In order to keep my sights focused on making the most of summer (and not letting it slip too quickly through my fingers as a result of getting caught-up in meaningless business), I’ve compiled a list of things to do between now and September.
Just about all of them would be improved with good company, so please consider this an open call for partners-in-crime. Want to join me? Send me a note/email (or comment on this post), and let’s go!
In no particular order…
- go sailing on Lake Ontario (nb)
- revise my MRP; submit it to conferences/publications
- build something
- visit Casa Loma (sc)
- visit Fort York
- go to a concert (crowdsurf?) (nb)
- bungee jump (ef)
- canoe/camp/portage in Algonquin Park (ch + mb)
- visit NYC
- ride a streetcar from one end of the line to the other; buy a snack/coffee at either end (tp + sc)
- get dirty. really, really dirty.
- have a picnic in Trinity Bellwoods park (nc)
- stargaze from Riverdale park (nb)
- read 5 books from cover to cover
- take 50 terrific photos
- practice random acts of cheer
fly a kite (bonus points if it’s handmade) (ch + mb) ( nb)
- hike/walk dogs in the Don Valley (ch + mb)
- write 5 pen pal letters
- send 5 parcels to strangers
- paint something
- learn a new skill
- take the GRE
- sew something (ch)
- get rid of at least 5 boxes of clutter/things i don’t need
- teach someone something new
- go on an open-ended (no predetermined destination) road trip
- visit Toronto Island (rent a bike & explore Centreville) (nb)
- learn basic phrases in Hebrew
- become better at apologizing. and admitting when i’m in the wrong.
- check out Doors Open Toronto (sc)
(parathetical initials are for potential accomplices)
I’m sure this list will grow as the summer progresses. I mean, I really hope it does.
Summer 2013, you’re going to be awesome!
The summer is beginning and already I’m exhausted.
I begin to think about all the amazing things about summer – running barefoot through grass, lying on the sun-warmed earth, having time off to just watch clouds float by – and then I remember that I work full time, year round, now that I am an adult, and summer becomes an oppressive tease. My mind skips over to the thought of leaving my job, moving to cheaper accommodations, and making it work with less so that I can enjoy more (time, flexibility, freedom). Am I ready to make such a huge shift?
I think about all that I stand to lose – my ‘adult’ apartment that is all my own, my insanely fast internet (laugh, but having slower internet or less bandwidth would change a lot for me!), maybe my balcony garden… And then all that I stand to gain: a neighborhood that actually feels like one, real neighbors (not phantoms I sometimes – rarely – hear through soundproofed walls or – even more rarely – see in the hall), a sense of being surrounded by the city rather than residing on its outskirts, indie coffee shops on every corner, a dramatically shorter walk to friends’ places and cool hangouts… Maybe this is more of a no-brainer than I thought?
Before I am even remotely ready to make such a change, though, I’ll need to declutter my life and minimize, minimize, minimize. Being settled in a long-term relationship somehow triggered my nesting instincts, and I’ve acquired a great deal of things that I no longer need. Step one will be to divest myself of unnecessary baggage before having to pack up the more-necessary items to take with me to a new place.
Step one: de-clutter life. make room for new possibilities.
Suddenly I’m feeling a little less exhausted and a lot more optimistic. This will be a terrific summer.