should problem for the past five months. It gets bad, then when I'm ready to see a doctor, it gets better. It has slowed me down every once in a while, but I haven't stopped going. I can feel some good results from the past year. I hope to crank it up this summer.

Next school year, I'm going back to yearbook. I just found out on Friday that I'm also going back to a beginning journalism class for 7th graders. I have some prep to do for yearbook this summer. But I want to revise what I used to do with the 7th grade journalism class. I wasn't ever happy with what it used to be, since it always took a back seat to everything else. We are going to be making the newspaper and it's going to have some creative writing, but I want to do more with it. I need to develop a cool curriculum this summer.

So that's the plan for the summer. Nothing breathtakingly amazing, but it should be good. I'm looking forward to writing my Summer of 2012 blog in about a year in which I look back at this one and basically repeat everything because I did nothing.