Freaking summer. Gets a lame wad all excited and blind side bitch slaps you in the noggin. And then before you know it, it’s the night before school and nothing matters anymore, not even cheese. So, in light of the fact that I have a humdrum sadness plastered permanently on my ever loving soul, I have also mustered up just enough energy (barely) to shoot off one more list to my peeps.
Scrapbooking fail!! So, super early in the summer, my husband created for me a scrapbook room out of our old office. It’s amazing and has storage and bins, pictures on the walls, organization in all the ways, and things that are all mine. “BUT: How many pages have you done, genius?” You ask. FU.
Fitness mission. I have been on a mission of fitness and love and light. Then, after this un-achievable mental mission, I did get off of my couch a couple of times. I am reminiscent of a time where me and my 2 girls were watching a cool flick, doing burpees during commercials. That was a fun memory. I can’t remember why it didn’t continue, other than exercise sucks and donuts are life. And I’ve also been on a solo focus mission for wine. So that cancels that out.
House chores: OMG! So I’m not trying to shit anybody here. My laundry pile is usually obscene. I am not here to air my dirty laundry. Here it goes: Usually, when school and work is in session, my tired ass has wholesome intentions, while my never ending laundry pile shoots me the bird whilst waiting and waiting to be cleansed. This summer, I was a crazed connoisseur who would not let more than one outfit grace the inside of the laundry bin. No joke! I mean what else is a lazy sister gonna do? I have to score some positive points before my husband returns home from his 80 hour a week job.
Healthy living: Here is me trying eat healthy one glorious summer minute. Those are ripe cherries and they are hella tasty. That was a fun day.
Candy Crush: Dare I say it? Level 470, LOSERS!
Oviedo Rock Hunting: -Okay. So, I thought this past time was a flub when I first read about it. I am the LAST person who has time for my own shenanigans, much less adding one more log to the fire in the form of selflessly painting rocks for others that I would never see again. So, I one day we were at a park and when I watched my kiddos run around and find rocks, I experienced a little change of heart. Then my mom starts painting them, like her life depended on it, my daughter paints a few, and pretty soon I find myself fully immersed in rock finding life. Just to note, I still have not painted one solitary rock. Just throwing that out there, because I feel like one day when I enter some type of self help healing program, I’m going to have to own up to my extreme selfish ways.
BIG BROTHER: SQUEE! My favorite show ever! It’s the one show that I look forward to during this sticky climate of melty undergarments. And it comes on three times a week! I will literally go from a TV-a-holic to cold turkey. I need some new shows! (Leanne, I’m going to start your list!)
More Books: One thing I legit didn’t drop the ball on is lounging and trying to read up all the books in my new scrapbook room library. I’m a huge Jennifer Weiner fan and I can’t believe I’m just now getting to read her books. I’ve read four so far, and two back to back this summer. They’re the type of books that you can’t put down.
The characters are so relatable and real. The stories are uplifting and refreshing. Plus, any activity that allows me to lounge and relax, bonus points added while gripping a glass of wine, sign me up. I like a sarcastic, quiet underdog. I can relate to so many of her characters from a mental aspect, and I truly appreciate how she creates her characters with so much depth and realism.
Ever heard of the “Shopaholic” series by Sophie Kinsella? You’re going to want to check this out. I love a great English tale. This author is hilarious as well, and I love how quirky her characters are. Oh! And PG Tips Tea from real life English Tea Rooms! This book was amazing and I thought of scones and whipped cream whilst I read it.
By the way – My family went to Disneyland over the summer and I stayed home to watch all of our animals, and because I have a huge fear of flying. I don’t fear for them – I just cannot handle the stress because it begins from the time the reservation is made until when the return flight lands. The plane will crash when I’M ON IT. Cannot do it. So, in lieu of this, me and my mom had some super fun adventures.
Sak Comedy Club – OH MY everloving goodness. Me and my husband actually had our first date there eons ago. The day my family left, me and my mom made reservations for the “Duel of Fools” show for a Friday night. Despite the parking garage fear that is deep seeded in my noggin, and having to walk 2 blocks (a very short distance normally, but a terrifying long distance in the bowels of downtown Orlando) the show was absolutely amazing. There’s something so witty and intelligent about improv to me, and it was just incredibly funny. It was a packed house, and deservedly so. It was then that I gave myself a pat on the back and told my mom that I had already won the event planning for the week. What could possibly be better than this outing???
The next day, we traveled to the Lake Mary Farmer’s Market, which was remarkably fresh and such a beautiful, succulent day. Baha! We purchased fresh veggies where we enjoyed a nice home cooked baked chicken and veggie dinner later in the week. We also went to a trendy, upscale consignment store, where you could get a second hand pair of sunglasses for like $25. Lol. But, the real gem of the day, of really, I loathe to admit, the entire week of freedom thus far, was this absolutely precious tea room, that to be completely honest, I kind of didn’t feel like checking out at the time. We were both still full from breakfast, and I do not really ever fancy a tea. But, when else is my entire family out of town and I get to galavant freely? Sign me up. So we shimmied into the Royals English Tea Room. HOLY DAYUM – Holy Prince Crumpet Scones! This was the most AH-mazing place that I’ve ever been to in my long, senile life. The first life changing thing that happened was right when we walked in, one of the 2 owners came over and greeted us with his authentically mesmerizing English dialect.
Not only was he authentic, but so was the whole experience. He and his wife owned the place, and he explained the menu and made some delectable suggestions. I was hanging on every word, because if I’m being completely honest, I might be a Londoner caught in a southern US body. Anyhoo – we had some delicious teas, and the individual tea pots came adorned with crocheted tea cozies!! We ordered food that was to die for: Tomato (please pronounce it correctly) soup, fresh salad, scones with strawberries and cream and oh my – the TEAS. I can’t remember the name of mine, but my mum ordered PG Tips, and everything there is ordered from England, even the flours and condiments. He gave us a bell to ring! When we needed service, we were to ring it. Oh, and the ambience! We were so keen on the decor, and there was a telephone booth that housed fancy hats and head wear, should you choose to wear one. Are you still reading this with an English accent? All I can say was – that event was mind blowing. I didn’t want to leave. I mentally took in everything that I could, and savored every moment. Slowly. Oh, and my mom chose this spot, so as much as I hated to admit it, there was really no way I was ever going to top this experience.
The next day we visited downtown Sanford. It’s a Gem of a town! Not only is there a beautiful harbor, but there are some amazing restaurants, historic architecture, some great shops and some soothing craft beers. It wouldn’t be a downtown Sanford visit if we didn’t peek inside Maya’s Book Store each time. It’s like my dream come true spirit animal all in one little spot. It houses some beautiful classics, current books, and everything in between. It’s quaint and old school, and it totally makes my heart flutter.
So after Maya’s, we went to lunch at Hollerbach’s Willowtree Cafe. OH MY GLORIOUS German goodness!! It was a splendor of salivation the entire time. From the grapefruit beer to the corned beef sandwich on rye WITH SAUERKRAUT to the delectable musician throwing down some German tunes on the patio, it was an absolute treat from beginning to end. I wanted to save half of my sandwich for dinner later that night, but my inner (and outer) fat girl told me that it would never survive a reheat in the microwave. So I downed it all and waddled to the car. I put on 25 pounds that day, and I don’t regret a second of it.
We did other fun stuff like going to the beach WITHOUT kids, visiting Ron Jon Surf Shop, having lunch in Clermont with my grandmother, and just enjoying countless laughs, many of which included overly friendly bearded dragons and just downright making fun of each other. I’m pretty sure my mom has had her fill of me for at least 6 months.
So, in all reality – what this summer has brought is a lot more than just a little more mish mosh of the usual. There’s always the same stuff blended in, I.E. – I’m still lounging and sleeping in every day, watching people exercise from afar, having a glass of vino for good measure, laughing at dumb shit and having zero consistent schedule. But, there have also been some huge changes and new memories as well: Like eBaying like a mother (MUTHA) to be able to afford a class, going rock hunting with my kids, taking the kids camping for the first time with my mom, (had a pool with a mammoth size beach ball), enjoying one kidless week, catching up with my high school bestie (shout out!) making a photo collage for my office at work (upcoming blog post) and enjoying the summer with a little more added excitement knowing my 2 youngest are going to a brand new school that they’re super pumped about.
So many olds mixed in with the news. From many mundane days of waking up, not having a thing on the agenda, doing a lot of the ‘same ole, same ole,’ to creating more days to remember made purely out of grit and snarkiness, to a world of new fun brought on by many different factors. I’d like to close by saying “You are my sunrise on the darkest day. You got me feeling some kind of way.” Summer makes me want to savor every moment. Slowly. Each summer is precious in and of itself, and to me, that’s what it is all about. Aloha, summer. (sad emoji face).