Today, on this fine bonus Sunday, let’s meditate on the shape of our summer. What sort of adventures do you want to add to the middle of your year? Follow up question: can there be chili cheese dogs involved because that would be GREAT.
I’ve written a Summer Bucket List for the past two years (2015 and 2016), inspired in part by my best friend Tracy. It’s a fun way to pause, re-evaluate the year, and inject some adventure into the warm days to come. Here’s this year’s list. I hope you’ll fashion yours and get out into the world all wide-eyed and thrilled (wearing sunscreen, of course). These are good days, indeed!
BUCKET LIST buck•et list (noun): a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have accomplished during their lifetime. Also, a 2007 comedic film featuring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.
SUMMER BUCKET LIST sum•mer buck•et list (noun): a list of things that a person would like to accomplish and experience during the summer months. If done correctly, should involve sand in your shoes, cold wine, and sidewalk chalk.
1 • Buy a piano and start piano lessons. I have my eye on a piano and I have some old jazz in my fingers from taking lessons as a child. I think it’s time to bang around and fill my house with music. It’ll be bad for a while and that’s ok.
2 • Play with calligraphy using some online courses and the pens and books from my maj Tracy! Game up that handwriting game!
3 • Garden – in the early mornings before the sun beats and the mosquitos wake. Also… talk to the fig tree about becoming more of a tree and less of a bush, I dunno.
4 • Finish Book 4 proposal. Ooooh good grief those words. We’ve been down this road but always it looks and feels different and unpaved. Still though. Look around and write it down.
5 • Go on a bike adventure. Can it be in Maine or Vermont? Can dreams come true?
6 • Read: In Other Words by one of my very favorite authors Jhumpa Lahiri. It’s a books written side-by-side in English and Italian as the author learns to express herself in a different language.
7 • Love, openly and relentlessly. Because life is short and life is long.
8 • Stay sexy; don’t get murdered. That goes without saying everyday, right? Are you a murderino, too? Mostly this means going for steamy New Orleans runs while listening to My Favorite Murder (in the daytime).
9 • Shelter volunteer, walk some dogs! I’ve been talking to Tron (that’s my cat) about us getting a dog. He’s curious but very skeptical. I’m going to walk some pups to help out and feel out my true doggie intentions.
10 • Put together Fall Bakehouse Schedule! We’re making more pies and cakes this Fall, y’all!! I’ll have a schedule for you soon so you can plan a New Orleans getaway if you’d like to come down!
11 • Plan a solo travel adventure. I’m looking at you, Detroit.
What’s on your Summer Bucket List? I would love to know what you’re hoping for this year.
I think you’re wonderful. Enjoy this fine day and the happy summer days ahead.