And somehow, this Eagles song came into my head. And you know? I don’t like The Eagles at all. I do like Don Henley. I saw him live with Stevie Nicks and they slow-danced while singing, “Leather and Lace.” I think they used to date, and I found it to be wildly romantic in a sad and wistful way. So for that and many other reasons, I do love Don Henley. And this one Eagles song:
we will never be here again
so open up, I’m climbin’ in,
so take it easy…
It’s Old School Blogging out there today. It’s Wordless Wednesday out there today. Also, you all know I don’t really ever take it easy, even when I say I’m taking it easy, but having these wonderful summer questions to answer IS taking it easy in my world.
What was your favorite thing you did alone this summer?
Did I do anything alone this summer?? Why, yes! I did! I went to a blogging conference. Ok, it was technically still during the school year, actually. Ok my favorite thing I did alone was to photograph a wedding. Now hear me out because it was work, and HARD work. I did it alone because they didn’t need me to have an assistant. I did it without my kids and husband. It was one thing that scared me so very much, and it was one thing that was mine alone. I’m still riding the high from accomplishing this.
What was your favorite thing you did as a family this summer?
Without a doubt, it was going to Cape Cod to be with family. I still have to share those many photos, and that will surely be done in two posts soon. It was a wonderful time. I might have actually taken it easy in the real sense. Even though vacation with kids is not very vacation-y, I had zero allergies out on the Cape, and minimal anxiety, if any. We truly needed a family trip, and every summer I mourn the loss of chances to look for moose and I mourn the loss of chances to visit Cassidy’s family’s beach house.
What books did you read this summer?
I read “The One And Only” by Emily Giffin and it made me breathless. I read “Tempting Fate” by Jane Green and it was.. interesting. I read “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner and I think I cried through every chapter. Now I’m reading “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper. I have no idea where I got the recommendation for this one. Probably from many places!
What do you WISH you had done this summer?
I though it would be different, you know? Don’t we often think that? I thought it would be the Summer of Scarlet, before kindergarten. I thought I’d be booking inns and chasing moose and eating ice cream every day. Ok, that last part? Nearly. I just thought I’d be more carefree and light. I didn’t think I’d be so weighted and anxious and cloudy. Ultimately, it’s ok. It was the summer of Cape Cod and corn on the cob and new kittens and total, utter fun. For the kids. And that’s what matters. That I didn’t harsh their mellow. I wish I had done more traveling, of course. The summer is not over, though. Anything can happen.
What movies did you see this summer (if any)?
None in the theater, but I did watch Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier last week and it totally held my attention.
Where did you travel this summer?
New Jersey, Cape Cod, and then an assortment of fun day trips.
What was your favorite treat (as in dessert) this summer?
On my birthday, Cassidy got me my very favorite cookie dough ice cream from a favorite ice cream parlor. (Mt. Tom’s) And he special-ordered my favorite cookies from my favorite cookie store. It’s when they put two of their famous chocolate chip cookies together as a sandwich. Six of them had chocolate buttercream in the middle and were dipped in a chocolate glaze. The other six had vanilla buttercream in the middle and were dipped in white chocolate glaze. There were rainbow sprinkles too.
What did you celebrate this summer?
A LOT! Father’s Day, Scarlet’s birthday, my birthday, my dad’s birthday, my ten year anniversary of meeting Cassidy..
Did you grow anything this summer?
Cassidy grew a truckload of tomatoes, some berries, tons of flowers, some peppers, eggplant, kale, swiss chard, butter lettuce, hot peppers, and many other things that I can’t remember yet. It was an odd garden year.
What is a favorite post (if you blog) that you wrote this Summer?
Honestly, it might be my one from Monday. Link HERE. I don’t generally reread my posts.. makes me cringe.
What is a favorite photograph that you took this summer?
Sadly, I think any favorites I have aren’t even up yet because I’m so behind in my personal photos. And the wedding ones from the weekend aren’t ready yet. So I’ll go digging right now and find a favorite photo, if not THE favorite photo:
What do you want to do next summer?
Moose. Ice cream. More adventure without feeling weighed down and anxious. Less sadness. More time in Cape Cod. Maybe some time in Maine or New Hampshire. More time with friends. More time alone. Maybe some shooting stars. Go on day trips. See you?