(Some might say that we’re already half-way through summer, so a bucket list is a bit tardy, but I’d like to remind these individuals that those of use who do not operate on an academic calendar, typically rely on an astronomical calendar, which tells me that we still have more that TWO WHOLE MONTHS of summer left!)
- Hit the beach (or a pool) once a week. Having grown up with a pool, I find that I really miss this – especially on the hottest days. And though we don’t have a cabin, there are plenty of lakes around here in this City of Lakes that have beaches. I’m calling this my Tour-de-Beaches summer.
- Read. What better thing to do than sitting in my chair at an above-mentioned beach? Currently maxing out my hold requests at the public library …
- Organize photos and documents. We have an old laptop that needs to be disposed of, but we need to collect all of our documents off of it and put it on the newer laptop. This has been a chore that’s been hanging around on my to-do list for about a year …
- Paint the office/guest/baby room. Kyle likes the current color. I do too, but I want a different one. Perhaps by adding this item on my bucket list, I’ll win this power struggle.
- Camp. We didn’t at all last summer, and had a trip planned a couple of weeks ago that was a bust on account of crazy weather. I’m holding out that there may still be another opportunity for this in our busy schedule.
- Take in outdoor concerts and movies. The Twin Cities has a spectacular schedule of Movies and Music in the Park; bringing a picnic and meeting up with some friends for a free concert is one of my favorite things!
- Purge all of the things. This will probably be on every list I ever make, due to the stress-relieving power of purging. But, I’m especially motivated these days, given the impending arrival of a new roommate child, and all the paraphernalia he or she brings.
- Clean the garage. Kyle and I decided a couple of years ago that the garage was his domain and I didn’t get a say in whatever was happening in there. This might sound harsh, but it was actually a pretty pivotal decision for us – I like things more clean and orderly than he needs them to be. So, he enjoyed not having to worry about what I thought about the state of the garage, and I enjoyed removing the garage from “areas I need to worry about cleaning” (seriously – this was SO freeing). But! It’s gotten to a point of desperately needing attention and Kyle agrees, so it’s time for a clean-out.
- Grow grass. If I ever write a picture book, it will be about my grass-growing saga, because there are SO MANY good character lessons involved in this process (“If at first you don’t succeed, try try again!” and “A lot of life you can’t control, like: birds, Mother Nature, puppies, and wandering neighbor children.”). Anyway, the drama has been high, but I’ve had some recent success, so I’m motivated to continue on my process in some other (bare) areas of our yard.
- Make jam. I typically can something every year depending on how I’m feeling and what produce I can get a good deal on and what the gardens produce. Our well-stocked jam from my mother-in-law is quickly dwindling though, so this will hopefully be the summer of some home-canned jam.
- Unplug. I made the decision last week (by announcing in front of a group of friends who I think will hold me to it) that I’m going to say adieu to Facebook. This will help me unplug on a regular basis, but I’m also looking to take an extended period of time away from technology this summer. I think our 10 or so days away in a few weeks will be just the time.
- Make kombucha. My friend and neighbor gave me a SCOBY and it’s been scaring me every time I open the refrigerator. Time to put it to use!
And – we’ll call that good. There are SO many thing I love about summer, so it’s hard to name just a few (twelve) things, but I’m trying to be realistic.
Here’s to summer, which lasts until September 22nd!