So, I never wound up building the dollhouse, which I put on my 2020 Summer Fun List. I had grand designs to build one with my daughter, and I bought a kit, and a card table to support the construction, and the appropriate glue but…that is it.
It’s not the only unfinished project as the calendar clicks over to September tomorrow. I started a 500-piece puzzle from Floret Farm a few months ago and it’s still sitting half-done on the dining room table.
I’m still tracking my time (as I have since April 2015) and so I have some ideas about why these projects didn’t happen.
For starters, my leisure time is fragmented. This is always the case with a baby, and so it’s easier just to pick up the phone and scroll instead of doing other things. I’m tired from the middle-of-the-night wake-ups, so “effortful” fun seems like, well, effort. And work has been busier than I thought it would be. While the disappearance of my conference-speaking business would theoretically open up time (no flight cancelations causing long delays at O’Hare!) I always manage to fill it, in this case with a new podcast and book that I’ve been promoting.
On the other hand, I did do some stuff on the summer fun list. We’ve gone on lots of family walks. I did another 8-mile run. I took the kids in the pool around 4 p.m. most days when we were home. I’ve gone outside after dinner many a night and taken my coffee outside in the morning. We spent several weeks at the beach, and ate lots of ice cream. I ate a lot of Rita’s gelati too. We went strawberry picking, and peach picking and blueberry picking. And the baby is eating lots of food! I have only been gone from him three times this summer that would require a feeding (recording my audio book, going boating/fishing for a day, and driving back early from the beach to get a root canal…) but hey.
I never did develop a signature cocktail. Maybe there is time tonight?
If you made a summer fun list, how did you do on it?
Photo: Taking my coffee outside, at the beach