Tomorrow, I embark upon full-time elementary music teaching, year 17. SEVENTEEN. Where does the time go?
And my summers have fallen into a pattern over the past few years....
Early June: List-making and exercise plans and imaginings of phone calls to long, lost friends and family.
Mid June: I'll do all of that tomorrow. I'm on summer break! I am hungry. I want something cheesy and fattening and delicious.
Early July: Vacation time! I will run tomorrow, I promise. For now, I will sit on the beach.
Mid July: OMG scale! This can't be happening. I think the thing is broken. Now what's on HBO?
Early August: I must have shrunken my school pants when I washed them back in late May. I need to be more careful about that. Now, to have that ice cream as I make my latest school to-do list....
So, the scale is in a really ugly place and I will spend a few months this fall getting it into a more reasonable spot. I do have fitness goals this semester. Major ones: Ray Tanner 12K October 24 and Lexington Half November 14. Already registered. No turning back. Plan to clean up the eating and actually take care of myself this fall. I want to become a lifetime member of Weight Watchers by the end of 2015, which means there is major work to be done. Training plan is in place and I have been limping my way through a few August miles already. I will NOT miss a day of training. It is all in ink on the planner.
Professionally, I am excited, as well. This year will be interesting and challenging and exciting: new steel band at our school, possible arts grant recipients, honor band trip to Hawaii in March, and this Friday I am presenting about Orff, my LOVE, to the district elementary teachers.
To accomplish everything I have in my swirling head, I must get, and STAY, organized. I know this and laying it all out here for all 5 of my blog readers to see will hold me accountable.
In the meantime, I will spend today running a couple of errands, but mostly reflecting on the amazing summer our family has had. There were many, many special moments: