Teacher Off Duty: Staying Active in the Summer

Staying active in the summer doesn’t have to be difficult! Use your circumstances to your advantage and keep moving during the warmer months.

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Teacher Off Duty: Staying Active in the Summer

This post was originally going to be a rundown of my workout schedule and the changes I make during the summer. But… Since it’s essentially just a rewording of my Last Week’s Workouts posts, I figured that was redundant. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you are interested in seeing exactly what my workouts look like from week to week, you can click here!

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Teacher Off Duty: A Day in the Life

Have you found yourself wondering what a teacher off duty evenย DOES all summer?! Especiallyย a teacher who doesn’t have kids of her own? That’s ok. Before becoming a teacher myself, I often wondered the same thing. Read on to discover a day in the life of a teacher off duty.

Teacher Off Duty: A Day in the Life

I just completed my third year of teaching, thus I’m in my third summer of not having to get up and go to work every Monday through Friday. I would be lying if I said this wasn’t one of the aspects I looked forward to when I decided to become a teacher. I thought, “Pshh… Summers off?! I can do that easy!” But now that I have three years under my belt, I absolutely think teachers earn those months off and deserve every blessed minute! This past school year was very hard on me, so I’m trying to be all about balance this June and July. That is my 2017 word of the year, after all. This is the current day in the life for this teacher off duty. Each day is a little bit different, but I also love routine, so I keep things mostly the same.

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4:50 a.m.: Alarm goes off. It’s ridiculously early for someone on “vacation”, but I like getting my workout in before my husband gets up. Plus, it’s a good bit later than my school year wake-up call. I groggily get dressed and then head into the kitchen. Pippa gets up with me and she’s just as groggy. ๐Ÿ™‚

5-5:10 a.m.: Start the coffee, put on my shoes, and get ready to start the first part of my workout for the day. If it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, I’m hitting upper body and/or abs. Tuesday is leg day. If it’s Thursday, I’m still sleeping until my husband gets out of the shower. ๐Ÿ™‚

5:10-5:45 a.m.: Getting that sweat on!

Teacher Off Duty: A Day in the Life

5:45-6:45 a.m.: Time for brekky! We have scrambled eggs every morning and I always have some carbs for my post workout meal. Lately, I’ve been loving blueberry French toast casserole. I make it on Sunday night so I can just reheat it during the week. Hubby and I eat together while we watch Fox News and then he heads to work.

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6:45-7:15 a.m.: I finish my coffee while doing my Bible study for the day. I just finished a study on Colossians. I love using She Reads Truth for my studies. I put the app on my tablet and I can download any study I want in about 10 seconds.

Teacher Off Duty: A Day in the Life

7:15-?? a.m.: Time to finish my workout. Again, if it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, I head out for a run. Otherwise, I might just have a couple of sets to finish up.

8:30ish-9:00ish: Shower off and get ready. Odds are, I’m using my second day hair routine and throwing on some comfy clothes.

Second Day Hair

9:00-10:00: Tackle my cleaning task for the day. One thing I love about being home for the summer is that I actually have time to clean my house! I love a clean house, but it, like many things, takes a backseat during the school year.

10:00-12:00: Blog (read, comment, write, check various social accounts), watch tv (usually Law & Order: SVU, House Hunters, or something on Food Network), wait for my husband to come home for lunch.

12:00-12:50: Lunch with my husband. We might eat some leftovers, I might grab something quick for us, or on rare occasions, I’ll cook something. That pretty much never happens though. #keepingitreal

12:50-2:00: After my husband heads back to work, I run a few errands. It could be grocery shopping, or just a quick Target run. But honestly, my Target runs are never quick. I get sucked in by #allthethings and before I know it I’ve spent $100 on nothing. Can you relate?!

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2:00-5:00: Random smattering of things. During this time, I’m really just trying to catch up on all the things I wanted to do that I didn’t get to do yet. ๐Ÿ™‚ It probably includes more blogging, more cleaning, and more DVR depleting.

5:00ish-6:00ish: Start dinner before my husband gets home. One of my favorite things as a wife is to have dinner ready for my husband when he walks in the door. I know that probably seems old school, but I love it. He works hard for us all day long, so it’s the least I can do for him. We usually reserve any dinners out for the weekend.

One Pan Taco Bowl

6:30ish-8:00: We eat dinner and catch up on each other’s days. We usually watch a few episodes of Big Bang Theory on TBS after we finish eating. By this point, I think we’ve seen every episode three times. Still hilarious.

8:00ish: We start winding down, getting ready for bed, etc. I read for little while (yay for summer reading!!), and it’s lights out by 9:15. Yes, we’re young and that’s ridiculously early for a couple of 20-somethings. Our entire family thinks we’re fuddy-duddies, it’s ok if you do too.

It’s worth mentioning that during all of this, I’m also letting Pippa in and out of the house about a thousand times. She loves chasing the squirrels around our backyard and as soon as they get out of her sight she has to come inside and look out all the windows for them. So… That’s a day in my life, at least for now. Maybe you were right–teachers don’t do anything all summer! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some days, that’s true, but like I said–I earned this time the other ten months of the year.

Question: What does a day in YOUR life look like right now?

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Teacher Off Duty: Summer Reading List

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Check out this perfect summer reading list full of drama, mystery, and romance for the teacher off duty!

Summer Reading List

If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you know that as part of my 7 Goals for 2017, I want to read 12 books. Well, that has turned out to be a much more lofty goal than I anticipated. In fact, when I did my quarterly goal check-in, I hadn’t read a single book yet. As a teacher (specifically a reading teacher) this made me cringe. Now that school is out, I’ve been carving out a lot more time to read and have been adding books to my reading list.

1 // Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

The first book on my list I’ve already finished. I started it the last week of school. Is it cheating if you start your summer reading list before it’s actually summer?! Anyway… I had previously read both Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, so I knew I would love Dark Places by Gillian Flynn as well. True to form, it did not disappoint. I found myself sucked into the story and not wanting to put it down!

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2 // The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

My Kindle current is this book by Liane Moriarty. My husband and I loved Big Little Lies on HBO and I thought about reading that next, but I feel like I’ve already spoiled it for myself. This book is good. It doesn’t have all the twists and turns that a Gillian Flynn novel does, but I definitely find myself wondering how the story will turn out.

3 // The Exception by Brittany Wynne

There is a funny story behind this book. Earlier this week, I was at the optometrist (June Goals win!) and my doctor had a total and complete proud dad moment. When he saw on my chart that I was a teacher, he launched into a rabbit hole type of story to let me know his daughter, a former teacher, is now a published author. He turned around, pulled this paperback out of his cabinet, and told me to take it home and read it. It has 4.6 stars on Amazon and seems to be geared toward the YA audience. I’m a sucker for YA romances, so it’ll probably be right up my alley. Related — how old do you have to be before you’re no longer considered YA? Is 28 too old?! Asking for a friend. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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4 // The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

This one is another bestselling suspense novel. It’s described as reminiscent of Agatha Christie and I’m excited to dive in!

5 // Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I’m fairly certain I will LOVE the final book on my list, as I loved The Girl on the Train. I made my husband watch the movie with me and he was bored, but I wanted to know what else this author had written and when I could get my hands on it.

Question: What books are on your summer reading list? Are you a paperback reader, or a Kindle connoisseur?

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