Damn. Summer is over y’all! Please don’t take it personally when you see me with a RBF between now and Victoria Day Weekend. It’s not you, it’s Winter.
Although I thrive in Summer, I am not going to be a downer – there are great things to look forward to in the months ahead! Plus, it is an excuse to start a new to-do list… which is in the making of course.
But first, without further ado, it is time to recap the 100 Days Of Summer (Volume 2) list:
swim in a lake* – Yes! I even tried wake-surfing (but failed). swim in the ocean– Yes! However the tide was out so it was more like skimming than swimming. swim in the Wallace River– Yes! During a high-humidity summer rainfall with my mom, David and Henry.
- go in a sail boat*
hike Cape Split*– Yes! David, Mike, Henry and I went this weekend. Note: Next time we will be smart and bring water and food – It was 8km one way. Opps. go strawberry picking*– Yes! My sister and I took the kids. We were in a field on the Amherst Shore with a view of the ocean. Beautiful. make strawberry jam– Yes! 48 jars.
- watch an outdoor movie*
- play corn hole*
play croquette– Yes! With my family it is extreme croquette play washer toss– Yes! Win: No! night swim*– Yes! By myself in the Wallace River at 9:30 pm. I felt like little Reece Witherspoon in the movie Man on the Moon... make smores and eat them*– Yes! Aimee has set the smore bar high y’all. have a campfire and sing a campfire song– Yes! I sang to baby Evelyn and she didn’t cry. We also experience a campfire drum session at Keji which was fun. roast veggie dogs over a campfire– Yes! And sometimes if I pretend really hard, it’s like I’m eating real campfire hotdogs. leave the province*– Yes! We travelled to Belle Isle Bay, New Brunswick for some awesome cottage time with our neighbours. accidentally get a sunburn*– Yes! A few unprotected runs but not as bad as the heat burn I endured. buy a rash guard– Yes! From J.Crew. train for a marathon– Yes! Less than two-weeks to go!
leep in a tent* – Yes! Note: We need a bigger tent. go to Cyclone 5 times in one week* – Yes! 3 classes in one morning + 2 evenings.
- see Shakespeare by the Sea*
ride a horse*– Yes! I am counting this as a yes – I joined David’s class trip to Hatfield Farms and we rode in a wagon pulled by two horses. mini golf*– Yes! And I won. take David to Citadel Hill*– Yes! It was the first time in a long time I actually toured the Citadel as a visitor and really enjoy it.
- fly a kite*
bike over the MacDonald bridge with David* – Yes! On the last Sunday before it closed. picnic at the ocean– Yes! At Taylor Head Provincial Park (see #37) and the beautiful beaches around Pugwash. picnic at Public Gardens– Yes! We dined on ice cream. do a kart-wheel– Yes! I am no Ellie Black but I did one. go the the Bicycle Thief– Yes! I had fresh halibut, cast iron seared, cherry tomato & hot pepper sugo, fresh cilantro, crispy lemon risotto cake. clean my black car (mike told me to put this in)– Yes! Mike did most of the work but I have maintained her beauty. make iced coffee– Yes! Delicious. run laps (speed work) at least three times– Yes! I ran to the oval and did laps. hill train once a week– Yes! Once-a-week at the Pit in the North End. run in 5 races– Yes! The Bluenose (half) Marathon / Cabot Trail Relay / Brigadoon’s Wine & Dash / Not Since Moses / Rum Runners Relay visit Taylor Head Provincial Park– Yes! A beautiful beach but too long of a drive. jump on a trampoline– Yes! We bought one for the backyard – come over for a bounce any time. redecorate our bedroom– Yes! See here. plant a vegetable garden and enjoy its bounty– Yes! Lamest garden ever… but I ate a bean or two. plant basil and make pesto– Yes! My basil was one of the only things that did well. run the golf shore loop (again)– Yes! And I did #64 right after. make rhubarb pie– Yes! Some of the rhubarb was from our yard and some was from a market. It’s my favourite pie. host a women and whiskey night– Yes! Kind of. For book club I made the girls a whiskey drink. I was the co-host so this counts. eat a banana split– Yes! I did not like it. kayak down the river– Yes! Another dreamy day on the Wallace River. tube down the river– Yes! Same day as #3
- play sandbar soccer
eat on an outdoor patio– Yes! A lunch date with Sarah and Libby, a back to school dinner date with David and some other times in between. drink on an outdoor patio– Yes! Stillwell’s beer tent on the Waterfront is a great new addition to the city – I went twice. hang out on the Halifax waterfront– Yes! See #50 go to Shubie Park– Yes! I did a long run through the whole park and walked it a few times too. go to Point Pleasant Park– Yes! Many runs and a few dates with David and Henry.
- drive in a convertible
buy a summer dress– Yes! From J.Crew. wear summer dresses everyday for a week– Yes! All dressed up and nowhere to go. wear heels– Yes! I am a flip flop girl. I go from boots to flip flops with an occasional Converse-day thrown in the mix but I wore heels around the house one day. True story. hear bag pipes– Yes! If you live in Nova Scotia and did not hear bagpipes this summer I’d be shocked. See #59 watch a parade– Yes! Canada Day in Pugwash, Natal Day in Halifax. dance– Yes! Amanda and I went on a retro party boat cruise. It was amazing. visit the new North End farmer’s market– Yes! I bought a few vegetable plants.
- have a taco party – KIND OF… No, I did not have a taco party BUT yes, I started planning for a taco party in November. Who’s coming?
sell 5 things– Yes! A baby carrier, a kids tunnel, a stroller, clothes, books, a bike seat and a car seat. See #99 go for a run and jump in the water right after– Yes! See # 42 bike to the skate park and watch David in the skate park (this was David’s request)– Yes! We spent the morning hanging out. It was great. See #100. watch fireworks– Yes! At the cottage in New Brunswick. watch 500 Days of Summer– Yes! The namesake to my list. watch Dirty Dancing– Yes! “Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” –Baby make a spiralized dinner (this)– Yes! I even bought a spiralizer.
- start and finish Jill’s bathroom makeover – KIND OF… No, I did not finish BUT yes, I started.
attend a party– Yes! Jill and Alex had a housewarming party. go to 2 movies– Yes! At least. Pitch Perfect 2, Spy, Inside Out… make ice cream sandwiches– Yes! Homemade chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream.
- finish my rug hooking pillow – KIND OF… No, I did not finish BUT yes, all of the hooking is finished. I just need to form it into a pillow.
cheer on David’s first triathlon– Yes! At Bedford Days. Proud mom moment. play hooky– Yes! A few times. I did a lot of my long runs on Fridays, visited my family in Pugwash, beach days and play days. Perks of being freelance. read a magazine outside– Yes! Anthology and Style at Home. read a non-fiction– Yes! The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. read a fiction– Yes! The Carnival at Bray and Everyday. eat from a food truck– Yes! I ate a grilled cheese at Halifax Press only use the clothesline– Yes! An indoor rack when the weather was not co-operating.
- try rock climbing
buy new running sneakers– Yes! I love my Saucony Kinvara 6. visit a cottage– Yes! See #16 drink beer from a cooler– Yes! See #16
- drink a road rocket. “kidding”
run across the bridge before they close it to pedestrians (June 29)– Yes! Sniff sniff. ride the ferry– Yes! We rode the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry and a drive-on ferry across Belle Isle Bay. get muddy– Yes! Not since Moses. get sandy– Yes! Many beach days.
- ride a slip & slide
ride a water slide– Yes! At the Canada Games Centre.
- visit magic mountain
hike Cape Breton Highlands National Park– Yes! I ran down French mountain. get highlights– Yes! Thank you Cindy at Hair Garden. go to a yard sale– Yes! I didn’t buy anything. See #99 watch a sunset– Yes! Simply the best in Pugwash. watch a sunrise– Yes! Many early morning runs. declutter– Yes! I am getting much better at this. See #63 have David plan a prefect pre-first-day-of-big-school / end-of-summer-day– Yes! See #65 and #45
* 2014 not completed
Final score: 86 completed, 11 incompletes and 3 kindofs (#62/70/74).
What I missed and how I feel about it (note: 5 of these were also fails from 2014)
- go in a sail boat* When Mike buys a sailboat this will happen all.the.time.
- watch an outdoor movie* The plan was to do this in the backyard. The plan failed.
- play corn hole* Mike needs to make one; poor Ava.
- see Shakespeare by the Sea* Maybe it is Shakespeare, maybe it’s just me.
- fly a kite* Mental note: Must buy a kite so I can make this happen in 2016
- play sandbar soccer: I blame this on the tide schedule this summer. Or my poor packing skills. No ball. No soccer.
- drive in a convertible: I blame this on my boring friends – none of whom own a convertible.
- try rock climbing: I got paranoid I’d break my leg.
- drink a road-rocket: I blame this on Mike, he says even a ride-on lawnmower is illegal.
- ride a slip & slide: True story, I broke my middle-finger on a slip & slide when I was a kid. Haven’t been on one since.
- visit magic mountain: Sometimes the thought alone of visiting a family amusement park makes me queasy.
I think did good… I am happy, mostly because looking back, it was an great summer. Until next year.
Click here for the 2014 recap
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