Down Time

It’s vacation time.  I have to admit I really like the longer breaks offered in the education industry.  It’s not as long as a college break, but two full weeks will do my body and mind some good.  Geeky Boy is in school until the 23rd, which still strikes me as crazy.  I feel not just for the kids, but also for the teachers, who will only get a little over a week off.  I know, more than many people, but given how many hours most teachers put in, they’ve probably earned a month off from comp time alone.

I’m not going to be taking it completely easy this break.  There’s all the Christmas stuff to do, which is mostly done, but there are a few other gifts and grocery shopping left.  I’m also going to try to work out this week.   The gym at school is open a few days this week.  Next week, I’ll be on my own, but I’m going to try to do something.  I’ve managed to work out at least once a week for the last few weeks.  My goal has been to work out 3 times/week.  I went to a regular checkup at Thanksgiving, which confirmed what I’d been feeling in my clothes and seeing in the mirror.  I’ve gained about 20 lbs. over the last couple of years.  As I’ve said many times on this blog, I have an aversion to exercise for exercise’s sake.  But I’m at the point where it feels necessary.  I figure if I keep gaining 5 lbs/year, as I have been, then I’ll be in a very unhealthy situation pretty quickly.

I’m also planning to do a little bit of programming over the break and planning my spring semester class.  Geeky Boy is currently taking the class I’ll be teaching.  I have been jotting down notes about what I want to do and it turns out they’re exactly the kinds of things Geeky Boy has been doing.  So, I’m on the right track.  It’s funny because both of these classes could have been taught in a very computer science-y way, but because they’re art classes, I’ve avoided teaching them that way.  Which is kind of too bad, but probably good, because it would be/would have been difficult to plan more computer science-y courses.  I’m looking forward to next year, when I will be teaching computer science and I don’t have to worry about being too computer science-y. 😉

But I’ll be fitting in plenty of game playing, both on the computer and off (we had a rousing game of Settlers of Catan over the weekend).  And there’ll be Christmas special watching and movie watching.  I might even catch up on blog reading and writing.

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3 Replies to “Down Time”

  1. Have a grate R&R. I agree that teachers need the break, especially the new ones. It’s stressful to deal with all those incipient and charged up minds.

  2. Enjoy the break, I hope it’s productive, and I envy you your “almost done” on the Christmas thing. Amazon 2-day shipping is going to save my hide.

    You didn’t ask, so I suggest this hesitantly, but I had to take action on the activity/weight front this year because of a VERY high cholesterol number, and Landismom happened to post (at Bumblebee Sweet Potato) that she’d had good luck with the LoseIt app back in August. The number-crunching and exercise-tracking components were as motivating for me as for her, and I’m down 40 pounds and dropped my cholesterol from 259 to 173 as of last week. I can’t say that I like exercise but it’s a habit now and obviously one that I have to pursue for … forever. Sigh. I have to keep that cholesterol number down where it belongs.

    Good luck. I have no idea why this was the year that the health/exercise thing came together for me.

  3. Jody–thanks for the app suggestion. Congrats on the weight loss! Thankfully, my cholesterol levels are normal, but that’s not to say it won’t change.

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