SUMMER starts nowish (year five!)

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.

100 Days of Summer

  1. see Shakespeare by the Sea**** 
  2. ride a slip & slide***  
  3. hike Cape Chignecto** 
  4. have a water balloon fight** 
  5. go to a concert*
  6. hike the Skyline Trail
  7. start designing my 2019 calendars*
  8. sleep in a tent*
  9. play croquette* 
  10. dance in the rain* 
  11. tie dye* 
  12. clean my office*
  13. go tidal bore rafting* 
  14. run the full Rum Runners Trail (but not all at once – it’s 119 km!)
  15. buy a pair of white jeans
  16. buy a silk blouse
  17. apply sunscreen every freaking day
  18. host a cocktail potluck (with biscuits)
  19. make pickles
  20. change a tire. change the oil. learn these skills.
  21. paddleboard
  22. tube down a river
  23. picnic in a park
  24. hangout in a hammock
  25. dinner on the waterfront
  26. dinner on a patio
  27. and drinks to go!
  28. relay once, relay twice
  29. read a magazine outside
  30. visit Kouchibouguac National Park
  31. bike to the market
  32. bike across the bridge
  33. bike a trail
  34. ride a ferry
  35. get bangs
  36. high five all seven of my nephews and nieces (but not all at once)
  37. have a Butterbeer
  38. swim in the Lido Pool (Chester)
  39. go to a drive-in
  40. dinner at The Canteen
  41. go antiquing
  42. eat from a food truck
  43. go for a beach walk
  44. eat corn on the cob
  45. run through a sprinkler
  46. wash the windows
  47. hear bagpipes
  48. have a campfire
  49. smores and (veggie) dog roasting
  50. run the trail to Laurencetown beach
  51. day trip to Lunenburg (eat at the Salt Shaker Deli)
  52. eat strawberry shortcake for supper
  53. explore a new country
  54. swim in the lake
  55. swim in the ocean
  56. swim in the river
  57. run a marathon
  58. run through the Brandenburg Gate (Berlin)
  59. lay in the grass
  60. travel by train
  61. travel by plane
  62. get a pedicure
  63. have a lunch date
  64. have a brunch date
  65. night swim
  66. bake for a friend
  67. buy flowers for a friend
  68. host a bbq
  69. eat peas from the pod
  70. watercolour
  71. run the 30km trail to the Tatamagouche market and celebrate with a beer at the Tatamagouche Brewery
  72. go strawberry picking
  73. make jam
  74. make rhubarb pie
  75. eat a lobster roll
  76. family-time in PEI
  77. run and jump off a dock without knowing the tempterature of the water
  78. only use the clothesline
  79. mail a card or letter every week (life list goal)
  80. buy a coco clock in Germany (life list goal)
  81. drink my morning coffee outside
  82. drink beer from a cooler
  83. oysters with a cocktail
  84. build a sand castle
  85. go for a walk in Shubie Park
  86. go for a walk in Point Pleasant Park
  87. go for a run and jump in the water right after
  88. go prom-watching in the Public Gardens
  89. after work meetup at the Stillwell Beer Garden
  90. outdoor pizza party
  91. learn and perform the full Footloose dance
  92. run the gulf shore loop in Pugwash
  93. plant some flowers
  94. yoga on the beach
  95. go sailing
  96. go to a yard sale
  97. run up the Needham hill stairs with David… 3 times in a row
  98. watch the sunrise at the beach
  99. watch the sunset at the beach
  100. play hooky

*2017 not completed
**2016/2017 not completed
***2015/2016/2017 not completed
****2014/2015/2016/2017 not completed.

Here are my lists from 20172016 / 2015 / 2014

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Happy to be in a new year!

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 article in 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!

My list of 17 lists for 2017

  1. Recipes to try
  2. Restaurants to try
  3. Things I want
  4. Things I wanted but didn’t buy
  5. Places to see / visit / explore in Nova Scotia
  6. Daily to-do list (always changing)
  7. Monthly to-do list
  8. Bucket list (review, update, revise)
  9. Short-term goals
  10. Long-term goals
  11. DIY /home improvement projects (review, update, revise)
  12. Post ideas
  13. Books to read
  14. Movie and shows to watch
  15. People to contact (birthdays, follow-ups, reconnects)
  16. Things to do for others
  17. Things that make me happy

Poster by Carson Ellis

psst. Does anyone else add completed item to a to-do list, just so you can check-off a few things right away?
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I just blinked and Summer is over. F#@k.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. watch an outdoor movie**  (No, I’m sad)
  3. 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!)
  4. see Shakespeare by the Sea**  (No, I just could not get in the mood for the drama)
  5. fly a kite**  (No, I’d be easier if we had a kite to fly)
  6. play sandbar soccer*  (Yes, in Pugwash, on the Gulf Shore)
  7. drive in a convertible*  (Yes, Larry took me for a cruise around the coast of Pugwash)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. ride a slip & slide*  (No, and my formally fractured middle finger is not disappointed)
  11. 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?
  12. swim in a lake  (Yes, more than once)
  13. swim in the ocean  (Yes, more than once)
  14. swim in the Wallace River  (Yes, once)
  15. make homemade ice cream  (No, but I had homemade ice cream and it was amazing)
  16. hike Cape Chignecto  (We had a weekend booked but the damn fire ban cancelled our reservation)
  17. visit Victoria Park and climb Jacob’s Ladder  (Yes, and so glad we did! Beautiful park)
  18. 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)
  19. sunset at the beach  (Yes, on a walk)
  20. find a waterfall  (Yes, I actually found a few but the first was in Cape Breton)
  21. go to a country fair  (No, the timing did not work out)
  22. 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)
  23. learn photography… for reals  (Yes<ish>, I am learning and trying – but not fully learnt)
  24. make sweet tea  (Yes, not bad for being too lazy to Google a recipe)
  25. have a lunch date  (Yes, a few and need to do so more often!)
  26. have a brunch date  (Yes, a few and need to do so more often!)
  27. have a post-work beer date at the Stillwell beer garden  (Yes, post-work / pre-prom-watching date)
  28. go to a wedding  (Yes, in beautiful BC)
  29. bike a trail  (Yes, the COLT/BLT trail with David and Mike)
  30. hike a trail  (Yes, a quite a few!)
  31. run a trail  (Yes, a few – and I even dragged Mike along on his first trail run in BC)
  32. attend a festival  (Yes, a few – the first being the Greek Festival)
  33. send a postcard  (Yes, to David when we were in BC)
  34. send a parcel  (Yes, to my niece and nephew)
  35. ride a train  (Yes, a monorail in Seattle)
  36. ride a ferry  (Yes, in Halifax and all around the west coast)
  37. ride a bike (with David) to bike and bean  (Yes, from the Bike and Bean but same thing)
  38. run to bike and bean  (Yes, great route)
  39. do a pull-up (just one)  (Yes, barely… from the monkey bars)
  40. go strawberry picking  (Yes, with David, Noah and Kristin)
  41. make strawberry jam  (Yes, so yummy)
  42. train for a marathon  (Yes, 13 weeks done, 5 to go)
  43. sleep in a tent  (Yes, in my parent’s yard)
  44. make campfire Kraft Dinner (must remember to bring a pot)  (Yes, it’s the best way to eat KD)
  45. go for a run and jump in the water right after  (Yes, and it feels so good when the humidity is high)
  46. have a party (or two)  (Yes, little gatherings for ice cream and dinner)
  47. attend a party  (Yes, a few gatherings and a wedding)
  48. watch the movie The Man In The Moon  (Yes, and I forgot that it’s really sad)
  49. watch the movie My Girl  (Yes, and it is still really sad!)
  50. watch all of the Star Wars movies with David (in order of release dates)  (Yes<ish>, well at least the first 3 – they’re the ones that count)
  51. make a batch of beets  (Yes, and they’re great for salads)
  52. have ice cream for supper  (Yes, and then pizza for dessert)
  53. buy a fern  (Yes, small but mighty)
  54. get a pedicure  (Yes, at the mall, alone, right before we left on vacation)
  55. eat on an outdoor patio  (Yes, a few good times)
  56. drink on an outdoor patio  (Yes, a few great times)
  57. play croquette  (Yes, and I won)
  58. play washer toss  (Yes, and I lost)
  59. night swim  (Yes, in a heated outdoor pool in Victoria, BC on the night of the full moon)
  60. have a bbq at least once a week  (Yes, the easiest way to please the family)
  61. go two 5 different farmer’s markets  (Yes, Pugwash / NorthEnd / Seaport / Liscomb / Pike Place)
  62. drink my morning coffee outside  (Yes, often)
  63. have a water balloon fight  (No, however I did watch one from a patio while sipping wine)
  64. accidentally get a sunburn  (Yes, but very mild)
  65. picnic at the ocean  (Yes, sand free)
  66. picnic at Public Gardens  (Yes, after all the pre-prom watching, we got hungry)
  67. make iced coffee  (Yes, post-run iced coffee is the best)
  68. make lemonade  (Yes, so much better than frozen)
  69. watch Lemonade  (Yes, happy I didn’t pay for that)
  70. run in 5 races  (Yes, Bluenose Half Marathon / Cabot Trail Relay / Natal Day 6-mile / Not Since Moses 10 Km / Rum Runners Relay)
  71. plant herbs  (Yes, then they got scorched)
  72. run the golf shore loop (again)  (Yes, the full loop has now been run in two segments this summer)
  73. go to the 2016 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championship in Dartmouth  (Yes, played hooky (see 88) and David, Libby, Sarah and I biked over)
  74. cheer for a friend  (Yes, easy when you run two summer relays)
  75. have fresh flowers in the house always  (No – I’m somewhat disappointed in Halifax’s flower availability, I tried but I got annoyed with the high prices)
  76. make rhubarb pie  (Yes, yes!)
  77. stand up paddle board  (Yes, I stood for 3.5 seconds)
  78. kayak down the river  (Yes, it was lovely)
  79. tube down the river  (No, I kept thinking there’d be time)
  80. hang out on the Halifax waterfront  (Yes, a few times)
  81. go to the Tattoo  (Yes, David was my date)
  82. build a sand castle  (Yes, at Cleveland Beach)
  83. buy a summer dress  (No, I looked but did not see anything I wanted)
  84. hear bag pipes  (Yes, something you do not need to go looking for when in Nova Scotia)
  85. watch a parade  (Yes, Canada Day / Pride Parade / Natal Day)
  86. dance  (Yes, at a wedding)
  87. watch fireworks  (Yes, from my window because I was too lazy to go down to the waterfront)
  88. play hooky  (Yes, see 73)
  89. read a magazine outside  (Yes, with cider)
  90. buy a pineapple  (Yes, but then I forgot to eat it)
  91. get crafty  (Yes, poster making for the Rum Runners Relay)
  92. eat from a food truck  (Yes, a few times and we found a great one in Seattle)
  93. only use the clothesline  (Yes, although somedays, the indoor rack was used … but never the dryer)
  94. go to the Shore Club (I’ve never been!)  (Yes, we took Mike’s mom for her birthday, it was so fun)
  95. visit a cottage (Yes, a few)
  96. drink beer from a cooler  (Yes, a few)
  97. get muddy  (Yes, always a muddy time at Not Since Moses)
  98. get sandy  (Yes, as you do when visiting a beach)
  99. go to a yard sale  (Yes, but I am proud to say I didn’t buy anything)
  100. mow the lawn  (No, because sometimes the easiest ones don’t get done)

So there you have it. 100 items – 15 = 85 DONE! Better than I thought.

Thanks for joining in – I may not have a lot of readers but I sure do have a lot of awesome people in my life that make doing fun things more fun.summer

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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And Jill sent me two podcasts to listen to. One which made me feel hella-guilty for all of my online shopping… but i’ve never bought paper towel online.

Radio Lab: Brown Box

And one that broke my heart – see my post about neighbourhood stalking here.

Radio Lab: The Living Room

Have a great weekend! Here are some more summer fun photos from last weekend’s adventure to Taylor Head Provincial Park.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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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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