Post # 1
What do you typically do? Vacation/trips? Spend time with family and friends? Hang out alone?
Do you ever get bored? I do. Ok, totally not a real problem, but it does happen. DH and I work at the same school (he teaches, I work in administration). It is a modified year round schedule, so we have multiple 1 or 2 week breaks throughout the year and then a longer (6 week) summer break. It really is great to have the time off and we can spend it together, but after a few days…sometimes I am ready to go back!
Sometimes we go on vacation, but most times we just hang out at home. The problem is, our family does not live here and most of our friends are not in education. So it is just the two of us. We like spending time together, but it can be a little boring after a week straight of hanging out in town. It is especially hard to stay entertained right now because we are saving to buy a home, so we are trying to spend as little money as possible.
We play board games, watch movies, take our dogs on walks, browse stores and just hang out…but after 4-5 days, I just want to go back to work! I know that sounds crazy, but I really love my job and the sense of purpose it gives me. This used to happen to me during college breaks as well. DH really loves the time off (he is a true homebody) and I know having rest away from the draining days with kids is a good thing for him.
So teacher/education bees…how do you spend your breaks?
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
My FI was in education (library/technology) and he usually didn’t have a lot of free time over breaks. He would usually catch up on work during this time. So if there was a week off, he’d still be heading into work most of this time. The only time I could get him to take a break was if I also had vacation and we could plan something together. We would often just try to plan time off together since it was the only time off he got all year. I get 5 weeks paid vacation but I can use it whenever I want as long as it’s approved.
The only break he ever fully took time away from work for was over the Christmas time holidays where he/we would spend time with family and friends.
Over the summer he continued to teach part time for summer school and would get other part time jobs. So very little time off or down time.
Honestly, I am glad for the time being he is no longer working in education. I never saw him! He was not even considered full time but worked 10-12 hour days and had no flexability for time off work. We have so much more flexibility and time together now.
Post # 3
bmo88: I also work in education. This upcomming summer will be my first break without also going to graduate school. I will probably be planning my wedding, napping and hopefully spending time with friends and family.
Post # 4
I usually spend about half the summer in Europe (a mix of research time and free time) and then the other half of the summer doing all the long-term planning work I don’t have time to do during the academic year. The winter break between semesters is spent visiting various family members; the fall break is also spent on vacation, usually in Europe; and the spring break is spent in isolation. 😉