Thursday, June 22, 2006

School's Out

As of yesterday I am officially on summer vacation. This time of year always makes me feel like a kid again, and I have to admit that having the summer off is one of the reasons I got into education (getting to play kickball on a daily basis is the other reason). Besides planning a trip to New Hampshire in late July, we are staying close to home this summer. I always make a list at the beginning of summer of the things I want to accomplish, usually things I want to get done around the house. Then I finish one or maybe two of them by September, and the rest of the list gets thrown away. Why should this year be any different? So here is what I hope to do this summer:
  1. Finish building the shed I started last summer.
  2. Read.
  3. Spend a week in New Hampshire with the family.
  4. Buy new tires for my bike, start riding more often.
  5. Put up a fence in my backyard.
  6. Teach my daughter to fly a kite.
  7. Build a chair for my sister-in-law's wedding gift.
  8. Go to a Red Sox game.
  9. Play my guitar.
  10. Surf.
I am also hoping to go see some music this summer:
  1. Calexico on June 28 @ The Roxy.
  2. Richard Buckner on July 15 @ The Narrows Center.
  3. Josh Ritter on August 3 @ Copley Plaza.
Sadly, I won't be able to play all summer. I will be working some while I am off. I just finished a basement for a customer, and I have a few small jobs lined up, but hopefully I can keep it to 2-3 days a week. Besides teaching, I have been working most weekends since January on the basement job, and I could really use some time to hang with my wife and kids.

Listening to: Modest Mouse- The Moon & Antartica