The last time I had a free summer, I had so many plans! See below: Summer 2011
This is what I want my summer to be: beaches and bikes and bright moments.Then I broke my arm while biking downtown and I felt like a lot of this went down the drain. It was pretty defeating. I don't remember much about that summer beyond that.
Feel free to join me in any of the following:
1) volunteering at a beer festival.
2) going to the beach.
3) reading in parks.
4) browsing farmers' markets
5) dressing up
6) dressing down
8) taking dance classes
9) going to a play
Let's see. Summer 2012 was Sound of Music. Sitting with nuns in a hot cafeteria, watching the beautiful days roll by and feeling cheated of my outdoor time. I thought Summer 2013 would be better since rehearsals for Steel Magnolias would start later on, but somehow I found myself driving to rehearsal in June and wishing that I didn't have to spend my evenings in a cold church basement and my hikeable weekends in Vancouver.
Part of the problem is that I always have so many expectations when summer rolls around. I set myself up for disappointment in a lot of ways. In Summer 2013 I did some wonderful things! I had two weeks off and for one of them I went to my cousin's wedding in France!! But I was really unsatisfied in general. I had a lofty list in my mind and when I reviewed it in September, too many things were left unchecked. It was sad, really. I let my fantasy summer make my actual summer seem disappointing.
So. This summer. 2014. I do have plans. Lovely plans. But I am also aware that I have a tendency to get ahead of myself and become unsatisfied with what is actually happening. To combat that, I'm maintaining a list of lovely summer things as I do them. Look at these lovely things!
1. Biked to work (and home!)
2. Early morning breakfasts with Mom and/or Dad
3. Evening walks to Multnomah Village
4. Spontaneous happy hours with co-workers
5. Family time - walked the parade! and jumped in a pool!
6. Watched Orange is the New Black and didn't even feel guilty because I know I'm active enough.
7. Late night heart-to-hearts with close friends.
8. Watered my garden!
9. Read in the sun in my garden
10. Gone out to eat with Peter
All good things. And more to come!