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When the kids are away, the mice will…work

 

It’s March Break and school’s out for the week. This week I’ll be taking a workation.

 

Definition

A workation ensues when your kids are away on a trip… without you (the parent). Thus permitting you to:

  • Be incredibly efficient getting out the door in the morning (no lunches to prepare, no lost items to urgently find)
  • Work late without fear that the children will starve or eat candy for dinner in your absence
  • Dine on cereal (like being an undergrad again!) or sushi (why not treat yourself?)

 

Example

Jack and Janet went on a trip to their grandparents’ house. They tried to paint a goat-house and made a mess.  Mother and father went on a workation.

 

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Nine things I’ve always wanted to do and haven’t gotten around to yet

 

The first week of classes always feels like a fresh start. Just as students are wondering about what lies ahead in order to accomplish their dreams and aspirations, I am feeling inspired to consider some of my own outstanding “to-do” items. Here are some of the things on my Bucket List – not all are related to teaching, but all relate to learning, and in my mind that is as it should be.

 

1. Be inspired attending a TED Talk (in person)

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2. Take a chance and enter a poetry contest

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3. Join thousands of other students and enroll in a MOOC

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4. Step outside my comfort zone and teach a MOOC

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5. Witness the drama of dining at Hell’s Kitchen

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6. Mine life’s experiences and write a novel

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7. Eat perfect, delicious sushi in Tokyo, Japan

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8. Enter a whole new world at Burning Man

 

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9. Hear stories of the sea on a cargo ship across the ocean

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Our time here is precious and finite. What’s on your bucket list?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We all need time to recharge our batteries

 

Summer is my time to pause, reflect and recharge my batteries. Long days, swimming in a cool clean lake, the smell outside after a thunderstorm, open windows. Even the email traffic slows down a notch.

Last weekend, on an early morning walk by the water, I found a red plastic bucket half full, with a few sluggish minnows and two crayfish. I am really sorry children who must have spent hours the day before catching them in your nets. I set them free.

 

Summer feels like freedom.

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