Hot, muggy start to Summer. Humid, lot's of thunderstorms popping up all over, in the 70's at night and the 90's by day. Welcome to Summer. I'm leaving for Arizona in 2 days and I'm pretty happy with how I am looking right now. I still have a ways to go but I've made some progress in the last 12 months. I've dropped some weight, not all I planned, and I toned up a bit, not as much as I wanted to but I'm getting there. I know how much I don't put into it and I know how it's reflected in my results. This is going to be a good Summer for me.
Over the next two days I'll be packing up for Arizona moving stuff back to my house. I'll pack a suitcase for travel and bring everything else home. I want to make the transition easy. The apartment is spotless and ready for me to come home. Perfect timing to come back after a vacation. It's been good here with the family and I'll be here a lot over the Summer. I'll be hooking up my bike ride to the car and leaving it there for the season to remind me every day to go for a bike ride. I want to have breakfast tomorrow and then head out on a ride with plenty of water.
I'll miss sitting outside blogging whenever I want and hearing the wren call to his mate. He already had one brood fledge this season and he's singing for his second. They're native to the area, eat insects and have a beautiful song so we put out boxes to encourage their nesting. We don't like some of the invader seed eating birds that make a mess out of the bird feeders, too many of them and not enough of the desirable local birds. I like to encourage the insect eaters in the area. Wrens are just too cute, huge song tiny body. I've seen a few bats too, I want to build boxes for them to help them recover from the disease that killed off so many of them. Add a rainy Spring and you have a mosquito problem. We're going to buy goldfish and toss them into the pond in the yard so they can eat bugs too. I will also miss tending all the plants here every day. I'll just have my herbs again at home. I should try some indoor tomatoes in the living room window. It gets insane amounts of sunlight for tomatoes. The next apartment I have had to have an outdoor area that gets sun all day. Patio or balcony I don't care I have to grow food. I would do peas, string beans, try for some carrots maybe, a tomato plant or two. Oh a bat just flew by.
Today was the last day of my 13th year of teaching. I can't even believe that. It's quite amazing actually. I don't know where I'll be in September but part of me would like my school from this year to try to get me back again for another year. With the new evaluation system in place I might just hide out in the ATR pool for a while, collect my paycheck, set some crazy goal to read 50 books during the school year and just be an ATR for the year and chill. I could focus on staying healthy for once and having perfect attendance again for the year. I could really use 10 sick days added to my pathetic bank. Next year is my year to fix that. I'll apply for jobs as matter of protocol, but last year I applied to 121 Biology vacancies and didn't get one call. I'll be applying for Earth Science first and then Biology for next year though. I'm a lot more interested in teaching Earth Science from now on.
It's 9pm and it's still 81 degrees out. There's a tiny breeze and it feels perfect outside. I hope we don't have too much terrible weather Saturday when we're trying to fly out of JFK in the morning. Rather odd to be flying back in time 3 hours. I took a good nap today but I'm still tired. Last day is always pretty emotional, especially when some of your favorite students run to give you hug before you leave. I cried a bit, drove home, and went out for a nice lunch at my favorite place nearby. Now I'm relaxing outside again, drinking in the fresh air. I plan to just recharge and refill this Summer, truly slow down and take advantage of every single moment.
I really am going to hike the Appalachian Trail through Connecticut this Summer, I promised myself I would. I'll get dropped off so my car is not sitting alone in one spot for 4 days. I end in a nice town with a great ice cream shop perfect reward for a 4 day hike. I'm strong again, I can hike this. Really in the mood to go to bed early tonight. Besides I've been rambling for a while now. Going to eat a lot better tomorrow.
Have a great week.