Skip to main content

Spring Break 2013

Only four more days of work and it will be Spring Break for me and most public schools in Wayne County.  This will be the first Spring Break in fifteen years that I will be completely off, no track coach responsibilities to deal with.  This means I actually have ten straight days off from work (Wayne County Community College is also on break).  What will I do with myself?  Well, believe me I have a lot that needs to be done, some of it Geek/Tech related of course.

  • Clean and Organize my iTunes Library: This thing is a total mess.  I know I have duplicate tracks in there that need removed.  I have tracks mislabeled via bad import jobs.  I also need to clean up/remove/add various playlists.  I really want to work on some good playlists so I do not have to search through two thousand + songs when I want to listen to music.
  • Clean and Organize my iPhoto Library:  See above.  I have a number of duplicate photos that need to be removed.  I also have some lousy photos that just need removed in general (years of "uploading" everything will do that.)  I need to delete old albums that are worthless as well.  If I am able to finish all of this I may work on a photo book or two for gifts.
  • Clean my Home Office: My home office is not really an office.  It is a loft, open to the rest of the house.  This is good and bad; good because I can work and still observe everything that is going on around me, bad because I can work and be annoyed by everything that is going on around me.  This loft is also home to a play kitchen/old video game and tube television area.   I really want to clean up this area and make the workspace more productive.  I would really love to dump the old television/entertainment center that is taking up a bunch of space here.
  • Write...and Write Some More:  I want to write more in three different areas.  I clearly want to write more often here for the The Geekly Reader.  This period of working full time, teaching an evening college course and taking four credit hours of college credit is overwhelming.  Thankfully college is winding down and my time to write should increase.  I also want to pick up my journal writing.  I have not wrote in my journal in a long time.  Lastly, I have a project I am working on....a first book I guess you could say, and I would really like to move it from notes to an outline.
  • Read...and Read Some More:  I am loving my March 2013 Read of the Month and will have a review up sometime next week!  With April starting soon, I need to find a book for next month!  I can spend some of my time off reading my selection.  I also look forward to reading to my kids while they are enjoying a week off school, which brings me to....
  • Spend Time With my Kids:  I love my job, I work with great people and am able to teach and interact with hundreds of great students (both at Carlson High School and Wayne County Community College).  However the best part of my job is being on the same schedule (for the most part) as my own kids.  When they are off, so am I.  I love playing the role of "Mr. Mom" and having fun with them.  Some plans for the week include a trip to The Henry Ford, a trip downtown to enjoy lunch with Mom and fun outside (if this weather ever improves).  I may try and hit a Pistons game with the kids as well

Now I know it is not as exciting as a trip to Punta Cana, but I am really looking forward to my Spring Break.  My list may not be all wild and crazy, and I do have some work related items that need attention as well, but it should be a great week.  The best part is clearly having a bunch of time to spend with my kids.....as I am starting to see just how quickly they are growing.  To everyone that is traveling for Spring Break, have fun and be safe!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Your Own Personal Library Catalog

So, how many of you have remember using an old style, card catalog?  You know, you want to find a book in your local library, so you pull out the long drawers flipping through cards.  Well those days are long gone of course (thankfully) and nearly all libraries use an electronic catalog system to keep track of their collections.  Many of the school districts in Wayne County are using a system developed by Follett .  It is a great system for school age children and prepares them for many of the advanced catalogs available in public and university libraries. Catalog software is quite expensive and really impractical for home libraries.  Some book lovers may create their own spreadsheet or database to keep track of their books, however there is a great (free) tool online to not only catalog your books, but also meet and communicate with other book lovers online.  The site  librarything.com is a wonderful site that lets you catalog your own home library.  Think of it as a "Facebook

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

Back in November I wrote about what I believe to be the best part of my job; running into Carlson High School graduates that are success stories and hearing about how well they are doing in the "real world."  Carlson High School graduate Nathan Matatall is clearly one of these success stories.  After graduating from Carlson High School and Michigan State University Nathan has gone on to very successful career at Dell Computers.  The News Herald even published a feature piece on Nathan a few years ago.  This past week, Nathan provided my family with a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget.   Nathan, my former public speaking student, contacted me via email a few weeks ago and inquired about taking my kids on a tour of Marine One (one of the helicopters used to transport The President of the United States and other dignitaries) and to possibly attend the landing of Air Force One when President Obama was scheduled to arrive in Detroit.  I was very excited a

A Little R & R

I decided to take a little R & R before things get crazy with back to school.  I wanted to spend some time with my family for these final weeks of summer, so I decided a break from writing was in order.  A trip to Kalahari and fun times with friends and family made August fly by.  So, what does school year 2014 bring for me?  Quite a bit, as always: Back to teaching two courses at Wayne County Community College.  Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings I head to Northline Road to teach college level English.  I really love this second job! Tuesday, I start my 17th year at O.A. Carlson High School.  While public education continues to face challenges, there is no other job for me at this time.  I love my co-workers and students.  Gibraltar is a great place to work. I will be running my kids all over as usual.  Gymnastics, religious education, flag football (which I coach as well), and others events "to be determined."  I would not have it any other way.  I love watch