The only reason I would ever recommend NOT going to Hawaii?
You'll eventually have to come back.
As amazing as it is to sit on the beach and read, or snorkel in an amazing world of tropical fish, or gather sea shells with your children, that's not real life. And I think it's a good thing. It's nice to have a week or two of wonderful vacation, but it's also nice to have work and school and the mundane parts of life. Even though sitting on the beach is nicer.
I had intended to get up early every day while on vacation and do work. I am teaching a new group voice course at the University (the course is not new, just new to me teaching it), and I needed to get quizzes and tests written, lectures figured out, syllabus written, and the Canvas dealt with. Plus, I had to schedule all of my private students, which is my most hated job of every semester, though it always manages to work out somehow.
Let's take a vote. If you think I got up early every day, raise your hand.
Believe it or not, this night owl DID get up early, if only because of the five-hour time difference. 6:30 am in Hawaii is 11:30 am in Michigan, so it wasn't too difficult. But I did not do any work.
I walked on the beach every morning. And by the end of the week, I wasn't getting up at 6:30 anymore anyway. I was getting up at 8:00 instead.
I don't regret it, but I have been basically glued to my computer this week writing all those tests and quizzes and getting Canvas up and I am still not finished. And I have slowly been readjusting back to Michigan time--man it's hard, though!
I really want to get all my photos from Hawaii edited and posted, but until I get into a good rhythm with work and the girls' schedules, that will have to wait.
But here's one off of my phone. Me, Chloe, Bria, and my nephew on our way back from a snorkel trip to Molokini. I am fairly sure that I neglected to actually get a photo of my whole family together. Not with my big camera, and not with my phone.
Oh well. We went to Hawaii! Photographic proof or not. (There are a bunch of vacation photos on my Instagram if you're curious, since it may take me two years to ever post any on my blog.)
Hopefully I get myself used to real life this week.
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