Summertime Fun List – Update 2

Summertime Fun List – Update 2

Two months ago I created a list of things I wanted to do this summer.  One month ago I shared my first update, and now it’s time for me to evaluate how I did during the second month of this project!

  • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.
    • I’ve made a LOT of progress!  I originally planned to empty the whole thing then reload it, but I’ve ended up tackling one area at a time.  It looks a lot better!  I may still unload and reload, but it’ll be a lot easier now.  I think I’ll call this one done!
  • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage.
    • Ummmm, I cleared multiple boxes/piles out of the bonus room, so that counts, right?!?  Boxes in the garage are next!
  • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.
    • I sent notes and fun mail to a few people, but that was all at one time.  I bought some cute note cards, and they’re making we WANT to write to people, so I’ll give myself a gold star for making progress.
  • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.
    • No progress here.  I think part of the problem is that we’re still in the throes of tourist season over here, and downtown Savannah is just nuts.  Maybe I’ll tackle this goal again during autumn when it’s cooler AND less crowded!  Yes.  I think that’s a good idea.  (We, once again, tried some new restaurants in other cities, and I’ll be blogging about them really soon!  Watch for those!)
  • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide.
    • I read two books from the Twisty Novels category.  I listened to The Dry by Jane Harper, a complex mystery set in Australia.  The down side to listening to this one was that it jumps back and forth between the present to the past, and it took me a while to catch on to that.  (In the printed book the flashbacks are in italics, so they’re easier to catch.)  It was doable, but I had to pay attention.  The plus to listening to it:  an amazing narrator with a great Australian accent!
    • The other Twisty Novel I read was I See You by Clare Mackintosh.  OH.  MY.  WORD.  This book gave me the shivers in the very best of ways!  The author kept me guessing the whole time, and I truly had the shivers after I finished the story!  Days later I’m still shaking my head at how it ended!  (No spoilers!)  I was so impressed with this author that I immediately got my hands on I Let You Go.  I’m halfway through and it’s already made me gasp out loud several times!
    • I also read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, a book from the Beachy Reads category.  This was, as promised, a light, fun read.  There was a section toward the end that I could have done without, but overall it was a good YA read.
    • So, reading these three books plus the two I read last month means that I’ve completely met this goal!  Hooray!  I still plan to read several more books from this list, and I’ll let you know how they are.
  • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)
    • YEP!  I did well on this again this month!  I’ve had two or three coffee dates, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know some new friends better.  I’m really liking this one A LOT!
  • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.
    • I still haven’t Skyped anyone, but I DID call a special friend!
  • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.
    • Still need to do better on this one.  We drove down to see both of our families this weekend, so that was a lot of fun!  My mom made a coconut cake for me!  (And we all know that anything a loved one makes for us has zero calories, so we are free to indulge!)

All in all I feel pretty good about what I’ve gotten accomplished.  I still want to work on my weak areas. Around mid-September I’ll post a final update and let you know if I ever got to those pesky boxes in the garage, and then on September 21 I’ll share my Autumn Fun List with you!

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13 thoughts on “Summertime Fun List – Update 2

  1. Congratulations Michael Ann on the things you’ve accomplished already this summer. I especially like the idea of intentional friendship building–both in real life and virtually. It’s so easy to let time slip away from us without spending time building our relationships. I’ve been working on that as well and love the results. Enjoy the final month of summer!


    1. I have SO enjoyed time with my friends! It’s taken effort and planning, and it’s been totally worth it! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed doing the same! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Great job! You have crossed almost all of your items off your list. I. Red to organize my new pantry as well, just waiting on another shipment of containers from IKEA to help with this process.

  3. You accomplished a lot on your summer bucket list! I should have organizing my kitchen and garage on my list… I love how the list keeps me focused on what I want to do even though I’m a bit behind in several areas…

  4. Well, you get a gold star! You have done very well on your list. I think the progress on your pantry and your boxes absolutely counts as ‘done’.

    Good for you to have read and enjoyed so many books. I am slowly savoring a couple myself. Got kind of side-tracked with some children’s books but I am back to reading my grown up stuff.

    Glad you have been able to have more time talking with your parents and in-laws. Wonder how I could get your mama to make me a coconut cake? Love them and coconut pie, too.

    1. Thank you for the gold star!!! My mom’s coconut cake was really good, but what you REALLY want is her caramel cake! I need to remind her that my birthday is coming up, and maybe she’ll make me one of those too! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!

  5. What a lovely summer you are having Michael Ann! I love the idea of writing letters and notes and yes beautiful cards or notepaper certainly makes you want to write. You have inspired me to declutter my cupboards! Have a great Autumn looking forward to your list.

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