My mommy’s summer bucket list wrapped up August 31st and I won some and I lost some… It was a lot of fun actually and definitely drove me to do things that I would have put off. Forever. But instead, I could check them off a list, which somehow gives me motivation. Surprisingly, the things that seemed more difficult to organize and get done, all got done. The easier things like sit at home and watch a movie or go have someone cook for you and eat it…not so much. The most fun thing I did, I think was probably paddleboarding and the most rewarding thing was get back into reading and incorporating yoga into my routine. The thing I was a miserable failure at? Wearing a skirt. I called it on May 31 and I, knowing myself, was totally right. What would I change? Nothing really other than I might do mommy’s list during the Spring so that when the ManChild is home for school break during the summer (in a few years) we can do a summer list as a family. I had a blast and it was fun to keep up with what others were doing as well. I am, of course, working on a Fall Family Bucket list. This one, however, is all kinds of color themed to be printed out, laminated and posted to the fridge. Because I am a dork like that.
1. Try paddleboarding.
Did it! Loved it! You can read more about it here.
2. Try yoga (that’s right try yoga – never done it in a formal type setting – just floundering around with friends who actually knew what they were doing)
Love, love it. And am now in search of a local studio to frequent. You can read more about my first yoga experience here.
3. Read at least 2 books a month. I’ve already got this one half in the bag – with book club!
I don’t even know where to begin on this one… Luckily I use Goodreads and can keep track of what I read when – and what I thought. Strangely I became something of a book club drop out over the summer and read all of these on my own through recommendations of friends, popular on Goodreads or free on Kindle lending library. I did post a few book reviews and will link to those books with reviews below. Without further adieu, and in no particular order:
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Every Last One, Anna Quindlen
Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage, Kay Bratt
Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling
Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites, Kate Christensen
Doc: A Memoir, Dwight Gooden
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, Jan-Philipp Sendker
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs, Tyler Hamilton
Coming Clean: A Memoir, Kimberly Rae Miller
Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Confections of a Closet Master Baker, Gesine Bullock-Prado
The Tao of Martha, Jen Lancaster
Dad is Fat, Jim Gaffigan
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, Jenny Wingfield
4. Try a new restaurant every other week. Even if it’s just bagels or coffee.
This, I did okay on. June we traveled in Texas a lot, so we tried Riscky’s BBQ and Pie in 5 and a few others. July we were home and only really ventured out to Smell the Bread – which is a local, vegetarian restaurant with fabulous, unique dishes. August I went with a friend to the Serving Spoon, a local breakfast place that had the best pancakes. I wish I’d done a little better on trying new places, but with very limited time and a 2 year old, sometimes the standard staples work pretty well…
5. Send a small gift to an old friend.
Done. You know who you are.
6. Take an online photography class.
Yeah, so I decided that since I didn’t have time, I didn’t want to do a photography class only to fall behind and drop out. So, instead, I joined an online guitar class, fell behind and dropped out. Yay me. What I failed to take into account is that I cannot pull out a guitar at any point between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. and expect to practice a thing on it without the help of a certain 2 year old. And after bedtime, I just wanted to decompress, not learn anything new. My friend, Jen, however, championed on and is going guitar strong! Yay her. Really proud of her.
7. Learn to cook one dish really well – even if it’s bread (especially if it’s bread)
I took on a few new dishes, but the one that I actually learned to cook and can alter it to our tastes was Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos. Easy to make. Easy to freeze. Easy to eat.
8. Wear a skirt once a week. This is probably the most challenging. I have a closet full, but it’s so much easier not to.
I’m just going to leave this at a FAIL. I did wear a skirt here and there. And people actually noticed when I did – which means I wear them even less than I realized…
9. Institute movie night two times a month.
We had lots of movie nights and even took the ManChild to see his first movie in a theater! Planes of course. He loved it. Up until he fell asleep. One of the first movies we watched was All the President’s Men. If you haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend it.
10. Watch the Godfather trilogy. This is a long story, but it’s ridiculous that I have never seen any of them. Embarrassing even.
I guess I am less embarrassed, but I still haven’t seen all 3. Just the first two. We powered through them and then lost steam for the last one. But it is a start…