I love my job. I love working with kids (teenagers) and I love the school I work at.
With that said: I’m over it.
Not forever of course but, dang, I am ready for summer break.
I have told several people I want my summer to look like if Jillian Harris lived in Mr. Rogers Neighbourhood.
What does that look like?
- Happy/polite people
- The occasional musical number
- Perfectly manicured feet and hands
Realistic? I don’t know, but shoot for the moon and you will land amongst the stars, am I right?
In an effort to reach my
unrealistic half-baked romanticized completely plausible goals, I have created a summer bucket list.
Learn how to play the Ukulele
What better way to ensure my summer vacation involves musical numbers than to learn a new instrument?
Why ukulele? Well, probably the same reasoning which led me to play the flute in high school band: it’s easy to carry, and it’s fun looking. I feel like, as a vocalist, the ukulele is significantly more practical than for me than a flute. At least I can sing along as I play… you can’t sing and play the flute at the same time… I tried… it was weird.
Dear Netflix, You’re ruining my summer plans. It is only day three of summer holidays and I have completed my Netflix bucket list goals. I need to be a contributing, educated member of society, and you’re making it hard.
P.S. Orange is the New Black, I can’t wait a year. I need to know what happens to the pool dwellers. Show on the road, folks!
Okay but seriously, binge watching is real, and it is dangerous. I have a stack of books next to my bed and I have churned through the first… hmmm, couple chapters of all of them, but not much further than that.
Top of my list right now: “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling
I am looking forward to reading for the sake of good ol’ fashion fun, and not for school or work. I’m looking at you, “To Kill A Mocking Bird.”
Any other fun summer reads I should be adding to my list?
Do not judge me, but I LOVE cleaning and organizing the house. Opening a new box of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers is a spiritual experience for me.
A good purge of junk? Oh yeah!
Organizing the storage closet? Give it to me baby!
Scrubbing the tub? Oooh, it hurts so good and I love it!
We just bought a vacuum, and I actually daydream about using it. This summer, all of my Jillian Harris/Mr. Rogers dreams will come true.
Magic Eraser: check!
Good, wholesome fun: check, check!
Not a giant surprise to those who know me: I do not do camping. I figure humans have spent their entire lives trying to improve their living conditions. Who am I stick my nose up at progress?
Every friend loves to insist that camping with them is some how “different” than camping experiences I have had in the past.
“Oh Ashley, my camping cooking is the best, you’ll love it”
“Oh Ashley, I set up a superior tent, you’ll be magically cozy with me”
“Oh Ashley, you’ll love peeing outside in my presence”
Lies. All lies.
With that said, I do enjoy the outdoors… I just want to shower and sleep in my bed at the end of the day.
The perfect solution? Day trips!
The husband and I have been using the weekends for mini-hikes (like Quarry Rock) and some casual trails (like Lower Falls). However, we are on the lookout for some new, moderate hikes.
Any can-not-miss hikes in the Vancouver area?
My hubby suggested the Grouse Grind; I laughed and laughed.
I am also interested in trying my hand at other mild-adventures. Kayaking in Deep Cove is on the list.
Any suggestions for other adventures that won’t kill me?
Also on the summer time bucket list: nap, visit friends, and hopefully have at least one weekend getaway with the Hubs.
How about you? What’s on your summer bucket list?