Summertime Fun List – Update 1

Summertime Fun List – Update 1

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A month ago (WHAT?!?  A MONTH AGO ALREADY?!?) I compiled a list of things I wanted to do this summer.  I have been on the road and/or sick nearly the whole month (I’m not exaggerating), but I HAVE accomplished a few things!

Here’s my list and how I’ve done so far:  (Yes, some of these are more work than fun, but summertime is a great time to do inside work when you live in the Deep South!)

  • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.
    • I’ve started cleaning it out little by little.  I’ve tackled several of the dark, hidden corners and have thrown out stuff that went out of date years ago.  (Please tell me I’m not the only one to have ancient stuff lurking back there!)
  • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage. 
    • Much to my husband’s dismay, I’ve not made it to this one yet.  SOON!  SOON!
  • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.
    • I’ve written a couple of notes to my son, but I still want to fully embrace this discipline.  Wow.  Discipline sounds harsh, but I believe this is something I really must do and WANT to do.
  • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.
    • I’ve eaten at amazing places in Pigeon Forge, Phoenix, and St. Louis this month, but not in Savannah!
  • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide.
    • AHA!  I *have* made headway on this one!  I read The Lost Book of the Grail and A Bridge Across the Ocean.  I started He Said She Said and then returned it to the library.  I may try to finish it up though after watching a friend having a hard time putting it down last weekend!
  • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)
    • YES!  I had a nice visit with a local friend last week, a fun girls’ night last night with three friends, and I’m headed to beach today with two other friends!  HOORAY!  This is a discipline I can get excited about!  (Isn’t it a shame how easy it is to NOT do this?!?)
  • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.
    • I’ve not done this one yet, but I’m looking forward to it!
  • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.
    • I’ve done a little better on this one, but there is still much room for improvement.  I WANT to talk to them!  I do text and message them!  Now that I’m not on the road every week, I’m looking forward to sitting down, chatting, and catching up with them more frequently.  I love them!

It feels good to have made some headway on my goals for this summer!  Now it’s time to check in with my bloggy friends and see how THEY are doing on THEIR lists!

14 thoughts on “Summertime Fun List – Update 1

  1. You made great progress considering how much you were gone and sick! Tackling the garage is hard in this heat! Maybe bring one box at a time inside to sort through? My guess is that if you haven’t gone looking for that stuff you probably don’t need it anyways! Should go fast! You can do it!

    1. Yes! Will bring one box at a time inside and deal ruthlessly with it! Some of the boxes, though, are things from my grandma’s house. Those will be dealt with more tenderly!

  2. Your post is so pretty. Love the warm bit of orange. I used to add color now and then to my text but it is kind of time consuming. Or I am not doing it right; entirely possible.

    My ancient, expired food isn’t even pushed back to a dark corner! Just right out there where everyone can see it. Made brownies last week that were from an 2016-expired mix. We are still here to tell about it. But it seemed like I just bought that mix!!!

    1. Thank you, Leslie! Adding color is super quick and easy! Maybe we can Skype or call one day, and I’ll walk you through it! I’m glad to know I’m not the only person with ancient food lurking in the pantry! LOL!

  3. Sorry to hear you’ve been sick, Michael Ann. Traveling although can be fun, is hard on our body at the same time. Take it easy until you feel 100%. You’ve made good headway on your summer goals.

  4. It sounds like you’re doing pretty well on your list, Michael Ann. And you are definitely not the only one with ancient food in the pantry. I seriously think food years are like dog years–seven for each of ours! Good luck with your goals for this next month. I hope you are feeling better.

    1. Dog years! LOL! I think you might be onto something there! And thanks; I’m all better now! Hooray! Looking forward to making good progress on my goals in the next few weeks!

  5. Re Pantry Food Aging: You know what I find the worst? Items I was ‘saving’ because they were special/expensive having to be thrown out because they were long past their prime. So annoying, and a good reminder to use the good stuff now, not at some future, possibly never to arrive moment.

    And boxes in garage. The absolute worst, so I feel your pain. And your hubby’s!

    Hope you are on the mend as being down for the count, or simply not feeling 100% can really drag you down. 🙁

    1. YES!!! It especially stinks to throw out expensive stuff you never used! Ugh. And yes! Use it now! Enjoy it!

      A rare-for-me round of antibiotics made everything better! I’m feeling great now!

      (Notice I’m still ignoring the box situation! 😜)

  6. I love the idea of writing a real letter every week. It is a lost art isn’t it? I’ve been reading a lot lately and can get lost for hours in a good book. I’ve just finished two by Jodie Picoult and also some by Lisa Genova. I would recommend these. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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