Tuesday, July 8, 2014

10 Things I love, and love to hate, about summer.

We're three days into Seattle's Summer, official start date July 5, and we are all collectively in that honeymoon "Look! There's the sun again today!" phase. And when I write "all," I mean all of Seattle.

Summer fun on the playground


There is a palatable lift in everyone's mood. Sunday afternoon I saw a dad completely blissed out as he watched his toddler waffling around in the community wading pool. During my run last evening, I got an unsolicited High Five from a bearded gentlemen giving himself a pep talk before Monday-night trivia at the local tavern. And the delighted laughter from the crowds at Kerry Park, gathered to watch Rainier in all her summer glory, is contagious.

It's not very often that this Southern girl sees 80 degrees anymore, so I hope you don't mind as I tap dance my way through 10 things I love, and love to hate, about summer.

1. More light. In the summer, we have daylight until almost 10PM here, which is like a nice enjoy-it-while-it-lasts gift from Nature, because in the fall the sun has a very early bedtime--lights out by 4:30PM.

2. Less stuff. The simplicity of the season gets me every time. We work a little less. We worry a little less. We even wear a little less. At least, that's the goal, right?

3. Picnics galore. My best friend and I used to take wheat thins and Cheez Whiz to the beach with us for picnics. We covered ourselves in baby oil, which my dermatologist just loooooves to note in my chart (not really, no), and we chatted about what it would be like to actually marry Mr. 8th-Grade Hunk. Now,  I've traded the Cheez Whiz for homemade hummus and the baby oil for SPF Gazillion +, and we talk about what it would be like to actually have a retirement plan.

4. Air conditioning? Meager at best. It rarely gets above 90 here in the summer, but before you start to envy me too much (I see your eyes beginning to roll, Austin friends), consider how the high 80s feels with no air conditioning. It gets a little steamy here in the Emerald City. I only know of one place that has air conditioning, a diner a few doors down from ours. They're very popular this time of year, as you can imagine.

5. This soup, which I'm making tonight.

6. Our community wading pool. The City of Seattle has several wading pools sprinkled throughout the public playgrounds, and ours is open three afternoons a week. Such a simple idea, and so fun.

7. Sun dresses. I've got my eye on this one from Zulily. (Hint, hint, Daniel.)

8. Tomatoes. My fondness for tomatoes developed over time. When I was growing up, my dad ate a tomato sandwich every day for lunch during the summer, and I remember thinking, "Why would you choose tomatoes when you could have peanut butter and jelly?" Now I can't get enough of them. I especially like this tomato-corn toss I found on the Pinterest.

9. Baseball games. In case you haven't met your quota of "singing preschooler" YouTube videos, here's Marshall's version of Take Me Out to the Ballgame from last summer:



Which leads me to...

10. Marshall's birthday. Marshall arrived, 11 days past his due date, during the hottest summer ever in New Jersey, at least it felt that way to me. This year we are celebrating by going to a Mariners' game. Marshall is especially excited about the peanuts and crackerjacks.


This post was part of a #TuesdayTen link-up. You can share your favorite things about summer there, or in the comments below. (Or both. Why not?)


14 comments:

  1. Still love that video of Marshall and will say that we have Emma's birthday in 10 days, plus our weddi anniversary is today. So, summer definitely is pretty good to us, too :)

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    1. Wow! Lots to celebrate this summer. I loved the wedding photos you posted on Instagram. Hope you had a great anniversary and that you have a wonderful time celebrating Emma this week!

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  2. Baseball games! I forgot those on my list. So glad you included them. They go hand in hand with summer. :) Excellent post!

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    1. Thanks so much! This week crept away from me, and I'm excited to catch up on everyone's lists over the weekend. It's a good time to read about summer--we have a heat wave in Seattle! (Over 90 degrees. Ha!)

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  3. We have a lot of July birthdays here. Scarlet is tomorrow and I'm next!
    I love more light more than... most things. It helps my mental health AND my photography. That's a win.
    And I love that people are in good moods wherever you go. It's like a 90 day celebration of sorts.

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    1. I'm with you on the good moods. We had the best bus conversation this evening with the others that were riding the bus, all in good summer moods. It was really fun.

      Lots of July birthdays! Hope Scarlet's was fun!

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  4. I have two daughters and a hubby who were born in August. My oldest daughter was actually due on July 30, but wasn't born until Aug. 11. It was absolutely miserable. Fun to hear perspective from different parts of the country - here, 80 would be a pliantly cool summer day. Today, the temp hit 95!

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    1. 80 would have been amazing where I grew up--Southeast Alabama summers are so hot and humid. But we always had air conditioning, so I wore sweaters indoor even in July, as hard as that is to believe.

      What a neat family thing to share--August birthdays. Is yours close to that too?

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  5. I feel you on the air conditioning thing.

    My 10 items would also include
    - toenail polish (I don't even bother during the cold months)
    - outdoor concerts
    - chilled rosé
    - laying off the makeup (I'll wear tinted moisturizer and mascara, if that)
    - sweating over my morning coffee (because what am I supposed to do, drink something else??).

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    1. I agree with all of your additions, especially the toenail polish. I got a pedicure before this recent beach trip of ours, and Marshall keeps saying "Wow Mommy! Your toes are so pretty. I really like your toes." It's been two weeks since the pedicure, but he never sees my toes painted! It's pretty amusing. I wonder what he would do if I actually fixed my hair one day. :)

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  6. TOMATOES!
    I want a summer baby... My husband thinks I'm crazy (it gets HOT here in the summer). I just think it would be so fun to be pregnant/have a newborn in the summer.
    The weird thing I love about the summer around here is the hum of a swamp cooler/air conditioner. It takes me back to lazy childhood summer days. On the Fourth, I went out to buy my husband beer and a few things to grill up for dinner, and when I came home, he had the air conditioning on. It was hot out, but not KILLER (we try to be super careful with how much electricity we use), He said he turned it on because he knew I would think it was "festive." It really did take our Fourth of July up a notch. Festive indeed.

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    1. The newborn-in-the-summer part was way better than the pregnant-in-the-summer part. We just had him in a diaper and a onesie all day, if that, so that was one less thing to stress over as a new mom. I couldn't imagine having a newborn in a snowy place and having to navigate all those layers!

      I love your festive air conditioning story so much. I can't stop laughing, not only because it is funny but also because it sounds like just something we would do.

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  7. I've been to the Pacific Northwest in the summer time and the late sunlight is a wonderful thing to experience. I hope to get my kids up there someday so they can see what it's like too.

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    1. I think it's a good kid-friendly place in the summer too. Lots of things to see, and lots of daylight to squeeze it all in. :)

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