The above is the question I get asked, second only to: "What do you DO on Summer Break." For those of you who don't know, I am a teacher. Let me explain this to you.
First, I am a teacher of adults. This is very fun for me, because you can laugh when they say something sarcastic and/or inappropriate and no one gets in trouble or has to go to the principals office. And although they sometimes take less monitoring than small children, when you are a teacher, what you DO during the school year is pour your entire heart and soul into the people asking you for help. You also pour your heart and soul into those students who don't want your help. You are basically a mother, counselor, friend, coach, cheerleader, and on and on to all of your students. Does this sound exhausting? No?
Second, I am also the one who manages two locations and three programs total. My DH put it best when he told someone, "She kind of runs her own business, because she markets her sites and does the advertising and recruiting, as well as managing a small staff." Add these two things together and what you get is....
Something REALLY rewarding! I am in no way complaining about being a teacher. What I am saying, though, is that there is plenty to do on breaks. PLENTY!
So, what do I do???
What I DO is take care of stuff around the house. I clean and grocery shop and make all the meals, so that my DH can have a break too. I try to tackle a few things on my own to do list! (Must clean out closet. Must switch to winter clothes. Must hang pictures that have been sitting by the wall for 6 months now.) Also, it's the holidays! So I do holiday stuff like travel home, buy gifts, make baked goods for gifts, entertain my darling niece and nephew, and so on. Sometimes, I write blog posts. =) During the summer, I travel. I read for pleasure.
In short, what we teachers DO over breaks is recharge our hearts and souls, so that we can go back to work renewed and refreshed, and ready to take on a new challenge. Please, please dear readers, don't ask teachers what they do with their time off. From now on, you can only ask me.
What am I doing right now? Waiting on laundry. Because yesterday I refused to do laundry even though the mountain of laundry was threatening to collapse and bury me under a very large avalanche. If no one hears from me today, check under the giant pile of laundry.