Currently, The Answer to Nearly Everything is Ice Cream

Finish the Sentence Friday is on a July 4th week hiatus but I'm here raring to go with my own stuff. And most of it's about ice cream, of course, and summer

Finish the Sentence Friday is on a July 4th week hiatus, but I’m here raring to go with my own stuff.

Did you find it to be a slow week? Historically, this is a slow week for blogging and influencing, right up there with Christmas week, but I think it’s even more so now! Maybe it’s the heat wave or the beach vacations. When I was a kid, we’d go to Myrtle Beach, SC or Ocean City, MD for two weeks right after July 4th. Now our own vacations are coming up, (more on that later) but this week was about salmon on the grill and water fights at summer camp. And the search for ice cream sundaes.

And unicorn pancakes.

So it’s time for a rundown post. It’s time for a recap, a catchup, a hello, a goodbye, and even a fun summer meme that I hope you’ll join me in filling out. The heat wave is mostly over and it’s time to cool off and chill out. Maybe read a book.

Speaking of which.. Currently, I’m..

Reading: “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah. I was on hold for this book at the library forEVER! I’m so excited! Of course it was due back there yesterday and I’m only halfway through the book, but it’s worth the ten cents a day. The book takes place way, way out there in Alaska and is so far beyond my expectations. There are MOOSE, although not always friendly.

Planning: Scarlet’s Harry Potter birthday cake, and if I got her enough presents. The dates for our trip to Cape Cod (later than usual), my birthday week, our family weekend in a cabin in Maine for work (and fun), as well as if I want to travel beyond those trips. Also, the kids’ camp schedule, two camp lunches, and putting something FUN on my to-do list for today.

And planning to finally find out what kind of puppy Astro is!

Wearing: As seen in the first photo too, a really great hat.

Stressing: Just run of the mill stomachache stuff. Is the world dying? Will there be a second Civil War? Why does the puppy eat underwear? Will Des keep sitting out during camp swim time? Should I go to bed earlier? Am I dehydrated? If I have another baby, will my kids happily be ten years apart? Will I survive? Am I dying? Is that a freckle or is it cancer? Typical.

Wishing: That all of Scarlet’s birthday wishes come true. That all of my birthday wishes come true. And that I’ll renew my expired passport and actually put a stamp on the next one. For the peace, happiness, and health of everyone I know.

Feeling: A little distant, a little wistful, a little overwhelmed, a little underwhelmed.

Listening: I cannot stop. I just cannot stop listening to this:

Eating: Peanut butter cup ice cream. Only when writing this, and probably not when publishing this in the morning!

Loving: Morning birdsong, the way Astro sleeps on top of me like a blanket, seeing a movie in a big cushy seat next to Scarlet, waking up from nightmares to see that I haven’t lost everything, or even something, and work/life balance.

Hoping: That anxiety goes away, the world stops boiling in a heat wave, there’s not a second Civil War, that people will be smarter, that my puppy will stop chewing the carpet, and that we’ll get a series of low humidity, 75 degree days!

And I hope you’ll read my summer questionnaire, and answer one of the questions in the comments!

1 – Will you go on a summer vacation this year? Yes! Definitely to Cape Cod and Maine – those are already planned. I’d also really love to do a trip to Moosehead Lake with a cabin, a rented zoom lens and boots that go up to my waist.

2 – Do nothing but relax, or pack it all in vacation? The balance of both, whether in one trip or taking one trip just to relax, and another trip to do everything totally crazy and adventurous and booked in advance. I can’t choose one.

3 – What month do you like to vacation? Honestly? January through March and July through September. I can’t understand going to Florida right now, unless you plan to go in the colder weather too. I want relief wherever I go. Other than that, I’d like to vacation every month of the year! Warm places in winter, and cold, northern places in summer. Relief places.

4 – Cruise: YES or NO? I don’t know if this question means if I have gone on a cruise or not, or if I think they’re cool or not? I’m going with a NO for both. I’ve never been on one and I NEVER want to go on one. Cassidy feels the same about this one thing. It makes me feel claustrophobic and queasy thinking about it. Trapped with all those people and no escape? Nope.

5 – Favorite holiday tradition? For July 4th? We only have one. Fireworks! And our dogs don’t mind them, so that’s a win.

6 – Most memorable vacation? I mean, aren’t they all? Maybe it was my first trip to California, which was also the second time I ever laid eyes on Cassidy. His entire world came to life out of the words of his emails. There was our honeymoon in Alaska, of course, and all of the gloom and doom and magic. All of the beach vacations I had as a kid combined.

7 – Pack light or pack it all? I think I have a good balance, but when in doubt, pack more bikinis and sundresses.

8 – Hotel, condo, or house? There’s no wrong answer here! I like a two-story condo with a spiral staircase!

9 – Favorite thing(s) to eat on vacation? Well it pains me to say that I am NOT a lobster and corn on the cob girl. I do love fresh fruit, ice cream, clam chowder, and beach house lunches. You know the type. When you get back from the beach, ravenous, and you don’t even care that your sand-covered hands are making lunches that consist of cold cut sandwiches, with or without the bread, pickles, sliced peaches, and lots of potato chips. Beach house cookies too.

10 – Warm or cold destinations? Oops, I sort of answered that. In the summer, I like to go to Cape Cod beaches, Maine, or Alaska type places. In the winter, please please give me warm beaches and theme parks and palm trees, and I’m good.

Tell me one of your answers to these questions!

Currently, Don’t Be Afraid to Catch Feels

Blogging is a funny beast sometimes, isn’t it?

I mean, I came here to do one thing – which was to write – but I found so many strange and wonderful connections instead. I found myself. I was super lost, but we’re always lost and found, lost and found, throughout life. I always think that as long as I can come here once or twice a week to say “hi” simply as myself, it’s all ok. And what can I say? I’m super muddled. I feel like I’ve been that way for a long time. Maybe this is just my life now. Maybe this is just me now. Muddled, occasionally haggard, sometimes glowing, always busy, and able to boomerang back. Sometimes the words come and sometimes it’s pulling teeth and if we’re being honest, I didn’t think there was a chance in heck I’d come here and have anything to say.

Yet, here I am – barely stringing words together. Sometimes it’s fun to see where this goes.

Now, it’s Currently Time! Feel free to write your own sometime!

Currently, I’m..

Reading: Seriously, nothing. I had an overdue library book for about two months that wound up being packed up in a box before our renovations started. I have so many books to read. You know how with some things in life, you have to hear a click to be sure? Like a seatbelt. That’s how my brain works. If there’s a click, I’m full speed ahead. If there’s no click, and maybe just some halfway one, I’m pretty much useless. I can’t do the simplest thing – like go into the basement and find a book to read. My brain is my biggest opponent. Ridiculous. The click metaphor works for all aspects of my life. LAME.

Planning: Ooh, pick me! Planning! I’m sort of terrible at it, but maybe the seatbelt clicked for this one. We’re planning our annual Disney World trip in January! Before that, we are surprising the kids with a Polar Express train ride in upstate NY (I mean.. the North Pole). There might be a hotel stay or two in all of that. I’m also co-planning.. you know.. our entire HOUSE as it gets ripped apart and put back together. Remember when the renovations start/stopped? Now they’re full speed ahead.

Stressing: Stressing? Me? Ok, you got me there. I’m always in a weird whirlwind of sweating the small stuff, and then not sweating the small stuff, but it always comes back around because I’m hard-wired in the DNA to stress the small stuff. I actually think it’s the big stuff, but don’t tell anyone. Currently, I’m more busy with work than I’ve ever been. Remember last year and earlier this year, when I was doing photography, blogging, and big boxes of data entry surveys? Yeah, that was child’s play. I’m so busy right now with blogging, photography, and my new Visual Content Management job (QA) that I actually can’t breathe sometimes. It’s a wonder I’m writing this because I have seven photo shoots to edit. Also, I stress about the apocalypse and marriage and parenting and my mid-section, but who has time to write and read that one? Not it.

Wishing: I make wishes and prayers when I’m panicked and it doesn’t happen often, but when it does, WHAM. Let’s talk about wishes, though. They’re usually made from a mid-level and sent to above. You follow me here? Prayers are made from down below – just to get to mid level. Does that make sense? I wish for things to make sense. And world peace. Health.

Feeling: Like I shouldn’t be afraid to catch feels. And in my strange inability to feel things sometimes, I wonder if there’s a way not to force the feels, but to coax them out. Last year I couldn’t feel the holiday spirit, except maybe in glimpses. I wasn’t in the waterfall of the feels, if you know what I mean. And if you don’t..let’s go right to the next one and you will:

Listening: To this little number:

Eating: Nothing at the moment but I stole a Hickory Farms Salted Caramel Chocolate (from myself) a few minutes ago. And I have my eye on the Cookie Butter OREOs upstairs (finally found them!) and having Cassidy make stovetop popcorn. YES.

Wearing: A super cool Star Wars shirt and burgundy pants.

Loving: That I was there on the last day my favorite seasonal ice cream stand was open for 2017. And when I mentioned that Scarlet was away, they gave me a free quart of cotton candy ice cream to give to my kid! Ah! I’m also loving the feel of the warmth from the pellet stove, the smell of coffee, paychecks, and all the possibilities I’ve been discovering about myself and my capabilities. I hope it’s upward mobility.. forever. That’s a reasonable request that I haven’t chosen to ignore!

Name that reference (above)!

Hoping: Just insert a bunch of political and weather and health things right here. That about does it for today.

Pick one of these verbs and tell me what you’re doing currently.