Summer is not my favorite season. I wish I liked it. Other people seem to really enjoy it. I have a friend who talks about the joy of sitting on her screened in porch and letting the heat envelope her. I have another friend who told me that the humidity has become pleasant to her, like being wrapped in a warm blanket.
These are not my feelings about the humid heat. It makes me feel claustrophobic. I hate running the air conditioner because how can running an engine make something colder? How does that even make sense? So I run it even though it makes me anxious and then I start sweating in my climate controlled house whenever I try to do a simple chore like fold laundry or sweep the floor. I feel gross and dirty by the end of every day and going outside to do anything is pure torture of sweat and miserableness. And the clothes? Guys, I look terrible in summer clothes.
So naturally we moved to Georgia.
I love seasonal things. Fall, Winter, Spring, love them. Summer? I try. I really do. After my run in 98% humidity this morning. I figured I’d try again, to try to remember the things I like about summer.
relaxed schedule. when my kids started getting up at 6:30am to catch the bus, summer became a lot more attractive. I love sleeping in and summer is the only time to do that. Unless you want to run in weather that’s bearable. Then you still have to wake up early.
refreshing beverages. I love me some frozen drinks. Day to day I try not to drink anything with sugar in it, so I stick to Bubly and other such zero calorie flavored waters. But as a special treat. I like me some homemade koolaid slush or orange julius. Injesting something frozen is one of the few things that will make me stop sweating.
outings with my kids. I like taking my kids to museums, zoos, parks and special events. Unfortunately this year that’s going to be hard to do because of coronavirus but I’m hoping that maybe by the end of the summer maybe we can get somewhere fun.
burger month. we eat burgers for dinner everyday in July. But a different kind every night. I try to keep a beef one down to once a week. My kids love chicken burgers and I love all the veggie ones: sweet potato, quinoa, black bean, etc. The burgers that come back year after year are: BBQ, salmon, thai, turk jerk and greek. All so yummy. I can’t wait.
road trip. I love going on road trips with my family. This year we’re driving from Atlanta to Wyoming. Should be exciting. I’ll keep you informed. Our stops along the way this year might be a bit limited because of coronavirus but we’ll do our best.
my garden. I love growing vegetables. Growing up we had this amazing backyard with a gigantic vegetable garden and berries and fruit trees and a big flower garden with a swing in it. I try to replicate my mom’s amazing skills but moving every few years has made it difficult. I learned last year that zucchini doesn’t like the south. Weird.
pool culture in the South. the one thing I do love about summer in the South is that everyone hangs out at the pool all the time. I thought I’d be self conscious in a bathing suit but since everyone wears one and everyone’s bodies are so different it hasn’t bothered me much. The kids have swim team every morning and then in the afternoon I can read a book by the pool while they swim. Swim team was canceled this year, but we’re hoping to get our pool membership still this year.
That’s all I’ve got friends. Lying under my ceiling fan right now is working for me okay, although I’m concerned it’s going to wiggle off the ceiling and fall on my face. I could make a longer list of things I hate, but I’m trying to be positive here! More reasons to love Summer would be highly appreciated!!!