It’s been several hours and 5 days since you took my summer away…
Summer is over which means it’s report card time! I know y’all have been anxiously waiting to see how it all went down but before I reveal the results of my 100 Days of Summer bucket list, I have decided to change things up a bit based on my friend Tim’s suggestion of replacing the incompletes with alternative fun things that happened. Afterall, we must remember, it is summer and summer should be fun and spontaneous, even for people like me! So without further ado:
go on a sailboat*** YES! I did not say “sail on a sailboat”. During the Tall Ships festival, I toured a few boats.
watch an outdoor movie*** YES! Erin and I watched Footloose outside at the Chickenburger.
fly a kite*** YES! It was a last-minute effort with David. We found a plastic kite in the basement and flew it around a parking lot. Not much air but we did it.
ride a slip & slide** NO, BUT… What’s better than a slip & slide? Try riding down a waterslide into the ocean. True story. Did it.
visit magic mountain** YES! We probably picked the coldest day of summer to do this. Imagine standing in your wet bathing suit on the top of a hill, holding a wet tube that’s blowing in the wind while you wait in line to go down a cold waterslide.
make homemade ice cream* YES! Thank you Mila for lending me your ice cream maker, it was delicious.
It occurred to me that I haven’t had a paid holiday or paid vacation day since 2007… Hello 10-year itch! Freelance life has been busy, and I am very grateful but I’d rather be at the beach.
But friends, this is not a rant, rather a plea. Summer is almost over and I only have sixty out of 100 items checked off my 100 days of summer list.
A few of the remaining forty are ongoing (like only use the clothesline) and others are solely up to me (clean my car) but here are a few that you’re welcome to sign up for. Give me a call, and let’s make it happen!
The long weekend is here and that means Summer starts nowish! In celebration, I am launching my fourth annual 100 Days of Summer LET’S DO IT list where I try and make the most of the sweetest but shortest season. I may not get it all done, but here’s hoping… And, I hope you can join in on some of the fun.
Note: I always start with the ones I’ve yet to complete… There are also pick-ups from previous years because awesomeness is always worth repeating.
This weekend I’m launching my forth annual 100 Days of Summerlist and one of the items this year is spend more time on my front porch. After hanging out on my sister’s, I realized I am a front porch girl. Give me a coffee or a glass of wine and I may never come inside.
As a kid, I was always drawing house plans and there was always a wrap-around porch and now that I have a porch, I never use it. I need to fix this.
Problem: The height of the railing vs. the style of my chairs (I like them but they’re more for lounging out back or on a beach):Here’s what I’m loving:
Crack open the Sauvignon blanc, I found perfection! These spaces are Wonderful. Beautiful. So inviting. But, as mentioned, I still would not be able to see over the railing in chairs. That’s why I am thinking a swing may be the best solution, especially after I saw my friend’s Instagram post.
I am sure y’all are itching to know how many things I checked off my list so here we go… excuses, regrets and gloating included:
go on a sail boat** (STILL A NO!!! Mike sails every week but the 1 time I was invited, I was not available, cue the violins) I did walk on a few docked sail boats including the mighty Bluenose but I am not counting this as a victory.
watch an outdoor movie** (No, I’m sad)
play corn hole**(Yes, would you believe it if I told you I found a core hole table downtown Seattle and we tossed a few bags!)
fly a kite** (No, I’d be easier if we had a kite to fly)
play sandbar soccer*(Yes, in Pugwash, on the Gulf Shore)
drive in a convertible*(Yes, Larry took me for a cruise around the coast of Pugwash)
try rock climbing*(Yes, at Scout Camp… I was so excited to see the wall I pushed many kids out of my way and made it to the top)
drink a road rocket “kidding” *(Yes, while dining outside downtown with Sabrina and Josh, thunder lightening and rain broke through and we made a mad dash to the car – Josh was smart enough to grab his beer and he let me have a sip in the backseat)
ride a slip & slide*(No, and my formally fractured middle finger is not disappointed)
visit magic mountain*(No, it’s a shame because it’s always fun in Moncton) NOTE: the above 11 items are * 2015 not completed **2014/2015 not completed. Third time a charm?
swim in a lake(Yes, more than once)
swim in the ocean(Yes, more than once)
swim in the Wallace River(Yes, once)
make homemade ice cream (No, but I had homemade ice cream and it was amazing)
hike Cape Chignecto(We had a weekend booked but the damn fire ban cancelled our reservation)
visit Victoria Park and climb Jacob’s Ladder(Yes, and so glad we did! Beautiful park)
sunrise at the beach(Yes, Sarah and I started a long run at the beach at 6:30 am, just as the sun was rising)
sunset at the beach(Yes, on a walk)
find a waterfall(Yes, I actually found a few but the first was in Cape Breton)
go to a country fair (No, the timing did not work out)
ride shot gun in a car driven by Amanda to either item 21 or 22! (No… there was one opportunity but I was not available)
learn photography… for reals(Yes<ish>, I am learning and trying – but not fully learnt)
make sweet tea(Yes, not bad for being too lazy to Google a recipe)
have a lunch date(Yes, a few and need to do so more often!)
have a brunch date(Yes, a few and need to do so more often!)
have a post-work beer date at the Stillwell beer garden(Yes, post-work / pre-prom-watching date)
go to a wedding(Yes, in beautiful BC)
bike a trail(Yes, the COLT/BLT trail with David and Mike)
hike a trail(Yes, a quite a few!)
run a trail(Yes, a few – and I even dragged Mike along on his first trail run in BC)
attend a festival(Yes, a few – the first being the Greek Festival)
send a postcard(Yes, to David when we were in BC)
send a parcel (Yes, to my niece and nephew)
ride a train(Yes, a monorail in Seattle)
ride a ferry(Yes, in Halifax and all around the west coast)
ride a bike (with David) to bike and bean(Yes, from the Bike and Bean but same thing)