Busy summer

So, you may find this impossible to believe, but even though I’m not “working” this summer (which is something of a lie, since I’ll be babysitting my niece on a regular basis, teaching summer school at my mom’s school, and grading AP exams in Florida, as well as attempting to learn French and getting ahead on next year’s reading), I’m finding myself very busy.

This is partly due to the fact that my days are compressed: I’m not really getting up before 9:00, and I’m still going to bed between 11:00 and midnight. So I’m fitting everything into about three hours’ less usable time than during the school year. Also, I’m still recuperating from the intense school year, and my brain feels incapable of handling more than one significant task a day (“Hm … doctor’s appointment – check; OK, today’s list is accomplished!”).

But surprisingly, I’m not getting to a lot of reading for pleasure, something I actually cried over when I realized I should have ample time for it this summer. And I’m not blogging, obviously.

Things I am doing so far this summer:

  • Keeping the house very clean. It needed it after I trashed it in my scurry to finish 50 pages of seminar papers I produced at the end of the semester.
  • Paying bills. Not that we were behind, per se, but everything’s definitely up to date now, including things like a dispute with Tenant hospital over a bill that languished for about six weeks while I wrapped up the semester.
  • Watching every NBA playoff game. You want a time-consuming habit? Pick up three hours of NBA a night.
  • Seeing friends. I’ve had lunch or dinner with so many more people than during the semester.
  • Sleeping, as you may have guessed from the aforementioned 12am-9am sleep schedule.
  • Catching up on TV. I was saddened to discover today that I’d waited so long to watch HBO’s Elizabeth I miniseries that I lost part 1 of 2 from the TiVo. I haven’t decided yet whether to watch the last two hours and assume I know enough about the redhaired lady’s monarchy to not miss the first two.

I hope to get to reading soon. I have lots to do for my independent study, plus, as I already said, I literally cried at the thought that I would have time to read for pleasure this summer. I need to get on that!

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