I felt like last year's summer was a bit of a bust. I just didn't do enough summery activities to make it feel successful so I was kind of bummed out by the end of it.
So this year I set a goal to have a better summer. I made a list of the most essential fun:
1. A trip
2. The beach, both for the sunshine and a bonfire
5. Some sort of outdoor musical thingy
7. Homemade boysenberry ice cream
8. Dodger game
I can put a check next to all of those things.
My dad asked a question the other day: what is one of your favorite travel memories - just a moment on a trip that you can pinpoint as amazing. I'm applying that question to this summer. There are a lot.
1. When Gina and Lindsay walked into the hotel room in New York an hour after Katie, Camille and I got there and we all screamed and laughed and hugged,
2. Watching Neil Gaiman sign books and seeing how nice he was to every single person, which then made me think that I probably wouldn't pass out,
3. Seeing Sandy Koufax walk out onto the field at Dodger Stadium during the Old-Timers Game,
4. Peach & boysenberry cobbler on Labor Day,
5. Sitting in the light of our single lantern and laughing a lot while camping on the second night of the Amazing Race with the kids from church,
6. Coloring with Rac,
7. Swimming out into the ocean, well beyond the crowds and the point where my feet reached the floor, and just floating.
8. Singing Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of my lungs at the sing-along. And then meeting Mock Turtleneck Guy afterwards.
Oh, my friends, it's been a great summer.
Tell me yours.