1. lay on the beach or lounge poolside and then take a dip
2. call my college clique
3. experiment with a new eye makeup look
4. sip a blood orange margarita
5. cook tomato sauce from scratch
6. make a main or side dish selected from my Recipes board on Pinterest
7. prepare a dessert from that Recipes board
8. eat a pit beef sandwich
9. snack on caramel popcorn
10. hostess a build-your-own ice cream sundae night for just me and a friend
You've probably noticed that seven of the ten items are food or drink-related. This reflects the fact that summer is my favorite food season, even over autumn with its Halloween candy and Thanksgiving feast. Hamburgers and hot dogs taste best when cooked on the grill. My favorite sandwich is actually not Italian, it's pit beef. Boardwalk french fries aren't bad either! I really look forward to flavorful redred tomatoes. I crave the sweets of summer like ice cream, gelato, and caramel popcorn. A slice of watermelon, a Coca-Cola Slurpee, and a root beer snowball at least once a season don't hurt. I think I might be able to go on! In addition, I have been wanting to learn how to cook and bake more lately. This is a good way to hold myself accountable to actually practice.
I've planned to check off 12 and 13 items during previous summers, but I tried to keep this year's list of just 10 simple in order to balance this hectic time of year. I'm busy as summer is high season at work and I also want to focus on moving to Philly. This list feels doable in 2014.
In regards to #2, I have five close friends from college and I hope to catch up with each one at least once this summer.
As for #4, I will either order my favorite flavored margarita at a restaurant like Outback Steakhouse or mix it at home.
If you've read this blog for a bit, then you know that I live to travel. Why wouldn't I have any trips on the list? Sure, I prefer to travel in the cooler weather of spring and fall, but I plan on trying to move to Philadelphia. So, hopefully I'll visit in order to interview, tour apartments, and move by Labor Day! It's not mentioned here because this is a fun bucket list, not a to do list full of goals, resolutions and work. I am actually planning a little trip to Ocean City, Maryland where I will be checking off numbers 1, 8 and 9. Since I usually visit this particular place each summer, I simply listed the activities instead of the destination this time.
I am now in the habit of creating such lists. Check out how I planned to celebrate summer in 2012 and 2013.
What's your idea of summertime fun?
I hope you have a fabulous and fun summer!