Monday, May 14, 2012

I'm Free

Less than 2 hours ago, I finished my last assignment for the semester. I now have one more semester behind me. I am not taking any summer classes this year, so I AM FREE for the next couple of months.

Because this was my last week of class, I did not make any trips out of town to see Red. As enamored (my daughter's word of choice) as I may be, I did have work I needed to get done. However, now that I am done, first things first. I will be seeing Red tomorrow.

I have many plans for the summer. A year ago, I wrote a post about this same topic. Their are some major differences between last year's post and this one. Last year, I had just completed my last assignment for my entire Bachelor's degree. YAY! This year, I have completed my first year of my Master's.

Last year, I had no idea what I wanted to do once I found myself with all this free time. This year, I don't have that problem. I am looking forward to being able to read books that I want to read. I have lots of travel planned for the summer including time on both the East Coast and West Coast. I have someone that I want to go spend time with. I joined a softball team and I plan to print out my Bucket List from last August to mark off as many as possible before I get busy with school again in the fall.

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Kirsten's last day of school is Thursday, so she is busy making her summer plans as well. In June, she is headed to Arecibo, Puerto Rico for a mission trip and will probably spend the rest of the summer working at a summer camp. She has gone there every year for the last three years (since she was 12) to work in the kitchen. It's hard work with 14 hour days, but she loves doing it.

I hope to bring the funny back tomorrow, but wanted to briefly celebrate my new and much anticipated freedom.

What big plans do all of you have for the summer?


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  1. My friend's cottage, just the hubby and I. To London, England with just my eldest son for 5 nights and the whole family to Daytona Beach in August. Congrats on another hear behind you! You must be so happy to be able to relax for a while!

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    1. I am happy and it sounds like you have an eventful summer planned. Have fun.

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  2. Congratulations on your independence from school! And looking forward to reading how it goes with Red.

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    1. Thank you. And we will keep everyone posted - within reason.

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  3. Sweet! Did you watch the clock as the last seconds ticked off and sprint out the door, throwing all of your papers in the air? Because that only gets funnier as you get older.

    Enjoy your summer.

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    1. I wish it was that way. My last class was online, so I just had to complete my last assignment. As soon as I mailed it in, I DID call the professor to get her to officially tell me that she had everything and I was free for the summer.

      Enjoy your summer as well.

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  4. As long as we are on the same wavelength, Kirsten can call it whatever she wants. Aphrodite likes to use the word "smitten".

    Tomato - tomahto.
    ;-)

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    1. We're lucky she even used a real word. I swear she is writing her own dictionary sometimes.

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  5. WOOT! You're free at last!

    I'm impressed that you wrote a post hours after turning in the last paper. I would have crashed for the rest of the day!

    I have no plans for the summer. My husband's job is very unpredictable, so we sort of fly by the seat of our pants.

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    1. Thank you, Vesta. I hope you have some excitement this summer. Or relaxation. Whichever you prefer.

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  6. 3 kids going to ONE camp at the SAME time. It'll be the first time in 8 years I have a 3 hour span with all of them gone. GONE. GOOOOOONNNNNNN. Can I hear an "amen?"

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    1. Eight years? That's crazy. Enjoy it.

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  7. Congrats on finishing another semester! I'm excited to see what all you have to write about this summer. Have fun!

    I don't have any big summer plans. Mainly working and grilling out as much as possible. If things work out, I hope to have a couple friends come stay with me for a couple of weeks.

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    1. I am hoping without the extra responsibilities, I will be able to post more often. I am going to Portland for a week this summer and plan to take the laptop with me, so I will be posting then as well.

      Have a great summer.

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  8. Oh hey congrats!! You're halfway there right?

    I can't wait to be done with this grading. I'm excited for 5pm tomorrow. For the first time in more than 5 years at least I am not teaching this summer. I'm not really getting paid either, but it's a trade off.

    If I don't move I'd have three months off to read and write and swim and sun. Tempting. Still having a hard time deciding. But either way, I get to be reclusive :) And I don't have to read freshman comp papers either ever again or for a few months.

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    1. Unfortunately, I am not at the halfway point yet. I am 13 hours into an 87 hour degree. Now that I understand the workload, I will double up for next year.

      That last week is always the hardest. Your almost there. Finish strong.

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  9. The perfect summer, to me, would be to be with my family at a lake-house or camping in Yosemite, all summer long, and do nothing but swim, walk, talk, campfire, play games, read, write, and just do absolutely nothing, together.

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    1. That sounds like an amazing summer. I've never been to Yosemite, but anywhere would work.

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  10. Where on the East Coast are you gonna be?

    We have plans to go down to the ocean for a week and I am going to BlogHer in August. Otherwise, just work and kids going to camps. Although my parents are taking the kids for a week in June, so that will be a nice break, even though I have to work the entire time.

    Congrats on finishing your classes for the summer! Have fun. :)

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    1. One weekend in New Hampshire in mid-June.

      It's always good when the kids can get away from the parents for a while as well. Enjoy your summer.

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  11. Way to go Brett! School (as a REAL adult) is not easy. I'm impressed that you're knocking it all out! So what do you have 1 year left? My husband was in school (grueling, mind-melting ancient languages) for 16 years. But now he can parse Ancient Greek words and punctuate Biblical Hebrew Poetry.
    It's all so worth it in the end. A great way to spend your time and money. Good job!

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    1. I've got three years of Koine Greek and one year of Hebrew behind me. It was part of my undergraduate work. I could parse in my sleep for a while.

      If I double up on my classes I may be able to knock out the rest in 2 more years.

      Thank you.

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  12. Congratulations! It's really wonderful to hear this - the feeling of freedom literally jumps out of the page. It felt very nice as it washed over me lol... (me being poetic).

    Anyway, maybe by now you've commented, but there was a post of Red's that you didn't leave feedback on - and I was starting to worry - obviously my concerns were totally unfounded though. Hurray for being enamoured!

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    1. Also, my big plans are making it to the States. Fingers crossed!

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    2. This may sound strange, but make sure you make it known when you will be state side. No promises, but I am always up for a road trip. A few of us may try to meet up with you.

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    3. I will definitely let you know. These last few days I've felt like I'm going to explode with excitement! It just feels like the whole world is opening up for me right now. Someone better tie me down... I need to be slapped back into reality or something.

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  13. It's exciting that the summer holds so much promise and adventure for you. Way to go on completing the courses you had for this term. It sounds like you did quite well at it.

    Sadly, summer tends to be my busiest time of year although we do already have a few weekend camping trips planned. Also, we have a graduation for our middle son to attend. We're on the decorating comity so that promises to be interesting. That being said, it's always so nice when it's warm out and i am now taking full advantage of that.

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    1. Having warmer weather that can be enjoyed is beautiful. I lock myself in the house during the winter months. I can't imagine what it would be like in Canada.

      This summer looks to be a great one. Enjoy your trips with the family.

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  14. I go through an entire ritual each summer. A few days of busy work, then a few days of sloth, then a week or two of over-work withdrawl where I clean the whole house and organize every file on my computer. Then I read a shit ton of books--and they are never educational. Oh no, grad school wrung out any desire to be educated through reading, so I pick up every sci-fi I can. And then I feel guilty and spend the rest of the summer working on my lesson plans. Sigh. Lets see if I can break the cycle...

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    1. Break that cycle. Whether you do or not, I hope your summer is a great one.

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  15. My plan for the summer was to move to England. That's been blown to bits. I am fighting for custody of my nieces, and moving far away from their parents, who would have supervised visitations, would not be a good idea. Have fun for me, will you?

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    1. I am sorry your plans were ruined. Sounds like that will not be much fun. Try to find some moments for yourself in the midst of it.

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  16. Sigh, it is winter here in the southern hemisphere, and the days are getting shorter and colder

    But when the weather gets cold, everyone heads inside for a few laughs. I am going to do some more stand-up in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully something good enough for me to post ;)

    One year in, many more to go :p Keep up the good work and keep on track! Not seeing Red on the final week was a smart move.

    I have applied to do my Masters starting in the July. Should be quite interesting. First time since University I have taken my "professional" career seriously.

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    1. It would be great to see some more stand up. I forgot that you have winter in your hemisphere at this time. Make the best of it and enjoy your winter.

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  17. I will of course be entertaining visiting bloggers in my home which is convenient to Washington and Baltimore...lol

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    1. So, is this open to all bloggers? What kind of entertainment are you offering? Because that might change my willingness to drive on over. Is this a Fritos and Beer kinda shindig or a Champagne brunch sort of thing? You know, cuz I'm all fancy and stuff.

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    2. I would love to take you up on that.

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  18. Congratulations on finishing your last assignment for the semester. And I hope that you and Red have a fantastic time! :)

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  19. As usual, i am late to the party. I hope you and red DID have fun, and congratulations with the assigment! Must be a great feeling!

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    1. Thank you. We had a good day yesterday. I feels good to wake up and know that I don't have any pressing school responsibilities.

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