Summer Plans 2017

Now that my final year of undergrad is over, I have a summer of surprising… freedom?!

Since I won’t be returning to IUP in the fall, this is my first summer since 2012 where I don’t have a ‘real’ summer job. Wow, that makes me feel old. So what am I doing to occupy my time?

  • Odd jobs. I’m picking up the oddest of jobs. I’m babysitting, dog-walking, and house-sitting, amongst other things. Even though it’s not quite as steady or anywhere near as full-time as regular work, I’m still going to get by just okay.
  • Arts camp. I get to run the music portion of our local arts camp at the end of July, and I am SO excited for it. I already know a few of the kids, and I can’t wait to see what they do with the topic I’m thinking of doing.
  • Crafts. I seriously have a ton of craft projects firing on all cylinders right now: state maps, scrapbooks, t-shirt quilts, and some that I probably don’t even have planned yet. I can’t wait to share them with you, especially some of the more in-depth projects.
  • Cleaning. Not trying to adopt the minimalist lifestyle or anything, but cleaning is always a summer goal. This summer in particular. I need to leave this place looking nice when I leave. Speaking of which…
  • Packing. Since I’m going to need to complete a 1000+ mile move during August, I should probably start getting my stuff together. I’ve literally lived in the same bedroom for as long as I can remember, so this will be really fun to get ready for.
  • Training. I have an ultra (eeee!) on my calendar for the summer, and I need to keep my running base up. The Buffalo Marathon is coming up in less than two weeks, so my training for that is basically over. I have yet to pick a fall marathon, but I do have an idea for next February. We’ll see how everything works out!

Not on my list, but definitely on the docket, is some Netflix binging and spending some good time with my family and friends before I move. I’ve already enjoyed more episodes of Fixer Upper in about three days than I did all last semester, and it’s pretty great. Even though it’s so up in the air at this point, I’m looking forward to it. I don’t know how to relax for long periods of time, but I figure that the summer before grad school is as good a time as any.

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