Summer Shenanigans

Jonathan‘s taking Europe. Greg‘s taking Africa. Todd‘s turning Japanese. Dana‘s got a book club running. Scott‘s got his resolutions. Robert‘s got too many bullet points to summarize in a sentence.

If I’ve ever commented on your blog I’d like to see a full rundown of your summer plans on my desk by the end of the week. Or on your blog if that’s more convenient for you.

My abbreviated list:

  1. Reconnect with friends, family, loved ones, and creditors, all of whom have become too accustomed to my non-presence.
  2. Head the video department at Mount Hermon Camps.
  3. Make a weekly habit of açai bowls at Cafe Brasil.
  4. Get After Effects down cold.
  5. Make the best summer staff slideshow the world has ever seen.
  6. Most nostalgic, failing that.
  7. Watch this, this, and this.
  8. (Okay and this and this.)
  9. Read this, this, and this.
  10. Re-read this and this.
  11. Go whalewatching.
  12. Sleep more.
  13. Make good on that one thing and install Moodle.
  14. Redirect my four feeds to Feedburner. (Any help on how to do this with multiple feeds? My impression is that that sweet plug-in only works on the comments and main feed.)
  15. dy/av
  16. Post a complete set of Geometry lessons.
  17. Post a bit about:
    1. the intersection of rap and education
    2. design for educators (gotta wrap that one up)
    3. “how i work”
  18. Get an early start on next year’s lesson planning.
  19. Psyche!
  20. Stay away from coffee shops entirely, for that matter.
  21. Write/design/publish that one book about that one thing.

Knowing myself like I do, I wouldn’t place bets on any past the first three getting done.

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  1. I’ve lost 50 pounds this spring, and I’m running a 5k here in another month or so. That about sums up my summer. Oh, and I might actually move to the same town that I work in, which would be a huge first for me.

  2. Graham, I once saw and Australian Chemistry textbook where one of the laboratory rules read “shoes must be worn in the lab.” Hope you’ll excuse a Northerner for finding that pretty funny :)

  3. 1. Make it back from Tecate in one piece and without any new fun diseases, unlike last trip.
    2. Move to new apartment without losing or breaking anything necessary, or carrying anything unnecessary.
    3. Summer-effin’-stage: Femi Kuti & Positive Force; Celebrate Brooklyn!: Frank London’s Yiddish Carnival.
    4. Have the best time ever in Scotland
    5. Figure out new Writing Is Everything curriculum for sophomores

  4. May or may not work this summer but definitely attending the AP Institute, fixing up my apartment, planning for next year, going to Cape Cod, taking advantage of free stuff to do in NYC and celebrating my birthday.

  5. Wow, I glanced through the past speakers’ list for Mount Hermon – you guys have had some doggone heavy hitters! Howard Hendricks, Norm Geisler, and Brennan Manning over the past years. That’s a pretty lofty group of speakers. I’m mid-way through my first week of camp in Tennessee, and the speaker is actually a friend of mine named J.C. (no, not that J.C. but still he’s very good).

    I’m trying to upload a short clip to YouTube, of tonight’s meeting, if you’d like to see what our stage looks like. Since you have such an eye for media and all. Unfortunately, something’s goofing up my uploads right now so it might be a day or two….

  6. Yeah, we’re kind of a big deal. Largest [something] west of the [something]. First [something] to [something] [somewhere] ever! I’m not sure exactly, but, yeah, we pull some heavy hitters.

    I caught Howard Hendricks’ last message before he retired here this spring. Day-um! Fella looks like he’s on death’s doorstep what with his eyepatch and oxygen tank and all, but, I mean, let’s talk about lecturers who earn their keep! Never seen someone so close to death who was so alive.

  7. It’s my next incarnation. I’m really excited about it. A little too excited to get into specifics but excited enough to be a tease.

    Back to School 2007.