Summer Ramblings


This summer has been flying by so quickly!  I entered this summer with so many expectations and things I wanted to do, but I have to be honest and say that I have accomplished very little of those things.  I’m not really sure why, but I’ve really been a homebody this summer.  Besides work, I’ve gotten out of the house very little.  My summer bucket list has largely been ignored.  So what have I been doing this summer?

I did accomplish one very big to-do: my bedroom makeover.  I’m so happy with how it turned out.  The yellow dresser and curtains are among my favorite details!  I’ve also spent a lot of time with my immediate family, mostly just hanging out.  I’ve watched some tv, but not too much.  I’ve worked a lot.  I’m working at a farm store and cafe, which has been interesting.  It’s definitely kept me busy and has been rather exhausting, but as far as summer jobs go, it hasn’t been too bad.  I’ve read a few books.  I really loved The Things They Carried and Papertowns (which is currently out in theaters as well- I liked the book better).  I just finished The Sex Lives of Cannibals (I think the title is a bit misleading- it’s actually a really good book), which is a good memoir about living on a very remote and hot island in the Pacific.  I’ve picked blueberries several times, one of my favorite things to do during the summer.

I have one month left.  My work schedule is very full for the next four weeks.  I’m trying to figure out how to balance my full-time job and also have a fulfilling and great last month home.  This might be the last extended period of time that I’ll be home for awhile, so I want to be sure to make the most of it.  I’d love to go kayaking at least one more time, along with hike a bit.  I’d like to spend some time in the garden.  I’d like to clean and organize the house a bit (I know it’s weird, but I actually enjoy this).  If possible, it would be nice to go camping, even just overnight.  I also just want to relax, and spend time outside in the sun.  This is the first summer of my life that I have worked entirely inside, and I really have gotten very little sun exposure and spent very little time outside.  When I think about an ideal summer, I imagine a summer with a balance between resting (reading, writing, just sitting outside), adventuring (hiking, kayaking, exploring, traveling), and getting things done (working on the house, gardening).  I’m going to try to hit that perfect balance as much as possible this month.  Here’s to August and the last of summer!