This is how long I have until school is out for the 2014-15 year.
It can not come soon enough.
This year, for the first time since I started in this position, I am not buried in assessments. Instead, I am managing the mental health needs for (it seems like) all the students, staff and people in my life. I am pretty tapped out.
Over the weekends, the kids and I sit and make our summer lists- what we want to do, where we want to go, who we want to see. Our big goal for this summer is to visit all of the playgrounds in our town that have “water features”- sometimes it’s a splash pad, other times a big fountain- and then go back to our favorites as often as possible.
To get myself ready, I’m moving into my summer cooking mode which always means increasing the fruit and vegetable intake and reducing the meat. Something about the heat makes me prefer the crisp, cool veggies and acidic, sweet flavors.
Some of my summer favorites:
A pedestrian version of ratatouille. Chopped onion sautéed until soft in some olive oil. Sliced zucchini, summer squash and red peppers mixed in with a can of diced tomatoes, a few spoonfuls of tomato paste and some crushed garlic. Seasoned with salt and fresh basil. Cooked until it’s all tender and the flavors have melded together. So good over white rice or couscous. Summer in a bowl.
And of course the ever present ICE CREAM. ALL THE ICE CREAM.
Everyone please cross your fingers for me as we countdown the days…..