It's 9:02 and almost completely dark outside. A sure sign that fall is on its way. August is in full swing- gone are the days of June when it was dark until almost 10:00. We're losing a little bit of daylight each day and slowly but surely, summer is coming to a close.
The weather has been high 80s and low 90s, a ten degree difference to what it was a month ago. Only ten degrees, but ten degrees that certainly speaks of approaching fall.
I go back to work on Monday. What was once ten weeks of vacation has dwindled down to four days in the blink of an eye. I thought I went back to school on Tuesday and I just found out it's Monday and somehow that one extra day out of my summer feels monstrous. What was once four more days of freedom is only three and it's all ending so very soon. All next week is orientation, meetings and classroom set up and then BAM, Monday the 19th rolls around and I'll have students flooding into my classroom with their new sneakers and backpacks, writing horny love notes to each other, and wondering who in the world am I to teach them jack squat about literature?
In some ways I'm ready. Ready to wake up at 6 am and have long, productive mornings. Ready to meet new kids and and grade papers and watch as The Great Gatsby comes alive in front of my students.
In other ways I'm not ready. Not ready to go to bed early, not ready to be done with vacations, not ready for the snow that always certainly inevitably comes.
I suppose now I'm going to go lie in bed with Greg and eat popcorn and diet coke while we watch movies on Netflix to our heart's content. I'll stay up as late as I can so I can sleep in as late as I want because in three days there won't be any such freedom. I wonder if this is how it feels days before you deliver your first baby?
In case any of you haven't gone on your summer vacation yet, here's a couple of words of advice- especially terrific if you are traveling in Europe. I'm definitely not. Not this summer at least.
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Holiday checklist: top things to think about before you go away
Holidays are supposed to offer a well-deserved rest, but the stress of arranging one can make a break more necessary than ever. To make your life easier, here are some key tasks that are best remembered before heading off for a break
It might be tempting to join the 1.5m Brits who travel without insurance, but skipping this additional cost may be more expensive in the long run. Shop around and find a policy that will provide sufficient cover without charging you for inessentials. Money expert Martin Lewis recommends a policy with a minimum cover of £2m for medical expenses, £750 for baggage (unless yours is worth more) and cancellation cover for the cost of your holiday. This might seem like unnecessary hassle, but the stress and money you could save are priceless.
It can be easy to overlook something we use without thinking, but don’t leave this to the last minute. Shop around for the best rates, and remember to check what you can get for your money in your holiday destination: is food going to be cheaper, or will you have to factor in more than you would at home? This extra research will make it easier to stick to a budget while you’re away.
If you can’t find a pet-loving friend to look after your animals, ask your vet to recommend a good kennel. Make sure you visit beforehand, and inquire about their experience and facilities. If you’re going away for a while, check your pet in for a weekend before you leave. This will get you and them used to the idea that they will be safe while staying away. The thought of a stranger looking after your pet might seem unsettling, but kennel staff are professionals who love animals, so who better to care for them if you can’t?
With everything else on your mind, it can be easy to forget the fun part of packing: your holiday wardrobe! If you’re busy running from the travel agents to the kennels, you can still make sure you’ll have the latest looks by home shopping with isme. You’ve got everything else covered, so don your kaftan, add a pair of shades and enjoy your well-deserved rest.