Hallelujah, Summer is HERE!

By far, the single greatest perk to working in the public school system is the temporary unemployment we call Summer. After a particularly brutal winter, (and I say this as someone who spent three beyond-brutal Februarys in Northern Michigan), it has often felt like this day would never come. But my backyard is full of greenery, and my Summer Non-negotiable is in the mail.

I made the decision back in April that summer without a hammock would be a total failure. By this time next week, I should be lounging under the trees. Hammocks have always been my favorite. When we were in Key West three years ago, we spent more time in the hammock at our B&B than doing anything anything else. Since my schedule with Second City (oh right, I’m doing some writing workshops with Second City this year, heyo!) precludes any real summer trips for us, I decided investing in a hammock could bring the serenity of travel to us.

We finally caved and kicked on the AC last night. I think mid-June is a new record, though. Which absolutely speaks to just how crummy the weather had been this year. But I am looking forward to spending more time outside with good books, and also my over-the-top writing materials. I’ve come to the conclusion that my Writing Process as it stands today is a little excessive. While it’s true I can get away with just the laptop, I write at my best when I have the laptop, the iPhone, the iPad, and at least one, if not two notebooks by my side. I have sprawled out with my technology. Part of me believes I should be embarrassed, but the other part of me doesn’t care. I’ve gotten more efficient as my materials have ballooned out of control.

You can expect a post in the near future about my ridiculous use of resources.

But today I am thinking about summer. And looking out my window and wondering if it will finally, actually rain. I’ve got another post in the works about the kind of data I keep track of. But here’s a little taste: when it rains, I’m almost twice as productive.

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