Have you ever felt the infinite pleasure of doing nothing but laze around or lie on the beach all day? Although I am, generally, a very active person, in July I recharge my batteries by indulging in indolence. I enjoy sleeping but I almost invariably get up at 7:00 am. I love having a siesta for 2 hours in early afternoon when it's too hot to stay on the beach, yet I can sleep like a log at night.
In July, my day starts with a lazy breakfast on the veranda and then it's beach time for a couple of hours. Sometimes, I may spend the whole morning on the beach and relax by contemplating the sea or I may go home, make a sandwich for lunch and flip through the channels on TV. Being under the spell of this sweet indolence, I rarely cook in July - we usually have a take-away delivery or something simple such as spaghetti, a salad, grilled chicken, smoked salmon and grapes or a platter of fruit with cheeses.
From September to June, first thing in the morning, I make a mental list of all the tasks I need to do at work and often find that 12 hours won't be enough for me to meet marking and reports deadlines in addition to planning lessons and teaching. The truth is I love the adrenaline rush. I wouldn't know what to do without it. The deadlines keep me on track. Free time then is a luxury considering I work on Saturdays as well. So July is the month I'm looking forward to, after a long, busy school year. The good thing is that I hardly ever get bored doing nothing but lie on the beach, go swimming, walking or jogging, blog, occasionally cook a decent meal or read books. If you like, these are my sweet, indolent activities in the summer.
I've only just realised that July is softly oozing into August which means that going back to work is round the corner. But I've still got some more time off work to take a short holiday away in August and enjoy the beach as much as I can.