This Summer.

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I love the summer.  I love how easy it is to get out of the house because all you have to do is throw on flip flops.  I love that its light out till eight o’clock at night.  I love that you can sit out and drink wine on the balcony and not have to wear a sweater.  I love that everyone is traveling.  I love being in the sun.

The thing is as you get older time seems to get away from you.  So I started thinking about what I’d like to do this summer.  A few things came to mind.  Travel was first.  I have a few trips planned but there are places not to far from where I live that I’d like to explore.

I’ll be heading to Boston and Ireland for 2 weeks with my husband and my son in June.  We’ll see how much of a vacation it feels like when I’m 5 hours into a flight with my 1 year old.  I actually am looking forward to it though.  I haven’t been back to Boston in four and a half years.  It is my favorite city in America and the place where I met my husband.  Then we’re off to Ireland to see my husband’s family who will be meeting our son, Jack, for the first time.

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This was from my first trip to Ireland to meet my husbands parents and see the farm for the first time.

 

In July I finally booked a 2 day trip to San Francisco with one of my best friends, Stacy, who also had a baby this past year.  The two of us are going to explore the city, take a trip to wine country and be back home before our babies miss us too much.  It’ll be my first overnight without Jack but I think its time.  Mama needs a little vacay.

I’d like to do one more weekend trip with my husband, Darragh, and our son, Jack, maybe Big Sur or somewhere up the coast.  To end the summer we’re planning to visit friends in Charlotte, NC.  We’ve never been to North Carolina and I can’t wait to see it and explore what it has to offer that is so different from LA.

Reading, I need more reading in my life.  I love to read and usually have a book or two going, however sometimes I can spend 8 months on the same book.  After moving to LA from Chicago, along with leaving behind some really great friends, I also left behind my book club.  I miss knowing that we’d be meeting monthly and I’d need to finish the book.  I miss all the different books that I would never have picked out myself, most of the time pleasantly surprised.  One of my favorite books was Gone Girl recommended by Stacy, but I never would have bought that on my own.  I should still be able to read a book a month but there’s something about the accountability that having a book club does to keep you reading everyday.  So right now I’m reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I’d like to finish this one and two more this summer.

Photography is something I’ve always wished I was better at.  Before phones had cameras I was always taking pictures of my friends when we were out.  I had a point and shoot camera, even though it had a bunch of settings it didn’t really take the kind of photos I imagined I would take.  So my plan is to rent a few different cameras (I don’t even know if you can do this), try them out, understand how they work – which probably means I’ll have to read the instructions, something I hate to do, but I’ll do it if it means I will finally understand how to take the kind of pictures I imagine.

Clean out the closet.  Not a major item but something I’ve been meaning to do for months and summer feels like a good time to start fresh.  it’s time to get rid of all of the clothes I think I’m going to wear someday and make room for some really quality pieces that are timeless.  It just feels like a clothes graveyard in there.  I probably wear the same 5 things and yet I have 4 racks of clothes.  Time to make some cuts.

Friends.  I’ve always been kind of a home body no matter where I live.  Even when I spent the summer living in Italy.  I may have traveled over 5000 miles to get there but once I was there and had an apartment I pretty much became a creature of habit once again and just stayed within the tiny town and got into a routine.  Don’t get me wrong I really like routine but if I’m not aware of it I can miss doing fun things because I just think its more enjoyable to be on my couch.  So I’m going to start inviting friends to go to dinner.  People I enjoy talking to at work but don’t get a lot of time to spend together or friends that I usually see in group settings.  It’s so nice when you actually get the one on one time to just talk and try a new restaurant.  Which is another thing about being a creature of habit.  There are probably about 10 restaurants within a few miles of my house that I always say I want to try but in the end I keep going to the same places I always go to.  So this is kind of a twofer – find time to spend with friends and try some new places.

I hope you are all looking forward to a great summer and have lots of fun plans.  I’d love to hear about what you are doing, and where you are traveling.


5 thoughts on “This Summer.

  1. I would love to be your accountability partner when it comes to reading. We had so much fun book club. I mean wine club. I rarely made it to work the next day without being hungover 😉 Let’s make a pact that we reserve one of our post baby sleeping phone calls a month to discuss a book that we’ve both read. Let’s pick a book and kick off our first discussion in SF! I can’t wait for our trip!!!

    Also, I read this tip once about cleaning out your closet. Admittedly, I haven’t done it, but think of it all the time. At the start of the year you turn all of your hangers around. When you wear the item, you turn the hanger back to the usual position on the rack. If at the end of the year, the hanger is still backwards, you donate the item.

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  2. So great! If you liked Gone Girl, I think you would like “Girl On The Train”! I want to read the book you’re reading. Also, for organizing, I’m reading “The Magic Of Tidying Up” and it is gearing up for a MAJOR clean-out!

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  3. I can’t tell you how much I love this! I am sharing your brain waves here! Travel, friend, reading. All items on my to do. I find myself wanting to spend all my time with Noa, which don’t get me wrong is an amazing way to spend my days (well the ones away from work) but I have to remember that I had a life before she came in to our world and it doesn’t disappear just because she has arrived. I get so stuck on keeping her and myself on schedule that I forget to be spontaneous, at least slightly spontaneous, every now and then.

    Reading. Yes, reading. It has been so long since I picked up a book. I started reading To Kill a Mockingbird, something I didn’t read like I was supposed to in high school, so I set a goal to read all the books I didn’t read when I was younger. So far, I have Great Gatsby (meh) and Wuthering Heights (love) Lord Of the Flies (enjoyed). Still need Grapes of Wrath, The Catcher in the Rye, Animal Farm, The Scarlet Letter and Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I’ve been reading To Kill a Mockingbird for a year and still haven’t finished it! I also have the Overdrive App, which allows you to download/check out audio or e-books from your local library, so I’ve been doing this for quite some time. It has almost made me lazy. I Listen to books on my long commute, which is great, but that also means I don’t actually sit down with a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning (while Noa is napping) and just read. I would love to get back to this. But the weekend to-do lists keep me from enjoying that time. I totally recommend the Overdrive App, though!

    Hobbies. I could go on and on here. So I won’t even get started, other than saying, I have to quit making excuses to do some of the things I love!

    ….. Gunna give the hanger idea a try!

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