Lets do this. Back by popular demand: Summer! And what’s summer without my 100 days of summer to-do wish list? The rules are simple and I welcome all of you to join in with your own list – it started this (long) weekend and ends on September 30. Get what you can get done because summer is here for a short time so it is best to make it a good time.
This year’s list. Many are pick-ups from last year because why rock the boat when the boat was awesome?
Here are the ones I love and plan to incorporate into my 2016 resolution list – and too keep with the list theme, I am sharing my top 5!
Listen to CDs you forgot about, songs from 2007 or your junior high dance. A few months ago I pulled out my Sloan and Inbred CDs. No lie, I belted out the lyrics and reminisced about all of the fun times at Cafe Ole for hours. If these bands were not a part of your life, I am sad for you.
Send a long email or card or pay a phone call to someone you lost touch with but didn’t really want to. I love this idea and I truly cherish mail and special messages. Just the other day I received a lovely note in the Facebook from an old friend about hello sunshine – it totally made my day month.
Buy yourself a good pair of shoes. A really good pair of shoes. I can not see why new shoes could ever be a bad idea. And for me, I am not talking about running shoes!
Do something surprising and unbelievably kind for someone who will not expect it (send flowers to a random friend, Paypal someone $100 for a massage, buy someone you love a really nice, special dinner). I have to stop taking my friends and family for granted, which is why I am all about my 2016 motto: make plans, not excuses.
Make a pilgrimage. Go on a trip where the travel portion is just as crucial as the event or destination. It can be a long drive, car ride, train, flight, cross country road trip – whatever. I love the idea of exploring and I love a good road trip. I think I will pack my Sloan and Inbred CDs for the ride.
I encourage you to read the full list – there are great explanations for each item that will truly make you want to plan the year ahead.
As always, I’d love to hear from you! What are your wishes for 2016. Two Thousand and Sixteen is an even number and a leap year! I sent out my holiday newsletter and hope to receive one in return. Remember, the first newsletter back* gets a 2016 desktop calendar made by me. They’re already printed!
Thinking happy thoughts: Some of my favourite people were born in the fall, you can wear pants but still hold off on the socks, it is the best season for running, you can layer for style but not necessarily necessity, wine switches from white to red, and it is pretty. No doubt.
People, it is time to embrace the new season and get things done. Trust me, if you write a list, you are more likely to make it happen. Here is my feeling it. falling for it. fall wish-list. The rules are simple – it started October 1 and ends December 21. G’luck!
Write 2-3 posts a week
Run a marathon
Carve a pumpkin
Avoid all things pumpkin flavoured. Unless in a pie
Visit the beach
Sharpen the skates and skis
Visit the valley
Conquer a corn maze
Make apple pie
Watch season 1 of Game of Thrones
Make my 2016 calendars
Make my 2015 holiday cards
Make David’s halloween costume
Dress up for halloween
Dye my hair pink
Travel via train, plane, automobile (and boat) but no need to watch the movie
Visit a new city
Buy a souvenir
Vist a museum
Throw a party
Declutter & update my sock and underwear drawers
Hike a new trail
Try a new restaurant in Halifax
Your turn, tell me yours! #fall4novascotia
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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!
sleep 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.
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.
Take it in folks – the long weekend in May has come and gone and that means summer is coming! In celebration of this joyous occasion and back by popular demand is my 100 days of summer to-do wish list! The rules are simple and I welcome all of you to join in with your own list – it started this weekend and ends on September 30. Get what you can get done because summer is here for a short time so it is best to make it a good time.
(You can see last year’s list here and the results here)
I am not going to lie – it’s hard to get them all done, and because I didn’t finish all of them last year, I am going to pick up a few and try again. I am also adding some from my thirty-six before thirty-six (because I am not 36 yet) and a few completed repeats because they were awesome and worth doing again! Have fun and remember to wear sunscreen.