I won't lie, the thought of sleeping in and leisurely going to the gym at 11am is a real treat. I don't even feel guilty, because I make so little money while working 10-12 hour days for most of the year, and spend thousands of dollars of my own money on school supplies for the kids. And we really only get 9 weeks off... and I'm spending several weeks out of town for work-related conferences anyway, which I have to pay for out of my own pocket with very little reimbursement. So basically, it boils down to the normal time-off that everyone else in a salaried job gets... except I still don't make very much money.
I'm excited for the super busy summer I have planned. No, I'm not jetsetting off to Germany again this year. But I do have several professional conferences planned this summer, as well as a nice spur-of-the-moment trip to Utah. I'm visiting Washington D.C., Lake Tahoe, aaaand San Antonio, Texas. It should be lots of fun.
I've also been substituting at (gasp!) other schools to make a little extra cash. So far, I've taught P.E. and elementary school music. Gotta' love year-round schools!
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