I won’t do that, though. Even when I think I’ll really write the Finish the Sentence Friday Freewriting posts in five minutes, I sometimes go above that and write for six minutes. Or you know, 600 minutes. And my photo share posts? It’s share one photo and the story behind it. So I usually share six photos and six stories behind them. Or you know, 600. That’s my way, I guess. I’m learning a lot about my ways lately. I always get so scared it will all disappear POOF, but you know I don’t believe in that stuff. It’s always two steps forward, one step back. One step up and two steps back. It’s all here to stay, is what I’m saying. The mixed bag. All summers are summers of learning and love, because every day is made of learning and love.
I’ve decided to go my own way, as usual, but don’t worry. I’ll share at least one photo and at least one story behind it! Or maybe the photos will tell their own stories. I’m also going back in time and finding an old Old School Blogging (remember that?) end of summer questionnaire. I don’t know why I don’t fill this out at the end of every summer, like I do with New Year’s Eve. This is where I call it, though. The end of summer vacation (but not summer itself, you non-calendar-watching fools). We’re less than a week away from the dreaded school. I feel sick thinking about it. So let’s think about summer.
It starts now!
What was your favorite thing you did alone this summer?
OMG, did I do anything alone, OTHER than putter around the house muttering to myself, try to build my media empire, and skip a lot of lunches? I was alone for most of the summer, actually. Camp is way longer than school and I got quite used to long days alone. I’m losing them now. Favorite thing I did alone.. does it count if Astro was there? Crap. No. Ok, my favorite alone thing I did was to sink down into a warm and herbal bubble bath with a Liane Moriarty book or two. Mm.. that’s right.
What was your favorite thing you did as a family this summer?
Cape Cod, of course. And we had a good streak going where we’d sink down into air-conditioned movie theater seats three movies in a row! Ant-Man, Incredibles 2, and Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. Also, being together and doing functional and domestic things as a team is awesome. Like I said in another post – I’m trying to rein in the chaos and go for the structure.
What books did you read this summer?
Yum to that. I read “The Great Alone,” “Into the Water” (not a fan), “The Wife Between Us”, “Young Jane Young”, “Little Fires Everywhere” and I’m currently more than halfway through “The Hypnotist’s Love Story” – a great bath book!
What do you WISH you had done this summer?
I can probably quote Hamilton here. “Talk less. Smile MORE.” It’s more like, “Work less. SMILE, love, drive, hug, kiss, get away MORE.” I wish I had taken the kids to Six Flags. I wish I had rented that cabin in Moosehead Lake, Maine, although to be fair – fall is a better time for that. I wish I had done more photo shoots and more photo fun and more dog walks and more domestic structure. Niagara Falls. New cities. Long drives with the windows down. More being completely in the present.
What movies did you see this summer (if any)?
Aha, I answered that above! Ant-Man, Incredibles 2, and Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom.
Where did you travel this summer?
Some fun day trips in and around New England – like New York. And of course, Cape Cod. And tomorrow I’m going to Teaneck, NJ for a big photo job, but it hasn’t happened yet. It’s for my dad’s 50th reunion and I have a hotel room too!
What was your favorite treat (as in dessert) this summer?
I can’t imagine a world in which I don’t answer that it’s Village Green Ice Cream’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae to go. With cookie dough ice cream, but hold the cherry. I used to hold the hot fudge, but I’ve since corrected that error!
What did you celebrate this summer?
Scarlet’s birthday, so really, my birthday of becoming a mom! And then my real birthday too. As well as landing the biggest contract I ever did land. Whoa to that one. And I’ve celebrated Astro’s awesomeness pretty much every day.
Did you grow anything this summer?
hmm.. not really. I didn’t grow any babies or plants or foods. Cassidy grew squash, peppers, green beans, carrots, tomatoes, berries, plums, kale, green leaf lettuce, and a whole lot of other impressive and gardeny- things at our house. I grew love.
What is a favorite post (if you blog) that you wrote this Summer?
I never, ever read them again after I publish them but I seem to remember loving writing this one.
What do you want to do next summer?
Well, I want to talk less, smile more. Work less, love more. I’d love to rent that cabin in Moosehead Lake, Maine and exercise more and take the kids to Niagara Falls. They’ve been asking. We just need passports. Sheesh. It’s magic.
What is a favorite photograph that you took this summer?
So, I kinda used it with the one of my mom! I’ll find another two, though. Just phone photos but FUN:
This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is Photo Share Friday And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE. What’s your photo? What’s its story?