You Know What I Did Last Summer

Summers are special times for professors. At the start of them, we make implausibly grandiose plans about what we are going to accomplish during them. At the end of them, we wonder where the time has gone.

Here are some of the things I did this summer:

I find it helpful to look back and review what I did and didn’t do over a particular period, since by the end of a summer or a semester or an academic year, what I did at the start of it often seems like such a long time ago. It is easy to forget how much one did, or that one did in fact make time to relax and rejuvenate in ways one doesn’t find time to during the semester.

What did you do over the summer? Or, if you are an educator or a student, are you still in denial that the summer – in the sense of the time without classes – is over?


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  • John Byron


    I went to Turkey for two weeks with my wife, sans students.

    Painted my porch, three doors, did a load of garden work.

    Installed a new storm door and an electronic deadbolt.

    Went to NY for a wedding and to see my mother.

    Did a lot of work on commentary, though not as much as I hoped.

    Worked on a proposal for a book I am going to edit with Joel Lohr

    Blogged quite a bit

    Am happy that I am on Study Leave until January 7 which means I still have 4 more months of “summer.” :)


    • James F. McGrath

      Enjoy your study leave! I hope it sees the completion of at least some of the things you are planning to work on during it!