And just like that, it’s summer again! This is how I feel:
Hello, long weekend and hello to the official start of my fifth annual 100 Days of Summer: Let’s Do it list where I try and make the most of the sweetest but shortest season with a bucket list on 100 things to do. I may not get it all done, but here’s hoping… And, I hope you can join in on some of the fun.
The rules are simple, summer starts this weekend (the long weekend of May) and ends on the last day of September.
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. Oh, and the bolded ones are from my forty before forty list.
From everything I’ve been seeing and reading lately, it feels as though we are all very okay with saying goodbye to 2016. Great, me too… however, last year brought me another niece, some great trips, and more time spent with friends than I anticipated so I am happy about all that.
There are things that are going to suck about 2017. I have friends who are moving, jobs that are changing, a dog that is aging and family in the States dealing with the election but I am trying to stay positive and think about the good things ahead.
So with that I say onward!
Rather than resolutions, I recently read this articlein Business Insider and decided a list of lists would be a more productive way to tackle twenty-seventeen. By simply writing out the 17 lists titles and adding items and checking off items throughout the year, I will hopefully figure out what I really need to make this year special. I hope you have a great year!
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)
Have a great weekend! Good luck to all the swimmers doing the BIG SWIM… not too late to donate.
Photos from last weekend – when we left the province, I swam in a lake, attempted to wake-surf, drank beer from a cooler and played washer-toss. Lots of checks-off the summer to-do list! Cottage time on BelleIsle Bay in New Brunswick with our friends. Do you think David had fun?
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