1. The first day of summer rolls in
later this week today. What are ten things you’d put on your list of quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?
I actually did a Thursday 13 post about this not that long ago but I’ll try to list some here anyway: Go to the community pool, watch fireflies, shoot fireworks, blow bubbles, eat popsicles, go to the beach, enjoy the sunsets because of the later evenings, travel, slow down, go tubing on a river.
I’ve been trying to get all these accomplished!
2. Do you collect seashells when you’re at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What’s your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these ‘best beaches for hunting seashells’ have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?
Yes! I try to anyway. The gulf beach we go to doesn’t have a whole lot but we collect what we can. I had a display in one of my bathrooms with all manner of sea life collections but what we do now is each person in our family finds one thing they like and I put them in small jars with lids and date them.
I have been to Sanibel and it WAS great for that! I’d love to go to any beach that’s good for sea glass.
3. At a snail’s pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which ‘shell’ phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.
Go back into my shell. Yesterday I semi-detailed a situation I stupidly got myself into. I relayed something to my son about my friend’s son and I didn’t think how it might hurt the other kid. I guess I didn’t think my kid would go telling him I said it. Actually, truth be told, I don’t remember telling him in the first place. But either way, it was wrong what I did and my friend was quite upset with me. And then I was really upset because I never meant to hurt her or her kid and I was so mad at myself. Mostly, disappointed and embarrassed. She and I did work it out and agreed to move on but I am staying away today. She works on campus with me and I normally go out to chat but I think I need a day away. I’m still ashamed.
4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?
Oddly enough, even though I take pride in it, mowing the lawn. If it rains a lot like it has been, the grass grows like crazy and I get really tired of the constant upkeep. I also hate pushing the mower with the bag on – it’s heavy and I can only make a few passes before it is full. But if I don’t, the summer clippings end up on the lawn and then they kill it. It’s just painstaking work.
5. What’s something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?
Books. Physical tomes. I know there will be historical ones and they won’t every truly go away but I am pretty sure we’re going to be printing fewer and fewer. Does it bother me? Yes, but not entirely. I am a utilitarian person and if one small thin device can house my entire collection, it makes SO much more sense. On the other hand, I love the feel of a book in my hands: the smell, the weight of it, actually turning pages. I’m also a collector at heart so a bookshelf full is really satisfying. But technology is the future.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
If I don’t see the sun today I might scream. Chances are I won’t; there’s a tropical storm making its way northwest of us and we get the steady rain fallout. It’s been days already and my mood is plummeting. I wish I wasn’t so affected by the dreariness but I am. That’s just me.
Hopefully I can shake this garbage feeling and get back to my normal status quo.