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5 Things Friday

This week it’s really started to feel like summer.  Memorial day is the unofficial start to summer, Wednesday was the first of June and we’ve had temperatures solidly into the 80’s.  Overall my brain is thinking summer even though we have a month of school left (snow days pushed the last day of high school here all the way to the 29th!).  This week’s 5 things are all about what I’m looking forward to this summer.

1.  The big event of the summer this year is a trip to Park City, Utah for 3 weeks.  It’s basically math camp for adults – 55 teachers (plus groups of undergrads and grad students) spend July working on math and discussing teaching methods.  Plus, it sounds like there’s plenty of time to explore the area – concerts, biking, hiking and more!  I can’t wait to get away, meet new people and exercise my body and brain in different ways than they are during the school year.

2.  Since I was already flying half way across the country I decided to visit my friend in Seattle.  Combining the two trips seriously reduces my carbon footprint, so I feel a bit better about jetting across the country.  I’m spending the last week of July there, mostly exploring on my own since my friends have to work, so if anyone has recommendations I’d love to hear them!

3.  Soon after I return I’ll be attending a college friend’s wedding.  It promises to be a great experience- they’re having it at the family lake house and some of us are camping on site rather than getting a hotel.  I love this lake, so much so that the view from the hammock has been my cell phone background for years.  Of course, there’s also the wedding part, and I’m really excited for the happy couple!

view from hammock

4. After the wedding I’ll have a few weeks until school starts back up.  Some of that time will be spent exploring Salem.  There’s a big summer tourist season so there will be plenty of events to attend plus local favorites to explore.  To offset the excessive travel in the first half of the summer I’m hoping to leave my car at home and commute primarily by bicycle.  It will also help me avoid the traffic!

5.  I do really value my alone time though, so I’m also hoping to spend some time camping or just day tripping to local lakes.  It will be perfect to sit back and enjoy the calm, take in some nature and go on an adventure.  I discovered letterboxing about a year ago (it’s like geocaching without a gps) and it’s a great way to discover hidden charms of local areas.

Thinking about all of this makes me even more anxious to get out and start experiencing it all!

Aside from daydreaming, this week I’ve been recovering from pollen exposure over the weekend, working on some new picnic placemats (they roll up with silverware and napkin secured inside) and playing with needlepoint coasters.  More on all of that soon.

That’s about it for this week.  What have you accomplished over the past 7 days?

As always, thanks to Allison for the “5 Things Friday” theme.
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June 3, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

May is Bike Month!

Last Friday (May 20) was Bike to Work Day.  The high school I work at rewarded students who biked or walked to school (and arrived on time!) with breakfast.  Since Friday was just like every other day last week, it was raining and generally icky out, so we celebrated again on Monday!

Grist.org shares a great video about biking to work.

I have walked to work every day this school year except for a few times when I had to drive somewhere during or after school and once when I was running late and wasn’t up to facing the ice rink the sidewalks had become.  Even when I plan to go out with co-workers at the end of the day I get a ride from someone else and usually we all pile into one car.  Back in September, my students were surprised to see me walking, my parents didn’t think I’d make it through the winter (and we had a doozy of a snow season this year!) and co-workers felt badly when they drove past.  But I just keep telling everyone- I like walking, it wakes me up and I get to actually experience the outdoors for a few moments.  I pay attention to the weather now, but even if it suddenly changes I have galoshes and a poncho stashed in the closet so I’m prepared for anything.

When I want to go somewhere a little bit further away I’d love to tell you that I bike there, but since moving to Salem that’s only happened once.  I hope that once allergy season ends I’ll start taking short rides and hopefully by the end of the summer I’ll be biking all around town!

The one time I did bike somewhere was to the train.  I love taking the train!  For the three summers that I worked on my masters at BU I took the train every day.  I had to leave 2 hours before lecture began, but I would have spent all that time in traffic if I’d been driving and the train is so much better.  I enjoy crocheting on the train- I feel doubly productive traveling and creating at once, plus people often ask about what I’m making.  My favorite moment remains the day that a woman asked if she could watch me, then sat mesmerized by the hook and yarn dancing together.

What’s your favorite mode of transportation?

May 26, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment


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