Sunday, July 27, 2008

Oh What Do You Do in the Summertime

There are some things that I really love about the summertime, and I thought I would share those with you.
  • Not working 40+ hours each week
  • Hanging clean laundry on the line: I think this is an acquired taste like corn tortillas with melted cheese and pickle on it. I love the crunchiness of towels and jeans after they have been line-dried. And they smell so good.
  • Summer rain storms. The smell...the warm puddles to jump in. Good stuff.
  • Driving with the windows down: you can't do this when it's too hot though. It's more of an evening or morning activity.
  • Ultimate Frisbee. So much fun! If you're in town and want to join in a game, we play twice a week. Just let me know :)
  • Running outside. I haven't done enough of this so far. Also this has to be a morning or evening activity.
  • Sleeping in
  • Snowie shacks: I've always loved a good snowie. Add some cream on there and it is even better. Also a good way to make a fat-free snack not so fat-free. If you haven't tried it though, you need to. Tiger's blood with cream (or ice-cream). Yum!
  • Popsicles. One is definitely not enough. I love the giant otter pop types at Wal-Mart and I always eat at least two, maybe more at one time. Twin-pops are also good, classic. And I love a Big Stick, it's a yellow-orange swirled dream-come-true.
  • Summer school. It's great to finish a class in half the time. Stressful, yes, but worth it.
  • Swimming! Fortunately both my brothers live in condo neighborhoods that have swimming pools, so this activity is free to me. Here's a hint (for the girls reading this): being comfortable in a swimsuit has less to do with how you feel about your body, and more to do with finding a great swimsuit. It might cost more, but it's worth it to feel cute in a swimming suit.
  • BBQs. Grilled hot dogs are good.
  • Outdoor movies
  • Indoor movies. Not as fun as outdoor movies, but there are always great movies that come out during the summer.
I may have missed some of my favorite things, but still, a pretty good list. I hope that you've been enjoying your summer as much as I have been enjoying mine. Take time to appreciate the small things. Life is good!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Mr. Miyagi Knew What He Was Talking About

As predicted, this summer has kept me from blogging very often...or at all. But that's a good thing, I think. I'm glad to know that I have better things to do than sit at a computer. A few weeks ago I decided to wash my car. You know, the good old fashioned way. Drive it onto the lawn and get the hose and a bucket and get to work. It was...well, hot. But afterward my car did look nice.

I went up to Sam's house, he had also washed his car. He went to extra mile though. He decided to wax his car, by hand. If you've never had this experience, I don't recommend it. We thought it would be a good idea to wax my car as well. It took so long! It's hard work to wax a car. I really think that it could be good training for fighting. I am putting a lot more stock in the immortal words of Mr. Miyagi, "Wax on. Wax off." That circular motion gives you a shoulder work out like you've never had before. It SUCKED!! (For those of you that know me, you know that working my shoulders is by far my hate-iest type of exercise. Yes, hate-iest.) Needless to say, after that fun experience, Sam and I realized that waxing two cars at the same time is not the smartest thing ever. If you do want to wax your car, get a friend to help you, but don't do their's that same day.