Earlier this summer I posted a summer bucket list with 24 things I wanted to do over the next few months. Since summer is officially over (well, except for my vacation over the Rosh Hashanah long weekend) it’s time to assess how I did.
1. Pick strawberries
I picked strawberries in late May, and also picked peaches and raspberries later in the summer. I need to find a date for apples this fall! I learned how to make home-made whipped cream to top the fresh fruit, and I loved every bite.
2. Get some “tri” days: run, bike, swim
Oddly enough, I didn’t touch my bike this summer. I had several “bi” days, but zero “tri” days. I haven’t quite figured that out, but I do hope to do some biking this fall.
3. Run along the Schuylkill trail smelling the honeysuckle
I did a few long runs, including the half-marathon in June. I’m back into training mode for fall half-marathons as of next week, and will need to do some more 10+ mile ones.
4. Run a half marathon (planned for mid-June)
Done! Slooooow (sorry Lynda!) but done.
5. Swim solo, so it’s relaxing and not a lifeguarding affair
I fit this in several times. Usually I’d do it as a break during the workday when everyone had gone away somewhere. Just 15-20 minutes, but lovely.
6. Get my garden going
It’s been better. I ate two tomato and pepper-based dishes based on its output this week, but it hasn’t been particularly prolific. I’ll aim to be more pro-active about plant selection next year. My tomatoes have been a bit fussy.
7. Do some early AM runs on the boardwalk (we’ve got a Jersey shore trip planned)
Done – several runs with my sister-in-law on the boardwalk. And a bonus run with her (and another with my brother) in Indiana. I love running in the morning, especially on hazy summer days.
8. Eat at our favorite Jersey shore ice cream shop
Done. I discovered I love sundaes with hot fudge and peanut butter cups. This is probably not an earth-shattering revelation, but I am more than willing to stop eating sandwich bread, cereal, and rice, in order to eat sundaes once or twice a week and still weigh what I weighed at age 25.
9. Do a date overnight w/husband (sitting is planned! Now we need to figure out other logistics)
We did this in late June in NYC. It was a lovely night.
10. Eat lobster in Cape May
We did not make it to Cape May. We may go this fall to watch the birding, and hopefully it will still be warm enough to eat lobster and visit the beach.
11. Visit a brewery
Nope. I did drink a lot of beer.
12. Get a better swimsuit
I purchased a lovely Tommy Bahama number in “mare” and “coral.”
13. Go on a long bike ride (maybe w/big kids. I’ve now learned baby is too young for Burley)
Nope – maybe a fall thing.
14. Sit on the porch in the early AM and the late PM, enjoying coffee or wine, depending on the time (or simultaneously, depending on the day…)
I did do this a fair amount — coffee and wine on the porch separately, that is. Any time the baby has me up to early, I try to go out there. My husband and I would sit out there chatting some weekend nights.
15. Plan fun Fridays. I’m mostly covering Fridays with my kids during the summer, so there is some space for adventures.
I did pretty well on this front, though crowd control is always an issue. I do now feel competent enough to take all four to the zoo, or out for ice cream.
16. Come up with my next book idea
17. Enjoy the launch of I Know How She Does It. Pause and think about how awesome it is that this project came to fruition.
This was pretty cool. While I would have preferred swifter velocity out of the gate, it continues to sell, and I’ve had some amazing publicity — Nightline/GMA, Morning Joe, being reviewed in the WSJ, the photo shoot for More magazine, etc.
18. Walk along Lake Michigan (another planned trip)
Done! I also went kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding in Lake Michigan.
19. Eat somewhere lovely in Chicago during that trip
We wound up doing our anniversary dinner at Tabor Hill Winery in Michigan instead of Chicago. My husband went to South Africa for half the vacation, so it didn’t work to go into the city with him. Instead, we went out while we were at my parents’ house in South Bend for a few days.
20. See the miniature houses at the Art Institute of Chicago
I took the kids to Shedd Aquarium, which is more kid-friendly than the Art Institute. I am speaking at Chicago Ideas Week in October, though, and plan to go to the Art Institute and see those miniature homes then.
21. Take another round of family photos
Done – Yana rocks!
22. Set up kid camp awesomeness: I’ve got some outdoor stuff, art stuff, church stuff, and science stuff. It’s a good mix.
The kids had a great time at their camps, and indeed I’m recognizing that next summer they should probably do more camps. I will admit that I am cheap, and there is a fairly intense burn rate to having three kids in camp (especially since I have full time childcare in addition to that). Better figure out that next book.
23. Host my 8-year-old’s book club
Done! It was a lot of fun. We discussed Harry Potter #1 (they even argued from the text!) and then we ate pizza and went in the pool.
24. Read three novels
Nope. Sigh. I didn’t even read that much non-fiction except what I needed to review. Instead, I read a ton of magazines. My brain is kind of fried for anything substantial.
How did you do on your summer bucket list?