For the first time in a number of years, I feel like the summer lasted the appropriate amount of time. Sometimes it crawls by, sometimes it flies by too quickly, but this summer found a steady, restful pace for me. While I worked almost daily Monday-Friday and enjoyed a very quiet academic library, I was ready for our academic year to begin on August 20. As I reflect on May-June-July, here are some encapsulations about Summer, inspired by Janssen from Everyday Reading and Emily P. Freeman.
- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
- Kind is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure
- more books in the Anne series by L.M. Montgomery
- Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
- Yonder Mountain String Band
- new Punch Brothers album All Ashore (we’re seeing them in concert this weekend!)
- Billy Joel
- Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Winter
- The heartwarming documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How the world needs more people with the sort of kindness Mr. Rogers demonstrated.
- We’re now all caught up with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Blacklist and have moved on to past seasons of Doctor Who, finishing series 2, 3, 4, and 5. I’ve began watching Chef’s Table and am loving it.
- Morning neighborhood walks
- Water rower
- Lunchtime yoga
- Letting my hair air-dry wavy (something I always wished I could have, now a dream come true, thanks to the ridiculous Oklahoma heat and humidity).
- A “uniform” of mix & match separates (dressy tops & skirts), lightweight dresses, and sandals/flats/shoes without panty hose.
- Ruth Reichl’s lemon pasta
- Pioneer Woman honey soy salmon
- Enjoying using fresh herbs from our back porch to season dishes (cilantro, basil, stevia, and chives). After a few steady rain showers, I discovered how this amount of extra water allowed my herbs and other flowers to thrive…a good analogy for personal hydration and life in general.
- Pawhuska, OK – The Pioneer Woman Mercantile and Boarding House. Both are definitely worth the visit/stay!
- Kansas City, MO – hurrah for a little vacation that included seeing my dear friend Megan!
- Branson, MO – our tried-and-true favorite place to visit.
- Not making the time to explore local museums.
- Good intentions but no execution of tackling several “unread shelf” books with summer themes.
What have you learned this summer? Please feel free to share in the comments below.