Hey kids! Let’s do some summer math!

by Shari on September 4, 2013

Hey kids! I hope you haven’t forgotten how to do math over the summer!

75 – 57 = 18

But just in case those numbers mean nothing to you, let’s make it a word problem!

There were 75 days between June 15 when Shari left for Florida to teach, and today, September 3, when she returned from a festive Labor Day weekend.

If Shari spent 14 days in Florida, returned home for 5 days, went to Maine for 16 days so the kids could go to a cheap summer camp, returned home for 2 days, went to BlogHer in Chicago and to Indiana to visit Mama Rose for 16 days, returned home for 6 days, went on a family ‘getaway’ for 3 days, returned home for 5 days, went to Virginia for 3 days because she promised her sister she would visit, returned home for 3 days, and went back to Maine for 5 days because her husband just loves Maine, how many days did Shari spend at home in the past 75 days?

That’s right, 18!

And how many days did she spend on the road, living out of suitcases, sleeping on strange beds and eating fast food ?

That’s right, 57!

Is Shari a rock star, touring in a big bus with her name on the side?

No, she’s not!

Is Shari merely a crazy person who way overbooked her summer and is now a frazzled husk of a woman who tried to get her pug to pee on her suitcase so she could throw it out?

Yes, she is!

Just to finish our math lesson, let’s look at Shari on Day 4 of the summer:

My body is a wonderland.


And on Day 58:


My body is a frazzled husk.



{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn @ Something Clever 2.0 September 4, 2013 at 11:33 am

How? How does a human survive that? Frazzled husk, indeed.


Shari September 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I’m not sure I have survived it, Jenn. Jury’s still out.


Darrin September 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I am disappointed that I did not read about at least two nights in a tent with bugs and nature!

Congrats on making it to day 1 of school and good luck with all the math homework…


Shari September 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm

The details of the 57 days would have been too hard for anyone to handle, Darrin. Had to go Big Picture on this one.


Lovelyn September 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Yes, Shari is a rock star!!


Shari September 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Oh, Lovelyn, that was kind. Where’s my manager?


carlito September 4, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I’m married to a rock star! I wish we could relive the summer ALL OVER AGAIN, what fun. Don’t forget all the sleepovers with Rosie’s BFF! Of the 18 home days that’d be about 17 of them!!


Wendi September 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Silly. You can just pee on your own suitcase.


Shari September 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm

What would I do without your wisdom, Wendi?


Karen September 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

Wow–on the day when I happened to check in, I got math and Florida both in the same entry. Way to go! But I hope you’ll get a better ratio of home days to total days for the next 75.


fun kits October 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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