Summer Shenanigans

I mentioned last week that I was having a hard time adjusting to my new found summer freedom with no school. I think adjusting may be the wrong word choice here, I’m actually doing great without all that homework and required reading. The problem is I may be doing a little to great. I need some structure in my daily routine or else this summer is going to be over and I won’t have anything to show for it besides a high score in Pet Rescue Saga. Seriously, that’s what those long grey winters are for.

I have three main things that I want to focus on this summer and since I told ya’ll I would share them with you, here’s the first list.

This is also the best list, because it’s the fun list.

Super Summer Shenanigans:

1. Make boozy popsicles (this could be the best idea or worst idea ever)

2. Jam it up! Get out the mason jars and berries and make some jam! And maybe pickles.

3. Keep my Fuchsia plant alive (I thought it was dead, but then it came back. I renamed it Fuchsia zombiacea (few-she-ah zombie-acea) pictured above). 

4. Read 5 books that I choose! (1/5 completed! Great Gatsby was great.)

5. Go to a baseball game (summer=baseball)

6. Pick some berries (See #2)

7. Go camping (summer=baseball+camping)

8. Hike a new trail (summer adventure!)

9. Float the river (adult style, in the inflatable kayak. No more tubes for me)

10. Make “Bailey’s” ice cubes (this could be the best idea or the worst idea ever)

11. Swim in my new bikini (Sarah, if you’re reading this, that means you girl!)

12. Go on a picnic (romantic or not, whatevs)

13. Go to a concert outdoor concert (Already had my indoor concert experience. Time for some outdoor, blanket, sunset watching music)

14. Take an absurd amount of pictures (see link in #13)

15. Have the best summer ever (no pressure)

Have a great weekend! I’m going to get started on this list, maybe some boozy popsicles are in store for this weekend…


Summer Lovin’

You guys, I am BORED! B-O-R-E-D! Like becoming a Candy Crush expert, three seasons deep into Gilmore Girls BORED. Read an entire book in one day bored. I’ve only been out of school for a month, which is pretty much the longest break from school I’ve had in almost two years and I really have no idea what to do with myself.

Even though we’ve been super busy this last month with all sorts of summer things like weddings, barbecues and concerts it doesn’t seem like I’ve been busy. I guess when you get used to having 3+ hours of homework every night when that’s gone you suddenly have what seems like a lot of free time on your hands.


We went to a wedding on the coast a few weeks ago and caught this rare sunny day. Beautiful beach day: check!

At first it was great but now I’m geting antsy.

You know what antsy means…time to write a list. Yay lists!

Here it is:

1. Plan the wedding (Only 356 days)

2. Organize and purge the house (In case we move, which we probably will)

3. Have an amazing summer (Oh right…that.)

Yeah, no big deal. Just a few things to do. Since next year will be such a huge year with so many major real life events like graduating college, getting married and moving I really need to use this time wisely. This is kind of like the calm before the storm so I really want to use this time to prepare for Hurricane Real Life (name pending, leave suggestions in the box).

I won’t bore you with one long list of all my goals at one time. Instead I’ll break them up and share them, then keep you updated on the progress. Maybe I’ll get some new tips and tricks to share!

Until then please send more lives in Candy Crush.

Please and thank you.

Summer Reading List

One thing that I miss during the school year is reading. Well, I read all the time during the school year, but it is very rare that I actually get to read for pleasure. So this summer, I’m planning on reading until my Kindle dies and my eyes get blurry. Then I’ll just plug the Kindle in and put my glasses on and pick up where I left off. Besides, is there anything more relaxing than a good book and a cocktail? 

Here are five books that I hope to finish this summer:

 1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 Obviously, this is a classic and unlike 90% of high school kids in this country, I did not read this during junior year English.  I don’t even remember what we read, but I know we didn’t read this. The movie was amazing, and I started reading this the night I saw it. Unfortunately it was during the middle of the term and I haven’t made it past the first chapter yet.

2. World War Z by Max Brooks

I’ve wanted to read this since I heard Max Brooks on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. We saw the movie this week and we both thought it was great. Now after hearing the movie is nothing like the book I can’t wait to read this. Zombies and politics, there are jokes there.

 3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

 I love Mindy Kaling, I think she is one of the funniest female comedians out there right now. I also think that I am the last one of my friends to read this. I think I’ll read this after World War Z, I may need some laughs.

4. Wild  by Cheryl Strayed

I don’t think that a summer reading list would be complete without a book about a wildlife adventure. This is the story of a young woman who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, which by the way, runs through my state. I would love to hike the PCT, maybe one day I will.

 5. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

 Can I be honest? I couldn’t for the life of me think of a 5th book to put on this list. I immediately thought to ask my best friend Lenore but I knew that if I asked her she would most likely recommend this book. Only because it’s the one she always recommends and I have yet to read. Sorry, Nore, I’m on it!

There it is, my summer reading list. I better get my Kindle charger out.