1. Make real lemonade.
2. Go swimming.
3. Watch an outdoor movie.
4. Have a picnic.
5. Play tennis.
Just a few fun things I hope to do this summer… inspired by this confetti life.
We got back from our three-part vacation (San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago) this afternoon, and I have never been more ready to return home from a vacation than I was today. I had a great time visiting with friends and exploring a new city (Seattle), but by Friday, I was just exhausted and my stomach was revolting against eating any more restaurant food… and there were still two more days to go.
I wish I’d had a more relaxing vacation, instead of coming back more worn down and in need of some time off than before we left. Starting this week, I have several hectic weeks ahead at work and we’re starting training for our next half marathon. Instead of coming back refreshed and ready to get back to work, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.
I’ll recap the highlights of our trip once Adam gets the photos off of his camera, but for now, I am happy to just be lounging on my couch after eating a homecooked meal. Next time, we’re going on a beach vacation so I can lie around and do nothing for week and not feel guilty about it.
Joining a book club is the best thing I could have done for my reading life. Coupled with the fact that I just rediscovered the library (FREE BOOKS!), I have read more books in the past year than I did in all the prior years since college (assigned books not withstanding). Here’s what I’ve been reading these last few months:
The Maltese Falcon
Love in the Time of Cholera (book club)
Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (book club)
Let the Great World Spin (book club)
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (in progress)
After I started my new job last fall, it was really difficult for me to adjust to my commute. Just to give you an idea what it’s like, I travel 11 miles in anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour (sometimes worse, if traffic is really bad). My commute requires me to go through ongoing, unavoidable construction… and will do so for another two years. I’d arrive at work already stressed out and would be absolutely miserable upon arriving home. Adam suggested I listen to audiobooks during my commute and that suggestion was an absolute lifesaver. I used his iPod for a few months and then finally caved and requested my very own Apple product — an iPod nano — for Christmas for the sole purpose of listening to audiobooks.
So far, I’ve listened to:
The entire Harry Potter series. If you are an HP fan, I cannot recommend listening to the audiobooks, especially the British version, enough… I caught so many things I missed while hurriedly reading through the series myself. I listened to the entire series, straight through, which took me about 7 months (including a break for the wedding, honeymoon and holidays).
I’ve also listened to several episodes of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! and David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall.
I started Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, and while I think I will like the book if I were to actually read it, I could not stand the voice of the person who was reading it, and so I stopped listening before it ruined the book for me for good.
Have you read (or listened) to anything you’d recommend lately?
One of my resolutions this year was to check off five of my 101 in 1001 goals each month. I’ve decided the best way to tackle this is to set a few goals for each month in advance. Here’s how May shaped up:
Yoga 3X/week: While I only practiced twice one of the weeks, I averaged 3X/week overall, so I am going to count it. :-)
Send a care package: Check!
Complete a 500+ piece puzzle: Nope… still just sitting in the box.
Try a Bikram yoga class: Nope. This is going to have to wait for when I’m actually in town on a weekend. I don’t think I can make it in time to go after work.
Send a letter to a friend: Check!
Three for five… not too terrible. But, I also checked off another goal when we went to the Sports Legends museum in Baltimore.
I’m going on vacation during June, so it’ll probably be harder to actually check off five goals, but I’ll try:
Send three letters to friends (each letter is a separate task): Postcards totally count! I should be able to cross this one (writing ten letter total) off for good this month.
Go out to a fancy dinner with Adam for no reason at all: We’re not celebrating anything in particular on this trip, but are planning to go to at least one fancy dinner anyway!
Go to a museum: We should be able to make it to at least one museum on our trip. Anyone have a favorite museum in Seattle?