Is it just me or does anyone else feel like we just skipped right over Spring and into full blown Summer??
It has been h-o-t ....HOT around here lately. And let me tell you, this New England girl does not thrive in the heat....she wilts.
But I will say that even despite said wiltage, I do love me some summer. I mean sure, it's no Fall. But really, we can't hold that against it. It's like saying Quinn Fabray is no Rachel Berry. Really, there's no comparison.
And yet, there are some things about summer that I really look forward to each year.
I love barbecues and badminton. Madras and seersucker. The return of the sailboats to the cove. I love sultry nights on the front porch watching the sun sink low, and the occasional good book on the beach (occasional because I'm Irish....so I burn AND wilt). And I love love love taking lil' Cooper Bess Marantz (what? we hyphenated!) swimming. Watching his little golden head bob up and down in the water as he chases stick after stick and never gets tired of it.
Ahhhh. It's nice to think about these things.
Because as all you photographers out there will understand, summer also has an entirely different meaning for our particular breed.
It can be a time of busyness and go, go, go scheduling. It's a packed calendar and a packed lunch, as wedding season really revs up. And a time of wearing all the dark clothes you can find, so you can sweat it out at the weddings and no one will see. (Ok please tell me that's not just me! Don't leave a girl hanging!)
And before you know it, in the midst of all that busyness you can blink and another season of your life will have gone by without really soaking it in.
I got an email from a friend the other day that basically called me to the carpet. :) In short it said, look, we've been talking about this camping trip with s'mores for about three summers now.....are we actually going to make it happen this year or what?? :) I love that. I love the reminder that all of these things that we intend on doing, never actually happen unless we make them happen.
So this year before things got too crazy, I wanted to make a list of all the summer things we always say we're going to do. But this year, we actually ARE going to do! Here are just a few:
Go "down the shore" to where Justin always vacationed as a kid in Stone Harbor & have my very first taste of Springer's ice cream.
Go out on the boat Quinnipiac with some good friends & good wine
Spend some more time on the beach, complete with more sunscreen and a big floppy hat :)
Play badminton. A lot.
Take that camping trip, or at the very least have a s'mores night in our backyard
Lunch at the Ocean House
Dinner at "The Place"
Go to a wine festival
Go to an outdoor country music concert
See some really good summer blockbuster movies. With popcorn.
Lay in the hammock.
Drink lemonade & eat lots of watermelon.
Remember that there is nothing I can be working for in the future, that will justify missing right now.
So tell me! What are some of your summer "must-do" plans? What would be on your list? And while you're at it, why dontcha weigh in with your votes on this Friday's This or That!!
Happy Friday, y'all!
Who would you rather see in concert: Taylor Swift or Adele?
Better way of cooling off on a hot summer day: Watermelon or Lemonade?
This has nothing whatsoever to do with summer, but let's just choose sides once and for all: Team Peeta or Team Gale??
And finally, which summer blockbuster do you think we should go see tonight: MIB 3 or Snow White & The Hunstman? The popcorn is a given.