100 reasons why summer is the best

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?

  1. go on a sail boat**
  2. watch an outdoor movie**
  3. play corn hole**
  4. see Shakespeare by the Sea**
  5. fly a kite**
  6. play sandbar soccer*
  7. drive in a convertible* (Larry promised he’d take me out this summer)
  8. try rock climbing* (Kristin said she’s go with me)
  9. drink a road rocket “kidding” *
  10. ride a slip & slide*
  11. visit magic mountain*
    NOTE: the above 11 items are * 2015 not completed **2014/2015 not completed. Third time a charm?
  12. swim in a lake
  13. swim in the ocean
  14. swim in the Wallace River
  15. make homemade ice cream
  16. hike Cape Chignecto
  17. visit Victoria Park and climb Jacob’s Ladder
  18. sunrise at the beach
  19. sunset at the beach
  20. find a waterfall (Amanda’s idea)
  21. go to a country fair (Amanda’s idea)
  22. ride shot gun in a car driven by Amanda to either item 21 or 22!
  23. learn photography… for reals
  24. make sweet tea
  25. have a lunch date
  26. have a brunch date
  27. have a post-work beer date at the Stillwell beer garden
  28. go to a wedding
  29. bike a trail
  30. hike a trail
  31. run a trail
  32. attend a festival
  33. send a postcard
  34. send a parcel
  35. ride a train
  36. ride a ferry
  37. ride a bike (with David) to bike and bean
  38. run to bike and bean
  39. do a pull-up (just one)
  40. go strawberry picking
  41. make strawberry jam
  42. train for a marathon
  43. sleep in a tent
  44. make campfire Kraft Dinner (must remember to bring a pot)
  45. go for a run and jump in the water right after
  46. have a party (or two)
  47. attend a party
  48. watch the movie The Man In The Moon
  49. watch the movie My Girl
  50. watch all of the Star Wars movies with David (in order of release dates)
  51. make a batch of beets
  52. have ice cream for supper
  53. buy a fern
  54. get a pedicure
  55. eat on an outdoor patio
  56. drink on an outdoor patio
  57. play croquette
  58. play washer toss
  59. night swim
  60. have a bbq at least once a week
  61. go two 5 different farmer’s markets
  62. drink my morning coffee outside
  63. have a water balloon fight
  64. accidentally get a sunburn
  65. picnic at the ocean
  66. picnic at Public Gardens
  67. make iced coffee
  68. make lemonade
  69. watch Lemonade
  70. run in 5 races
  71. plant herbs
  72. run the golf shore loop (again)
  73. go to the 2016 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championship in Dartmouth
  74. cheer for a friend
  75. have fresh flowers in the house always
  76. make rhubarb pie
  77. stand up paddle board
  78. kayak down the river
  79. tube down the river
  80. hang out on the Halifax waterfront
  81. go to the Tattoo
  82. build a sand castle
  83. buy a summer dress
  84. hear bag pipes
  85. watch a parade
  86. dance
  87. watch fireworks
  88. play hooky
  89. read a magazine outside
  90. buy a pineapple
  91. get crafty
  92. eat from a food truck
  93. only use the clothesline
  94. go to the Shore Club (I’ve never been!)
  95. visit a cottage
  96. drink beer from a cooler
  97. get muddy
  98. get sandy
  99. go to a yard sale
  100. mow the lawn

You can see last year’s list here and the results here and 2014’s list here and the results here – I have repeated a lot of items because they’re too much fun not to not do! ScoutsHonorPaper_GreatSummerCard from here

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it’s that time of year

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It is my moment to shine. The season of LISTS.

I’m a list girl and I can not be more excited to write my 2016 must-do / must-try / must-not-do lists and as I’ve been thinking about what’s ahead for 2016, I found this: 26 Things Every Person Should Do For Themselves At Least Once A Year

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

My 2015 you say you want a resolution list
My current feeling it, falling for it (fall list) Ahhh, I only have 13 days left!
Other listy links: The 52 Lists Project and The List App

*Shannon, Heather, Anna, Kristin, Sabrina, Jill, Aimee, Jodie or Amanda, there is already a calendar with your name on it. #B4B
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feeling it. falling for it.

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.

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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!

  1. Write 2-3 posts a week
  2. Wallpaper something
  3. Paint something
  4. Run a marathon
  5. Rake leaves
  6. Carve a pumpkin
  7. Avoid all things pumpkin flavoured. Unless in a pie
  8. Visit the beach
  9. Sharpen the skates and skis
  10. Visit the valley
  11. Conquer a corn maze
  12. Pick apples
  13. Make apple pie
  14. Watch season 1 of Game of Thrones
  15. Make my 2016 calendars
  16. Make my 2015 holiday cards
  17. Make David’s halloween costume
  18. Dress up for halloween
  19. Dye my hair pink
  20. Drink cider
  21. Travel via train, plane, automobile (and boat) but no need to watch the movie
  22. Visit a new city
  23. Buy a souvenir
  24. Vist a museum
  25. Throw a party
  26. Swim laps
  27. Declutter & update my sock and underwear drawers
  28. Hike a new trail
  29. Try a new restaurant in Halifax
  30. Make soup

Your turn, tell me yours! #fall4novascotia

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RBF

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:

  1. swim in a lake* – Yes! I even tried wake-surfing (but failed).
  2. swim in the ocean – Yes! However the tide was out so it was more like skimming than swimming.
  3. swim in the Wallace River – Yes! During a high-humidity summer rainfall with my mom, David and Henry.
  4. go in a sail boat*
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. make strawberry jam – Yes! 48 jars.
  8. watch an outdoor movie*
  9. play corn hole*
  10. play croquette – Yes! With my family it is extreme croquette
  11. play washer toss – Yes! Win: No!
  12. 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...
  13. make smores and eat them* – Yes! Aimee has set the smore bar high y’all.
  14. 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.
  15. roast veggie dogs over a campfire – Yes! And sometimes if I pretend really hard, it’s like I’m eating real campfire hotdogs.
  16. leave the province* – Yes! We travelled to Belle Isle Bay, New Brunswick for some awesome cottage time with our neighbours.
  17. accidentally get a sunburn* – Yes! A few unprotected runs but not as bad as the heat burn I endured.
  18. buy a rash guard – Yes! From J.Crew.
  19. train for a marathon – Yes! Less than two-weeks to go!
  20. sleep in a tent– Yes! Note: We need a bigger tent.
  21. go to Cyclone 5 times in one week– Yes! 3 classes in one morning + 2 evenings.
  22. see Shakespeare by the Sea*
  23. 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.
  24. mini golf* – Yes! And I won.
  25. 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.
  26. fly a kite*
  27. bike over the MacDonald bridge with David– Yes! On the last Sunday before it closed.
  28. picnic at the ocean – Yes! At Taylor Head Provincial Park (see #37) and the beautiful beaches around Pugwash.
  29. picnic at Public Gardens – Yes! We dined on ice cream.
  30. do a kart-wheel – Yes! I am no Ellie Black but I did one.
  31. go the the Bicycle Thief – Yes! I had fresh halibut, cast iron seared, cherry tomato & hot pepper sugo, fresh cilantro, crispy lemon risotto cake.
  32. clean my black car (mike told me to put this in) – Yes! Mike did most of the work but I have maintained her beauty.
  33. make iced coffee – Yes! Delicious.
  34. run laps (speed work) at least three times – Yes! I ran to the oval and did laps.
  35. hill train once a week – Yes! Once-a-week at the Pit in the North End.
  36. run in 5 races – Yes! The Bluenose (half) Marathon / Cabot Trail Relay / Brigadoon’s Wine & Dash / Not Since Moses / Rum Runners Relay
  37. visit Taylor Head Provincial Park – Yes! A beautiful beach but too long of a drive.
  38. jump on a trampoline – Yes! We bought one for the backyard – come over for a bounce any time.
  39. redecorate our bedroom – Yes! See here.
  40. plant a vegetable garden and enjoy its bounty – Yes! Lamest garden ever… but I ate a bean or two.
  41. plant basil and make pesto – Yes! My basil was one of the only things that did well.
  42. run the golf shore loop (again) – Yes! And I did #64 right after.
  43. make rhubarb pie – Yes! Some of the rhubarb was from our yard and some was from a market. It’s my favourite pie.
  44. 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.
  45. eat a banana split – Yes! I did not like it.
  46. kayak down the river – Yes! Another dreamy day on the Wallace River.
  47. tube down the river – Yes! Same day as #3
  48. play sandbar soccer
  49. 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.
  50. drink on an outdoor patio – Yes! Stillwell’s beer tent on the Waterfront is a great new addition to the city – I went twice.
  51. hang out on the Halifax waterfront – Yes! See #50
  52. go to Shubie Park – Yes! I did a long run through the whole park and walked it a few times too.
  53. go to Point Pleasant Park – Yes! Many runs and a few dates with David and Henry.
  54. drive in a convertible
  55. buy a summer dress – Yes! From J.Crew.
  56. wear summer dresses everyday for a week – Yes! All dressed up and nowhere to go.
  57. 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.
  58. hear bag pipes – Yes! If you live in Nova Scotia and did not hear bagpipes this summer I’d be shocked. See #59
  59. watch a parade– Yes! Canada Day in Pugwash, Natal Day in Halifax.
  60. dance – Yes! Amanda and I went on a retro party boat cruise. It was amazing.
  61. visit the new North End farmer’s market – Yes! I bought a few vegetable plants.
  62. 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?
  63. sell 5 things – Yes! A baby carrier, a kids tunnel, a stroller, clothes, books, a bike seat and a car seat. See #99
  64. go for a run and jump in the water right after – Yes! See # 42
  65. 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.
  66. watch fireworks – Yes! At the cottage in New Brunswick.
  67. watch 500 Days of Summer – Yes! The namesake to my list.
  68. 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
  69. make a spiralized dinner (this) – Yes! I even bought a spiralizer.
  70. start and finish Jill’s bathroom makeover – KIND OF… No, I did not finish BUT yes, I started.
  71. attend a party – Yes! Jill and Alex had a housewarming party.
  72. go to 2 movies – Yes! At least. Pitch Perfect 2, Spy, Inside Out
  73. make ice cream sandwiches – Yes! Homemade chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream.
  74. 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.
  75. cheer on David’s first triathlon – Yes! At Bedford Days. Proud mom moment.
  76. 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.
  77. read a magazine outside – Yes! Anthology and Style at Home.
  78. read a non-fiction – Yes! The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
  79. read a fiction – Yes! The Carnival at Bray and Everyday.
  80. eat from a food truck – Yes! I ate a grilled cheese at Halifax Press
  81. only use the clothesline – Yes! An indoor rack when the weather was not co-operating.
  82. try rock climbing
  83. buy new running sneakers – Yes! I love my Saucony Kinvara 6.
  84. visit a cottage – Yes! See #16
  85. drink beer from a cooler – Yes! See #16
  86. drink a road rocket. “kidding”
  87. run across the bridge before they close it to pedestrians (June 29) – Yes! Sniff sniff.
  88. ride the ferry – Yes! We rode the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry and a drive-on ferry across Belle Isle Bay.
  89. get muddy – Yes! Not since Moses.
  90. get sandy – Yes! Many beach days.
  91. ride a slip & slide
  92. ride a water slide – Yes! At the Canada Games Centre.
  93. visit magic mountain
  94. hike Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Yes! I ran down French mountain.
  95. get highlights – Yes! Thank you Cindy at Hair Garden.
  96. go to a yard sale – Yes! I didn’t buy anything. See #99
  97. watch a sunset – Yes! Simply the best in Pugwash.
  98. watch a sunrise – Yes! Many early morning runs.
  99. declutter – Yes! I am getting much better at this. See #63
  100. 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)

  1. go in a sail boat* When Mike buys a sailboat this will happen all.the.time.
  2. watch an outdoor movie* The plan was to do this in the backyard. The plan failed.
  3. play corn hole* Mike needs to make one; poor Ava.
  4. see Shakespeare by the Sea* Maybe it is Shakespeare, maybe it’s just me.
  5. fly a kite* Mental note: Must buy a kite so I can make this happen in 2016
  6. play sandbar soccer: I blame this on the tide schedule this summer. Or my poor packing skills. No ball. No soccer.
  7. drive in a convertible: I blame this on my boring friends – none of whom own a convertible.
  8. try rock climbing: I got paranoid I’d break my leg.
  9. drink a road-rocket: I blame this on Mike, he says even a ride-on lawnmower is illegal.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

100 days of summer 15

Click here for the 2014 recap

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it’s back

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.

  1. swim in a lake*
  2. swim in the ocean
  3. swim in the Wallace River
  4. go in a sail boat*
  5. hike Cape Split*
  6. go strawberry picking*
  7. make strawberry jam
  8. watch an outdoor movie*
  9. play corn hole*
  10. play croquette
  11. play washer toss
  12. night swim*
  13. make smores and eat them*
  14. have a campfire and sing a campfire song
  15. roast veggie dogs over a campfire
  16. leave the province*
  17. accidentally get a sunburn*
  18. buy a rash guard
  19. train for a marathon
  20. sleep in a tent*
  21. go to Cyclone 5 times in one week*
  22. see Shakespeare by the Sea*
  23. ride a horse*
  24. mini golf*
  25. take David to Citadel Hill*
  26. fly a kite*
  27. bike over the MacDonald bridge with David*
  28. picnic at the ocean
  29. picnic at Public Gardens
  30. do a kart-wheel
  31. go the the Bicycle Thief
  32. clean my black car (mike told me to put this in)
  33. make iced coffee
  34. run laps (speed work) at least three times
  35. hill train once a week
  36. run in 5 races
  37. visit Taylor Head Provincial Park
  38. jump on a trampoline
  39. redecorate our bedroom
  40. plant a vegetable garden and enjoy its bounty
  41. plant basil and make pesto
  42. run the golf shore loop (again)
  43. make rhubarb pie
  44. host a women and whiskey night
  45. eat a banana split
  46. kayak down the river
  47. tube down the river
  48. play sandbar soccer
  49. eat on an outdoor patio
  50. drink on an outdoor patio
  51. hang out on the Halifax waterfront
  52. go to Shubie Park
  53. go to Point Pleasant Park
  54. drive in a convertible
  55. buy a summer dress
  56. wear summer dresses everyday for a week
  57. wear heels
  58. hear bag pipes
  59. watch a parade
  60. dance
  61. visit the new North End farmer’s market
  62. have a taco party
  63. run in a race
  64. go for a run and jump in the water right after
  65. bike to the skate park and watch David in the skate park (this was David’s request)
  66. watch fireworks
  67. watch 500 Days of Summer
  68. watch Dirty Dancing
  69. make a spiralized dinner (this)
  70. start and finish Jill’s bathroom makeover
  71. attend a party
  72. go to 2 movies
  73. make ice cream sandwiches
  74. finish my rug hooking pillow
  75. cheer on David’s first triathlon
  76. play hooky
  77. read a magazine outside
  78. read a non-fiction
  79. read a fiction
  80. eat from a food truck
  81. only use the clothesline
  82. try rock climbing
  83. buy new running sneakers
  84. visit a cottage
  85. drink beer from a cooler
  86. drink a road rocket. “kidding”.
  87. run across the bridge before they close it to pedestrians (June 29)
  88. ride the ferry
  89. get muddy
  90. get sandy
  91. ride a slip & slide
  92. ride a water slide
  93. visit magic mountain
  94. hike Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  95. get highlights
  96. go to a yard sale
  97. watch a sunset
  98. watch a sunrise
  99. declutter
  100. have David plan a prefect pre-first-day-of-big-school / end-of-summer-day

* 2014 not completed GreatSummer_6109

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