I spent the summer filling virtually every hour of every day to capacity, and am now overwhelmed with delight to have finally fulfilled all my commitments and goals so I can actually start my summer vacation! I feel like I've been set free! I've been craving the taste of sweet liberty for months, and today is the first day I'm finally having it. It's sooooo delicious. I actually cried with happiness and relief, haha. My dad has been encouraging me to just "act like a teenager" while I still am one and slow down my pace, and that's exactly what I'm going to do!
When did summer start? ~ My last final exam for the spring quarter was on June 8. (I'm in college)
When does it end? ~ I return to campus on September 21.
Did you go on any vacations? ~ I've been up to our lake house and to various spots throughout California a few times, but I haven't gone on a proper vacation yet. I'd been excited about a family vacation to Greece in June, but I had viral meningitis then and couldn't travel so I stayed home with my dad while they went and had a beautiful time. I was supposed to be leaving this Thursday to volunteer in China for three weeks and then do a bit of traveling in Korea, but I've decided not to go this year. I really need a break. Instead my boyfriend and I are going to Florida to visit my grandpa for a few days, and then I'm going to just chillax for a while. I want to sleep till at least 8 every morning, make music, play tennis, paint, hang out with my friends and family, surf, finally decorate my room at my mom's house, and lark about practicing the art of doing nothing! I'm going on a trip with my two best friends over Labor Day weekend, and then my dad, stepmom, grandpa, boyfriend and I are going to Bariloche, Argentina for 8 days to ski. I'm excited about it, but staying in town and having the luxury to spend my days however I wish will be an even better vacation.
Did you have a job? ~ Yes. My primary job is working as a part-time consultant for my dad's business, and I had a few additional jobs this summer. I interned for a media production company in June and early July, had a research apprenticeship in the psychology department of a local university from June 21 to August 8, and taught at a dance intensive (like a day camp for dance but more rigorous) from August 8 until last night. I also gave guitar lessons to kids and painted a mural for someone.
What was your daily schedule like?
~ I had been waking up at 5:30 to accomplish personal tasks such as running with my dog, checking and responding to email, and swimming before officially starting my day. I was on campus from 8 to 1 either in class or working, and then headed home for lunch and a bit of downtime. I worked from 2 to 6:30 or thereabouts for my dad. I usually went to a dance class afterward, and then came home and had dinner and did homework. On the weekend I was teaching guitar lessons and doing choreography work. Last week I was at school in the morning wrapping up our research project, and then driving all the way over to the studio for the dance intensive and teaching from 1 to 9. I'd stumble home around 10 feeling obliterated by exhaustion.
Now I'm sleeping in, working until around noon for my dad, and then following my bliss in the afternoon and evening! I went to the beach today! I'm going to dinner with friends tonight! Yay!
Have you ever had to write an essay about how you spent your summer vacation like in the movies?
~ It was a tradition in elementary school. We'd write about how we spent our summer and then give a little presentation in front of the class, and we could bring in pictures and momentos. This one girl came in dressed in a kimono and brought mochi for the class. It's a sweet little Japanese confection that sort of has the texture of a marshmallow, and is so much fun to eat. It would be awesome if you could still do that in high school and college, haha.
~ skylark : )
Thank you for your sweet message, Rory! I tried to reply, but got a notification that your email is no longer enabled. : )
Answered By: Skylark ♥ - 8/15/2011