Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Five x2: Summer Favorites

Here we are at Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer. I won't act like summer is my favorite season - it's not, because humidity and excessive heat suck the life out of me and make me lackadaisical and short tempered - but I do like a lot of things that go hand in hand with summer. I thought today would be appropriate to talk about some of my perennial summer favorites.

1. The Shore: It's not summer if you don't go down the shore. For us, anyway.
2. The food: soft ice cream with jimmies, peaches, plums, Jersey tomatoes and tomato sandwiches, watermelon, strawberries, hotdogs, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, macaroni salad, cucumber salad, garden veggies.

3. Sleeping with the windows open when the weather isn't oppressive. Humidity, you are Satan's cloak.

4. Late light. I have more energy and feel like I can fit more into each day when it's light later.

5. Flowers. I love looking at everyone's flower beds. Riots of color please me.
6. Dresses and flip flops. Talk about easy. Throw on and go.

7. Lightening bugs. Pure magic. Their butts light up. What's not to like?

8. Holiday weekends: three three day-ers this year: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Thanks for participating, July 4. It's been a while.

9. Floating in Mom's pool.
10. Relay For Life. June 21 this year!
I already have a lot of awesome on my calendar for this summer and I hope you do too.

What are some of your favorite things about summer?

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28 comments:

  1. Yes, the flowers, the dresses and being on the water are my favorite parts of summer. Long weekends are the best so I use a lot of vacation time this time of year to enjoy it.

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  2. we've been sleeping with the windows open as well and it's wonderful! except when the goddamn birds start chirping at 4am. i'm good if they start at 445am so clearly, they didn't get the memo. also - wearing flip flops today and I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS AT WORK.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  3. You nailed it...every one of them are a favorite of mine too. Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! We waited a LONG time for this weather...cheers! :-)

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  4. I pretty much love everything about summer. Except mosquitoes. They can fuck off.

    I cannot wait to get to the beach this year, even if it's super crowded. I live an hour from it now and I WILL see sand, the ocean, and pretend seagulls don't terrify me.

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  5. Sounds like some pretty goo reasons to love summer! Those are some beautiful flowers btw Have a great weekend Steph :)

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  6. pretty much every one is a favourite! i love late light and i love the heat, and i even love the humidity ;) never been to the shore, but it looks like fun! and yay relay for life - awesome!

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  7. Their butts light up. What's not to like? Hahaha

    I love all of these things AND the smell of honeysuckle. I was at the rich neighborhood public access the other day and kept smelling some blowing toward the beach from someone's well manicured lawn. Heaven!!

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  8. Yes, "soft ice cream with jimmies", no one calls sprinkles jimmies, in Florida! But in NY where I am from, they do. I was excited to see that word. haha...have a great long weekend!

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  9. I am with you on loathing the extreme heat and humidity but I am super excited about dresses, flip flops, ice cream, froyo, trips to the beach, the sun, having longer days, summer festivals and activities, less traffic due to school being out and bright colors.

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  10. "Humidity, you are Satan's cloak." Bahahahahaha! I'd be a happy camper if it stayed around 75 with zero humidity. That shit makes me feel like I can't breathe! Aaaaaaaand turns my makeup into: "Why so serious?" quality.

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  11. haha satan's cloak, if that ain't the truth! I love lightning bugs too, that was my favorite thing to do as a kid, try to catch them. Except my dog would try to eat them, so that was bad.

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  12. Long weekends are the BEST! Have a great one!!

    Best, Mree

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  13. I love that first picture. I always feel like summer is my favorite (in reality it's probably fall) simply because summer means freedom to me. I've always had (& as long as I stick with teaching) always will have summers off.

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  14. Butt-lit bugs! gotta love 'em. Gardens. open windows, even when it's hot. (but not when it's icky hot) I love when the 4th joins in the weekend fun. Flip flops - yes. Dresses - NO! Honeysuckle! Aphrodite hosta! Butterflies, bees (bumble AND honey), hummingbirds, hummingbird moths, iced coffee, pools, wine on the patio... on and on and on. The shore? Nope. I LOVE the shore, but prefer it off season when it's not so hot or so burny or so crowded.

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  15. Couldn't agree more with you on the weather, but I'm on board with the holiday weekends so I guess that's a fair(ish) tradeoff.

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  16. I'm on board with 1-9, and that's only because I've never done Relay for Life. But if I take that as it's walk/run season then yes, this is list is perfection!

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  17. The shore looks pretty awesome! Would love to visit there some day. The pool & beach are my favorite things about summer!

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  18. I'm a big fan of summer, but man it does get hot. and i am not swimsuit ready (yes I have been saying that for 4 years thank you). But ice cream calls my name!

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  19. Summertime and the livin' is easy! Everything is more relaxxxxxxxed. Always my favorite season. Only season I could do without is winter.. We are lucky where we live! Even tho it's a bit chilly to swim, I love looking at our pool. Hopefully Monday will be my first swim of the season. Carpe the whole 3 day weekend! Love your MOMMA

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  20. I love the Summer so much and posts like this make me so happy!!! I can't wait for longer nights and soaking up the sun! Thanks so much for linking up!!! Have a fabulous weekend! xoxoxo

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  21. *Beach *Sprinkles *Fireflies

    Heehee. Sorry.

    Ahem. I love summer. Just not in Alaska. Because summer in southeast Alaska is basically fall. Mid 50's and whether or not you get sunshine is a total toss up. I still have no blooming flowers and our Japanese maple is JUST starting to unfold its leaves and it's freaking almost June. Oh well. SOMEDAY I WILL NOT LIVE HERE ANYMORE. Not trying to be a whiner...just jealous of your summer heat and flowers. ;) I will live vicariously through you for now.

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  22. I love summer!!! I like be able to wear whatever I want...no stupid jackets or boots to deal with! Going to the beach and doing nothing, grilling...everything ;)

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  23. July 4th landing on a Wednesday pisses me off like no other. I look forward to laying by the pool doing lots of reading and eating my body weight in watermelon!

    -Heather
    I do what I want.

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  24. I love the late light! I love the cook outs, Fourth of July, fireworks, SNO-CONES! And the excuse to eat ice cream everyday to cool my body from the inside!

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  25. I kind of agree that weather-wise, summer is the worst! But I do like that things slow down in general and that I can wear jeans to work. The frozen custard place is open late and yes, the fact that the 4th is convenient this year makes me like it even more. Oh also wedding anniversary and husband's birthday so plenty of reasons for great dinners!

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  27. Their butts light up lol. Summer! I love every season for certain reasons and dislike them for others. I am a four season girl. Summer likes in no particular order: flip flops, flowers, long days, early morning light, the sound of crickets, peepers in the early spring and summer (small frogs), bbq, fresh fruits & vegetables, soft ice cream, the shore (any time really), fresh cut grass (do not though want a fresh cut grass candle), fairs, parades, all the BIRDS!!, leaves on the trees natures umbrella and shade, sitting by our creek, thunderstorms .Dislikes: humidity, gnats & other annoying bugs, humidity, allergies, humidity, covering myself in like it is winter to avoid any exposure to too much sun, humidity, spiderwebs in the woods when I walk into them, humidity, smell of OFF, humidity, flowers looking like hell in August, humidity, watering the flowers daily, humidity.

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  28. I love that it is light out later- makes such a difference! And so excited for my first shore trip this summer!

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