Summer Essentials


What else comes to mind when you think summer essential? You say beaches, I say sunscreen. You say concert, I say sunscreen. You say picnic, I say sunscreen. This is my life, people.

Also, after forgetting to apply on #FieldTripFriday and getting a little toasty, I’m so over the peeling. Blergh.


I’m trying to bring these back. Who’s with me?!


I read dozens of books a year, but summer is when I read most of them. I can finish a novel in two or three days (depending on how much I’m working), while at school I’m lucky to read a book every week or two. (This is my latest read and it’s great)


I recently discovered Aldi—I’m living with access to good shopping for the first time ever—and it’s so fantastic and cheap and produce-filled. In the evenings when it’s too hot to move the boys and I have been turning on soccer or Food Network, creating a wind tunnel with fans and ice blocks and eating cherries and raspberries (and chocolate ice cream) by the handful (not the ice cream, we eat that with spoons).

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I don’t totally love nature. It’s beautiful, it’s fun, etc etc, but I like to see it from inside just as well. But I do enjoy low-commitment activities such as leisurely bike rides, short hikes and walks to the ice cream store, so I plan on spending a chunk of time this summer outdoors, enjoying nature and taking some pictures.

3I love writing. Especially in cafes, because I’m apparently a walking sterotype. I’ve done all sorts of writing this summer: more regular blogging, handwritten letters (send me your address if you want one), writing that’s just for me and of course writing for my job and other outlets.


It’s been about a month and I’ve read six or seven books…so I’m doing slightly better than one a week, but not as many as I could read. I’m really trying to set aside some time each day in the morning or evening and on my lunch break to read a few pages.

Reading is so rewarding.


I would love to watch TV, especially since I now have a TV in my living room for the first time in a couple of years, but the summer programming is a disappointment this year.

“I Wanna Marry Harry” was too inane even for me (secret: I adore bad television, especially bad dating or competition shows). The Bachelorette has lost its sparkle. Masterchef is the same every single year. Food Network Star is never on. Ugh.

And I’ve run out of episodes of Miranda, which is just SUCH. FUN. Watch it on Hulu ASAP, my chums.


I love food. I like trying new foods, and shopping for foods, and cooking new foods, and I even like when people refer to foods as “eats,” because I think that’s funny. 


This post is part of the #SummerBloggerChallenge, which has a new prompt each week!

Shoutout to Buzzfeed, my dream job, for inspiring today’s title.


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