Spring Break that wonderful break in the middle of the Spring Semester – how I love and hate it both!

Vacation is, of course, a wonderful thing! Nonetheless, Spring Break for me is less of a break and more of a grading marathon to get caught up for the second half of the semester.

To celebrate the idea of Spring Break actually being a break and time for a bit of enjoyment, this week’s blog will cover some idioms about relaxing and having fun, something I hope all my students are doing this week!

Footloose and Fancy-free

If you are footloose and fancy-free, then you are free of responsibilities or free as the wind. For example: Since I’m on Spring Break this week and don’t have to teach, I am footloose and fancy-free all week long! 


When you are a happy-go-lucky person, you are cheerful and carefree or very optimistic. For example: I love to hang out with happy-go-lucky people because they have such great attitudes about things!

Have a Ball

When you have a ball, you have a terrific time doing an activity. For example: I hope all my students are taking a break this week and having a ball with all their free time!

More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys

When you are having more fun than a barrel of monkeys, it means you are doing something really fun. For example: Spending a day at the beach is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

Let One’s Hair Down

To let one’s hair down means to take a break and relax. For example: At the end of a long day of teaching, I like to let my hair down and just chill a bit at the beach


So during this spring break, I hope you have the time of your life (have lots of fun) and live the life of Riley (enjoyable, effortless life) for a bit.

Take a break so that you can come back to school ready to work hard and finish the semester strong!