Monday, August 17, 2015

My Summer in Review 2015 Edition

I know most people don't want to think about Summer ending. I have three days left of the Summer. Friday is my first official day back at school. People keep asking me if I'm ready for school to start.

This has been my first true summer break since I was in High School. Summers in college were a change of pace, but I worked every summer. This summer I kept pretty busy, and I usually work up early because of the kids, but I could do things on my own terms.

I had three really good trips. I got to go to Disney World with my wife and kids. I went to Ohio to visit family, and I most recently went to GenCon. Each trip was a great in it's own way. Disney was a good way to separate the school year from the summer. We left almost as soon as I was done with end of year in services. We had a blast on the trip, but it was exhausting.

Ohio was much more relaxing. I just hung out at my in-laws while they did most of the actual parenting. Due to that I was able to get a lot of writing done. In hindsight I probably also spent a lot of time playing games on my phone. I just wrote quite a bit about GenCon, so I won't talk more about it.

I went on two camping trips, one with my college friend Eric, and one with my family. The trip with the family was a learning experience in that I learned that my son is not ready to spend a night in a tent. The trip with Eric was really good. Lots of hanging out, talking, and reconnecting.

I got to go golfing a few times. Not as much as I would have liked. I have a hard time justifying the time that it takes to get out to the golf course. I feel as though I have other things that I should be doing instead. I'll try to get out there once more this week.

I ran my first ever 5K this summer. Heck, I ran my first ever 5 minutes in a row this summer. I also ran my second 5K this last weekend. Something that I'm really looking forward to co
ntinuing on pushing myself. I'm still hoping that I'll be ready to run a half marathon next summer.

I built an arcade cabinet early in the summer. The project pretty much ate my life for a week and a half or so. It's still in my basement and it's still totally awesome. I even play games on it once in a while.

I wrote over 40,000 words this summer over a variety of things. I have a couple flash fiction things in the can, a short story that's finished it's first draft, some writing on a game project done, and a magazine article that has it's first draft turned in. The writing is in a competition with a fellow teacher. The competition is actually really neck and neck right now. It could be anybody's game yet in the next three days.

I think the most important thing I did all summer is I was here with my kids. I did have daycare for them for quite a few days. That allowed me to get a lot of the writing that I did done, and it allowed me to go to the school and get things ready for next year. Next summer I'm going to plan to be the primary care for them. Even with all of the awesome things I did this summer, I realize that I'm lucky that I get to spend so much time with my kids. Next summer I want to do more of that.

It was a good summer. Probably one of the best I've had. As far if I'm ready for school to start? Yes. I am ready.

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