Clearwater Beach, photo by me
Lovely title for my grand summer plan, no? As I’ve been mentioning over the past few days, I’ve been working on coming up with a plan for the summer. I’m a middle school media specialist (librarian), so I get the summers off. I don’t really have much money saved up this year, since I didn’t get this job until March, so money is very tight. I’m trying to find a part time job for the next nine weeks, but there aren’t a lot of prospects right now. So, I’ve put together a plan that will make good use of my free time while spending as little money as possible. The plan has four main elements: getting organized, catching up on crafting, being green while caring for my spirit and mind and preparing for the next school year. Here’s my list of projects I’ve come up with:
- Clean out file cabinets
- Clean out storage closet
- Sell stuff I don’t need on eBay
- Consign clothes I don’t wear
- Clean and re-organize craft studio
- Join Freecycle
The idea here is to clear out the junk I don’t need, simplify my life, and organized the stuff I do need This will help to make my home a lot more peaceful, since I won’t have junk lying all over the place. I might make a trip to IKEA to buy a few things to help with the organization, but first I’m going to try to get these things (like a file cabinet) on Freecycle.
Catching up on Crafting
- Spin up my fiber stash
- Knit up my yarn stash
- Sew up my fabric stash
- Work on re-con projects
My plan here is to work on using up the craft supplies I already have before buying new ones. I have more than enough yarn to last me through the summer, and I have enough fabric for quite a few projects. I might make a few purchases for special projects that I don’t have the supplies for yet (like an insulated lunch box), but for the most part, my focus here is to play with the toys (and supplies) that I already have.
Being green while caring for my spirit and mind
- Ride my bike a lot
- Research topics I’m interested in at the public library
- Cook one new recipe every week
- Practice yoga
- Take more pictures
I realize this is kind of a broad topic, but all these things go together in my mind. Since money will be tight, I’m going to try to use my bicycle as a mode of transportation more this summer. The public library is within easy biking distance from my house, so I’ll be riding there a lot to get books on topics I want to learn more about this summer (organic gardening, cookbooks, etc). I used to hike trails at the local parks a lot, but I haven’t been on a day hike in a long time, so I’d like to do that some this summer. I just started practicing yoga a few months ago, so I want to keep that up, and try new styles of yoga. This will require some spending, but I planned that into my budget already. I also want to get back into photography, and work on taking more artistic photos.
Preparing for the next school year
- Read as much teen lit as I can
- Write reviews on LibraryThing
- Read Library Science literature
- Attend work trainings
- Prepare materials for next year
Even though I’m not working at my job these next nine weeks, that doesn’t mean I can’t work on things related to my job. I’m going to read as much teen literature as possible this summer. The Twilight series, our district’s Battle of the Books, The Lightening Thief, etc. I’m writing up reviews on LibraryThing so that I can remember what I’ve read when I’m asked for recommendations by teachers and students. I’ll be reading Library Science literature about middle school libraries to help me plan for next year. I’ll be attending a couple of work trainings (some of which I get paid for). And I’ll be working on some materials for next year, including writing questions for the Battle of the Books competition that the school district does every year.
So with all that planned, hopefully I can keep myself busy for the next nine weeks without going broke. I’ll be keeping you updated 🙂