There was lots of distress (or faux-distress, anyway) on FB this morning from my colleague friends, bewailing that it was August 1 and that school is thus right around the corner.
But I'm not feeling any of that distress, I'm happy to say. This summer has been marvelous, with so much unscheduled time that I'm feeling rested, and the thought of the school year holds no fear for me. Indeed, I'm really looking forward to the year to come. Yay!
Which isn't to say that I'm rushing headlong into school preparation. Nope. Faculty meetings begin three weeks from today, and I'm going to enjoy those full three weeks. The only project for school that I really need to do in those three weeks is read Tess of the D'Urbervilles, which is one of the summer reading books for AP Lit. (Here is the moment that I confess to you all what I was mum about at school when my fellow AP teacher recommended this novel, which is that I was supposed to read it in my Victorian novel class back in college, and I didn't but watched the Natassja Kinski film instead. This was highly unusual behavior for me in my English classes, so I'm not sure why I did this; maybe I had a big project due in some other class? Anyway, I never went back and read it for real, and I don't remember the movie at all, so I'm reading it as a true novice.)
I have a list of a few home projects I want to do before school starts, but mostly I'm embracing the "livin' is easy" mantra of the end of summer.