I’m finishing my second summer teaching trip. This means that whatever summer I had is over. I will return home just in time to attend an academic conference, get my children settled into school and go back to teaching, advising and completing my Ph.D.
In the spirit of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Prof. Hacker’s post by a similar name, here are 5 Things that Helped Me Survive Summer:
It’s beyond hot this summer in Oklahoma, with daily temperatures of 100-plus degrees. Icees from 7-11 are a favorite cool down treat for the kids and I. We may or may not have one pretty much daily (we do).
My mom bought me $50 in Amazon gift cards for Christmas. I stashed them away until summer reading time. I have loved every second of nerd joy they’ve delivered to my doorstep or Kindle.
It seems like a lot of the summer was spent waiting. I wait for my son’s karate class and my daughter’s basketball practices to end. I wait for planes to arrive. I wait for my kids to change the television channel to something besides “Good Luck, Charlie.” I spend a lot of time on my iPhone on social media or reading my RSS Feed during all of those “waiting” times. It’s a great way to kill time while chatting with friends or catching up on the latest news.
Did I mention that it’s been hot in Oklahoma? This makes it almost impossible to do much outside. If we go outside, we come back in within 30 minutes. It’s just miserable when it’s still 100 degrees at 8 p.m. So, the kids and I have spent a lot of time streaming Netflix movies. We just shut the curtains, pop a big bowl of popcorn and make it a movie date.
5. Flip flops
I spend pretty much the entire summer in my black flip-flops. They are the most comfortable shoes I own. I wish I could wear them everywhere, all the time, but I’m pretty sure teaching in flip-flops is frowned upon. Perhaps it would be better if I dressed them up with a suit?
Let’s Talk Nerdy!
What items help you survive the summer?
By the way, I’ve already identified 5 Things I’ll Need for Fall Survival.