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What Does Summer Mean To You?

What does summer mean to you?

Summer always sneaks up on me. This year especially because the weather has been so cool and nice and then BAM, feels like an oven and everything is brown again.  Yep, sure enough the calendar says June. How did this happen?

This time, I am going to sit down with my planner and pencil in summery things because before I know it, summer will be over and the kids will be reminding us that we didn’t do much in the way of fun. The other day I saw some bloggers talking about summer and their summers differed so much that I thought I’d ask the question:

What does summer mean to you?

In my head, this is what it means to me:

  • Several trips to the beach
  • Evening BBQs with fresh seafood, steak and lots of watermelon!
  • Summery drinks (Pimm’s Cup, Arnold Palmers, Mint Juleps)
  • After dinner runs to the ice cream shop
  • Lots and lots of reading
  • Summer movie blockbusters on the big screen
  • Sitting outside in the shade just to take in the view
  • Shortish road trips to undiscovered beach towns
  • Eating a tuna salad sandwich while watching the waves roll in
  • The smell of sunscreen mixed with an ocean breeze
  • The Otter Pup, happy for all the extra sunny spots to check out
  • Visiting air-conditioned museums when it’s blazing hot outside
  • Concerts at the park

Summer, in general, means a more carefree attitude. It should with school being out and all but since I work for a year-round university, we don’t have much of a break so I have to try harder to get those “feels” in there.

When I picked up my daughter from her last day of school yesterday, she literally did a dance down the sidewalk and I SO remember how the last day of school felt. Such promise of things to come. This year, I plan to make more of the above happen.

Now it’s your turn. What does summer mean to you? What are your must-have summer foods or drinks and tell me what you love to do during these hot summer months.


Books Reviewed in 2015

This is a list of the books I read in 2015. My list is short this year. The death of my dad and the situation with my mother and sister really put a dent in my reading. It happens.

Each link takes you directly to my review of that book. Happy New Year! May 2016 be filled with great reading!

1. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
2. A Matter of Mercy by Lynne Hugo
3. It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
4. TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
5. West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan
6. Her by Harriet Lane
7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
8. The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
9. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
10. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
11. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
12. The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly
13. Blue Sun, Yellow Sky by Jamie Jo Hoang
14. Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø
15. The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer
16. Strays by Jennifer Caloyeras
17. Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
18. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
19. Misery by Stephen King
20. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
21. Luckiest Girl Alive (audio) by Jessica Knoll
22. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagahira
23. The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock
24. Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
25. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
26. Wind / Pinball by Haruki Murakami
27. Summerlong by Dean Bakapoulos
28. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
29. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
30. Nantucket by Nan Rossiter
31. The Captive Condition by Kevin P. Keating
32. Days of Awe by Lauren Fox
33. Villa America by Liza Klaussmann
34. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
35. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
36. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
37. Finders Keepers by Stephen King
38. Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
39. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
40. Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller