Cue the sad tears! I loved that link-up! Mike always killed it with his answers and I loved what he had to say each month. So what's a girl to do?
I created my own version! Appropriately named, The Mike Drop. Each month, I will have Mike answer 5 questions and post them on the ol' bloggity blog for you guys to read.
Q: How did you spend your summers as a kid?
A: I would spend most of my days in the summer hanging out with my friends who lived across the street. We'd do any number of things like have home run derbies at the local park to riding bikes or playing soccer. My evenings were mostly tied up with my own baseball games or soccer games and watching my older brother play baseball.
My favourite summer was the summer of 1997. That summer my brother played on a travel baseball team that played most weekends in Michigan. The closest border crossing was about 3 hours away, so these were all pretty good road trips. The guys on his team were always really nice to me and would include me in their group and play catch with me, even though they were about 7 years older than I was. It made them feel pretty old years later when I eventually played on the same team as them or against them! I've always loved to travel and summer road trips are definitely my favourite part of summer.
Q: What was your favourite part about summer 2016?
A: My favourite part of 2016 was definitely our vacation to Poland. I love seeing Evelina's family and experiencing the different lifestyle in Europe. There are certainly difficulties like not understanding the language, not having a car to drive, or being too far ahead time wise to watch baseball, but it's always a fun and memorable time creating memories with family.
A: It's exactly the way you remember it as a kid. The fun and games are over. No more sleeping in, no more hanging out in the clothes you slept in all day, and it's back to reality. Well, it's not exactly the way you remember it as a kid because now going back to school means a return to regular deposits into our bank account, and I don't have to do homework assignments like the students, so it's not all that bad!
Q: How did you fill your days off?
A: One summer, many years ago, we visited my late grandfather, who at the time was recently retired and we asked what he'd been doing this summer. He stretched his legs out and rested them on his coffee table, placed both of his hands behind his head, smiled and said "Nothing!" Now that's not to say I did *nothing* but I certainly took advantage of these two months to recharge my batteries and catch up on some rest. My favourite activity was watching the simulcast Dan LeBatard Show on ESPN. (Shameless plug: even if you don't like sports, the Dan LeBatard show is awesome, and so is his show Highly Questionable. Even Evelina, who hates almost all sports media likes it!)
Q: What are you looking forward to most about going back to work?
A: I'm looking forward to being back in a routine. All things considered, my job isn't too stressful. I enjoy grabbing my morning coffee on the way to work and interacting with my students. I'm excited to have a new group of students to get to know and of course, I'm looking forward to the return of getting paid!