Summertime and the livin's easy (not so much)

While families are preparing for summer vacation and my fellow educators are counting down the minutes to the last day of school (which is today), I am working myself into quite a tizzy as I prepare for a six-week extended school year program and a multi-week experiential summer learning program for kids who learn differently. I have so much to do in the next 10 days that it is hard to fathom.

Don't get me wrong - I LOVE MY JOB!

It's the stress that wears me down. So, in preparation for what is to be a super-busy, exciting work-related summer, I went to Seattle this past weekend. Yea, you heard me right. We flew to Seattle on Friday and returned home on Sunday. I love the Pacific Northwest and tell myself that I would move there if it weren't so dang far from the East Coast. Something about the PNW puts me at ease. Maybe it's the "green-ness" of the trees or the ruggedness of the mountains or the cool breeze off the sound. The PNW calms me (and that's hard to do)!

Aside from a brief stomach virus Friday night, the trip was a GREAT EXPERIENCE. We've been to Seattle 5-6 times in about 6 years. I got to see old friends and meet new ones. We didn't explore Seattle as much. We just soaked up the sunny (yes, I said, "sunny"), warm weather and took some time to regroup and refresh ourselves. Oh - did I mention that we attended a "secret show" by Brandi Carlile at the Triple Door? Always an amazing treat!

Yesterday it was back to reality for me. No more vacations or trips until Labor Day - when we trek BACK to Seattle for some R&R. Until then - I'll do my best to keep you all updated and will try not to stress out too much.

So, TBA Readers - what summer plans do you have? Do you have any great summer vacation memories or rituals?

Let's hear from you!

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